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9:25 PM ET, February 20, 2007

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MSNBC:
BBC: Blair to announce troop pullout from Iraq  —  At least 1,500 to return home within the next several weeks, report says  —  LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce Wednesday a timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks, the BBC reported.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CorrenteWire
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Thomas Wagner / Associated Press:   Blair to announce Iraq withdrawal plan
CNN:
Reports: UK to begin withdrawing Iraq troops
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Iraq: the British endgame
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Animal
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 …
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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.
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Court: Detainees can't challenge cases
Discussion: Mia Culpa, First Draft and TPMmuckraker
maristpoll.marist.edu:
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 …
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Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
Obama, McCaskill Plan Military Hospitals Bill  —  Seizing on an investigative report by The Washington Post's Dana Priest and Anne Hull, Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) will introduce legislation next week to require more frequent inspections of hospitals providing treatment to active-duty military personnel.
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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.
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.
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Dr. Sanity:
THE CONSEQUENCES OF DENIAL  —  The consequences of psychological denial …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Matthew Miller / DSCC:
NRSC "Inner Circle Member" Indicted On Terror Charges  —  According to the Associated Press, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, a self-proclaimed life member of the National Republican Senatorial Committee's "Inner Circle Leadership Committee" has been indicted on charges of financing a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.
Discussion: Wonkette
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Associated Press:
GOP donor hit with terror charges
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 …
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
Frankie Edozien / New York Post:
LET ALIENS VOTE: ACTIVISTS  —  Immigrant-rights activists yesterday renewed their push to allow legal noncitizens to vote in the Big Apple.  —  A bill that would grant permanent residents and other legal immigrants the right to vote in municipal elections has been stalled in the City Council since last year.
Bill / INDCJournal:
"Tell the American people we need the U.S. Army here:" An Interview with the Jundi  —  An Interview with the Jundi  —  (L to R) Iraqi Army soldiers Jabbar, Mohaned F, Mohaned N and Mohammed sit in their room at Forward Operating Base Castle in NE Fallujah.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Times of London:
Female Pakistani minister shot dead for 'breaking Islamic dress code'  —  Devika Bhat, and Zahid Hussain in Islamabad  —  A Pakistani minister and woman's activist has been shot dead by an Islamic extremist for refusing to wear the veil.  —  Zilla Huma Usman, the minister for social welfare …
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."
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 …
AlterNet:
Maybe We Deserve to Be Ripped Off By Bush's Billionaires  —  While America obsessed about Brittany's shaved head, Bush offered a budget that offers $32.7 billion in tax cuts to the Wal-Mart family alone, while cutting $28 billion from Medicaid.  —  What was she thinking?  How about nothing?
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Teen 'sport killings' of homeless on the rise … MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (CNN) — All Nathan Moore says he wanted to do was smoke pot and get drunk with his friends.  —  Killing Rex Baum was never part of the plan that day in 2004.  —  "It all started off as a game," Moore said.
Discussion: Wonkette
Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
Clinton stresses credentials  —  N.Y. senator tells Columbia crowd she has experience needed to be president  —  Hillary Clinton told a crowd of more than 3,000 at Allen University on Monday she's "proud to be a woman," but she's not basing a run for president on her gender.
Discussion: Sirotablog, AMERICAblog and TIME
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.
 
 
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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Iraq War Attitudes
Discussion: Power Line and QandO
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Helen Thomas Moving Back After 46 Years Down Front
Srosenfeld / TAPPED:
BLACK VELVET.  I know this may generate a storm of "cat-hater" …
Discussion: Associated Press
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Sincerity Privilege  —  Ed Kilgore writes about a lot …
God's Politics:
Jim Wallis: Dear Kos, Can the Left Stop Shooting Itself in the Foot?
Discussion: Eschaton, MyDD and Street Prophets
Pajamas Media:
POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
Lee Glendinning / Guardian:
Iran 'six months from mass uranium enrichment'
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Think Progress:
Right-Wing Radio Host: Teachers Unions Are 'Much More Dangerous' Than Al Qaeda
Crystal Patterson / hillaryclinton.com:
blogHillary is live!  —  Welcome to the campaign's new blog.
Alicia Colon / New York Sun:
Heroes And Cowards  —  Corporal Thomas Saba was buried …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and Angry Bear
Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet
New York Times:
Moral Waivers and the Military
Brendan Miniter / Opinion Journal:
The Antiwar Surge  —  Iraq is unpopular, but embracing defeat …