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4:15 PM ET, February 12, 2007

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Washington Post:
Pincus Reveals Fleischer As Leak Source  —  Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus testified in court this morning that then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, not I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was the first person to tell him that a prominent critic of the Iraq war was married to undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame.
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Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Walter Pincus One
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Woodward One
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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Al Pessin / Voice of America:
Top American General Disputes US Military Claim on Iran  —  The top American military officer, General Peter Pace, declined Monday to endorse the conclusions of U.S. military officers in Baghdad, who told reporters on Sunday that the Iranian government is providing high-powered roadside bombs to insurgents in Iraq.
Pajamas Media:
ON HOWARD, OSAMA, AND OBAMA
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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: 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.
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Emptywheel / Firedoglake:   Libby Live: Novak Two
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" …
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.
Nico / Think Progress:
Top Cheney Aide: 2007 Is 'The Year Of Iran,' U.S. Attack 'A Real Possibility'  —  As the Bush administration ratchets up pressure on Iran, Vice President Cheney's top national security aide has been quoted by the Washington Post — in the 10th paragraph on page A18 — that war with Iran is "a real possibility" this year:
Byron Calame / New York Times:
Can a 15-Year-Old Be a 'Woman Without a Spouse'?  —  THE opening paragraph of the article sounded like grown-up stuff: "For what experts say is probably the first time, more American women are living without a husband than with one, according to a New York Times analysis of census results."
Discussion: Hot Air and The Corner
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama Casts Peevish Eye on National Media  —  Barack Obama used his first news conference after announcing his run for president to accuse the media of ignoring his substantive record and falsely depicting him as a lightweight.  —  "The problem's not that the info's not out there," he said of his record on policy issues.
Discussion: CBS News and GregsOpinion.com
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 …
The Blotter:
First Attack by Al Qaeda in Japan?  —  Alexis Debat and Maddy Sauer Report:  —  There was a scare today at a U.S. military base outside Tokyo when two small explosions occurred shortly after 11 p.m. there.  While no one was injured, investigators are looking at the possibility that it was an attempted terrorist attack.
Discussion: Hot Air
Think Progress:
CNN: Bush-Backed Shiite Group Receiving Weapons Shipments From Iran  —  U.S. intelligence and military officials have stated that Iranian weapons shipments "are going to Shiite militias that include rogue elements of Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi army militia."  But U.S. officials have not been as vocal …
Discussion: KPIX-TV, Reuters and Daily Kos
 
 
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Bill / INDCJournal:
"On the Baby Steps" in the "the Bullseye:" The Fallujah Police …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Four Syllables, Starts With M, Ends With Uh-Oh
Discussion: CBS News and FishBowlDC
Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
Across Arab World, a Widening Rift
Ezra Klein:
More On Prison Rape  —  Another personal history from Human …
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Discussion: Jihad Watch
Huffington Post:
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Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
Target Tehran: Washington sets stage for a new confrontation
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Vanity Fair:
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
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Edmund S. Phelps / Opinion Journal:
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Discussion: Digital Rules
Guardian:
A menace to science  —  For years, 'Dr' Gillian McKeith has used …