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Flemming Rose / Washington Post:
Why I Published Those Cartoons  —  Childish.  Irresponsible.  Hate speech.  A provocation just for the sake of provocation.  A PR stunt.  Critics of 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad I decided to publish in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten have not minced their words.
Alasdair Palmer / Telegraph:
'The day is coming when British Muslims form a state within a state'  —  For the past two weeks, Patrick Sookhdeo has been canvassing the opinions of Muslim clerics in Britain on the row over the cartoons featuring images of Mohammed that were first published in Denmark and then reprinted in several other European countries.
Discussion: Power Line and USS Neverdock
Poll reveals 40pc of Muslims want sharia law in UK  —  Four out of 10 British Muslims want sharia law introduced into parts of the country, a survey reveals today.  —  The ICM opinion poll also indicates that a fifth have sympathy with the "feelings and motives" of the suicide bombers …
Realigning tolerance: Our options in the collision between free speech and Islam
Discussion: GM's Corner
The Shot Heard Round the World  —  He peppered a man in the face, but didn't tell his boss.  Inside Dick Cheney's dark, secretive mind-set-and the forces that made it that way.  —  Feb. 27, 2006 issue - Dick Cheney has never been your normal politician.  He has never seemed as eager to please …
Michelle Malkin:
MUSLIMS KILL CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA  —  Committed "in the name of the prophet Mohammed:" … The bloodshed comes a little more than week after Nigerian MPs burned Danish and Norwegian flags in a ceremony in the parliament premises—and despite the conciliatory Christian Association of Nigeria's condemnation of the cartoons.
Discussion: History News Network
Michael Janofsky / New York Times:
Bush's Chat With Novelist Alarms Environmentalists  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 — One of the perquisites of being president is the ability to have the author of a book you enjoyed pop into the White House for a chat.  —  Over the years, a number of writers have visited President Bush …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
New Clerk for Alito Has a Long Paper Trail  —  JUSTICE SAMUEL A. ALITO JR., who was so bland and self-effacing at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings last month, made a bold decision on arriving at the court.  He hired Adam G. Ciongoli, a former top aide to Attorney General John Ashcroft …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, Althouse and TalkLeft
Paul M. Weyrich /
Rumors of a Third Nominee to the Supreme Court
Ali Kotarumalos / Associated Press:
Muslims Assault U.S. Embassy in Indonesia  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia - Hundreds of Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad tried to storm the U.S. Embassy on Sunday, smashing the windows of a guard post but failing to push through the gates.  Several people were injured.
Philip P. Pan / Washington Post:
The Click That Broke a Government's Grip  —  BEIJING — The top editors of the China Youth Daily were meeting in a conference room last August when their cell phones started buzzing quietly with text messages.  One after another, they discreetly read the notes.  Then they traded nervous glances.
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Drug Plan's Start May Imperil G.O.P.'s Grip on Older Voters  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 — Older voters, a critical component of Republican Congressional victories for more than a decade, could end up being a major vulnerability for the party in this year's midterm elections, according to strategists in both parties.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Trillion-Dollar Gimmick  —  Extending Bush's Tax Cuts Through Sleight of Hand  —  Back when the late John Mitchell was attorney general in the Nixon administration, he advised reporters, "Watch what we do, not what we say."  —  That advice certainly applies to the Bush administration as well.
Sonja Barisic / Associated Press:
Pat Robertson Accused of Damaging Movement  —  NORFOLK, Va. - Fellow conservative religious leaders have expressed concern and even open criticism over Pat Robertson's habit of shooting from the hip on his daily religious news-and-talk television program, "The 700 Club."
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Cheering tidbits lighten otherwise grim week  —  In an otherwise grim week — at least on unimportant peripheral matters like Iranian nukes — three things cheered me up.  The first was the decision of Iran's bakers to rename Danish pastries "Roses of the Prophet Muhammed pastries.'' Has a ring to it, don't you think?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
William Safire / New York Times:
Blargon  —  Every walk of life and field of endeavor generates its own insiders' lingo.  Those of us in the MSM — that's the superannuated, archaic mainstream media — have our own jargon, of which the first sentence of an article is the lede, the early edition is the bulldog and the guys working …
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner

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