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1:50 PM ET, February 13, 2007


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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:
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Extremist Bush supporter calls for murder of scientists
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:   Majority Wants Congress to Set Limits on U.S. Troop Presence in Iraq
CBS News:
Poll: Most Doubt Iraq Peace, Iran Threat
Discussion: MyDD and Wonkette
The Blotter:
Foggo Indictment Expected; Dark Day for the CIA  —  Brian Ross and Vic Walter Report:  —  Federal prosecutors in San Diego are expected today to announce indictments in a case that involves the former No. 3 official at the CIA, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, officials tell ABC News.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The Impolitic
Sources: Ex-CIA No. 3 to be indicted in corruption inquiry … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The former third-ranking official at the CIA, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, is expected to be indicted Tuesday in California in an investigation into public corruption and defense contracts, according to two sources familiar with the case.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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."
USA Today:
Will Mormon faith hurt bid for White House?  —  SALT LAKE CITY — It's easy to find Mormons who have run into misconceptions about their faith.  Take Jeff Hartley, executive director of the Republican Party in Utah, a state that's 70% Mormon.  "I only have one mom.  I only have one wife," he says.
Romney kicks off White House bid
Discussion: Jay and Decision '08
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.
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 …
Marisa Taylor / Real Cities:
5 ousted U.S. attorneys received positive job evaluations  —  WASHINGTON - Although the Bush administration has said that six U.S. attorneys were fired recently in part because of "performance related" issues, at least five of them received positive job evaluations before they were ordered to step down.
Satyam / Think Progress:
McCain To Deliver Keynote Speech For Creationists  —  Today is Darwin Day, commemorating the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and of the publishing of On the Origin of Species.  The National Academy of Sciences, "the nation's most prestigious scientific organization," declares evolution …
The Politico:
Rove: 2008 Race Is Already Too Much, Too Soon  —  White House senior adviser Karl Rove says that the 2008 presidential candidates have been pushed into such an early focus on tactics, fundraising and publicity that they risk a backlash from voters long before the first primary ballots are cast.
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Jon Katz / Slate:
Why People Love Dogs
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Should Uncle Sam Take Oil Company Profits?
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Andrew Buncombe / Independent:
US military tells Jack Bauer: Cut out the torture scenes ... or else!
Discussion: Think Progress and News Hounds
New York Times:
Weeks After a Death, Twists in Some 9/11 Details
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Funding for VA slashed in 2009
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EXCLUSIVE: Iranian President Says He's Ready to Cooperate on Nukes …
Discussion: Wonkette and TPMmuckraker
Virginia / Dynamist Blog:
Beauty Is  —  My latest Atlantic column is the result of seeing …
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Reminds New Hampshire, I'm With Bill
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
McCain Fears 'Tet Offensive' in Iraq