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8:40 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
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Instapundit Wonders  —  In a post on Iran's killing of Americans …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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
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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.
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.
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Alexa Olesen / Associated Press:
Korean nuclear deal delays disarmament
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
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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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Star Character Witnesses at Libby Trial
David Stout / New York Times:
Libby's Lawyers Say They Won't Ask Cheney to Testify
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Wonkette
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, On Deadline and Power Line
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
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?
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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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.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
S.E.C. Seeks to Curtail Investor Suits  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission has begun to take steps on two fronts to protect corporations, executives and accounting firms from investor lawsuits that accuse them of fraud.  —  Last Friday, the commission filed a little-noticed brief …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The Heretik
Foreign Policy:
Your portal to global politics, economics, and ideas  —  The Terrorism Index  —  Six months ago, we launched a groundbreaking new index that asked more than 100 of America's top foreign-policy hands if the United States was winning the war on terror.  Their answer?
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 …
Michael Crichton / New York Times:
Patenting Life  —  YOU, or someone you love, may die because of a gene patent that should never have been granted in the first place.  Sound far-fetched?  Unfortunately, it's only too real.  —  Gene patents are now used to halt research, prevent medical testing and keep vital information from you and your doctor.
 
 
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c-span.org:
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
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James Pethokoukis / US News:
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USA Today:
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