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10:45 PM ET, February 13, 2007


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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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
ABC: Sadr Bugs Out  —  Well, so much for the whole 72 virgins thing and the radical Islamist desire to die in martyrdom: … This couldn't have come at a better time.  Congress has tied itself in knots trying to opine on what a disaster the surge will be, and before they can vote …
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
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.
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
More Resignations!  More Apologies!  —  Melissa McEwan has now also resigned: … You can see a sampling of the kind of email she is talking about over at Pandagon.  I received droves of the same type of stuff during the Googlebomb campaign, so I know where she is coming from on that.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Is Romney Too Good To Be True?  —  DEARBORN, Mich. - - Mitt Romney is so good he is almost too good.  —  Candidates want people to come away from their events thinking "presidential," not "slick."  —  But Romney is so polished and looks so much like a president would look if television picked …
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."
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: On Deadline and All Spin Zone
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
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.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
David Stout / New York Times:
Libby's Lawyers Say They Won't Ask Cheney to Testify  —  Vice President Dick Cheney will not be called as a witness in the trial of his former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., Mr. Libby's lawyers said today.  Nor will Mr. Libby take the stand in his defense, they said.
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Wonkette
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Tedious Legal Arguments
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The Pelosi smear: Stupid — but kind of entertaining  —  God bless Chris Wallace, the Fox News talker who last week was momentarily truthful enough to provide us with some genuine insight.  —  On Friday, Wallace appeared on Fox News to promote the upcoming edition of Fox News Sunday …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Horses Mouth
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 …
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
BREAKING NEWS: Ted Olson Supporting Giuliani - Tuesday, February 13, 2007 @ 3:05:33 PM  —  Theodore Olson, the stalwart conservative lawyer and former solicitor general for the Bush administration, told the Spectator he will be supporting Rudy Giuliani's presidential bid.
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 …
New York Times:
Weeks After a Death, Twists in Some 9/11 Details  —  On Jan. 20, a retired New York City police officer, Cesar A. Borja, 52, lay surrounded by his family at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.  He died three days later.  More Photos >  —  For days, a New York City police officer …
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 …
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
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