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6:20 AM ET, March 1, 2006


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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.
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.
Atlas Shrugs:
B. Preston / JunkYardBlog:   Militant Islam and 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 …
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 …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Rack and Ruin  —  The Supreme Court considers Anna Nicole's surprisingly real claims.  —  Listen to this story on NPR's Day to Day.  —  It's difficult to imagine two more different pieces of circuitry: The Supreme Court is hard-wired to suck out the drama from even the most emotionally charged conflicts.
Discussion: UNCoRRELATED
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 …
Juan Cole / Salon:
Iraq's worst week — and Bush's
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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
FANTASY AT THE UN, AND IN PAKISTAN  —  The New York Times reports on a United Nations conference in Qatar that addressed—productively, no doubt—the Danish cartoon controversy.  —  The conference sounds like a travesty.  Here is the appalling Bishop Tutu: … "Imagine"?  "Imagine"?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
U.S. lacked plan for rebuilding Iraq, report says  —  The Bush administration never drew up a comprehensive plan for rebuilding Iraq after the March 2003 invasion, which contributed to a severe shortage of skilled federal workers in Baghdad and to the mismanagement of the country's oil money, according to a new government report.
Washington Post:
Gonzales Seeks to Clarify Testimony on Spying  —  Extent of Eavesdropping May Go Beyond NSA Work  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales appeared to suggest yesterday that the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance operations may extend beyond the outlines that the president acknowledged in mid-December.
Discussion: and TalkLeft
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
RICKIE LEE JONES DOESN'T LIKE RIGHT-WINGERS, DOESN'T LIKE TURNCOATS... AND DOESN'T LIKE JOE LIEBERMAN  —  I can't believe the electricity went down in North-Central L.A. today— where I live.  Like 3 blocks from me, it was all cool, but I've been off line since 3AM.
Discussion: firedoglake and TalkLeft
Associated Press:
President Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Bush made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday, flying here secretly to support its fledging government in the face of rising violence from al-Qaida and Taliban militants.
Khaleej Times:
'Controversy helped Europe understand Islam'  —  "We have to solve this matter through dialogue; the outcome of this controversy is that it facilitated a deeper dialogue', he told your favourite No. 1 newspaper Khaleej Times.  —  "We Europeans have realised that we can say anything to Muslims …
Discussion: Cold Fury and Hyscience
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
NARAL and Planned Parenthood (UPDATED)  —  Thanks to all your calls, faxes and letters a firestorm has broken out in the Connecticut pro-choice community over the decision of NARAL and Planned Parenthood to ask their members to thank Joe Lieberman for his Alito vote.
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Online Colleges Receive a Boost From Congress
Discussion: Tim Worstall
Phillip Longman / Foreign Policy:
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Discussion: Dr. Helen and Peaktalk
EU issues drawings statement
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Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
MORE ON THE GAS TAX.  These are all very sensible comments by Duncan …
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