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Michelle Malkin:
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER EMBASSY TORCHED  —  Via Reuters, here's the latest on what's happening in the Muslim world: … Associated Press adds this: … Video at BBC News.  —  Jeff Jacoby: "We are all Danes now"  —  Mark Steyn: "'Sensitivity' can have brutal consequences"  —  Excerpt:
Zeina Karam / Associated Press:
Protesters Torch Danish Embassy in Beirut  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Muslims protesting caricatures of Islam's prophet set fire Sunday to a building housing the Danish Embassy in Lebanon as security forces fired tear gas in an attempt to stop the protesters.  —  Thousands of protesters took part …
Danish consulate in Beirut ablaze  —  (CNN) — Islamic anger over newspaper cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed continues to spread internationally, with thousands of protesters rallying while some of their number torched the Danish consulate in Beirut.  —  Wielding sticks and stones …
Zeina Karam / Associated Press:
Violence Spreads Over Muhammad Caricatures  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Thousands of Muslims rampaged Sunday in Beirut, setting fire to the Danish Embassy, burning Danish flags and lobbing stones at a Maronite Catholic church as violent protests spread over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
We are all Danes now  —  HINDUS CONSIDER it sacrilegious …
Discussion: The Anchoress, Slate and Barcepundit
Unchallenged, a man poses as a suicide bomber.
Discussion: EU Referendum
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
Unintended consequences  —  The cartoon crisis shifted course ever …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Blogs of War
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Voice of Feminism's 'Second Wave'  —  Betty Friedan, the writer, thinker and activist who almost single-handedly revived feminism with her 1963 book "The Feminine Mystique," died of congestive heart failure yesterday, her 85th birthday, at her home in Washington.
Associated Press:
Feminist Author Betty Friedan Dies at 85  —  WASHINGTON - Betty Friedan, whose manifesto "The Feminine Mystique" became a best seller in the 1960s and laid the groundwork for the modern feminist movement, died Saturday, her birthday.  She was 85.  —  Friedan died at her home of congestive heart failure …
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Betty Friedan, Who Ignited Cause in 'Feminine Mystique,' Dies at 85  —  Betty Friedan, the feminist crusader and author whose searing first book, "The Feminine Mystique," ignited the contemporary women's movement in 1963 and as a result permanently transformed the social fabric of the United States …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof and Feministe
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
The Cia Leak: Plame Was Still Covert  —  Feb. 13, 2006 issue - Newly released court papers could put holes in the defense of Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, in the Valerie Plame leak case.  Lawyers for Libby, and White House allies, have repeatedly questioned whether Plame …
Clarice Feldman / The American Thinker:
Court documents were released yesterday which appear to sound the death knell for Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's case against Lewis "Scooter" Libby.  Leftists who once eagerly anticipated a "Merry Fitzmas" are likely to find a lump of coal in their stockings next December, before the trial …
Washington Post:
Surveillance Net Yields Few Suspects  —  NSA's Hunt for Terrorists Scrutinizes Thousands of Americans, but Most Are Later Cleared  —  Intelligence officers who eavesdropped on thousands of Americans in overseas calls under authority from President Bush have dismissed nearly …
Michelle Malkin:
IT IS NOT A "ROW"  —  Have you noticed how international newspapers and television stations are doing their best to downplay the global conflagration over the Cartoon Jihad?  —  And on and on and on.  —  A "row" is a quarrel.  Married couples have "rows" over laundry and finances.
Democracy has a gun held to its head  —  Last week, Muslims marched in the centre of London chanting "Freedom go to Hell!"  There could be no more graphic illustration of the paradox at the heart of the cartoon row.  These protesters were exercising - and in many cases abusing …
Discussion: Daily Pundit
The cartoons crisis: The silence of the left  —  [This post is about twelve hours late due to the giant Blogger foul-up yesterday.]  —  I am fascinated with the Danish cartoons controversy that has ignited the Muslim world, and blown back to steel the spine of Europe — if not our own State Department …
New York Times:
Tolerating Death in the Mines  —  Federal safety officials, faced with the death of two more West Virginia miners, are asking the coal industry to "stand down for safety" tomorrow to check the nation's mines for lethal working conditions.  This smacks of public relations more than worker protection.

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