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7:10 AM ET, February 20, 2007


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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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton Courts S.C.'s Black Voters  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hundreds waited in line outside Allen University's Adams Gymnatorium here for the chance to hear Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton speak in her first visit to South Carolina as a presidential candidate.  —  After a marching band …
Michael J.W. Stickings / The Reaction:   A short ride on the Straight Talk Express
Macranger / Macsmind:
McCain is Anathema for 2008  —  Readers of this blog know …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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) …
Attack near U.S.-Iraq outpost kills 10 … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — An attack by three suicide car bombers Monday near a U.S.-Iraqi outpost killed two American soldiers and eight Iraqi police officers, Iraqi officials told CNN.  —  The U.S. military confirmed the American deaths and said 17 U.S. troops …
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.
Washington Post:
Army Fixing Patients' Housing  —  Walter Reed Army Medical Center began repairs yesterday on Building 18, a former hotel that is used to house outpatients recuperating from injuries suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan and that has been plagued with mold, leaky plumbing and a broken elevator.
Washington Post:
Hospital Investigates Former Aid Chief
Discussion: First Draft
Murray Waas / National Journal:
The Libby-Cheney Connection  —  Libby Testimony Raises More Questions About Cheney's Role In The CIA Leak Case  —  In the fall of 2003, as a federal criminal probe was just getting underway to determine who leaked the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame to the media, I. Lewis "Scooter" …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
Associated Press:
Lawmaker Tries To Ban Naked Lady Mudflaps  —  State House Refuses To Restrict Splash Guard Images  —  PHOENIX — It's still going to be legal in Arizona for trucks to have splash guards with racist terms and silhouettes of naked women.  —  The state House on Thursday rejected …
Rory McCarthy / Guardian:
Israel's oldest kibbutz votes for privatisation  —  Nearly a century after it was founded, Israel's first and most famous kibbutz has voted to give up its early socialist ideals and to privatise itself.  —  The changes at Degania, which was founded where the Sea of Galilee meets the river Jordan …
Discussion: Harry's Place
Glenn Reynolds /
MARK STEYN RESPONDS to bogus charges that he favors genocide: … That Steyn was warning of a future, not advocating one, has always been obvious to me.  And it's a serious warning, especially given that the current civil authorities in most European countries are ineffectually waffling in full Weimar mode.
Discussion: The RBC and INSTAPUTZ
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Steyn and Genocide  —  Mark Kleiman wonders what the following …
Discussion: The Corner and The RBC
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Lincoln Resumes Position as Americans' Top-Rated President  —  Reagan and Clinton lead among members of their respective parties  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Since noted historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Sr. declared Abraham Lincoln to be the country's best president in his 1948 poll of 55 historians …
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Can a Saudi Dealmaker Rescue Bush?  —  For 22 years Prince Bandar bin Sultan wheeled and dealed his way through Washington as Saudi Arabia's ambassador.  By his account — provided expansively to favored journalists — he had a hand in most of America's major initiatives in the Middle East over a generation.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steven Rattner / Opinion Journal:
Red All Over  —  Is there any hope for the future of newspapers?  —  The news about newspapers could hardly be more dismal: falling circulation, repeated rounds of layoffs, disappearing ads and a chain of bad earning reports.  It's an unsavory stew of ills, one that shows little prospect of becoming more appetizing.
Discussion: Ed
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Bill to Aid Georgian Convicted of Sex Crime Stalls in Assembly
"I supported the troops before I cut the legs out from under them"
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Ruth Gledhill / Times of London:
Churches back plan to unite under Pope
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David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Rep. Sam Johnson Learns to Love Foreign Quagmires
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
NATIONAL SECURITY WISH....The debasement of our national security …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Angry Bear
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
BBC: U.S. plans for attack on Iran revealed (again)
Washington Post:
Almost Everyone Lies, Often Seeing It as a Kindness
Discussion: Unfogged and Decision '08
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russia delays Iran atom plant work as tensions rise
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Little Green Footballs:
Video: BBC "Truther" Investigation
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
For Gods and Country  —  The Army Chaplain Who Wanted to Switch to Wicca?
Discussion: NewsHog and CorrenteWire
Joe Conason / Salon:
It could happen here  —  Can it happen here?  Is it happening here already?
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Bush compares Revolutionary, terror wars