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7:15 PM ET, February 25, 2007

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Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
THE REDIRECTION  —  A STRATEGIC SHIFT  —  In the past few months, as the situation in Iraq has deteriorated, the Bush Administration, in both its public diplomacy and its covert operations, has significantly shifted its Middle East strategy.  The "redirection," as some inside the White House …
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Seymour Hersh: Negroponte-Iran Contra—Funds-al Qaeda...Oh my!  —  Sy Hersh tells us that the echos of Iran Contra weighed heavily in Negroponte's decision to resign his post and is claiming that Bush is funneling money without authorization or oversight that has ended up in the hands of Sunni jihadist groups.
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Iraq Rebel Cleric Reins In Militia; Motives at Issue
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Washington Post:
Murtha Stumbles on Iraq Funding Curbs  —  Democrats Were Ill-Prepared for Unplanned Disclosure, Republican Attacks  —  The plan was bold: By tying President Bush's $100 billion war request to strict standards of troop safety and readiness, Democrats believed they could grab hold of Iraq war policy …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Should News Entertain Or Inform — Or Both?  —  INDIO, California — It is the buzz up here at the Riverside County Fair, where I have been performing three shows a day in my other incarnation since Feb. 16.  It's the subject of conversation among entertainers, some of the people who have booths …
Discussion: The Reaction
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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:   News Business is a Business  —  Austin Cline laments the fact …
Austin Cline / Jesus' General:
Journalism as Entertainment: Should News Inform or Just Entertain?
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
New York Times:
Blast Kills 40 as Cleric Assails Baghdad Plan  —  A suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives and ball bearings blew himself up at a Baghdad university today, killing at least 40 people and strewing fingers, pens, purses and bloody textbooks all over the ground.
Discussion: Decision '08
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New York Times:
In Big Buyout, Utility to Limit New Coal Plants  —  Under a proposed $45 billion buyout by a team of private equity firms, the TXU Corporation, a Texas utility that has long been the bane of environmental groups, will abandon plans to build 8 of 11 coal plants and commit to a broad menu …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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David Roberts / The Huffington Post:   If You Can't Beat 'Em, Buy 'Em: TXU Gets an Offer from Green-Friendly Equity Funds
New York Post:
ANGELINA A BABE AMID BRAINIACS  —  The prestigious Council on Foreign Relations is about to get a jolt of sex appeal.  —  The exclusive, Manhattan-based foreign-policy group has decided to admit actress Angelina Jolie, a U.N. goodwill ambassador who has taken more than 30 trips worldwide …
Discussion: Hot Air and Lonewacko
Newsweek:
Forgotten Heroes  —  A Long Recovery: Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth Sargent with his wife Tonia and daughter Alishia at camp Pendleton, Calif. Sargent was shot in the head by a sniper in Najaf in 2004.  The family often walks on the beach, where they pass Marines training.
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Levin: Last Congress Didn't Investigate Walter Reed Because 'They …
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama on Iraq in 2002  —  He was right.  I was wrong.  This clip is impressive.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and The RBC
Haaretz:
Report: 3 Gulf states agree to IAF overflights en route to Iran  —  Three Arab states in the Persian Gulf would be willing to allow the Israel Air force to enter their airspace in order to reach Iran in case of an attack on its nuclear facilities, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa reported on Sunday.
Discussion: NewsHog and Riehl World View
Eric Holland Johnson / ABCNEWS:
Clinton-Obama Spat 'Sad,' Edwards Tells ABC  —  Former Vice Presidential Candidate Tells 'Nightline' He's Confident He Can Compete with Rivals for Funds  —  Last week, while the 2008 presidential campaigns of frontrunners Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. …
David Whitney / Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento lawyer's ascent takes a turn  —  The timing of her resignation from the U.S. Justice Department is being linked to the Abramoff corruption scandal.  —  Story appeared in MAIN NEWS section, Page A4  —  Sue Ellen Wooldridge received a hero's send-off from her partners …
Discussion: CorrenteWire
Los Angeles Times:
U.N. calls U.S. data on Iran's nuclear aims unreliable  —  Tips about supposed secret weapons sites and documents with missile designs haven't panned out, diplomats say.  —  VIENNA — Although international concern is growing about Iran's nuclear program and its regional ambitions …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Rising Hegemon
William Booth / Washington Post:
Al Gore, Rock Star  —  Oscar Hopeful May Be America's Coolest Ex-Vice President Ever  —  LOS ANGELES — In the annals of vice presidential history, tonight will be something different.  In his black tux, the man known to his most fervent fans as "The Goracle" will arrive by hybrid eco-limo and …
 
 
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Michael Portillo / Times of London:
If God is talking to you, too, Mr Cameron - don't listen
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Pew Research Center:
Voters Remain In Neutral As Presidential Campaign Moves Into High Gear
Discussion: MyDD
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Pole Dancing Parties Catch On in Book Club Country
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Nico / Think Progress:
Kristol: Bush 'Could Easily Build Political Support' For Iran Attack …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
'Commanders' Will Quit If We Attack Iran?
Nick Cohen / Opinion Journal:
An Upside-Down World  —  The British far left makes common cause …
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Sunday Wrap-up  —  Writing in Roll Call, Stuart Rothenberg …
Shakespeare's Sister:
Reason #2,675,932 Why I Hate the Media
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Full Bill  —  One of the motivations behind the Hillary …
Discussion: Redstate and Scared Monkeys
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
White House Disaster Drill Supposes 10-City IED Strike
David Johnston / New York Times:
Dismissed U.S. Attorneys Received Strong Evaluations
Inside Iraq:
Sitting Ducks  —  At last my heart and mind are at rest, until tomorrow.
 

 
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