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9:30 AM ET, February 16, 2007


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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.
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
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Bush, Congress Could Face Confrontation on Issue of War Powers  —  President's Allies See Possible Challenges in Proposals Placing Restrictions on Funding for Iraq  —  President Bush has not been shy about asserting robust powers for the presidency in waging war, but lately he has seemed …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
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.
Ken Allard /
NBC sinks too low for this talking head  —  Like some second marriages and most Hollywood sequels, it's usually a bad idea for a columnist to revisit the same topic.  But last week's discussion of renegade blogger and NBC military analyst Bill Arkin proved some larger points.
Jules Crittenden:
Good News Bad News  —  Lots of news from and about Iraq, Iran, Waziristan, all these places.  Good, bad, ugly and irrelevant.  How's it stack up?  Let's have a look:  —  Good news from Iraq: al-Zarqawi's replacement wounded and a top aide killed, Iraqi officials say.
Lee Keath / Associated Press:
Elite Iranian Corps Enmeshed in Iraq
Discussion: The Corner and Don Surber
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: The Huffington Post
Dan Gearino / Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier:   Iowa Senate passes resolution opposing Iraq surge
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Broad Swath of GOP Defecting on Iraq Vote  —  Some Backing Resolution Are in Safe Seats  —  From the moderate suburbs of Delaware to the rural, conservative valleys of eastern Tennessee, House Republican opponents of President Bush's latest Iraq war plan cut across the GOP's ideological and regional spectrum.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and First Read
The Hill:
Republican defections over Iraq war increase
Discussion: MyDD and Crooks and Liars
OLBERMANN RE-UPS WITH MSNBC—CONF CALL AT NOON TODAY  —  Olbermann Named Managing Editor of "Countdown" And Will Contribute To NBC Network News Programming  —  "Countdown" Up an Amazing 89% Over 2006  —  Media Conference Call at NOON TODAY (ET)  —  Dial (866) 332-6117 Conference ID #9265852 to participate
Discussion: The News Blog
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Death Threats from Malkin Readers (And Other …
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 …
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 …
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.
Mike Dorning / Chicago Tribune:
Political Web sites get personal  —  Candidates let backers write blogs, network  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Barack Obama's newly revamped Web site looks a lot like MySpace and Facebook, and that is no accident.  —  As a presidential candidate offering himself as a generational change agent …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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.
Washington Post:
The Banker's Candidate  —  Connecticut Sen. Christopher J. Dodd has two big jobs.  He is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, and he chairs the Senate Banking Committee.  —  They are proving to be a lucrative combination.  Among Democrats, Dodd's $5 million campaign nest egg …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Housing sales drop in 40 states  —  WASHINGTON - The slump in housing deepened in the final three months of last year with sales falling in 40 states and median home prices dropping in nearly half the metropolitan areas surveyed.  —  Formerly red-hot areas were among the hardest hit …
Discussion: The Agonist, Angry Bear and AMERICAblog
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.
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Mary Eberstadt / Opinion Journal:
Curse of the Christian-Bashers  —  The spirit of the Edwards bloggers haunts Democrats.
Discussion: Decision '08
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Libby defense skirted conspiracy theory
Rick Jacobs / The Huffington Post:
Dorgan, Kerry and Leahy: Iraq's Not For Sale
Discussion: Reuters and DownWithTyranny!
David Johnston / New York Times:
U.S. Looks Into Gifts to Ex-Congressman, Now Governor
Dick Polman / Dick Polman's American Debate:
The "honorary soul brother" calls in his markers
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TIME
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Jim Yardley / New York Times:
China Covers Up Detention of AIDS Doctor
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Pentagon Red Tape Keeps Medical Records From Doctors of the Wounded
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Moisés Naím / New York Times:
Help Not Wanted  —  MY friend was visibly shaken.
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Sharon Schiff /
Sex show draws crowd
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Power Line
Snow on Iraq war planning: "I'm not sure anything went wrong"
Discussion: NewsHog
Terry Michael / The Politico:
Smitten with Mitt TV
Discussion: Wizbang
Chavez threat to seize food shops