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11:55 PM ET, February 14, 2007

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White House:
Press Conference by the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for coming in on an icy day.  I have just finished a conversation with General David Petraeus.  He gave me his first briefing from Iraq.  He talked about the Baghdad security plan.  It's the plan that I described to the nation last January …
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
House Democrats' New Strategy: Force Slow End to War  —  Led by Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., and supported by several well-funded anti-war groups, the coalition's goal is to limit or sharply reduce the number of U.S. troops available for the Iraq conflict, rather than to openly cut off funding for the war itself.
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Bryan / Hot Air:
Murtha and the Democrats: A new low  —  Disgusting. … If they do what they're apparently planning to do, "slow bleed" will be a very apt description.  Those doing the bleeding, slowly, will be US troops. … This is the strategy of a corrupt, dishonorable man.  Yes, I realize I'm talking about a former Marine.
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Grace Time is Over  —  It's pretty obvious at this point that the Democratic leadership isn't serious about ending the war in Iraq.  They won't defund the war, and keep repeating the meme that cutting off funding for the war means cutting off funding for the troops.  —  It's time for the blogs to stop giving them a pass.
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:   Eleven House Republicans break ranks
Halboedeker / The TV Guy:
Fox News Channel bombs with comedy show  —  Jon Stewart knows how to do slashing comical commentary.  He weighs in on what's happening, such as the media's bizarre coverage of Anna Nicole Smith's death.  —  David Letterman knows how to do slashing comical commentary.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Think Progress
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Steve H. / Hog On Ice:   24?  Even 1/2 is Too Much  —  By a remarkable coincidence …
Baltimore Sun:
America's view of Republicans crumbles in Iraq  —  According to the latest Gallup survey, Republican self-identification has declined nationally and in almost every American state.  Why?  The short answer is that President Bush's war of choice in Iraq has destroyed the partisan brand Republicans spent the past four decades building.
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Why Al Gore Won't Let the Rumors Die  —  It's too much to say that Al Gore has decided to run for President in 2008.  —  But it does seem that he wants to preserve the option.  —  Certainly, the recent buzz about a possible Gore campaign in 2008 doesn't seem to be spontaneously generated.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
TERRORISM....A recent post from Glenn Reynolds about how we ought to be responding to Iran has been batted around quite a bit in the past few days.  Here's Glenn: … I imagine a lot of people agree with Glenn, but his recommendation really demonstrates the moral knot caused by George Bush's insistence …
littlegreenfootballs.com:
Question:  —  I applaud your efforts to introduce Muslims to the west in a comedic manner.  I truly believe that we need to use humor to diffuse the pervasive negative image we face in the media.  —  I find, however, that in many chat rooms Muslims are up in arms over little aspects …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Chad / In the Bullpen:
MELLENCAMP: U.S. SHOULD NOT RESPOND TO 9/11 OR PEARL HARBOR  —  Singer John Mellencamp on the 'Charlie Rose Show' said the removal of the Taliban after 9/11 was wrong, but further Mellencamp stated if the United States knew exactly where Osama bin Laden was it would be wrong to drop a bomb on OBL's head.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Bush: Who Cares if Iran Ordered EFP Attacks?  —  The Iran innuendo continues.  In his press conference today, President Bush said that the U.S. knows "with certainty" that the EFPs coming in from Iran for attacks on U.S. forces originate with the Qods Forces — a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
driftglass:
I'm Spartacus.  —  Shakespeare's Sister has announced that she is bowing out of the Edwards campaign.  —  Needless to say this is a very sad and sobering development.  —  And needless to say that she is doing it with orders of magnitude more grace and élan than either …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Candidates Find A New Stump In the Blogosphere  —  Nearly a year before the first caucuses and primaries take place, the 2008 presidential campaign advertising war is under way online.  —  Candidates of both parties are already buying space on search engines, blogs and other Internet sites popular …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Parsing the Polls: Answering the Mormon Question  —  The fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon is no secret.  Scads of stories have been written about that very fact, and it's a regular topic of conversation among Washington's chattering class.  —  What effect Romney's religion will have on his chances …
Reuters:
Turkmen acting leader sworn in as new president … ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (Reuters) — Turkmenistan's acting leader, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, was on Wednesday declared the winner of a February 11 election and immediately sworn in as the gas-rich nation's new president.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Adding Up the Reasons For Expensive Health Care  —  It's hardly an original point, but now that health-care reform is back on the political agenda, it's worth emphasizing: The reason the system has been so resistant to change is that lots of powerful interests do very nicely with things just the way they are.
Discussion: TAPPED and Ezra Klein
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Hillary Clinton: "If the administration believes that any, any use of force against Iran is necessary, the president must come to Congress to seek that authority.  —  Hillary Clinton demands that President Bush go through Congress if he plans to take any military action against Iran.  —  Download (456) |
 
 
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Protector of the free world deserves better
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Reuters:
Al Qaeda group calls for attacks on U.S. oil
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