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5:40 PM ET, February 16, 2007

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Dan Gerstein / The Politico:
Liberal Bloggers Demonstrate Their Political Immaturity, Democrat Says  —  If the liberal blogs want to understand why so few people outside their narrow echo chamber take them seriously, and what it will take to gain the broader credibility they crave, they should look no further than their handling …
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.
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Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Bill opposing troop surge likely to pass
Discussion: TAPPED and NewsHog
Jeremy Redmon / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Anti-evolution memo stirs controversy  —  The Anti-Defamation League is calling on state Rep. Ben Bridges to apologize for a memo distributed under his name that says the teaching of evolution should be banned in public schools because it is a religious deception stemming from an ancient Jewish sect.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Next Hurrah
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Dallas Morning News:
Chisum contrite over memo  —  Legislature: Group says evolution handout contains anti-Semitic material  —  AUSTIN - House Appropriations Chairman Warren Chisum said Wednesday that he's "willing to apologize" for giving colleagues a document that contains what the Anti-Defamation League called "outrageous anti-Semitic material."
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
THE QUOTE "SURGE"  —  A quick clip from MG Caldwell's Baghdad briefing yesterday: … The point?  People who know what's going on are now using quotation marks even when they say "surge".  —  I love starting a trend.  —  Here are the General's remarks pertinent to the "surge".
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Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
Civilian deaths in Iraq drop overnight  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The number of Iraqi civilians killed in Baghdad's sectarian violence fell drastically overnight, an Iraqi military official said Friday, crediting the joint U.S.-Iraqi security operation that began in force just days ago.
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Dispute Over Iraqi Cleric, Said to Have Gone to Iran
Discussion: The Corner and Needlenose
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Global Hot Air From the Media  —  If you take the mainstream media seriously, you might think that every important scientist believes that "global warming" poses a great threat, and that we need to make drastic changes in the way we live, in order to avoid catastrophes to the environment, to various species, and to ourselves.
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
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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.
New York Times:
Viewers Fast-Forwarding Past Ads?  Not Always  —  People with digital video recorders like TiVo never watch commercials, right?  —  Add that to the list of urban — and suburban — myths.  —  It turns out that a lot of people with digital video recorders are not fast-forwarding and time-shifting as much as advertisers feared.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM), CBS News and SayUncle
James Kirchick / Examiner:
Who is really stifling honest debate about the Middle East?  —  WASHINGTON - Aside from the Iraq war — which has only consumed our attention for the past four years — is there an international issue that inspires more debate than the Arab-Israeli conflict?
The Emory Wheel:
What's Jimmy Carter Afraid Of?  —  By: 11 Emory Professors  —  Once again, Jimmy Carter has shrunk from debate.  Despite having written a book whose purpose he claims was to promote dialogue and discussion, he has consistently dodged appearing with anyone who could challenge …
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
DefenseLINK:
Defense Department Media Roundtable With Secretary Of Defense Robert Gates And Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff General Peter Pace  —  SEC. GATES: Good afternoon.  Just a few comments very quickly about travel that the chairman and I have had over the past week.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Deepak Chopra / The Huffington Post:
Why Evolutionary Biology Embraces the Bogus (Part 1)  —  Recently quite a few stories have appeared in the media touting new explanations for such diverse things as altruism, generosity, and music.  These complex matters, we are told, can be traced to the brain, which is dependent upon genes …
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Nader says he may run in 2008, especially if Hillary gets the nomination  —  (02-15) 16:16 PST SAN FRANCISCO — Former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader said he is considering a presidential run in 2008 and strongly suggested today he would enter the race if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the Democratic Party nomination.
Discussion: NewsHog, First Read and PoliPundit.com
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Evangelical leader sizes up GOP field, says Giuliani's campaign is doomed  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said Wednesday night he is making a bid for the White House, will not be America's 44th president because he supports abortion rights and gay rights and has been married three times.
James K. Galbraith / The Nation:
What Kind of Economy?  —  This is the first in a series of essays outlining a new progressive economic policy.  The series, we hope, will offer an alternative to the neoliberal thinking that has dominated economic policy within the Democratic Party leadership over the past decade.
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
In Leak Case, Jurors Given Plethora of Reasons To Acquit Libby
Discussion: Slate, TalkLeft and Salon
Rick / Burning Questions:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
victorycaucus.com:
Troop Support  —  Spirit of America is helping deploy The Snake Eater …
Discussion: Power Line and Michelle Malkin
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
I've hauled this one out before, but it's worth another look …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
The White Flag Republicans
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and Democrats.com
The Blotter:
Al Qaeda Attack Video Appears to Be Staged
Discussion: In the Bullpen
John / AMERICAblog:
University of Illinois drops its mascot, I'm a bit perturbed
Amanda Marcotte / The Huffington Post:
Think Tanks, 503s and Rush Limbaugh—What's The Real "Soft Money"
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Glenn Greenwald Exposes Frank Gaffney
Discussion: Salon and Nitpicker
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
At the "Writing About the Law" conference.
Gail Shister / Philadelphia Inquirer:
'24' tamps down the torture
Nico / Think Progress:
Young Will Not Retract Fabricated Lincoln Quote
Nico / Think Progress:
The 'Get 'er Done' defense of escalation.
Mary Eberstadt / Opinion Journal:
Curse of the Christian-Bashers  —  The spirit of the Edwards bloggers haunts Democrats.
Discussion: The Corner and Decision '08
David Johnston / New York Times:
White House Is Reported to Be Linked to a Dismissal