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5:35 PM ET, March 2, 2007

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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
CPAC: Giuliani Speaks  —  Rudy Giuliani is speaking now at the CPAC conference, and he is drawing huge crowds — not only in the Regency Ballroom where he is appearing, but also around every monitor in the exhibition hall.  He's keeping the CPAC attendees riveted, and the place is otherwise …
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NewDonkey.com:
The Right's Second Look At McCain  —  With his non-announcement announcement of candidacy on Letterman Wednesday night, John McCain's getting some fresh media attention today, most notably Peggy Noonan's typically frothy take in the (subscription-only) Wall Street Journal.
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
At conservatives' conference, little love is expressed for GOP  —  WASHINGTON — Leading conservatives yesterday attacked the Republican party as big-government, free-spending coddlers of illegal immigrants and said the country's conservatives should withhold support from the GOP's current slate …
Redstate:
I Have Seen The Future: It Is Giuliani
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Army Secretary Resigns in Scandal's Wake  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey abruptly stepped down Friday as the Bush administration struggled to cope with the fallout from a scandal over substandard conditions for wounded Iraq soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Bush Orders Review of Service Members' Care  —  Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey resigned today amid a burgeoning scandal over the treatment of wounded outpatient soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and President Bush ordered a "comprehensive review" of care for the nation's war wounded …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Lieberman On Appointment Of Kiley: 'It's A Good First Step'  —  This morning on his radio show, Don Imus questioned Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) about his reaction to the conditions at Walter Reed, saying, "If you're somebody who thought the war was such a wonderful idea, as you did, and continues to support this idiotic exercise...
Nico / Think Progress:
Coulter: I Would Talk About Edwards But "You Have To Go Into Rehab If You Use The Word 'Faggot'"  —  Speaking today at the Conservative Political Action Conference, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter said: "I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards …
Discussion: MyDD and Oliver Willis
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:   Coulter @ CPAC: I would comment on John Edwards, but it turns …
Sean Hackbarth / The American Mind:
ANN COULTER USES GAY SLUR AT CPAC
Hotline On Call:
YouTube Oppo Of The Day  —  1. Sen. Barack Obama, speaking in a fairly impoverished Cleveland, saying he wants "everybody here to pony up five dollars, ten dollars for this campaign.  I don't care how poor you are, you've got five dollars."  —  2. An anti-Giuliani video, just in time for CPAC.
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David Sirota / workingforchange.com/blog/index.cfm:   Obama asks regular folks to buy into his campaign; D.C. calls it a scandal
Echidne / ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES:
Why We Don't Have National Health Insurance  —  A long time I read an article which classified the health care funding systems of countries into three types: socialized medicine (with overtones of Stalinism and stinking waiting-rooms and lines which never move), the system initiated by Bismarck in Germany …
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CBS News:
Poll: The Politics Of Health Care
Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
Reading Hillary Rodham's hidden thesis  —  Clinton White House asked Wellesley College to close off access  —  Hillary Rodham, in a 1965 freshman photo when she was president of Wellesley College's Young Republicans, with the cover page of her senior thesis from 1969 on radical organizer Saul D. Alinsky.
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Michael Fleming / Variety:
Plame film in works at Warner Bros.  —  Studio sets movie about CIA leak scandal  —  Warner Bros. is developing a feature on the lives of Valerie Plame and Ambassador Joseph Wilson, the married couple drawn into a D.C. firestorm.  —  Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Libby Jurors Raise Question About Reasonable Doubt  —  The jury in the Scooter Libby trial sent two questions to the Judge today before leaving early for the weekend.  You can view them here.  —  The one about reasonable doubt is the most interesting. … The jury instruction on reasonable doubt is here.
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
More Notes From The Jury
Discussion: Angry Bear
Baltimore Sun:
A new twist to an intriguing family history … WASHINGTON // Many people know that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas.  —  But an intriguing sliver of his family history has received almost no attention until now …
Michelle Tsai / Slate:
Honey, I'm Dead!  —  HOW GOD REWARDS A FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBER.  —  A female suicide bomber detonated a vest filled with explosives at a university in Baghdad Sunday, killing more than 40 people.  If male martyrs can expect to find 72 virgin maidens in paradise when they die, what rewards can female suicide bombers expect?
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Business Week:
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks  —  Justice Thomas talks about the lasting influence of the man who guided him through his years at Holy Cross and why he's not a beneficiary of affirmative action  —  Of all the influences in the life of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas …
Syed Saleem Shahzad / Asia Times:
Ready to take on the world  —  KARACHI - Al-Qaeda will this year significantly step up its global operations after centralizing its leadership and reviving its financial lifelines.  Crucially, al-Qaeda has developed missile and rocket technology with the capability of carrying chemical …
Kelly Thornton / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Wilkes' prosecutor seeks limits on intelligence secrets  —  Concern is damage to national security  —  DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO - Prosecutors in the corruption case against Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes and former CIA official Kyle "Dusty" Foggo asked a judge yesterday to limit dissemination …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Checkmate  —  The Democratic Party's honeymoon is over.  —  For Big Labor, this week's "card check" victory marked the ultimate payoff for past Democratic election support.  For House Democrats, it marked the end of the honeymoon.  —  Democrats won in November in part by playing …
The Blotter:
When Dick Cheney Talks, Pakistan Listens  —  Brian Ross and Habibullah Khan Report:  —  Pakistan intelligence sources say a second high-ranking Taliban leader has been taken into custody, as the country appeared to be responding to Vice President Dick Cheney's showdown meeting with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
 
 
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Bob Barr / Washington Times:
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