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3:50 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
Associated Press:
Court Backs Administration on Detainee Issue
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Court: Detainees can't challenge cases
Discussion: Mia Culpa and First Draft
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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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 …
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
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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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 …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney Goes Up On TV
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
Discussion: Confederate Yankee and Hot Air
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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
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 …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Snow: President Bush 'Certainly' Was 'Aware Of The Conditions In The Wards' At Walter Reed  —  In today's press briefing, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Tony Snow about the Washington Post's two-part series over the weekend, highlighting the Walter Reed hospital's dilapidated conditions.
Associated Press:
Mortars and Rockets Hit Somali Capital  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Mortar rounds and rockets hit Somalia's capital early Tuesday in a series of attacks that killed 15 people, including a 4-year-old boy, and wounded more than 40 others, doctors and witnesses said.
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.
Alicia Colon / New York Sun:
Heroes And Cowards  —  Corporal Thomas Saba was buried in the Moravian Cemetery on Staten Island last Friday.  One of seven Marines killed when their helicopter was shot down in Iraq on February 7, Saba, 30, enlisted in the spring of 2002 in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and Angry Bear
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 …
Daniel Goleman / New York Times:
Flame First, Think Later: New Clues to E-Mail Misbehavior  —  Jett Lucas, a 14-year-old friend, tells me the kids in his middle school send one other a steady stream of instant messages through the day.  But there's a problem.  —  "Kids will say things to each other in their messages …
 
 
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USA Today:
Media cited for showing girls as sex objects
God's Politics:
Jim Wallis: Dear Kos, Can the Left Stop Shooting Itself in the Foot?
Discussion: Eschaton and Street Prophets
Agence France Presse:
One in six Europeans living below poverty threshold: study
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Wells' Defense Summation One
Lee Glendinning / Guardian:
Iran 'six months from mass uranium enrichment'
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
EMBRACE THE SUCK  —  Jonah G at NRO linked to this with the caveat …
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Terrorist Networks Lure Young Moroccans to War in Far-Off Iraq
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Think Progress:
Right-Wing Radio Host: Teachers Unions Are 'Much More Dangerous' Than Al Qaeda
 Earlier Items: 
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Frenetic Start in Congress for One Democrat, Class of '06
Discussion: TAPPED
Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet
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
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The War Within Islam
Brendan Miniter / Opinion Journal:
The Antiwar Surge  —  Iraq is unpopular, but embracing defeat …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court's new tilt could put Scalia on a roll
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
Clinton Objects to Confederate Flag