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9:50 AM ET, February 13, 2007

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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.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Betsy's Page
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Marcotte Resigns  —  Amanda Marcotte has resigned from the Edwards campaign (h/t Jeff G.):
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Breaking: Marcotte Resigns (updated. And updated again)
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Bryan / Hot Air:
Potty mouth fembigot down
Discussion: Althouse and BizzyBlog
New York Times:
In Shift, Accord on North Korea Seems to Be Set  —  The United States and four other nations reached a tentative agreement to provide North Korea with roughly $400 million in fuel oil and aid, in return for the North's starting to disable its nuclear facilities and allowing nuclear inspectors …
Discussion: BBC, TigerHawk and The Moderate Voice
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Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Tentative Nuclear Deal Struck With North Korea  —  Steps to Disarmament Drafted in 6-Party Talks  —  Envoys from six nations reached a tentative agreement early Tuesday on the first steps toward North Korea's nuclear disarmament, a potential breakthrough in talks that have faltered repeatedly since 2003.
Discussion: The Corner and The Bullwinkle Blog
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.
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 …
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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New York Times:
Libby Lawyers Open Case With Denials by Reporters  —  Lawyers for I. Lewis Libby Jr. opened their case Monday with a parade of prominent Washington reporters who testified that Mr. Libby never mentioned the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency operative when they interviewed him during …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Washington Post
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.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Zawahiri pledges his allegiance to Mullah Omar
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Now It's Personal: Al Qaeda Calls Bush an Alcoholic Liar
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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
Discussion: Instapundit.com
New York Times:
Long a Target Over Faulty Iraq Intelligence, Ex-C.I.A. Chief Prepares to Return Fire  —  For the past two years, George J. Tenet has maintained a determined silence even as senior White House officials have laid the blame for the prewar mistakes about Saddam Hussein on him.
Discussion: Think Progress and All Spin Zone
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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.
discovery.org:
U.S. Senator John McCain in Seattle, WA  —  His Vision for the United States' Role in the World  —  Discovery Institute is pleased to co-present with CityClub of Seattle and the Seattle World Affairs Council a luncheon featuring U.S. Senator John McCain.  —  What is the role of the U.S. in the global community?
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.
Financial Times:
Too late to halt Iran's nuclear bomb, EU is told  —  Iran will be able to develop enough weapons-grade material for a nuclear bomb and there is little that can be done to prevent it, an internal European Union document has concluded.  —  In an admission of the international community's failure …
 
 
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The Politico:
Rove: 2008 Race Is Already Too Much, Too Soon
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John Tierney / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
House Democrats Unveil Resolution Opposing Iraq Plans
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TBlumer / BizzyBlog:
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CBS News:
Poll: Most Doubt Iraq Peace, Iran Threat
Jennifer Dobner / Associated Press:
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
With Campaign Underway, Obama Now Must Show More Than Potential
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Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: MyDD and AMERICAblog
 Earlier Items: 
Teflon Don / Acute Politics:
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The Smoking Gun:
Rudy Giuliani's Vulnerabilities
Greg Robb / MarketWatch:
Federal surplus widens to $38.2 billion in Jan.
Discussion: The RBC
Michelle Malkin:
Obama: Soldier deaths = "Wasted" lives
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Report Shows Lost FBI Computers Still a Problem
Discussion: TalkLeft and On Deadline