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Michael McAuliff / Mercury News:
Dubai company set to run U.S. ports has ties to administration  —  WASHINGTON - The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House.  —  One is Treasury Secretary John Snow, whose department heads the federal panel that signed off …
New York Times:
Pataki Joins Opposition to Takeover of Ports  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 — The Republican governors of New York and Maryland on Monday joined the growing chorus of criticism of an Arab company's takeover of operations at six major American ports.  Both raised the threat of legal action …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
Lesley Clark / Miami Herald:
Carter backs Bush's stand on seaport-operations deal
Discussion: A Blog For All and Blogs of War
Bush faces pressure to block port deal
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere, MSNBC and Macsmind
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 …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Title loan interest could top 300%  —  No-cap bill mirrors donor's blueprint  —  Georgia's automobile title lending law — already among the least consumer-friendly in the nation — could become even harsher under an industry-backed proposal being considered by the General Assembly, consumer advocates say.
Discussion: The Huffington Post   Forget D.C.—the Battle is in the States
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
With Longevity on Court, Stevens's Center-Left Influence Has Grown  —  One day last summer, an unusual baseball practice took place at Bluemont Park in Arlington.  A white-haired gentleman in owlish glasses tossed one pitch after another to a female catcher half his age, trying to hit the strike zone.
Gina Holland / Associated Press:
Justices to Weigh Late-Term Abortion Ban
Discussion: PoliBlog
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to hear "partial- birth" abortion case
Discussion: How Appealing
Dan Morgan /
Is Instapundit a Conservative?  —  You may have wondered if Glenn Reynolds is a conservative.  Today he writes: … I have read his Instapundit blog nearly every day for a year.  Being a non-liberal, I have found that I agree with him much more than not.  This says that he is likely a non-liberal too.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and PoliBlog
Glenn Reynolds /   IN THE MAIL: Bruce Bartlett's Impostor : How George W. Bush …
Stephen Green / Vodkapundit:   Name Calling  —  Dan Morgan accuses Glenn Reynolds of being a conservative.
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 …
Dulue Mbachu / Associated Press:
Anti-Muslim Riot in Nigeria Turns Deadly  —  LAGOS, Nigeria - Christian mobs rampaged through a southern Nigerian city Tuesday, burning mosques and killing several people in an outbreak of anti-Muslim violence that followed deadly protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad over the weekend.
Associated Press:
Holocaust denier: 3-year jail term  —  David Irving pleads guilty, concedes 'I made a mistake'  —  VIENNA, Austria (AP) — Right-wing British historian David Irving pleaded guilty Monday to charges of denying the Holocaust and was sentenced to three years in prison after conceding he was wrong …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Administration Critics Chafe at State Dept. Shuffle  —  Merger Has Brought Appointees Into Conflict With Longtime Workers, Who Say They Are Sidelined  —  A State Department reorganization of analysts involved in preventing the spread of deadly weapons has spawned internal turmoil …
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 …
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
U.S. Counterinsurgency Academy Giving Officers a New Mind-Set  —  Course in Iraq Stresses the Cultural, Challenges the Conventional  —  TAJI, Iraq — If the U.S. effort in Iraq ultimately is successful, one reason may be the small school started recently on a military base here by Army …
Philip P. Pan / Washington Post:
Bloggers Who Pursue Change Confront Fear And Mistrust  —  BEIJING — When Zhao Jing moved his blog to Microsoft's popular MSN Spaces site last summer, some users worried the Chinese government would block the entire service.  The censors had blacklisted the last site where the young journalist …
Discussion: RConversation, Althouse and Newsweek
John Lichfield / Independent:
Jewish anger at 'racist' murder by kidnap gang  —  Tempers are reaching boiling point in the French Jewish community after the torture and murder of a young Jewish man by a suburban gang calling itself " the barbarians".  —  Police had said that the gang kidnapped Ilan Halimi …
Discussion: Amygdala, Adloyada and An Unsealed Room
Presidents Day Rating: Bush 40%  —  President's job approval rating now stable, but base weakened by weight of Iraq War concerns, new Zogby International telephone poll shows  —  As America marks its official Presidents Day holiday, the nation's likely voters appear to have settled …
New York Times:
U.S. Warns Iraq It Won't Support Sectarian Goals  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 20 — The American ambassador to Iraq issued an unusually strong warning on Monday about the need for Iraq's political factions to come together, hinting for the first time that the United States would not be willing …

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