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Veronika Oleksyn / Associated Press:
Holocaust Denier Gets Three Years in Jail  —  VIENNA, Austria — Right-wing British historian David Irving was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after admitting to an Austrian court that he denied the Holocaust _ a crime in the country where Hitler was born.
Holocaust denier Irving is jailed  —  British historian David Irving has been found guilty in Vienna of denying the Holocaust of European Jewry and sentenced to three years in prison.  —  He had pleaded guilty to the charge, based on a speech and interview he gave in Austria in 1989.
Times of London:
Irving jailed for three years, despite Holocaust U-turn
Discussion: Hit and Run and History On Trial
Dawood Wafa / Reuters:
Afghan cartoon protesters threaten to join al Qaeda  —  JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Hundreds of Afghan students shouted support on Monday for Osama bin Laden and threatened to join al Qaeda during a protest against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.  —  In an attempt to cool the controversy …
Ray Robison / The American Thinker:
The proof has been right in front of you the entire time.  Documents available on the internet, which pass the smell test and are probably genuine, show the link between Saddam and al Qaeda.  —  On October 11th, 2004 an online news service called CNSnews published 42 documents that they claimed came from the Iraq Survey Group.
Michael McAuliff / Mercury News:
Lawmakers assail deal giving Dubai firm control of ports  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration gave control of six crucial ports to a Sept. 11-linked Arab nation after a flimsy investigation and with weak guarantees the company in charge can stop Osama bin Laden from infiltrating, the House homeland security chairman said.
Bush faces pressure to block port deal
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere, MSNBC and Macsmind
Will Bunch / American Prospect:
With A Little Help From His Friends  —  Exclusive: An investigation into the private and public finances of Rick Santorum suggests that the Senate GOP might want to reconsider making him its ethics czar.  —  "In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when …
Will / Attytood:
How Santorum paid for his Va. house...and his Starbucks coffee  —  Last spring, I wrote a post that was highly critical of a New York Times Magazine profile of Sen. Rick Santorum.  We thought the piece overplayed his "spiritual" side, and overlooked some inconvenient facts about both his agenda …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush: U.S. on Verge of Energy Breakthrough  —  MILWAUKEE - Saying the nation is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that would "startle" most Americans, President Bush on Monday outlined his energy proposals to help wean the country off foreign oil.  —  Less than half the crude oil used …
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
Roots  —  Taylor Marsh did a post recently that really stuck with me and I've been meaning to do something on it for a while.  It was about local radio, and how the Republicans have such an excellent network of people they can rely on to get their message out.  There is nothing like it that exists on the left:
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The dying scandal that keeps growing
Daily Kos:   Local races  —  One thing I hope to encourage everyone …
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Able Danger Conference Call  —  I had the honor of being on an Able Danger bloggers conference call toniught with Mark Zaid, attorney for many of the Able Danger whistleblowers.  Thanks to Mike at Able Danger Blog for setting this up.  —  The usual suspects showed up on line:  —  Captain Ed
Discussion: Able Danger Blog
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Able Danger Conference Call
Mark / Decision '08:
Able Danger Conference Call: Mark Zaid, Attorney for Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer
Discussion: QT Monster's Place
Michelle Malkin:
CHUCK SCHUMER HEARTS HALLIBURTON  —  The White House port sellout is making some very strange bedfellows.  First, Hillary and me.  And now, on FNC's Big Story with John Gibson, NY Sen. Chuck Schumer embraces Halliburton over the UAE:  —  Download and watch the video (.wmv file)
Jimmy Vielkind / NY Daily News:
'President's gone insane' - 9/11 dad
Discussion: Say Anything and Ace of Spades HQ
Scott Shane / New York Times:
U.S. Reclassifies Many Documents in Secret Review  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 — In a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available for years, including some already published …
Discussion: War and Piece and TalkLeft
Jim Tankersley /
Hackett's research targeted Brown  —  Votes to cut funding for intelligence cited  —  Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Sherrod Brown voted to cut intelligence funding more than a dozen times before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a record that Paul Hackett's campaign advisers called proof …
William Beutler / MyDD:
In Defense of Hotline's William Beutler (By Hotline's William Beutler)  —  I asked Beutler to respond, and he kindly assented.  Matt  —  On Saturday morning you may have read Matt Stoller eviscerating my Washington Examiner analysis of blogger-backed primary challenges in 2006.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and THE NEWS BLOG
Don Van Natta Jr / New York Times:
Germany Weighs if It Played Role in Seizure by U.S.  —  MUNICH, Feb. 20 — For more than a year, the German government has criticized the United States for its role in the abduction of a German man who was taken to an American prison in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he said he was held and tortured …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Rise Of The Cult, Day Three - Unanswered Challenges  —  When Peter Daou of the normally-serious Salon described some audience-boosting flatulence from Glenn Greenwald as "seminal", I took a bit of interest.  What I found was an utterly generic diatribe bashing Bush and his supporters.
Discussion: QandO

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