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2:10 AM ET, February 14, 2007


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Shakespeare's Sister:
Announcement  —  I regret to say that I have also resigned from the Edwards campaign.  In spite of what was widely reported, I was not hired as a blogger, but a part-time technical advisor, which is the role I am vacating.  —  I would like to make very clear that the campaign did not push me out …
Lane Hudson / The Huffington Post:
Right-Wing Attack Puts Bloggers' Lives in Danger  —  The ramifications of Bill Donohue and the Catholic League's reckless rhetoric has materialized in the form of death threats to bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan.  This is what happens when the ultra-right wing is given the megaphone of mainstream media.
Discussion: All Spin Zone
Confederate Yankee:
A Shred More Class  —  Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare's Sister has followed Amanda Marcotte in resigning from the John Edwards Presidential train wreck: … I don't think I're read enough of her blog to know much about McEwan, but I can say this: she exhibited more class and dignity than Marcotte …
Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
People who claim to love Jesus write me  —  Update: To correct misinformation in the comments, I was not "fired".  I offered my resignation and it was accepted.  —  Because I had the nerve to be critical of the Catholic church's stance on birth control and abortion—nevermind …
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
More Resignations!  More Apologies!  —  Melissa McEwan has now also resigned: … You can see a sampling of the kind of email she is talking about over at Pandagon.  I received droves of the same type of stuff during the Googlebomb campaign, so I know where she is coming from on that.
Discussion: The American Street
Al Sadr Fled Iraq, Fearing U.S. Bombs  —  Insurgent Leader Reportedly Moved to Iran With Members of Mahdi Army  —  The story tonight in Iraq is not the arrival of more U.S. troops, but the departure of one of the country's most powerful men, Moqtada al Sadr and members of his army.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
ABC: Sadr Bugs Out  —  Well, so much for the whole 72 virgins thing and the radical Islamist desire to die in martyrdom: … This couldn't have come at a better time.  Congress has tied itself in knots trying to opine on what a disaster the surge will be, and before they can vote …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Redstate
CORRECTED-Iraq says to close borders with Syria, Iran  —  Corrects to show government says will close the borders, not that it has already shut them  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's government said on Tuesday it would close its borders with Syria and Iran and extend the hours of a night curfew …
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama regrets saying soldiers' lives 'wasted'  —  Apologizes for remark in Iowa campaign stop  —  DURHAM, N.H. — In his first stumble, White House hopeful Barack Obama on Monday took back words from the day before, when he said the lives of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq were "wasted."
Maamoun Youssef / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida's No. 2 calls Bush an alcoholic  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's No. 2 said President Bush was an alcoholic and a lying gambler who wagered on Iraq and lost, according to a new audiotape released Tuesday by a U.S. group that tracks extremist messages.  The Washington-based SITE Institute released …
Discussion: On Deadline and All Spin Zone
Matthew Yglesias:
Assassination Vacation  —  One thing to consider about the Glenn Reynolds / Hugh Hewitt assassination strategy for coping with the Iranian nuclear program ("we should be responding quietly, killing radical mullahs and Iranian atomic scientists") beyond the obvious is how we once again see conservatives …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Extremist Bush supporter calls for murder of scientists  —  Whenever you think that Bush followers cannot get any more depraved in what they advocate, they always prove you wrong.  This is what University of Tennessee Law Professor and right-wing blogger Glenn Reynolds said today about claims …
Drudge Report:
HOUSE HEARING ON 'WARMING OF THE PLANET' CANCELED AFTER SNOW/ICE STORM HEARING NOTICE  —  The Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building has been postponed due to inclement weather.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Sister Toldjah
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Is Romney Too Good To Be True?  —  DEARBORN, Mich. - - Mitt Romney is so good he is almost too good.  —  Candidates want people to come away from their events thinking "presidential," not "slick."  —  But Romney is so polished and looks so much like a president would look if television picked …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Boehner Weeps For 'Solemn' Debate — Then Says Iraq Critics Are Taking Al Qaeda's 'Bait'  —  NBC reported, "House Minority Leader John Boehner got emotional this morning as he spoke about the 'solemn' debate that the House is set to begin today over the non-binding resolution opposing Bush's troop increase."
Discussion: slacktivist
Mark Murray / First Read:
Fox News:
NORTH KOREA AGREES TO END NUKE PROGRAM  —  BEIJING — It didn't take North Korea long to put its own spin on an agreement reached Tuesday that calls for the Pyongyang regime to close down and cap its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program.
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
Alexa Olesen / Associated Press:
Korean nuclear deal delays disarmament
Linda Thomson / Deseret News:
Police identify gunman as 18-year-old Bosnian  —  Police Tuesday identified the gunman accused in Monday night's Trolley Square shooting as Sulejman Talovic, an 18-year-old Bosnian refugee who lived in Salt Lake City.  —  Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank said Talovic drove his car to the mall …
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