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4:35 AM ET, February 21, 2007

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Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Iraq: the British endgame  —  All British troops will be pulled out of Iraq by the end of 2008, starting with the withdrawal of 1,000 in the early summer, the Guardian has learned.  —  Tony Blair is to announce the moves - the result of months of intense debate in Whitehall - within 24 hours …
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BBC: Blair to announce troop pullout from Iraq  —  At least 1,500 to return home within the next several weeks, report says  —  LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce Wednesday a timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks, the BBC reported.
Thomas Wagner / Associated Press:
Blair to announce Iraq withdrawal plan  —  LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce on Wednesday a new timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks, the BBC reported.  —  Blair will also tell the House of Commons during …
Discussion: NewsHog, Needlenose and Obsidian Wings
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Tony Blair's abrupt reversal on Iraq  —  Tony Blair, January 24, 2007 (from The Los Angeles Times) … A "deeply irresponsible" Tony Blair, today (from Associated Press) … That rather striking reversal does not appear to reflect much confidence in the prospects of success for the President's Glorious AEI Surge currently underway.
Josh White / Washington Post:
Guantanamo Detainees Lose Appeal  —  Habeas Corpus Case May Go to High Court  —  A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that hundreds of detainees in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, do not have the right to challenge their imprisonment in federal courts, a victory for the Bush administration …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Tony Snow and White House Reporters Slam The 'Hateful,' 'Polarized' Blogosphere  —  In a press roundtable at the National Press Club tonight, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow led a discussion with White House correspondents about the impact of the internet on their respective jobs.  Their conclusion?
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Helen Thomas Moving Back After 46 Years Down Front  —  Every theater-style seat in the White House briefing room, now closed for renovation, had a brass plaque inscribed with the name of a news organization.  Only one, in the middle of the front row, had a name: "HELEN THOMAS," it said.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and The Right Angle
Matthew Miller / DSCC:
NRSC "Inner Circle Member" Indicted On Terror Charges  —  According to the Associated Press, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, a self-proclaimed life member of the National Republican Senatorial Committee's "Inner Circle Leadership Committee" has been indicted on charges of financing a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.
Discussion: Wonkette and The Democratic Daily
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Frankie Edozien / New York Post:
LET ALIENS VOTE: ACTIVISTS  —  Immigrant-rights activists yesterday renewed their push to allow legal noncitizens to vote in the Big Apple.  —  A bill that would grant permanent residents and other legal immigrants the right to vote in municipal elections has been stalled in the City Council since last year.
Matthew Yglesias / American Prospect:
Fitting the Bill  —  Why isn't Bill Richardson's presidential candidacy taken seriously?  —  On Thursday, February 8, Bill Richardson delivered a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on "The New Realism and the Rebirth of American Leadership," laying out the foreign policy vision …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Outside The Beltway
AlterNet:
Maybe We Deserve to Be Ripped Off By Bush's Billionaires  —  While America obsessed about Brittany's shaved head, Bush offered a budget that offers $32.7 billion in tax cuts to the Wal-Mart family alone, while cutting $28 billion from Medicaid.  —  What was she thinking?  How about nothing?
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Iraq War Attitudes  —  Public Opinion Strategies* has released a survey [PDF file here] of likely voters' attitudes toward the Iraq War that finds that most voters think the country is going in the wrong direction (67%) and President Bush is doing a poor job (60%), and that Iraq will never be a stable democracy (60%).
Gary Kamiya / Salon:
Is there life after Bush?  —  We've been hating him forever, but he's leaving.  Now we have to decide what to do with the rest of our lives.  —  Hating George W. Bush sometimes feels like a full-time job.  I get up in the morning, open the paper, and it's Bush World.
Bill / INDCJournal:
"Tell the American people we need the U.S. Army here:" An Interview with the Jundi  —  An Interview with the Jundi  —  (L to R) Iraqi Army soldiers Jabbar, Mohaned F, Mohaned N and Mohammed sit in their room at Forward Operating Base Castle in NE Fallujah.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Teen 'sport killings' of homeless on the rise … MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (CNN) — All Nathan Moore says he wanted to do was smoke pot and get drunk with his friends.  —  Killing Rex Baum was never part of the plan that day in 2004.  —  "It all started off as a game," Moore said.
Discussion: Wonkette
Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
Clinton stresses credentials  —  N.Y. senator tells Columbia crowd she has experience needed to be president  —  Hillary Clinton told a crowd of more than 3,000 at Allen University on Monday she's "proud to be a woman," but she's not basing a run for president on her gender.
Discussion: AMERICAblog, Sirotablog, TIME and MyDD
 
 
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