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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 …
Drudge Report:
MAIN PRESS PLANS ANOTHER WEEK OF CHENEY SHOOTING COVERAGE  —  If the nation's top magazines have the pulse of the country — get ready for another exhaustive week of exhaustive Cheney shooting coverage!  —  This just in... Both TIME and NEWSWEEK are planning high impact covers of Cheney …
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Transcript: Former Sen. Simpson Discusses His Friend, Dick Cheney
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Misguided And Cowardly Outrage Of The Press
ReddHedd / firedoglake:   The Rules Do Apply...Or Do They?
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.
Realigning tolerance: Our options in the collision between free speech and Islam
Discussion: GM's Corner
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Crossing the Line on a Cable Show?  —  Dana Milbank can be controversial with readers.  The Post reporter has his fans — and I can be one of them — but I think his appearance on MSNBC last week was a mistake in judgment.  —  Milbank wore hunting gear — an orange stocking cap and striped vest …
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:   Dana Milbank Gets Froomkined by Lil' Debbie
Crooks and Liars:
Lady MaCheney squares of with Gregory  —  Lady MacCheney squares of with Gregory and Dowd  —  Mary got into it with David Gregory and Maureen Dowd over Cheney's bungled handling of the Harry Whittington shooting on MTP.  (It's always odd to see two guests go after one conservative on the bobble head shows.)
James Wolcott:
MARY QUITE CONTRARY  —  I only caught the bitter end of Meet the Press so I'm not sure what provoked Mary Matalin's pout-fest (I'm sure Arianna will issue a full forensics report later), but she made quite a petulant spectacle of herself, shaking her head from side to side in silent …
New York Times:
They Served, and Now They're Running  —  FOR Democrats struggling to win back Congress, it seemed like the most obvious of election strategies: erase the Republican advantage on national security by running real-life combat veterans as candidates.  —  In theory, at least, a candidate with a uniform …
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 …
Michael / Michael Bérubé Online:
Bush's chat with novelist alarms environmentalists, Christian groups
Michelle Malkin:
WORLD ON FIRE: ISLAMISTS GONE WILD  —  Your weekend Cartoon Jihad photo album (click on thumbnails for full-size images; via Yahoo! News):  —  Pakistan...  India...  Indonesia...  Philippines...  Malaysia...  Libya...  Nigeria...  Next?
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 and The American Street
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 …
New York Times:
Lawmakers Increase Criticism of Dubai Deal for Ports  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 — Legislators from both parties continued today to sharply criticize the Bush administration's approval of a recent sale that would give a Dubai company control over shipping facilities at six leading American ports …
Leon Wieseltier / New York Times:
The God Genome  —  THE question of the place of science in human life is not a scientific question.  It is a philosophical question.  Scientism, the view that science can explain all human conditions and expressions, mental as well as physical, is a superstition, one of the dominant superstitions …
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.
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 and PunditGuy

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Michelle Malkin:
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