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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush: Arab Co. Port Deal Should Proceed  — President Bush said Tuesday that the deal allowing an Arab company to take over six major U.S. seaports should go forward and that he would veto any congressional effort to stop it.  —  "After careful review by our government …
Judd / Think Progress:
BREAKING: Rumsfeld and Pace Not Consulted On Transfer Of Port Operations To UAE  —  In a press briefing today, Secretary Rumsfeld revealed that he was not consulted about the decision to transfer operations of six key U.S. ports to the United Arab Emirates, a country with troubling ties to international terrorism.
Castro /
Sea Ports Deal Update
Discussion: Suitably Flip and Expose the Left
Lesley Clark / Miami Herald:
Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal
Bush faces pressure to block port deal
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Stand up for Denmark!  —  Why are we not defending our ally?  —  Put the case that we knew of a highly paranoid religious cult organization with a secretive leader.  Now put the case that this cult, if criticized in the press, would take immediate revenge by kidnapping a child.
Associated Press:
Austria Imposes 3-Year Sentence on Notorious Holocaust Denier  —  VIENNA, Feb. 20 (AP) — The British historian David Irving on Monday pleaded guilty to denying the Holocaust and was sentenced to three years in prison.  He conceded that he was wrong when he said there were no Nazi gas chambers at the Auschwitz death camp.
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
To: Subject: Why It's All About Me  —  One student skipped class and then sent the professor an e-mail message asking for copies of her teaching notes.  Another did not like her grade, and wrote a petulant message to the professor.  Another explained that she was late …
New York Times:
Embattled President of Harvard to Step Down at End of Semester  —  Lawrence H. Summers, the president of Harvard University, said today that he would step down at the end of the academic year.  —  Dr. Summers will likely take a yearlong sabbatical and then return to Harvard as a distinguished professor …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Summers to quit as Harvard president: report
Dulue Mbachu / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Sectarian mobs in Nigeria kill 24  —  LAGOS, Nigeria — Christian and Muslim mobs rampaged through two Nigerian cities Tuesday, killing at least 24 people in violence that followed deadly protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad over the weekend.
Stephen Green / Vodkapundit:
Name Calling  —  Dan Morgan accuses Glenn Reynolds of being a conservative.  —  I can't agree with Dan on this one, if only because by his lights I'm one, too.  After giving the matter a little thought and a large cocktail, I'd like to propose a new two-part political labeling system.
Associated Press:
Ex-Malasian Leader Says He Paid Abramoff  —  Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday that disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize his 2002 meeting with President Bush, but denied the money came from the Malaysian government.
Anne Penketh / Independent:
US threatens to cut aid to Iraq if new government is sectarian  —  The US and Britain are pressuring Iraq's dominant Shia community to relinquish two key ministries in negotiations for a new government, as the country was hit by a wave of bombings that killed at least 24 people.
John O'Neil / New York Times:
Supreme Court Reopens Abortion Issue on Alito's First Day  —  The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a challenge to a federal law outlawing a late-term abortion procedure, reopening the contentious issue on Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s first day on the bench.
Will Bunch / Philadelphia Daily News:
Santorum's mortgage raises interest  —  This article stems from an investigative piece that Daily News staff writer Will Bunch wrote on a freelance assignment for American Prospect, a national political magazine with a liberal bent.  The entire 6,000-word story is slated to be available today …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
States Curbing Right to Seize Private Homes  —  In a rare display of unanimity that cuts across partisan and geographic lines, lawmakers in virtually every statehouse across the country are advancing bills and constitutional amendments to limit use of the government's power of eminent domain …
Associated Press:
Bikers roll to military funerals to oppose anti-gay protests  —  FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky (AP) — Wearing vests covered in military patches, a band of motorcyclists rolls around the country from one soldier's funeral to another, cheering respectfully to overshadow jeers from church protesters.
Steve Kiggins /
Hatch defends Bush's domestic surveillance  —  CEDAR CITY - Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, boldly defended President Bush's warrantless surveillance program and the war in Iraq on Saturday at an invitation-only luncheon with Iron County political and business leaders.
BARBARA PRETE;  —  Intervenors-Defendants-Appellants.  ; —  En Banc  —  On direct review of the General Judgment and Order dated October 24, 2005, filed in Marion County Circuit Court, Mary Mertens James, Judge.  —  Argued and submitted January 10, 2006.
Bush blames mix-up on lab's funding shortfall  —  Employees rehired before president's visit to tout energy plans  —  GOLDEN, Colorado (CNN) — President Bush told workers at a renewable energy lab Tuesday that the government had sent "mixed signals" over the future of its federal funding.

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