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10:25 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.
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George Jones / Telegraph:
British troops in Iraq to be halved  —  Tony Blair is preparing to announce a major reduction in British troops in Iraq as a result of a successful operation to improve security in the southern city of Basra.  —  Downing Street indicated tonight that Mr Blair could make his promised statement …
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Iraq: the British endgame
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Animal
Thomas Wagner / Associated Press:   Blair to announce Iraq withdrawal plan
CNN:
Reports: UK to begin withdrawing Iraq troops
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
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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Associated Press:
Court Backs Administration on Detainee Issue
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Helen Thomas Moving Back After 46 Years Down Front  —  Every theater-style seat in the White House briefing room, now closed for renovation, had a brass plaque inscribed with the name of a news organization.  Only one, in the middle of the front row, had a name: "HELEN THOMAS," it said.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and The Right Angle
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Faiz / Think Progress:   Tony Snow and White House Reporters Slam The 'Hateful,' 'Polarized' Blogosphere
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
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.
Dr. Sanity:
THE CONSEQUENCES OF DENIAL  —  The consequences of psychological denial can be seen every day in today's world; and particularly of late in the Democratically controlled United States Congress.  Ed Koch writes: … Of course they won't.  —  That is one of the incredibly wonderful aspects of psychological denial.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Iraq War Attitudes  —  Public Opinion Strategies* has released a survey [PDF file here] of likely voters' attitudes toward the Iraq War that finds that most voters think the country is going in the wrong direction (67%) and President Bush is doing a poor job (60%), and that Iraq will never be a stable democracy (60%).
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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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 …
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: AMERICAblog, Sirotablog and TIME
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
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
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 …
James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
All these President's men leaked CIA agent's name  —  WASHINGTON - Any staffer proven to have leaked CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity "would no longer be in this administration," former White House spokesman Scott McClellan promised in September 2003.  —  But three years later …
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
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?
 
 
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Flame First, Think Later: New Clues to E-Mail Misbehavior
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
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Think Progress:
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