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3:30 PM ET, February 12, 2007

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James Glanz / New York Times:
U.S. Says Arms Link Iranians to Iraqi Shiites  —  After weeks of internal debate, senior United States military officials on Sunday literally put on the table their first public evidence of the contentious assertion that Iran supplies Shiite extremist groups in Iraq with some of the most lethal weapons in the war.
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ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Iranian President Ducks Charges That Iran Is Arming Iraqi Insurgents  —  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Says His Country Is Asking for Peace and the U.S. Should Leave Iraq  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refused to address accusations …
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Iran arms Iraqi insurgents
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
NEWS.com.au:
Al-Qaeda praying for Obama win, says PM  —  PRIME Minister John Howard has blasted US presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying his policy of withdrawing troops from Iraq will destabilise the entire Middle East.  —  Senator Obama, who is aiming to be the first black American president, has vowed to withdraw US forces if elected.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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New York Times:
Obama Plan Has a Critic in Australia  —  On his first trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, found himself responding to an unexpected critic: John Howard, Australia's prime minister.  —  Mr. Howard, a conservative leader who is a close ally of the White House …
Al Pessin / Voice of America:
Top American General Disputes US Military Claim on Iran
Discussion: NewsHog and Shakespeare's Sister
Pajamas Media:
ON HOWARD, OSAMA, AND OBAMA
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
For Clinton and Obama, Different Tests on Iraq  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was challenged on Iraq from corner to corner of New Hampshire this weekend, while Senator Barack Obama drew cheers in Iowa for his opposition to the war.  —  Besides giving voters a chance to probe the views …
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Carrie Budoff / The Politico:
Clinton Says Rove Fears Her Candidacy  —  It was a roundabout endorsement, to be sure, but Hillary Rodham Clinton Sunday cited none other than White House political adviser Karl Rove to make her case that she is the most electable Democrat in 2008.  —  Campaigning in New Hampshire …
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Walter Pincus One  —  (Sorry about the quality of this picture, which is scanned.  But I love that Pincus has a messier desk than I do.)  —  NOTES: (1) This is not a transcript — It's the blogger's approximation, and no one really knows what that is yet!
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Woodward One
Washington Post:
Pincus Reveals Fleischer As Leak Source
Discussion: Firedoglake and On Deadline
Associated Press:
Tentative Deal in N. Korea Nuclear Talks  —  BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. envoy to talks on North Korea's nuclear program said Tuesday that negotiators reached a tentative agreement on initial steps for the communist nation's disarmament.  —  Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Media Figures May Be Reluctant Defense Witnesses in Libby Case  —  Defense Exhibit 1972, a tape-recorded interview from the "Imus in the Morning" radio show, is another of those revealing moments in the perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.  —  "So . . . what happened?" …
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Dixie Chicks to country: nah-nah  —  It was more than a love of their music that was behind the Dixie Chicks' victory lap at the Grammy Awards Sunday.  —  The Texans won the three biggest awards - song, record and album of the year - for a disc in which they fought back against a country-music establishment …
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Danny / Beltway Blogroll:
Those Boring Campaign Blogs  —  When Amanda Marcotte agreed to blog for 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, she told her readers to expect "real commentary on issues that matter" under the "Rule of Amanda."  But she also acknowledged that she knows "how the game works" …
Discussion: Althouse and Daniel W. Drezner
Los Angeles Times:
Iraq war debate shifts to the House  —  GOP lawmakers will be in a tough position as Democrats push a resolution that dissents from Bush's strategy.  —  WASHINGTON — As the House this week launches its first major debate over the Iraq war since the November elections …
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Novak One  —  NOTES: (1) This is not a transcript — It's the blogger's approximation, and no one really knows what that is yet!  But I do know you shouldn't quote anything not in quotation marks.  (2) I'll timestamp the updates and will update about every 15 minutes, servers willing.
John Stapleton / NEWS.com.au:
Stem cells used for 'natural' boob jobs  —  WOMEN may be able to undergo a "natural" form of breast enlargement using their own stem cells and fat.  —  The technique, pioneered in Japan, results in breasts that look and feel smoother than conventional cosmetic surgery using implants.
Guardian:
A menace to science  —  For years, 'Dr' Gillian McKeith has used her title to sell TV shows, diet books and herbal sex pills.  Now the Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in.  Yet the real problem is not what she calls herself, but the mumbo-jumbo she dresses up as scientific fact, says Ben Goldacre
Ezra Klein:
More On Prison Rape  —  Another personal history from Human Rights Watch's report on prison rape, this one with an example of victim-blaming from the authorities: … And here's another history, though this one is more of a remembrance: … These are not atypical tales, click on any of the histories and similar horrors unfold.
Vanity Fair:
Taking on Guantánamo  —  Assigned to defend a Guantánamo detainee, jag lawyer Charles Swift joined up with legal scholar Neal Katyal and sued the president and secretary of defense over the new military-tribunal system.  With their 2006 Supreme Court victory overridden …
 
 
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Four Syllables, Starts With M, Ends With Uh-Oh
Discussion: CBS News and FishBowlDC
Think Progress:
CNN: Bush-Backed Shiite Group Receiving Weapons Shipments From Iran
Discussion: KPIX-TV and Daily Kos
Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
Across Arab World, a Widening Rift
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Video: D.C. Imam Supporting Terror
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Huffington Post:
HYBRID SPORTS CAR FASTER THAN PORSCHE, MERCEDES AND 1/4 THE PRICE
Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
Target Tehran: Washington sets stage for a new confrontation
Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Clinton Is Pressed By Obama
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Katrin Bennhold / International Herald Tribune:
Ségolène Royal unveils far-left economic campaign platform
 Earlier Items: 
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Thousands of Army Humvees Lack Armor Upgrade
Faith Bremner / Argus Leader:
Senator's hospital room also an office
New York Times:
Why Are the Pacifists So Passive?
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
REMEMBERING MR. LINCOLN  —  Today is of course the birthday …
Caroline Glick / Real Clear Politics:
Israel Bumbles Into War
Edmund S. Phelps / Opinion Journal:
Entrepreneurial Culture  —  Why European economies lag behind the U.S.
Discussion: Digital Rules
Pajamas Media:
SUNDAY NIGHTS IN BAGHDAD — REPORT FROM IRAQ
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
UPDATE: 'Wash Post' Joins 'NYT' in Trumpeting 'Anonymous' Claims …