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9:45 AM ET, February 15, 2007


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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 …
Alex Beam / Boston Globe:
Libby trial — when memory doesn't serve  —  It's so hard to keep up with the news.  There is the devastating war in Iraq, the sad passing of former Playmate/Supreme Court litigant Anna Nicole Smith, those kooky Koreans and their on-again off-again nuclear plans, to say nothing …
Washington Post:   Defense Attorneys Rest Libby's Case
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Saying He Was Misled by Defense, Judge in Libby Case Puts Some Evidence Off-Limits
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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 …
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.
Los Angeles Times:   Iran's elite and mysterious fighters
New York Times:
Bush Says Iran Is Source of Deadly Bombs
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
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.
Bob Cesca / The Huffington Post:   Step Away From The Jokes, Fox News, Before You Hurt Yourself
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Inimitable, Inevitable Al?  —  Al Franken gave his listeners an expected going-away Valentine yesterday by announcing that he would seek the Democratic nomination for Norm Coleman's Senate seat.  Franken had plowed the ground for this move since the 2004 election, and spent …
Discussion: Washington Post and Jay
Richard Corliss / Time:
Vote for Me, Al Franken
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Dane Smith / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Seriously, Franken's running for Senate
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
FRANKENHEIT 9/11, ONCE MORE ONCE  —  Today Al Franken formally …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Iraq adviser: al-Sadr in Iran  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - An adviser to Iraq's prime minister said Thursday that radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is in Iran, but denied he fled due to fear of arrest during an escalating security crackdown.  —  Sami al-Askari said al-Sadr traveled to Iran by land …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Associated Press:
U.S., Britain Faulted on Child Welfare  —  BERLIN (AP) — The United States and Britain ranked at the bottom of a U.N. survey of child welfare in 21 wealthy countries that assessed everything from infant mortality to whether children ate dinner with their parents or were bullied at school.
Rob Gifford / NPR:
U.S. on List of UNICEF's Worst Countries for Kids
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.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP Looks Beyond War Measure to Fight on Funding  —  With Republicans speaking out against President Bush's war policy on the House floor yesterday, GOP leaders and the White House conceded defeat on a resolution opposing sending additional U.S. troops to Iraq and began looking toward the coming battle over the war's funding.
Discussion: The Corner and Prairie Weather
Ariane deVogue / Legalities:
INSECURITY  —  Justice Kennedy made an unusual appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, ostensibly to talk about "Judicial Security and Independence."  It was billed as a very big deal.  In a press release last week, Chairman Patrick Leahy called it the …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Conservatives Assail North Korea Accord  —  Deal Could Get Nation off Terrorism List  —  The White House yesterday found itself fending off a conservative revolt over the North Korea nuclear deal, even scrambling to mollify one of its own top officials who expressed sharp disagreement …
The Politico:
McCain Leads Chase for Senate Support  —  In 2000, it was easier to troll for favorable quotes about John McCain among his Democratic colleagues than to find Republican senators ready to say nice things about a man they had served with for years.  In the end, McCain snared a grand total …
Can we really support these troops?  —  During a heated debate in a class I teach on social justice, several US Marines who had done tours in Iraq told me that they had "sacrificed" by "serving" in Iraq so that I could enjoy the freedom to teach in the USA.  Parroting their master's slogan about …
Discussion: QandO and The Jawa Report
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Big Announcement: I Am Now Consulting For The Duncan Hunter Campaign  —  A little more than a week ago, I mentioned that I had gotten a gig helping one of the presidential contenders build up his web presence, but that I couldn't mention who it was at the time.
Tim Hardaway: 'I Hate Gay People'  —  Click PLAY Former NBA Player John Amaechi Interview, Full Hardaway Comments … (CBS4) MIAMI Former Miami Heat superstar Tim Hardaway told a local sports radio show that he "hates gay people."  —  Hardaway made the comments while he was being interviewed …
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Social Security and Global Warming
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PandaGate and anti-male bigotry
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Libby's cynical defense
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Barack Obama's On-Point Message Man
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
TERRORISM....A recent post from Glenn Reynolds about how we ought …
The Australian:
Protector of the free world deserves better