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11:30 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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Jay / Stop The ACLU:
A Manifesto Against Islamism
The Brussels Journal:
Anti-Jihad Manifesto Misses the Point
Discussion: sisu
Alexandra von Maltzan / All Things Beautiful:
The Manifesto Against The New Islamic Totalitarianism
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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.
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Reuters:
Bush makes surprise Afghanistan visit
Washington Post:
Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt and AMERICAblog
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.
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.
Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
How reliable is Zogby poll of military in Iraq?  —  The latest Zogby "poll" purports to show heavy unclarity of mission and support for leaving Iraq during the next year or sooner among our servicepeople in Iraq.  —  However, Zogby's poll purposely leaves open too many questions …
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Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Prosecutors in Hussein Case Tie Him to Order to Kill 148  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 1 — As Saddam Hussein watched quietly from the dock, prosecutors on Tuesday displayed what they said was his signature on orders of execution for 148 men and boys, some as young as 11, in what appeared …
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Omar / IRAQ THE MODEL:
The trial just got interesting.
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:   Prosecutors: Saddam Approved Executions
Victor Davis Hanson / Opinion Journal:
At War With Ourselves  —  We're winning in Iraq.  Let's not lose at home.  —  Last week the golden dome of the Askariya shrine in Samarra was blown apart.  Sectarian riots followed, and reprisals and deaths ensued.  Thugs and criminals came out of the woodwork to foment further violence.
Gateway Pundit:
Poland Introduces "Martyrs of Our Time" Ad Campaign  —  The Polish Foundation of St. Benedictus introduces its "Martyrs of our Time" ad campaign this week.  —  Poland is no France...  No rationalizing or mollifying barbaric behavior in Krakow!  —  Here are a few of the moving posters …
Knight Ridder:
Intelligence agencies warned about growing local insurgency in late 2003  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the White House beginning more than two years ago that the insurgency in Iraq had deep local roots, was likely to worsen and could lead to civil war …
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
al-Qaeda's Foreign Fighters in Iraq  —  The pros & cons of al-Qaeda funneling both novice and experienced jihadis into Iraq  —  In the wake of the destruction of the dome of the Golden Mosque and the ensuing unrest, al-Qaeda in Iraq is hard at work with a suicide bombing campaign designed to increase the sectarian divide within Iraq.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The End of Fukuyama  —  Why his latest pronouncements miss the mark.  —  I have a feeling that last week was a disappointing one for Francis Fukuyama, whose essay "After Neoconservatism" (adapted from his upcoming book America at the Crossroads) was awarded seven pages in the Feb. 19 New York Times Magazine.
Discussion: BrothersJudd Blog and Peaktalk
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Veterans Report Mental Distress  —  About a Third Returning From Iraq Seek Help  —  More than one in three soldiers and Marines who have served in Iraq later sought help for mental health problems, according to a comprehensive snapshot by Army experts of the psyches of men and women returning …
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Senate Draft on Lobbying Clamps Down on Earmarks  —  Rules Panel Would Target Narrow Spending and Require Prompt Disclosure of Meals Received  —  The Senate Rules Committee plans today to draft legislation that would make it harder for lawmakers to win narrowly focused appropriations …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Rivals Try to Tie G.O.P. Senator to Lobby Furor  —  GREAT FALLS, Mont., Feb. 27 — At a meeting with Senator Conrad Burns here last weekend, the Little Shell Chippewa tribe presented him with ropes of woven sweetgrass, a ceremonial tobacco pouch and a traditional drum dance.
Discussion: Norwegianity, Wampum and Demagogue
Saeb Erekat / New York Times:
What the P.L.O. Has to Offer  —  MANY have argued that Hamas's winning of a decisive majority in the Palestinian Parliament provides yet another setback for peace and democracy in the Middle East.  Some have even suggested that it vindicates Israeli unilateralism.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Vermont Campaign Limits Get Cool Reception at Court  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 — The Supreme Court displayed little appetite on Tuesday for making basic changes in its approach to campaign finance law, under which the government may place limits on political contributions but not on a candidate's spending.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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.
 
 
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Thomas Johnson / American Enterprise Magazine:
NPR Bias: An Urban Myth?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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General Nagin — On Horseback
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Online Colleges Receive a Boost From Congress
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Iraq's worst week — and Bush's
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The Glenn and Helen Show: Claire Berlinski on Europe
Discussion: Peaktalk and Dr. Helen
caycompass.com:
EU issues drawings statement
Khaleej Times:
'Controversy helped Europe understand Islam'
Discussion: Cold Fury and Hyscience
Hindrocket / Power Line:
FANTASY AT THE UN, AND IN PAKISTAN
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Shays Endorsing Lieberman