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10:35 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.
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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 …
Discussion: Pollster and Taegan Goddard's …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
In S.C., Sen. Clinton Targets Black Vote
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Cheney's Influence Lessens in Second Term  —  Administration More Pragmatic in Foreign Policy, Dealing With Congress  —  Mistrustful of North Korea and its willingness to keep promises, Vice President Cheney worked hard in President Bush's first term to prevent talks aimed at halting that country's push to develop a nuclear bomb.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
USA Today:
White House hates leaks, except when it doesn't  —  "That is not the way this White House operates.  The president expects everyone in his administration to adhere to the highest standards of conduct.  No one would be authorized to do such a thing."  — Then-White House press secretary …
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.
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CNN:
Attack near U.S.-Iraq outpost kills 10
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Game On  —  After a period of quiet after the US and Iraq …
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) …
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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 …
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Rocky Mountain News:
Campos: The right's Ward Churchill
Discussion: Salon
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.
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Washington Post:
Hospital Investigates Former Aid Chief
Discussion: First Draft
Phil Gramm / Opinion Journal:
Why John McCain  —  He's a leader for our times.  —  Four years ago I decided to quit while I was ahead and concluded my 24-year political career.  When I left the Senate, I also left the public policy debate and talking-head role to those actually in the arena.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Indicted CIA Official Was in Charge of Ethics  —  The high-ranking CIA official accused of steering contracts to a childhood friend once oversaw ethics at the agency, according to federal charging papers.  —  The case against Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, whose indictment is linked to the investigation …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court's new tilt could put Scalia on a roll  —  The outspoken justice is poised to lead a new conservative majority.  —  WASHINGTON — It has been two decades in the making, but this is the year Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court's most outspoken dissenter, could emerge as a leader of a new conservative majority.
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Neutrality On the Net Gets High '08 Profile  —  Bloggers and other Internet activists made their marks in the past two presidential elections chiefly by building networks of political enthusiasts and raising money for candidates.  Now, they are pushing aggressively into policymaking …
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Zeidenberg's Prosecution Summation One  —  (Photo by REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst via Yahoo.)  —  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.
Brendan Miniter / Opinion Journal:
The Antiwar Surge  —  Iraq is unpopular, but embracing defeat may prove politically disastrous for Democrats.  —  In mid-January an Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that public support for President Bush's troop surge increased to 35%, up from 26% a few weeks earlier.
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Defence shield sites threatened by Russia  —  Russia threatened to train its missiles on Poland and the Czech Republic yesterday after the two countries signaled they would host a controversial US missile defence shield despite vehement objections from the Kremlin.
 
 
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Jill / Brilliant at Breakfast:
Only Christians need apply for God's Anointed Army
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Defending Nation's Latest War, Bush Recalls Its First
Associated Press:
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Scott Horton / Balkinization:
A Tale of Two Georges  —  "Should any American soldier be so base …
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Murtha in Command  —  WASHINGTON — After 16 undistinguished terms …
Michael J. Totten:
The Other Iraq  —  If I could distill everything I heard …
Rory McCarthy / Guardian:
Israel's oldest kibbutz votes for privatisation
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Brenda Goodman / New York Times:
Bill to Aid Georgian Convicted of Sex Crime Stalls in Assembly
Ruth Gledhill / Times of London:
Churches back plan to unite under Pope
Fox News:
GROUP WANTS CONGRESSMAN VIRGIL GOODE TO EXPLAIN COMMENTS ABOUT MUSLIMS
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
NATIONAL SECURITY WISH....The debasement of our national security …
Ibrahim Ahmed / Fox News:
MUSLIM CABBIE CHARGED WITH RUNNING OVER STUDENTS AFTER RELIGIOUS DISPUTE
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Lincoln Resumes Position as Americans' Top-Rated President