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12:45 AM ET, February 17, 2007


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Troop Support  —  Spirit of America is helping deploy The Snake Eater, a fingerprinting and information system to be used by the Iraqi Army to identify and track insurgents and terrorists.  They need your help to fund the project .  —  Soldier's Angels wants your help to send Valentines to the troops !
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
House Passes Measure Opposing Troop Surge  —  Capping four days of passionate, often angry debate, the House delivered President Bush its first rebuke since the Iraq war was launched nearly four years ago, voting 246 to 182 to oppose the administration's planned deployment of 21,500 additional combat troops to Iraq.
Ron Brynaert / The Raw Story:
Pentagon adds extra 1,000 troops to 'surge' on same day House expresses disapproval
Discussion: Faithful Progressive
Nico / Think Progress:
Malkin: "I'm skeptical of anything with 'Bill of Rights.'"  —  Right-wing author and pundit Michelle Malkin filled in for Bill O'Reilly tonight on The O'Reilly Factor.  During a segment on a newly-proposed Airline Passengers Bill of Rights, Malkin said, "So you're behind this Passengers' Bill of Rights move.
Michael Martinez / Mercury News:
Boxer to introduce airline passengers' bill of rights  —  CRUSADE PICKS UP STEAM AFTER THIS WEEK'S JETBLUE DELAYS  —  One day after hundreds of passengers were stranded on JetBlue flights for up to 11 hours, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer said she plans to introduce legislation in the Senate for a passengers' bill of rights.
Dan Gerstein / The Politico:
Liberal Bloggers Demonstrate Their Political Immaturity, Democrat Says  —  If the liberal blogs want to understand why so few people outside their narrow echo chamber take them seriously, and what it will take to gain the broader credibility they crave, they should look no further than their handling …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Glenn Greenwald Exposes Frank Gaffney  —  (graphic via Zach Trenholm) On Alan Colmes' radio show last night, Glenn Greenwald debated Frank Gaffney on his disgraceful article in The Washington Times wherein he argues — after opening with with a widely-discredited & fabricated quote — that dissent during war time is treasonous.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Debate with Frank Gaffney  —  For those who were unable to listen, C&L has now posted the full audio podcast of the debate I had last night on the Alan Colmes Show with Frank Gaffney, one of the most extremist, pernicious and influential neoconservatives in our country.
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Bomb explodes in southeastern Iran  —  TEHRAN, Iran - Police and insurgents clashed after a bombing in southeastern Iran late Friday near the site where an explosion killed 11 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards this week, Iranian news agencies reported.
Political Radar:
Romney explains '92 vote for Tsongas  —  ABC News' Jonathan Greenberger Reports: Republican presidential candididate Mitt Romney offered a new explanation today for why he supported a Democrat in 1992.  —  That year, Romney, then a registered independent, voted for former Sen. Paul Tsongas in the 1992 Democratic presidential primary.
Discussion: Redstate
The Blotter:
Al Qaeda Attack Video Appears to Be Staged  —  Brian Ross and Hoda Osman Report:  —  An al Qaeda-produced video claiming to show how U.S. and Afghan forces were driven out of a heavily defended base in the last few weeks appears to be a phony.  —  U.S. and NATO military officials have studied …
James Kirchick / Examiner:
Who is really stifling honest debate about the Middle East?  —  WASHINGTON - Aside from the Iraq war — which has only consumed our attention for the past four years — is there an international issue that inspires more debate than the Arab-Israeli conflict?
The Emory Wheel:
What's Jimmy Carter Afraid Of?
Discussion: Decision '08 and Power Line
Deepak Chopra / The Huffington Post:
Why Evolutionary Biology Embraces the Bogus (Part 1)  —  Recently quite a few stories have appeared in the media touting new explanations for such diverse things as altruism, generosity, and music.  These complex matters, we are told, can be traced to the brain, which is dependent upon genes …
Jeremy Redmon / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Anti-evolution memo stirs controversy  —  The Anti-Defamation League is calling on state Rep. Ben Bridges to apologize for a memo distributed under his name that says the teaching of evolution should be banned in public schools because it is a religious deception stemming from an ancient Jewish sect.
Editor and Publisher:
Al Neuharth: Bush Is Worst President of All-Time  —  NEW YORK Al Neuharth, the former Gannett chief, USA Today founder and currently weekly columnist for that newspaper, has had a change of heart.  —  A year ago, in honor of President's Day, he stated that while he was often critical of George W. Bush …
Diana West / Washington Times:
What didn't happen at the Super Bowl  —  All civilizations fall.  That's what "they" say, and who can argue?  Even from the vantage point of the American superpower, the historic record — from Greece to Rome, from Mongols to Moguls, from the Age of Spain to Pax Britannica …
Discussion: Power Line
John / AMERICAblog:
University of Illinois drops its mascot, I'm a bit perturbed  —  fark it!  UPDATE: It seems some of our readers disagree with me.  Feel free to join the heated discussion in our comments section here.  —  I'm sorry, I never saw the problem.  Illinois, which I attended, didn't have an indian mascot the way you might think.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Democrats Push New Strategy to Block Troop Increase  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats are pushing a new strategy to block an escalation of the Iraq war by restricting President Bush's military options in a new wartime spending bill.  The new approach — backed by leading antiwar groups …
Andrew Cockburn / Los Angeles Times:
In Iraq, anyone can make a bomb  —  Improvised explosive devices don't require international conspiracies.  —  PRESIDENT BUSH HAS now definitively stated that bombs known as explosively formed penetrators — EFPs, which have proved especially deadly for U.S. troops in Iraq — are made in Iran and exported to Iraq.
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John Bumgardner / WZZM-TV:
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Discussion: MyDD
Art Moore / WorldNetDaily:
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
I've hauled this one out before, but it's worth another look …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Global Hot Air From the Media
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Nader says he may run in 2008, especially if Hillary gets the nomination
Defense Department Media Roundtable With Secretary Of Defense …
James K. Galbraith / The Nation:
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New York Times:
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Dems Risk Image Woes Over Iraq War Moves