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7:30 PM ET, February 15, 2007

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CNN:
Iraqi terror leader reported wounded … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The leader of al Qaeda in Iraq has been wounded and his top aide killed in a clash with police, an Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman told CNN Thursday.  —  The spokesman said Iraqi police encountered an insurgent group …
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MSNBC:
Iraqi official: Al-Qaida in Iraq leader wounded  —  Al-Masri reportedly hurt, in custody; aide slain in skirmish north of Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq was wounded and an aide was killed in a clash Thursday with Iraqi forces north of Baghdad, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.
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 …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Reid Schedules Saturday Vote on House's Iraq Resolution  —  Senate Democratic leaders abruptly switched course in the Iraq war debate today, shelving a complicated non-binding resolution that has run into procedural hurdles, in favor of a House version that simply states Congress's objections to President Bush's troop escalation plan.
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
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Faiz / Think Progress:
CNN: White House Now Blames Briefer For Going Too Far On Iran Intel  —  Last Sunday, the Bush administration finally presented its long-delayed intelligence briefing on Iranian arms shipments into Iraq.  Prior to the presentation, a U.S. official told the New York Times that it had been delayed …
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Los Angeles Times:
Tehran's Iraq role unclear, U.S. now says  —  But Bush calls it irrelevant that no solid evidence links Iranian officials to alleged weapons aid.  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. officials from President Bush to a top general in Baghdad said Wednesday that there was no solid evidence that high-ranking officials …
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
What's on the table?  —  A lot of commentary in the blogosphere today, especially from Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein about whether "all options" should be "on the table" in dealing with Iran.  —  I was (correctly) hammered last year when I said on Stephanopoulos that "all options …
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Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Tapping Ahmadinejad's Egg
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
SHOULD ALL OPTIONS BE ON THE TABLE?  Over at the other Ezra site …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Hullabaloo
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CNN:
CNN LARRY KING LIVE
Associated Press:
Keith Olbermann, NBC agree on second term  —  'Countdown' host extends through 2011; will contribute more to network  —  MSNBC is a joint venture between NBC and Microsoft  —  NEW YORK - Keith Olbermann will continue to be a thorn in Bill O'Reilly's side for at least four more years.
Jennifer Rubin / American Spectator:
Rudy's New Social Conservatism  —  Pundits of all political persuasions have been chattering about whether Rudy Giuliani, whose name is invariably modified by the description "social liberal," can overcome the objections of many religious conservatives to win the Republican nomination.
John H. Fund / Opinion Journal:
Libertarians in America  —  Free to choose, and a good thing too.  —  Scores of books have been written on the role of communists and socialists in the U.S., dour chronicles of welcome failure.  But very few writers have devoted much attention to the role of libertarians …
Discussion: Jay Reding.com
Aswini Anburajan / ABCNEWS:
Where the Stars Hide Their Money  —  Come Visit Your Money, Stay for the Heineken Tour — the Netherlands Is the Latest Tax Shelter Hot Spot  —  U2, the Rolling Stones, movie stars, sports figures and a host of corporations have turned to an unlikely accountant, the Netherlands …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Don Surber
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Quest to Heal Iraqi Boy Became a Final Mission  —  HILLA, Iraq — Hours before getting killed the way he feared most, Capt. Brian S. Freeman looked up and smiled when Abu Ali dropped by his office.  —  After nearly six months of overcoming financial and bureaucratic hurdles in a war zone …
Politics Central:
THE GLENN AND HELEN SHOW: FIVE FOR FIGHTING'S JOHN ONDRASIK ON WAR, PEACE, AND MUSIC  —  John Ondrasik is Five for Fighting.  Unless you've been living in a cave in Waziristan, you've heard his songs like 100 Years, Superman, and The Riddle.  But the title cut to his latest album, Two Lights …
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
MOOK'S SPOOKED  —  IRAQI MILITIA BULLY BAILS OUT  —  LOOKS like our team won this round of Spook-the- Mook.  A best-in-show source in Baghdad confirms that Muqtada al-Sadr took off on a road-trip to Iran.  And he wasn't just cruising in search of a Reuben sandwich.  —  The game ain't over until the fat mullah's scared.
Omar / IRAQ THE MODEL:
Operation Baghdad Update.  —  After being technically in progress for about over a week, Operation Imposing the Law officially started yesterday.  —  Al-Maliki who's been on a tour in the mid-southern region announced the beginning of the operation from Kerbala.
Political Radar:
Bush Guru Says President's Bond with U.S. 'May Be Lost'  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports: In the forthcoming issue of Texas Monthly, former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd writes that President Bush's "gut-level bond" with the American people "may be lost" and that "wholesale change" is needed in Iraq.
 
 
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Giuliani Would Make the Tough Decisions
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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Auditors: Billions squandered in Iraq
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Deseret Morning News hits "ultraconservative" …
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Murray Waas / National Journal:
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Lawrence Haas / Examiner:
Democrats should beware of the post-Vietnam syndrome