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Michael Freund / Jerusalem Post:
Exclusive: Dubai ports firm enforces Israel boycott  —  The parent company of a Dubai-based firm at the center of a political storm in the US over the purchase of American ports participates in the Arab boycott against Israel, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Bush, Speaking Up Against Bigotry  —  There are times when George Bush sorely disappoints.  Just when you might expect him to issue a malapropian explanation, pander to his base or simply not have a clue about what he is talking about, he does something so right, so honest and, yes …
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 …
U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006  — Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay "as long as they are needed"  — While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy  — Plurality believes Iraqi insurgents are mostly homegrown
John Zogby / The Huffington Post:
On a New Poll Of U.S. Soldiers During Their Service in Iraq  —  In wars of America's century just past, we have sent our soldiers to far-off fields of battle and were left to wonder about their opinions of the life-and-death conflicts in which they were involved.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
How To Slant A Poll 101  —  Today, we're going to look at two of the techniques that are often used by the mainstream media to slant polls against Republicans, both of which are on display in the latest CBS poll.  —  Let's start with the sexy headline and the first paragraph of the CBS piece on the poll:
Drudge Report:
BUSH CHEERS DECLINE OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA, RISE OF ALTERNATIVE PRESS  —  President Bush, for the first time, is hailing the rise of the alternative media and the decline of the mainstream media, which he now says "conspired" to harm him with forged documents.  —  "I find it interesting …
Bush: U.S. Won't Get Into Iraq Civil War  —  President Bush Grants Elizabeth Vargas Exclusive, Wide-Ranging Interview  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2006 — In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas, President Bush offered his views on a range of topics, including the response …
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.
Discussion: Hit and Run and Wonkette
High court rules in favor of protesters
Nelson Hernandez / Washington Post:
Diplomacy Helped To Calm the Chaos  —  U.S.-Kurdish Campaign Sought to Steer Sunnis, Shiites From Brink of Civil War  —  BAGHDAD, Feb. 27 — In the days that followed the bombing of a sacred Shiite shrine, Iraq seemed within a hair's breadth of civil war.  But an aggressive U.S …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Latest Iraqi war casualty — conservative belief in "personal responsibility"  —  To the list of conservative principles which are being tossed aside like yesterday's trash in order to defend George Bush, let us add the ostensible virtue of "personal responsibility."
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Do Opinion Magazines Still Matter in the Age of Blogs?  —  Franklin Foer, age 31, has been named the top editor at the legendary The New Republic.  Many are wondering whether it matters. … TNR and its many cousins—National Review, the Weekly Standard, the Atlantic Monthly, the Nation …
White House:
President Welcomes Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi to the White House  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: We'll have some opening statements.  I will answer two questions from the U.S. side, the Prime Minister will answer two questions from the Italian side.  —  I welcome my friend to the Oval Office.
Minxin Pei / Foreign Policy:
The Dark Side of China's Rise  —  China's economic boom has dazzled investors and captivated the world.  But beyond the new high-rises and churning factories lie rampant corruption, vast waste, and an elite with little interest in making things better.  Forget political reform.
Media Matters for America:
Media: National security is a right-wing value … In recent weeks, several journalists and media figures have taken to describing Democratic criticism of the Bush administration's approval of a deal allowing state-owned Dubai Ports World to assume control of six major U.S. ports as an attempt …
Discussion: firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Anti-Darwin Bill Fails in Utah  —  In a defeat for critics of Darwin, the Utah House of Representatives on Monday voted down a bill intended to challenge the theory of evolution in high school science classes.  —  The bill had been viewed nationally, by people on each side of the science education debate …
Michael J. Totten:
The Utah of the Middle East  —  SULEIMANIYA, IRAQ - When I first saw the city of Suleimaniya, in Northern Iraq, during daylight I was startled.  Out my hotel room window was a straight street, the first such street I had seen in almost half a year.  That probably doesn't sound like a big deal.
Judge OKs press subpoenas in CIA leak case  —  Libby defense aims to show any false statements were result of confusion  —  WASHINGTON - The judge in the CIA leak case said Monday that lawyers on both sides in the perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" …
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
U.S. Opposes U.N.'s Planned Rights Panel  —  UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 27 — The Bush administration will oppose a U.N.-backed resolution calling for the creation of a council to expose the world's worst human rights abusers, John R. Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday.
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.

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