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5:55 PM ET, February 13, 2007

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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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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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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
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CNN:
Sources: Ex-CIA No. 3 to be indicted in corruption inquiry
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Allison Hoffman / Associated Press:
Former CIA official, contractor indicted
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Power Line
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.
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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
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
New York Times:
Obama Restructures a Remark on Deaths
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."
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Maamoun Youssef / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida's No. 2 calls Bush an alcoholic
Discussion: All Spin Zone and On Deadline
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 …
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Andrew Buncombe / Independent:
US military tells Jack Bauer: Cut out the torture scenes ... or else!
Discussion: Slog and News Hounds
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 …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Amanda Marcotte Resigns from Edwards Campaign  —  Amanda Marcotte has resigned as John Edwards' blogger, on the basis that she was creating a distraction for the campaign.  Rather than stop there, though, she plays the victim. … What in the world does gender have to do with it?
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
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.
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.
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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