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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.
White House:
Roundtable Interview of the President by the Press Pool
Discussion: Mathew Gross
Castro /
Sea Ports Deal Update
Discussion: and Suitably Flip
Djmarch / The Nation:
Corporate Control of Ports Is the Problem — UPDATED
Discussion: Ezra Klein and TAPPED
Michael McAuliff / Mercury News:
Dubai company set to run U.S. ports has ties to administration
RenaRF /
All Hell Breaks Loose in GOP Land - Updated Again!!!
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: Outside The Beltway and Gawker
President Lawrence H. Summers /
Letter to the Harvard community  —  Dear Members of the Harvard Community,  —  I have notified the Harvard Corporation that I will resign as President of the University as of June 30, 2006.  Working closely with all parts of the Harvard community, and especially with our remarkable students …
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Summers Resigns as Harvard President  —  Lawrence Summers, the embattled president of Harvard University, resigned today after a tumultuous year during which he repeatedly clashed with the faculty at one of the nation's oldest and more prestigious schools.  —  His resignation takes effect at the end of the academic year.
Discussion: Wonkette and TAPPED
Summers to quit as Harvard president: report
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.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Liza Porteus / Fox News:
Three Charged in Plan to Attack U.S. Military in Iraq  —  A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted three Ohio men for their role in assisting terrorism on U.S. targets overseas, specifically American military personnel and their allies in Iraq.  —  The indictment, which was unsealed Monday …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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 …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush Blames Cuts at Energy Lab on Mix-Up  —  GOLDEN, Colo. — President Bush, on a three-state trip to promote his energy policy, said Tuesday that a budgeting mix-up was the reason 32 workers at one of the nation's premier renewable energy labs were laid off and then reinstated just before his visit.
Matt Singer /
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  HELENA, MT - The Progressive Legislative Action Network (PLAN) today issued a report that exposes many of the conservative movement's methods of operation in state government and how progressives can deliver results.  The organization also rolled out its website …
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 …
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.
Yahoo! News:
Hate Mail and Death Threats Target Seller of Mohammed Cartoon T-shirts  —  (PRWEB) - (PRWEB) February 21, 2006 — Conservative t-shirt maker MetroSpy set off a firestorm when their newest design depicted a caricature of the prophet Mohammed with a bomb wrapped in his turban.
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 …

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USA Today:
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