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2:20 PM ET, February 20, 2007

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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 …
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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USA Today:   White House hates leaks, except when it doesn't
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney Goes Up On TV  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney goes up on the air tomorrow in parts of Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire and South Carolina with his campaign's first ad.  The 60-second spot, "Unplugged," features Mitt on the stump.  There will also be a condensed, 30-second version.
Discussion: The Caucus
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The Talented Mr. Romney
Discussion: The Corner and Taylor Marsh
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Pajamas Media:
Power, Faith, and Fantasy in the Middle East  —  An Interview with Historian Michael Oren on the Tangled Web of US Involvement from the age of Jefferson to Today  —  "You cannot withdraw from Iraq and be confident that the enemy is not going to follow you.  Because the enemy is going to follow you.
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
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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Lee Glendinning / Guardian:
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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 and TBogg
Think Progress:
Right-Wing Radio Host: Teachers Unions Are 'Much More Dangerous' Than Al Qaeda
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Frenetic Start in Congress for One Democrat, Class of '06
Discussion: TAPPED
Srosenfeld / TAPPED:
MIDDLE CLASS, OR SWING VOTERS?  To much fanfare, including …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Defending Nation's Latest War, Bush Recalls Its First
Discussion: TAPPED and DownWithTyranny!
Phil Gramm / Opinion Journal:
Why John McCain  —  He's a leader for our times.
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Neutrality On the Net Gets High '08 Profile
Rory McCarthy / Guardian:
Israel's oldest kibbutz votes for privatisation
Discussion: Harry's Place
Washington Post:
Hospital Investigates Former Aid Chief