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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
Oliver Kamm:
Irving and others  —  After his disastrous libel suit again …
Discussion: Stephen Pollard and Decision '08
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.
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 …
White House:
President Discusses Advanced Energy Initiative In Milwaukee  —  State of the Union: The Advanced Energy Initiative  —  THE PRESIDENT: John, thanks.  Thanks for letting me come by to say "hello."  (Laughter.)  I've got something on my mind I want to share with you.  First, Happy President's Day.
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
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
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
How Not to Keep Your Head Down  —  Nothing makes journalists madder …
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.
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
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
JANE MAYER ON TORTURE....Jane Mayer's New Yorker article about Alberto Mora, the former general counsel of the Navy, and his fight against abusive interrogation practices, is must reading.  But I want to highlight the part of the story that hasn't really seen the light of day before.
Maha / The Mahablog:
Patriotism v. Francis Fukuyama  —  This is only tangential to the "patriotism v. nationalism" series I seem to have embarked on, but I'd like to toss it in to the mix now before it gets stale.  —  Some years ago I read the original "The End of History?" article that Francis Fukuyama wrote in 1989 …
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
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
John / AMERICAblog:
The Republican party doesn't believe in America  —  Read closely the article below about Bush and his illegal domestic spying program: … Now note a few of the details.  —  Bush wants this to be like Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus.  Well, a few points there.  First, read what habeas corpus actually is:
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Wampum and TalkLeft

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