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11:10 AM ET, February 20, 2007


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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Trial Spotlights Cheney's Power as an Infighter  —  A picture taking shape from hours of testimony and reams of documents in the trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. shatters any notion that the White House was operating as a model of cohesion throughout President Bush's first term.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Daily Dish
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Cheney's Influence Lessens in Second Term  —  Administration More Pragmatic in Foreign Policy, Dealing With Congress  —  Mistrustful of North Korea and its willingness to keep promises, Vice President Cheney worked hard in President Bush's first term to prevent talks aimed at halting that country's push to develop a nuclear bomb.
Discussion: The Raw Story
USA Today:   White House hates leaks, except when it doesn't
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
Clinton Objects to Confederate Flag  —  ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that South Carolina should remove the Confederate flag from its Statehouse grounds, in part because the nation should unite under one banner while at war.
National Poll: Presidential Campaign 2008  —  This WNBC/Marist Poll reports:  —  · Hillary Clinton still outpaces her Democratic rivals nationwide as the Democrats' choice for their party's presidential nomination: Hillary Clinton outdistances her closest contender …
Discussion: Pollster and Taegan Goddard's …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
In S.C., Sen. Clinton Targets Black Vote
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Iraqi Militants Launch Attack on U.S. Outpost  —  In a rare coordinated assault on an American combat outpost north of Baghdad, suicide bombers drove one or more cars laden with explosives into the compound on Monday, while other insurgents opened fire in the ensuing chaos, according to witnesses and the American military.
Attack near U.S.-Iraq outpost kills 10
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Game On  —  After a period of quiet after the US and Iraq …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court's new tilt could put Scalia on a roll  —  The outspoken justice is poised to lead a new conservative majority.  —  WASHINGTON — It has been two decades in the making, but this is the year Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court's most outspoken dissenter, could emerge as a leader of a new conservative majority.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices to Revisit Thorny Issue of Sentencing Guidelines in First Cases After Recess  —  The Supreme Court returns on Tuesday from a monthlong recess to face a daunting and urgent task: explaining what it meant two years ago when it ruled that the federal sentencing guidelines were to be treated as …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Volokh Conspiracy
River / Baghdad Burning:
The Rape of Sabrine...  It takes a lot to get the energy and resolution to blog lately.  I guess it's mainly because just thinking about the state of Iraq leaves me drained and depressed.  But I had to write tonight.  —  As I write this, Oprah is on Channel 4 (one of the MBC channels we get on Nilesat) …
Rocky Mountain News:
Campos: The right's Ward Churchill  —  Murder is the premeditated unlawful killing of a human being.  Glenn Reynolds, the well-known University of Tennessee law professor who authors one of the Internet's most popular blogs, recently advocated the murder of Iranian scientists and clerics.
Discussion: Salon
RELATED:   PAUL CAMPOS thinks I'm beyond the pale for suggesting (in this post …
Washington Post:
Hospital Investigates Former Aid Chief  —  For the past three years, Michael J. Wagner directed the Army's largest effort to help the most vulnerable soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  His office in Room 3E01 of the world-renowned hospital was supposed to match big-hearted donors …
Phil Gramm / Opinion Journal:
Why John McCain  —  He's a leader for our times.  —  Four years ago I decided to quit while I was ahead and concluded my 24-year political career.  When I left the Senate, I also left the public policy debate and talking-head role to those actually in the arena.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
The Politico:
Conservatives Target GOP War Critics in Congress  —  House Republican leaders and conservative activists are targeting critics of President Bush's plan to send more combat forces into Iraq — and some GOP lawmakers are on the hit list.  —  Amid a mounting campaign in Congress …
New York Times:
Moral Waivers and the Military  —  The Iraq war has plunged the Army into a vicious cycle of declining standards.  Multiple, extended tours of duty have sapped morale and blighted recruiting.  New plans for a larger overall force could reduce pressures but would also mean that recruiters would have to meet higher quotas.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Brendan Miniter / Opinion Journal:
The Antiwar Surge  —  Iraq is unpopular, but embracing defeat may prove politically disastrous for Democrats.  —  In mid-January an Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that public support for President Bush's troop surge increased to 35%, up from 26% a few weeks earlier.
Ibrahim Ahmed / Fox News:
MUSLIM CABBIE CHARGED WITH RUNNING OVER STUDENTS AFTER RELIGIOUS DISPUTE  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Muslim cabdriver from Somalia ran over two college students near Vanderbilt University after getting into an argument with them about religion, police said.  —  Ibrahim Ahmed, 37 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Defending Nation's Latest War, Bush Recalls Its First  —  To those who criticize his handling of the war in Iraq, President Bush likes to say that history will be his judge.  On Monday, Presidents' Day, Mr. Bush wrapped himself in history's embrace, invoking another war, the American Revolution, and another George W.
Discussion: TAPPED
Craig S. Smith / New York Times:
North Africa Feared as Staging Ground for Terror  —  TUNIS — The plan, hatched for months in the arid mountains of North Africa, was to attack the American and British Embassies here.  It ended in a series of gun battles in January that killed a dozen militants and left two Tunisian security officers dead.
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Srosenfeld / TAPPED:
MIDDLE CLASS, OR SWING VOTERS?  To much fanfare, including …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The War Within Islam
Isabel Hilton / Guardian:
China's green pledges are as deep as a coat of paint
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Los Angeles Times:
Pilots traced to CIA renditions
Discussion: Facing South
Smash / The Indepundit:
Apogee  —  DID YOU FEEL IT?  —  At some point in the past few weeks, a shift occured.
Discussion: Dean's World and Wizblog
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Indicted CIA Official Was in Charge of Ethics
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Zeidenberg's Prosecution Summation One
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Michael J. Totten:
The Other Iraq  —  If I could distill everything I heard …
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Defence shield sites threatened by Russia
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Neutrality On the Net Gets High '08 Profile
Rory McCarthy / Guardian:
Israel's oldest kibbutz votes for privatisation
Discussion: Harry's Place
Steven Rattner / Opinion Journal:
Red All Over  —  Is there any hope for the future of newspapers?
Discussion: Ed
Updating Orwell for Presidents' Day:
Discussion: TBogg
Ruth Gledhill / Times of London:
Churches back plan to unite under Pope