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11:15 AM ET, February 13, 2007

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Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Iraqi insurgents using Austrian rifles from Iran  —  Austrian sniper rifles that were exported to Iran have been discovered in the hands of Iraqi terrorists, The Daily Telegraph has learned.  —  More than 100 of the.50 calibre weapons, capable of penetrating body armour, have been discovered by American troops during raids.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Iranian Smoking Guns Found ... Literally  —  The Telegraph reports this morning that rifles imported from Austria by Iran have surfaced among insurgents in Iraq.  Steyr-Mannlicher exported 800 of its high-powered HS50 models, capable of piercing body armor, to the National Iranian Police Association for their anti-narcotics efforts:
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Pace Demurs on Accusation of Iran  —  General Says He Knows Nothing Tying Leaders to Arms in Iraq  —  Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said yesterday that he has no information indicating Iran's government is directing the supply of lethal weapons to Shiite insurgent groups in Iraq.
New York Times:
Iran and the Nameless Briefers
Discussion: TigerHawk
Jim Yardley / New York Times:
North Korea to Close Reactor in Exchange for Raft of Aid  —  North Korea agreed today to close its main nuclear reactor in exchange for a package of food, fuel and other aid from the United States, China, South Korea and Russia.  The breakthrough, announced by the Chinese government …
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Edward Cody / Washington Post:
N. Korea Agrees to Nuclear Disarmament  —  In a landmark international accord, North Korea promised Tuesday to close down and seal its lone nuclear reactor within 60 days in return for 50,000 tons of fuel oil as a first step in abandoning all nuclear weapons and research programs.
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Tentative Nuclear Deal Struck With North Korea
Discussion: The Corner and The Bullwinkle Blog
Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
Announcement  —  I was hired by the Edwards campaign for the skills and talents I bring to the table, and my willingness to work hard for what's right.  Unfortunately, Bill Donohue and his calvacade of right wing shills don't respect that a mere woman like me could be hired for my skills …
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Michelle Malkin:
Edwards' blogger resigns  —  Amanda Marcotte has resigned from the Edwards' campaign.  Of course, it's all the right wing's and Catholic activists' fault (a blame-avoidance strategy I highlighted on The O'Reilly Factor tonight before news of Marcotte's resignation broke).  Writes Marcotte this evening:
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Blogger for Edwards Resigns After Complaints  —  Days after Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards decided against firing two liberal bloggers with a history of inflammatory writing, one resigned last night with a blast at "right wing shills" for driving her out of the campaign.
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Now It's Personal: Al Qaeda Calls Bush an Alcoholic Liar  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  The latest taped statement from al Qaeda is an unusually personal attack on President Bush, in which al Qaeda's No. 2 in command, Ayman al Zawahiri, denounces Bush as "an alcoholic, liar and gambler with an addictive personality."
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Riehl World View
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CNN:
Purported al Qaeda message: Unite with Taliban … (CNN) — In a message released Monday, al Qaeda's No. 2 leader called on Muslims to unite under Taliban leader Mullah Omar, stop trying to form secular governments and instead follow strict Islamic Sharia law.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Zawahiri pledges his allegiance to Mullah Omar
USA Today:
Poll: 63% want all troops home by end of '08  —  WASHINGTON — Americans overwhelmingly support congressional action to cap the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and set a timetable to bring them home by the end of next year, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds — tougher action than the non-binding resolution …
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CBS News:   Poll: Most Doubt Iraq Peace, Iran Threat
Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:
Majority Wants Congress to Set Limits on U.S. Troop Presence in Iraq
Discussion: MyDD
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Star Character Witnesses at Libby Trial  —  A familiar-looking man in his early 60s took the stand at the Scooter Libby trial yesterday morning.  "I need to ask you to spell your last name," said defense attorney Bill Jeffress.  —  "W-O-O-D-W-A-R-D," the man replied.  —  This was not sufficient for Judge Reggie Walton.
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Reminds New Hampshire, I'm With Bill  —  As she made her first outing to New Hampshire as a presidential candidate last weekend, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton left her husband at home, yet she tried to tap his old political magic at nearly every turn.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Reuters:
BofA aims new credit card at illegal immigrants: report  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp. has begun offering credit cards to customers without Social Security numbers, typically illegal immigrants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.  —  In recent years …
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
McCain Fears 'Tet Offensive' in Iraq  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said Monday he fears an offensive by Iraqi insurgents similar to the Tet offensive by the Viet Cong that sent U.S. casualties soaring in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago.
 
 
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