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12:55 AM ET, February 16, 2007

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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.
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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Al Qaeda in Iraq leader wounded in firefight?  NBC: Al-Masri in custody; NBC backs off capture claim; PJM: He probably wasn't wounded, either  —  Just across on CNN.  According to the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior, Iraqi police ran across "an insurgent group" …
Pajamas Media:
ABU AYUUAB AL-MASRI STILL AT LARGE.  "NO DNA MATCH" — INTEL OFFICER  —  ABU AYUUAB AL-MASRI STILL AT LARGE.  "NO DNA MATCH" — INTEL OFFICER  —  PJM in Seattle  —  Abu Ayuuab al-Masri.  —  In the sights, but still at large.  —  Media reports that the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq …
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.
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Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Murtha seeks to restrain action in Iran
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Auditors: Billions squandered in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. government has squandered as much as $10 billion in public money on Iraq reconstruction aid because of overcharges and unsubstantiated expenses.  More is yet to come, federal investigators said Thursday.
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
Why I had to quit the John Edwards campaign  —  During my brief tenure as blogmaster for a Democratic presidential contender, I experienced the right-wing smear machine firsthand  —  As one of the thousands, possibly millions, of bloggers out there holding forth on everything from cooking to politics …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Pandagon
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Democrats in State Capitols Push Antiwar Resolutions  —  Frustrated by the inability of Democrats in Congress to pass a resolution opposing President Bush's policies in Iraq, state legislators across the country, led by Democrats and under pressure from liberal advocacy groups, are pushing forward with their own resolutions.
Discussion: Sirotablog
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: Liberal Values and Jay Reding.com
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Bush Regains His Footing  —  It may seem perverse to suggest that, at the very moment the House of Representatives is repudiating his policy in Iraq, President Bush is poised for a political comeback.  But don't be astonished if that is the case.  —  Like President Bill Clinton …
Discussion: TalkLeft
BBC:
Chavez threat to seize food shops  —  Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has threatened to nationalise stores that sell meat above a government-set price.  —  The government says supermarkets have been artificially boosting prices of basic foods by manipulating stockpiles.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Schumer: "We Will Get to The Bottom of This"  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), speaking on the Senate floor this afternoon, vowed to "get to the bottom" of the administration's December purge of federal prosecutors, and said that if they found that the prosecutors had indeed received positive job evaluations …
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
 
 
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