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2:05 PM ET, February 25, 2012

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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Officers Killed in Kabul Shooting  —  KABUL—Two high-ranking U.S. military advisers were killed Saturday during a clash with an Afghan national at Afghanistan's Interior Ministry headquarters, according to Afghan and Western officials.  —  An American colonel and major were both found shot …
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BBC:
Afghanistan Nato officers shot dead in Kabul ministry  —  The ministry was put in lock-down after the incident  —  Two Nato officers have been killed in the interior ministry in the Afghan capital Kabul, coalition officials say.  —  Nato said an “individual” had turned his gun on the officers …
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
2 American officers killed in Afghan ministry  —  Kabul (CNN) — The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack Saturday inside the Afghan interior ministry that killed at least two American officers.  —  NATO and Afghan officials reported the deaths of two American officers inside the ministry in Kabul …
Discussion: Wake up America and Jihad Watch
New York Times:
For Romney, a Message Lost in the Empty Seats  —  DETROIT — In a major policy speech here, just days before the Michigan primary, Mitt Romney set out on Friday to deliver a sweeping and sober vision for how to revive the American economy.  In the end, he delivered something else as well …
Discussion: Rod Dreher, The Caucus and Eschaton
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
With Detroit Debacle, Mitt Romney Steps on His Momentum—Again  —  The Republican candidate has a tendency to make cringe-inducing gaffes right when things are going well for his campaign.  —  Mitt Romney's big economic speech in Detroit on Friday could hardly have gone more awry.
Carlos Osorio / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney's Ford Field Fumble?
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: Wife Ann drives ‘a couple of Cadillacs’
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
Why the Climate Skeptics Are Winning  —  Too many of their opponents are intellectual thugs.  —  The forlorn and increasingly desperate climate campaign achieved a new level of ineptitude last week when what had looked like a minor embarrassment for one of its critics …
Discussion: Wizbang and Power Line
Fars News Agency:
Commander Views US Helplessness as Root Cause of Quran Burning by American Soldiers  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- A top Iranian military commander said the US helplessness in the confrontation against Islam is the real cause underlying the burning of the Muslims' Holy Book by American soldiers in Afghanistan …
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John P. Martin / Philly.com:
Court filing: Bevilacqua ordered shredding of memo identifying suspected abusers  —  Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua ordered aides to shred a 1994 memo that identified 35 Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests suspected of sexually abusing children, according to a new court filing.
WSB-TV:
Poll: Gingrich holds commanding lead in Georgia  —  ATLANTA —  A new poll conducted for Channel 2 Action News shows Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich with a double-digit lead in Georgia.  —  The Landmark/Rosetta Stone poll of 1,300 voters was conducted on Feb. 23 …
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Daily Mail:
Insult to WWII heroes: Graves of British troops smashed and desecrated by Libyan Islamists in protest over U.S. soldiers' Koran burning  —  A furious mob has desecrated dozens of Commonwealth War Graves in a Libyan cemetery amid continuing fury in the Middle East over the burning of the Koran by U.S. soldiers.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: State Department quietly warning region on Syrian WMDs  —  The State Department has begun coordinating with Syria's neighbors to prepare for the handling of President Bashar al-Assad's extensive weapons of mass destruction if and when his regime collapses, The Cable has learned.
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Mooch: “Every Day I Hear About How Folks Are Struggling, How They're Sacrificing”...  Didn't she just return from a ski trip to Aspen?  Apparently the ski lift operators are a chatty bunch.
Discussion: CNSNews and The Gateway Pundit
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
David Albo, Virginia Lawmaker, Says Wife Wouldn't Have Sex Because Of Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill  —  Virginia's controversial transvaginal ultrasound bill hit one Republican lawmaker close to home.  In the bedroom, to be precise.  He said a fellow lawmaker's television discussion of the bill cost him sex with his wife.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sen. Hutchison hits Obama on job growth, high gas prices  —  Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) tried to further the Republican narrative that the president and the Democrat-controlled Senate are impeding job growth and causing a spike in the cost of gasoline.
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and his vorpal sword
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Jeb Bush: The GOP Debates Are ‘A Little Troubling’  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush expressed anguish over the rhetoric he's heard in the various 2012 GOP debates.  “I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I'm wondering, I don't think I've changed …
Reuters:
Hamas ditches Assad, backs Syrian revolt  —  Leaders of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas turned publicly against their long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Friday, endorsing the revolt aimed at overthrowing his dynastic rule.  —  The policy shift deprives Assad …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Jerry Hirsch / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times launches new membership program  —  Starting March 5, online readers will be asked to buy a digital subscription at an initial rate of 99 cents for four weeks.  Readers who do not subscribe will be able to read 15 stories in a 30-day period for free.
 
 
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