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9:30 PM ET, February 13, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Iraqi insurgents using Austrian rifles from Iran
ABCNEWS:
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.
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 …
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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.
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."
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Mark Murray / First Read:
BOEHNER GETS EMOTIONAL  —  From NBC's Mike Viqueira  —  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.
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."
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James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  A Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind
Maamoun Youssef / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida's No. 2 calls Bush an alcoholic
Discussion: All Spin Zone and On Deadline
Alexa Olesen / Associated Press:
Korean nuclear deal delays disarmament  —  BEIJING - A hard-won disarmament pact that the U.S. and four other nations struck with North Korea on Tuesday requires the communist nation to halt its nuclear programs in exchange for oil while leaving the ultimate abandonment of those weapons projects to a potentially trouble-filled future.
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Edward Cody / Washington Post:
N. Korea Agrees to Nuclear Disarmament
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Tedious Legal Arguments  —  graphic courtesy Monk at Inflatable Dartboard  —  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.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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David Stout / New York Times:
Libby's Lawyers Say They Won't Ask Cheney to Testify
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Wonkette
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Star Character Witnesses at Libby Trial
CNN:
Romney kicks off White House bid … DEARBORN, Michigan (CNN) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney returned to his native state of Michigan on Tuesday to kick off his bid officially for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.  —  Romney evoked memories of his father …
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Is Romney Too Good To Be True?
Kelly Thornton / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Federal grand jury indicts Foggo, Wilkes  —  and Debbi Farr Baker  —  SAN DIEGO - Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes and former high-ranking CIA official Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, childhood friends from San Diego who got entangled in the Randy "Duke" Cunningham corruption scandal, were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury.
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Associated Press:
U.S. general: No evidence Iran is arming Iraqis  —  Pace contradicts claims by other U.S. military, administration officials  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia - A top U.S. general said Tuesday there was no evidence the Iranian government was supplying Iraqi insurgents with highly lethal roadside bombs …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Can this be real?  Check out Newsweek's most recent Conventional Wisdom watch:  —  Yes, you read it right: The mag did indeed give Nancy Pelosi a thumbs-down for the following: … Memo to Newsweek's editors: You've given the leading Democrat in the House of Representatives a thumbs down for something that she didn't do.
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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.
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 …
Martin Miller / Los Angeles Times:
'24' gets a lesson in torture from the experts  —  Their advice: Make the scenes more realistic, not bloodier.  And don't rely on tidy conclusions.  —  Hollywood is notorious for its meetings, but even by L.A. standards this one was unusual.  —  A few steps away from the CTU set of Fox's …
Reuters:
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 …
 
 
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