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2:45 PM ET, March 1, 2006

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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan on Way to India  —  NEW DELHI, March 1 — President Bush made a surprise five-hour visit to Afghanistan today to meet with President Hamid Karzai and to see for the first time the country created after the United States went to war against the Taliban …
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Reuters:
Bush makes surprise Afghanistan visit  —  KABUL (Reuters) - President George W. Bush began his first visit to South Asia on Wednesday with a surprise stop over in Afghanistan, where thousands of American troops are still engaged in hunting down the architects of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan  —  NEW DELHI, March 1 — President Bush made a previously unannounced visit to Kabul Wednesday to rally U.S. troops in Afghanistan and praise embattled Afghan leader Hamid Karzai at a time of rising violence from the Taliban and al Qaeda terrorists.
Nirmala George / Associated Press:   Thousands of Indians Protest Bush Visit
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Ralph Peters / New York Post:
NO WAR IN THE STREETS  —  March 1, 2006 — THE reporting out of Baghdad continues to be hysterical and dishonest.  There is no civil war in the streets.  None.  Period.  —  Terrorism, yes.  Civil war, no. Clear enough?  —  Yesterday, I crisscrossed Baghdad, visiting communities …
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:   Up close, Iraq gets blurry
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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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Mixed Section of Iraqis Sees Hope Dashed
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Michelle Malkin:
WE ARE ALL BIGOTS NOW  —  Last week, I wrote "They are all profilers now"—mocking Democrats for their expedient embrace of profiling to exploit the ports fiasco.  This week, I'm sick of conservatives playing the race card to attack skeptics of the ports deal.  From my syndicated column today:
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Tony Blankley / Townhall.com:
Islamistphobia-phobia  —  In the last few days, several free market …
Discussion: Freedom's Zone
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.
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 …
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Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Recent White House missteps create rift with GOP legislators
Discussion: WTF Is It Now?? and The RCP Blog
Tom Elia / theneweditor.com:
Howard Dean's Devastating Four-Point Plans  —  In a Tuesday speech before the Annual Conference of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Democratic Party National Chairman Howard Dean criticized the Bush Administration's defense policy, saying, "this is the weakest Administration on defense that we've seen in many, many years."
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Former Conyers aides press ethics complaints  —  Two former aides to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) have alleged that he repeatedly violated House ethics rules.  —  Deanna Maher, a former deputy chief of staff in Conyers's Detroit office, and Sydney Rooks, a former legal counsel in the district office …
Associated Press:
Miss. House committee votes to ban most abortions  —  JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi House committee voted Tuesday to ban most abortions in the state - an unexpected move that left abortion opponents grappling to stake out a position on a proposal that could prompt a lengthy court battle.
Associated Press:
Shays says he intends to vote for Lieberman  —  STAMFORD, Conn. —Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays said Tuesday that he plans to vote this year for Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman and encouraged other GOP officials to endorse the three-term senator.  —  Shays, R-4th District …
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.
Art Barnum / Chicago Tribune:
Alleged rape victim threatened with jail  —  A Naperville woman who on Tuesday refused a judge's order to view a videotape of her alleged rape could be jailed on a contempt of court charge if she does not change her mind Wednesday, and the judge is considering a request to drop sexual assault charges against the Burr Ridge man on trial.
Peter Savodnik / The Hill:
House Republicans could see 10 to 15 more retirements  —  House Republicans have limited most of their retirements to conservatives in solidly red districts and a handful of statewide-office seekers, but political analysts say 10 to 15 more Republicans could announce in the coming months that they are stepping down.
Anna Johnson / Associated Press:
Study: Few Americans Know 1st Amendment  —  CHICAGO - Americans apparently know more about "The Simpsons" than they do about the First Amendment.  —  Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press …
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