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7:45 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.
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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.
Atlas Shrugs:
A MANIFESTO SLAMS ISLAMIC TOTALITARIANISM
B. Preston / JunkYardBlog:   Militant Islam and Children
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Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Shiites Told: Leave Home Or Be Killed  —  Sunnis Force Evictions As Iraq Tensions Grow  —  BAGHDAD, Feb. 28 — Salim Rashid, 34, a Shiite laborer in an overwhelmingly Sunni Arab village 20 miles north of Baghdad, received his eviction notice Friday from a man at the door with a rocket launcher.
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Growing Threat Seen In Afghan Insurgency
Discussion: The Heretik
Omar / IRAQ THE MODEL:
The trial just got interesting.  —  I was just about to leave home to work when I heard a big bang...  Uh, oh...I won't be able to reach the clinic today, I told Mohammed.  —  The explosion was probably less than a mile away so I knew the roads around us would be soon blocked.
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Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:   Prosecutors: Saddam Approved Executions
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
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Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
WHEREIN I MAKE ENVIRONMENTALISTS STOP LIKING ME.  I really hate to see the gas tax swaggering back into the debate among progressives.  If there's any instance where the liberal urges towards environmentalism and populism collide, it's here.  Since I'm supposed to be writing an article right now …
Discussion: Eschaton and Brendan Nyhan
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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
Mark Pazniokas / courant.com:
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 and Ex-Donkey Blog
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.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Eszter / Crooked Timber:
The Mrs  —  On occasion, I get emails in which people address me as Mrs. Hargittai.  I'm not suggesting that people need know my personal history or preferences.  However, if you are going to contact someone in a professional context and they have a Ph.D. and they teach at a university …
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Pressure Seen on Probes at Baghdad Morgue  —  Former U.N. Envoy Says 'Both Sides' Exerting Influence; Death Count in Dispute  —  BAGHDAD, Feb. 28 — Officials overseeing Baghdad's morgue have come under pressure not to investigate the soaring number of apparent cases of execution and torture in the country …
Discussion: The American Street
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: democracyarsenal.org and TalkLeft
 
 
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