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11:45 AM ET, February 16, 2007


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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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Broder: George Bush Has Regained His Political Footing  —  Washington Post columnist David Broder points to President George Bush's press conference and concludes what yours truly did when he watched it as well:  —  Bush seems to have regained some of his political footing.  The key Broder paragraphs:
Discussion: Booman Tribune and
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Dems Risk Image Woes Over Iraq War Moves  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats face a host of risks as they move toward more substantive steps to tie President Bush's hands with funding restrictions on the Iraq war.  —  Leaders are wary of allowing the more intense anti-war activists define the party's image.
Discussion: Power Line
Don Surber:
Beware of Broders bearing gifts  —  David Broder's column today, "Bush Regains His Footing," delighted the White House.  It started well.  Bush received favorable comparison to Broder's favorite president: … But Broder's point is not to praise but to undercut.  —  Before I get to that, let me explain.
Discussion: Washington Post
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Hard Right Punch  —  Michelle Malkin's Conservative Fight Has Others Coming Out Swinging  —  Michelle Malkin has seen her head electronically grafted onto a photo of a bikini-clad body.  —  She had to cancel a Berkeley book signing in the face of 200 shouting protesters.  —  YouTube banned one of her videos.
See-Dubya / Hot Air:   WaPo's Kurtz Profiles Lonely Outspoken Conservative Who Brings It All On Herself
David Johnston / New York Times:
White House Is Reported to Be Linked to a Dismissal  —  A United States attorney in Arkansas who was dismissed from his job last year by the Justice Department was ousted after Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, intervened on behalf of the man who replaced him, according to Congressional aides briefed on the matter.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:   Bush, Congress Could Face Confrontation on Issue of War Powers
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
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The New Enemy?  —  Bush blames Iran's Quds Force for a spike in anti-American violence in Iraq.  Who are they, and how tight are their ties with Tehran?  —  Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps march in remembrance of the Iran-Iraq War  —  President Bush officially anointed …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Wonkette
Greg Simmons / Fox News:
CONGRESSMAN MURTHA CRAFTS BILL TO PREVENT IRAQ TROOP DEPLOYMENTS  —  WASHINGTON — A powerful Democrat and Iraq war foe said he intends to introduce legislation in the coming weeks that would effectively end President Bush's plans to send 21,500 more troops into Iraq by setting limits on which troops can be sent.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Bill opposing troop surge likely to pass
Discussion: TAPPED and
Glenn Smith / Burnt Orange Report:
Warren "Anti-CopernicaChisum"  —  It's not surprising that the earth doesn't move for Warren Chisum, and maybe it's not surprising that he blames a Jewish conspiracy for it.  —  Still, it's enough to set the world a-spinning that the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee …
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 …
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
January Weather Hottest by Far  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - It may be cold comfort during a frigid February, but last month was by far the hottest January ever.  —  The broken record was fueled by a waning El Nino and a gradually warming world, according to U.S. scientists who reported the data Thursday.
David Bromwich /
Antarctic temperatures disagree with climate model predictions  —  COLUMBUS , Ohio - A new report on climate over the world's southernmost continent shows that temperatures during the late 20th century did not climb as had been predicted by many global climate models.
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
Rep. Jefferson Gets Seat on Homeland Security  —  Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who's facing an ongoing federal corruption probe, is being granted a spot on the Homeland Security Committee, according to Democratic aides.  —  The appointment will be announced Friday …
Sharon Schiff /
Sex show draws crowd  —  WILLIAMSBURG — Topless women weren't the only thing keeping students at the College of William & Mary focused Monday night at the Sex Workers Art Show.  —  Sparkling nipple adornments, feather boas, bare bottoms, erotic dances, striptease music and sex toys entertained …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Power Line
Edward Feser / TCS Daily:
Hayek and Fusionism  —  "Fusionism" is the attempt to combine libertarianism and conservatism into a unified political philosophy and program.  It has been controversial ever since Frank Meyer first defended it half a century ago, and every electoral cycle seems to generate another round …
Charlie Cook / MSNBC:
GOP is losing ground in party-affiliation polling  —  Republicans' inherent advantage in Electoral College math might be gone  —  WASHINGTON — Last month I wrote a column suggesting that "the Republican brand" had been damaged over the last year, and I quoted several Republicans who agreed with that proposition.
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