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5:45 PM ET, February 20, 2007

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MSNBC:
Court rules against Guantanamo detainees  —  Big win for administration although appeal to Supreme Court is likely  —  WASHINGTON - Guantanamo Bay detainees may not challenge their detention in U.S. courts, a federal appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling upholding a key provision in President Bush's anti-terrorism law.
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Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
Initial Thoughts on Boumediene  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals today by a 2-1 vote dismissed the pending habeas corpus petitons of hundreds of Guantanamo detainees.  In an opinion by Judge Randolph, joined by Judge Sentelle, the court held (i) that the Military Commissions Act stripped …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and ACSBlog
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
Associated Press:
Court Backs Administration on Detainee Issue
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Court: Detainees can't challenge cases
Discussion: Mia Culpa and First Draft
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
PAUL CAMPOS thinks I'm beyond the pale for suggesting (in this post, which he does not link) that the Bush Administration might have been better off trying to use covert action to kill Iranian nuclear scientists and radical mullahs, instead of having to look at the massive air strikes now reportedly …
Discussion: Kesher Talk and Six Meat Buffet
Blue Texan / INSTAPUTZ:
The Rocky Mountain News: Putz is the right's Ward Churchill.  —  It's finally happened.  —  The mainstream media finally sees Putz for what he is: not a moderate, reasonable "non-partisan" — but a hard-right extremist.  Columnist Paul Campos not only takes Putz to task for his assassination fantasies …
Hindrocket / Power Line:   FASCISTS EVERYWHERE!  —  In a column in the Rocky Mountain News …
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.
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Mary Jane Park / St. Petersburg Times:
Tormented first by hiccups, now by media … ST. PETERSBURG - The notes under the door.  The incessant phone calls.  The impassioned pleas, all begging for a piece of the story.  —  It wasn't reporters in search of secret intelligence involving the war in Iraq.
Discussion: CBS News
Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
Gay couples get licenses in N.J.  —  TEANECK, N.J. - Hundreds of gay couples were granted the same legal rights, if not the title, as married couples Monday as New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions.  —  More than a dozen other couples applied for licenses for ceremonies later in the week.
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Nico / Think Progress:
New Jersey's first civil union.
Discussion: Lean Left
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.
Keith Epps / Free Lance-Star:
Police say political dispute with stranger got physical  —  Man's Republican beliefs irritate suspect  —  A Fredericksburg man was arrested Saturday on charges he assaulted three strangers at their home during a dispute over politics, police said.  —  According to a Fredericksburg police report …
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Fitzgerald's Rebuttal  —  NOTES: (1) This is not a transcript — It's the blogger's approximation, and no one really knows what that is yet!  But I do know you shouldn't quote anything not in quotation marks.  (2) I'll timestamp the updates and will update about every 15 minutes, servers willing.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Emptywheel / Firedoglake:   Libby Live: Wells' Defense Summation One
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court limits punitive damages  —  The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that it is unconstitutional for a jury to award punitive damages out of a desire to punish a company for harming individuals other than those directly involved in the lawsuit — that is, "strangers to the litigation."
USA Today:
Media cited for showing girls as sex objects  —  Advertising and media images that encourage girls to focus on looks and sexuality are harmful to their emotional and physical health, a new report by the American Psychological Association says.  —  The report, released Monday, analyzed some 300 studies over the past 18 months.
MSNBC:
'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for Feb. 19  —  Guests: David Axelrod, Ron Reagan, Dana Priest  —  CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: Tonight, the horrors of how we treat our Iraq wounded.  More violence in the war and new pictures of the day Kennedy was assassinated.  Let's play HARDBALL.  —  Good evening.
CNN:
Scores choke in poison gas attack … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A cloud of deadly toxic gas engulfed an Iraqi town Tuesday, killing six people and leaving dozens of others choking on fumes after a tanker carrying chlorine exploded outside a restaurant.  —  An Iraqi Interior Ministry official …
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 …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The Talented Mr. Romney  —  I have been following the zigs and zags of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and now Republican presidential candidate, watching him grow progressively less progressive, sort of making himself up as he goes along.  As a result, I surf the Web with trepidation …
David Brody / The Politico:
CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK  —  What do you think the pro-life community will make of John McCain this weekend?  The Associated Press is running a national article with the headline:  —  "McCain: Abortion ruling should be overturned."  —  This is what he said in Iowa this weekend:
Associated Press:
GOP donor hit with terror charges  —  WASHINGTON - A New York man accused of trying to help terrorists in Afghanistan has donated some $15,000 to the House Republicans' campaign committee over three years.  —  Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court …
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
EMBRACE THE SUCK  —  Jonah G at NRO linked to this with the caveat that he wouldn't make this argument.  I understand that, and hope that no one thinks I am making light of conditions faced by our wounded.  Any of the situations Priest detailed damn sure better get fixed …
Srosenfeld / TAPPED:
BLACK VELVET.  I know this may generate a storm of "cat-hater" invective directed at me, but frankly, I don't care: My name is Tom Schaller, and I'm a Dog Person.  —  My wife and I have a gorgeous, 90-pound black lab named Max.  He was rescued by the Silver Spring's (MD) Lab Rescue after being found roaming the streets in Delaware.
Discussion: Associated Press
 
 
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Atrios / Eschaton:
The Sincerity Privilege  —  Ed Kilgore writes about a lot …
Agence France Presse:
One in six Europeans living below poverty threshold: study
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Cernig / NewsHog:
Breaking - Al Sadr's Office Attacked
Pajamas Media:
POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
Lee Glendinning / Guardian:
Iran 'six months from mass uranium enrichment'
Daniel Goleman / New York Times:
Flame First, Think Later: New Clues to E-Mail Misbehavior
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Terrorist Networks Lure Young Moroccans to War in Far-Off Iraq
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Heroes And Cowards  —  Corporal Thomas Saba was buried …
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Srosenfeld / TAPPED:
MIDDLE CLASS, OR SWING VOTERS?  To much fanfare, including …
Craig S. Smith / New York Times:
North Africa Feared as Staging Ground for Terror
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The War Within Islam
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Moral Waivers and the Military
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The Antiwar Surge  —  Iraq is unpopular, but embracing defeat …
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