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4:55 AM ET, February 20, 2007


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Bruce Smith / Associated Press:
McCain: Iraq War Mismanaged for Years  —  BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday the war in Iraq has been mismanaged for years and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be remembered as one of the worst in history.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
On the Wings of McCain  —  I never mind flying with John McCain on tiny planes in snowy weather on windswept days.  And that is because I know as long as he is on board, the plane is not going to crash.  —  "I don't die in a plane," McCain said to me with a smile the other day as he shoehorned himself …
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.
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 …
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.
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) …
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
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
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
The Defendant Isn't the Only Player With a Personal Stake in the Libby Verdict
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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 …
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
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Accused Terrorist Is Big GOP Donor  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) won't say what it plans to do with thousands of dollars in campaign donations it received from an accused terror financier.  —  Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari gave $15,250 …
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 …
Joe Conason / Salon:
It could happen here  —  Can it happen here?  Is it happening here already?  That depends, as a recent president might have said, on what the meaning of "it" is.  —  To Sinclair Lewis, who sardonically titled his 1935 dystopian novel "It Can't Happen Here," "it" plainly meant an American version …
Ruth Gledhill / Times of London:
Churches back plan to unite under Pope  —  Radical proposals to reunite Anglicans with the Roman Catholic Church under the leadership of the Pope are to be published this year, The Times has learnt.  —  The proposals have been agreed by senior bishops of both churches.
Washington Post:
Almost Everyone Lies, Often Seeing It as a Kindness  —  The perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby goes to the jury this week.  The case speaks to several issues — how the Bush administration deals with critics of the war in Iraq, and the games that Washington's reporters and politicians play with each other.
Discussion: Unfogged and Decision '08
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KC Johnson / Durham-in-Wonderland:
Graceless  —  Among the broadcast media, three people stand …
Brenda Goodman / New York Times:
Bill to Aid Georgian Convicted of Sex Crime Stalls in Assembly
"I supported the troops before I cut the legs out from under them"
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Wizblog
Bushra Juhi / Associated Press:
Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq Base Attack
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Rep. Sam Johnson Learns to Love Foreign Quagmires
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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)
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Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russia delays Iran atom plant work as tensions rise
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Joe Bodell / Minnesota Monitor:
Interview with Al Franken, U.S. Senate Candidate
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: CorrenteWire and NewsHog
David Abel / Boston Globe:
Romney joined NRA in August
George F. Will / Newsweek:
A Cheerful Anachronism  —  Rep. Ron Paul says he can find …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and UrbanGrounds
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Bush compares Revolutionary, terror wars