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8:00 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.
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 …
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 …
Richard Mauer / Kansas City Star:
U.S. and Iraqi forces raid leading Shiite mosque in Baghdad
Andrew Cochran / Counterterrorism Blog:
Capture of Leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq: Wait Until the U.S. Confirms It
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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: Outside The Beltway and TalkLeft
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Broder: George Bush Has Regained His Political Footing
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: RADAR
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Don Surber
Dick Polman / Dick Polman's American Debate:
The "honorary soul brother" calls in his markers  —  This little item ran on the wires the other night: "Two key black political leaders in South Carolina who backed John Edwards in 2004 said Tuesday they were supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination."
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TIME
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.
David Brown / Washington Post:
One Hot Archaeological Find  —  Chili Peppers Spiced Up Life 6,100 Years Ago  —  Inhabitants of the New World had chili peppers and the makings of taco chips 6,100 years ago, according to new research that examined the bowl-scrapings of people sprinkled throughout Central America and the Amazon basin.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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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:
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Discussion: The Peking Duck
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Bush, Congress Could Face Confrontation on Issue of War Powers
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Sex show draws crowd
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Power Line
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Brooks writes: … Putting aside Brooks' argument about Hillary …
Terry Michael / The Politico:
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The Battle for Baghdad Begins
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Chavez threat to seize food shops
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Housing sales drop in 40 states
Discussion: Angry Bear and AMERICAblog
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Reid Schedules Saturday Vote on House's Iraq Resolution