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5:50 AM ET, February 15, 2007


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IAN / Hot Air:
Video: President Rush Limbaugh, Vice President Ann Coulter  —  Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter play President and Vice President on Fox News' new satirical television show premiering Sunday Night at 10pm Eastern:  —  Listen to Rush talk about his appearance here.  —  Blowback
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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.
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Fox's "Conservative Daily Show" A Big Bust  —Ace  —  Yeah.. . that clip was, um, how do I put this?  Not good.  —  Ah, well, there goes my chance at a writing gig.  —  Meanwhile, Gutfeld's show is pretty strong.  Alas, no writers.  —  Gutfeld's show makes a lot more sense for FoxNews than this other show.
Discussion: Hot Air, MyDD and protein wisdom
Bob Cesca / The Huffington Post:
Step Away From The Jokes, Fox News, Before You Hurt Yourself  —  They've forced me to do it again.  Fox News Channel has "leaked" something on the internets that's so awful it's forcing me to actually promote it.  As with avoiding mentions of Ann Coulter's books, I try not to give promotion …
Steve H. / Hog On Ice:   24?  Even 1/2 is Too Much  —  By a remarkable coincidence …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Conservatives Assail North Korea Accord
Discussion: War and Piece
New York Times:
Bush Says Iran Is Source of Deadly Bombs
Discussion: politburo diktat 2.0
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Skepticism Over Iraq Haunts U.S. Iran Policy  —  The specter of the war in Iraq — a war the Bush administration denied it was planning, supported by evidence that turned out to be false — looms large over administration policy toward Iran.  —  Skeptical members of Congress …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Barbara Starr spreads WH propaganda on Iran/ Bush will not confirm-White House Blues  —  What's the words in that Prince song?  "Just like 1999"..This segment by Starr is amazing.  —  Download (1776) |  Play (1443) Download (795) |  Play (899) (correction) … Then what are you doing Barbara?
Discussion: The Raw Story and Eschaton
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Bush Says Iran Is Supplying Weapons in Iraq  —  President Bush said today he has no doubt that Iran has supplied weapons used against U.S. forces in Iraq, but he stressed that he does not know whether the top leadership in Iran ordered the activity and he denied that he is using the issue as a "pretext" for war against Iran.
Michael Howard / Guardian:
Mahdi army commanders withdraw to Iran to lie low during security crackdown  —  Senior commanders of the Mahdi army, the militia loyal to the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, have been spirited away to Iran to avoid being targeted in the new security push in Baghdad, a high-level Iraqi official told the Guardian yesterday.
Ryan Lenz / Associated Press:
Baghdad sweep meets little resistance
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 …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
A Prewar Slide Show Cast Iraq in Rosy Hues  —  When Gen. Tommy R. Franks and his top officers gathered in August 2002 to review an invasion plan for Iraq, it reflected a decidedly upbeat vision of what the country would look like four years after Saddam Hussein was ousted from power.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Conscience and Soul  —  Reading through the interview with Vanderslice, who is one of the religious left political consultants, there's plenty I agree with.  I do agree that Democrats should reach out to religious voters and it's something they've been bad at doing, though they've been pretty bad …
The Australian:
Protector of the free world deserves better  — Anti-Americanism has a long pedigree, but that only makes it more irrational, writes Janet Albrechtsen  —  BY all means unfurl the banners, dust off the placards and prop up the distorted effigies of George W. Bush.
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
LAWYER ADMITS LEAKING BALCO TESTIMONY  —  He agrees to plead guilty — prosecutors say they'll end effort to jail reporters  —  A lawyer admitted in court documents Wednesday that he provided a Chronicle reporter with transcripts of confidential grand jury testimony by Barry Bonds …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
For Liberal Bloggers, Libby Trial Is Fun and Fodder  —  The perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr., former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, has drawn every major news organization in the country to the federal courthouse in Washington.  But none has fielded a bigger team …
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Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Explosion kills 11 elite Iranian guards
Discussion: Blogs for Bush
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Associated Press:
Lobbyist, Fed Lawyer Share Vacation Home
Will / Attytood:
FNC's right-wing humor: (Cocaine-user) Barack Obama = "B.O."...get it, "B.O."
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Can we really support these troops?  —  During a heated debate …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Tyler Harbert / University Daily Kansan:
Blogs forge new political grounds
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Avast, Matey  —  Seth Stevenson of Slate presents what I will call …
Austin Bay / StrategyPage:
Time to Fix the Great American Failure
 Earlier Items: 
Deacon / Power Line:
Former Congressman Harold E. Ford, Jr. Joins Merrill Lynch as Vice Chairman
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Recall drive targets McCain over Iraq
Chad / In the Bullpen:
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Hillary Clinton: "If the administration believes that any …
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Why Al Gore Won't Let the Rumors Die
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Candidates Find A New Stump In the Blogosphere