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4:00 AM ET, March 1, 2006


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Michelle Malkin:
A MANIFESTO AGAINST ISLAMISM  —  Danish reader P.H.N. sends an important document published today in the Jyllands-Posten from 12 brave intellectuals:  —  MANIFESTO: Together facing the new totalitarianism  —  After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.
Salman Rushdie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali et al Slam Islamic Totalitarianism  —  This just in, stay tuned as the story develops.  I think we'll be seeing people die in the coming days.  You know, from "reactions"....  Update: This will be brought in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo tomorrow, Wednesday.
B. Preston / JunkYardBlog:
Militant Islam and Children  —  This subject is much broader and deserves more attention than a fleeting blog post, but two stories appeared in my inbox today that suggest militant Islam and even some of its mainstream cousins have absolutely no thought of the future and no regard for the lives of anyone, most especially children.
Stars & Stripes:
Poll of troops in Iraq sees 72% support for withdrawal within a year  —  WASHINGTON — Seventy-two percent of troops on the ground in Iraq think U.S. military forces should get out of the country within a year, according to a Zogby poll released Tuesday.  —  The survey of 944 troops …
Financial Times:
American troops want swift pull-out from Iraq
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Editor and Publisher:
Kristof: Poll Finds U.S. Troops in Iraq Urge Pullout
Discussion: Generation Why? and AMERICAblog
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Growing Threat Seen In Afghan Insurgency
Discussion: The Heretik
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
GOP Unease Spreads to Security Issues  —  Port Deal Among Challenges to What Has Been Bush's Strength  —  The first heading on the issues page of Rep. Mark Foley's Web site brags that he is "one of President Bush's strongest supporters in Congress."  The Florida Republican voted …
Orly Halpern / Jerusalem Post:
Arab boycott largely reduced to 'lip service'  —  The Arab boycott, established by the Arab League in 1951 as an economic tool to hurt Israel, is a dying animal.  Ask Aramex.  —  The company, which provides delivery services around the world, is commonly used by Arab and Israeli companies …
Juan Cole / Salon:
Iraq's worst week — and Bush's  —  The catastrophe in Iraq, the scope of which is now apparent to even the most disengaged observer, and his mishandling of the Dubai port issue have sent President George W. Bush's public approval ratings to the lowest of his presidency.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
At Least 75 Dead in String of Attacks in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 28 — At least 75 Iraqis were killed in a maelstrom of violence today as insurgents carried out one of their deadliest offensives in weeks.  The vast majority of the victims died in five powerful bombings in Baghdad …
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Prosecutors: Saddam Approved Executions  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Prosecutors presented documents Tuesday they said show Saddam Hussein approved executions of more than 140 Shiites in the 1980s, the most direct evidence yet against the former Iraqi leader in his four-month trial.
The trial just got interesting.
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
MORE ON THE GAS TAX.  These are all very sensible comments by Duncan, but I want to particularly underscore one: For many people, using less car is Just Not An Option.  I tend to find gas taxes most appealing to people in dense, urban environments with highly-functioning public transport systems.
Mark Pazniokas /
Shays Endorsing Lieberman  —  It's been the subject of whispered conversations among top Republican officials for the past month.  Now, U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, R-4th District, has let slip the secret: GOP officials have discussed cross-endorsing Democratic Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman this fall.
Discussion: LamontBlog
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Backs Abortion Protesters in Unanimous Ruling  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 — Anti-abortion groups gained a victory in the Supreme Court today as the justices ruled, 8 to 0, that abortion clinics cannot rely on federal laws against racketeering and extortion to prevent demonstrations against abortions.
Craig S. Smith / New York Times:
Poor and Muslim?  Jewish?  Soup Kitchen Is Not for You.  —  PARIS, Feb. 27 — More than 200 political demonstrators defied a police ban here on Thursday, scurrying across Boulevard St.-Germain and under the sycamore trees of Place Maubert to engage in their forbidden action: eating "pig soup" in public.
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
New York Deal Restricts Force by Jail Guards
Discussion: ACSBlog
Glenn Reynolds /
The Glenn and Helen Show: Claire Berlinski on Europe
Discussion: Dr. Helen and Peaktalk
EU issues drawings statement
Khaleej Times:
'Controversy helped Europe understand Islam'
Discussion: Cold Fury and Hyscience
Gateway Pundit:
Poland Introduces "Martyrs of Our Time" Ad Campaign
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Senate Draft on Lobbying Clamps Down on Earmarks
Zakki Hakim / Associated Press:
Official Ties al-Qaida to Indonesia Terror
Think Progress:
The Minnesota GOP's Stealth Attack On Privacy
Discussion: Norwegianity
 Earlier Items: 
Eszter / Crooked Timber:
The Mrs  —  On occasion, I get emails in which people address me as Mrs. Hargittai.
Gina Holland / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Hears Anna Nicole Smith Case
White House:
President Welcomes Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi to the White House
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
NARAL and Planned Parenthood (UPDATED)
Discussion: Daily Kos and DownWithTyranny!
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
U.S. lacked plan for rebuilding Iraq, report says
Media Matters for America:
Media: National security is a right-wing value
Discussion: firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Michael J. Totten:
The Utah of the Middle East