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7:35 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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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Court: Detainees can't challenge cases  —  WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that foreign-born prisoners seized as potential terrorists and held in Guantanamo Bay may not challenge their detention in U.S. courts, a key victory for President Bush's anti-terrorism plan.
Discussion: Mia Culpa, First Draft and TPMmuckraker
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
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Dr. Sanity:
THE CONSEQUENCES OF DENIAL  —  The consequences of psychological denial …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
PAUL CAMPOS thinks I'm beyond the pale for suggesting (in this post …
Discussion: Kesher Talk and Six Meat Buffet
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
Obama, McCaskill Plan Military Hospitals Bill  —  Seizing on an investigative report by The Washington Post's Dana Priest and Anne Hull, Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) will introduce legislation next week to require more frequent inspections of hospitals providing treatment to active-duty military personnel.
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MSNBC:
'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for Feb. 19  —  Guests: David Axelrod, Ron Reagan, Dana Priest  —  CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: Tonight, the horrors of how we treat our Iraq wounded.  More violence in the war and new pictures of the day Kennedy was assassinated.  Let's play HARDBALL.  —  Good evening.
MSNBC:
BBC: Blair to announce troop pullout from Iraq  —  At least 1,500 to return home within the next several weeks, report says  —  LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce Wednesday a timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks, the BBC reported.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Cernig / NewsHog:
Breaking - Al Sadr's Office Attacked  —  This is fresh from KUNA, the Kuwaiti News Agency: … This could easily backfire, turning Sadrists who have so far hidden from "surge" forces over into attack mode.  It could also be a cusp moment for the surge and for the Iraqi government …
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 …
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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Associated Press:
GOP donor hit with terror charges  —  WASHINGTON - A New York man accused of trying to help terrorists in Afghanistan has donated some $15,000 to the House Republicans' campaign committee over three years.  —  Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court …
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Matthew Miller / DSCC:
NRSC "Inner Circle Member" Indicted On Terror Charges
Discussion: Wonkette
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
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
Crystal Patterson / hillaryclinton.com:
blogHillary is live!  —  Welcome to the campaign's new blog.  I'm Crystal Patterson, and I'll be blogging for the campaign as Hillary travels around the country meeting all of you and sharing her vision for America.  I was the one asking your questions during Hillary's live webcasts (if you missed them, you can watch them here).
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.
Lee Glendinning / Guardian:
Iran 'six months from mass uranium enrichment'  —  Iran could be as little as six months away from being able to enrich uranium on an industrial scale, having mastered the technology since last August, the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog warned in an interview published today.
USA Today:
Media cited for showing girls as sex objects  —  Advertising and media images that encourage girls to focus on looks and sexuality are harmful to their emotional and physical health, a new report by the American Psychological Association says.  —  The report, released Monday, analyzed some 300 studies over the past 18 months.
Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet  —  American meat eaters are responsible for 1.5 more tons of carbon dioxide per person than vegetarians every year.  —  As Congress begins to tackle the causes and cures of global warming, the action focuses on gas-guzzling vehicles and coal-fired power plants, not on lowly bovines.
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 …
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Helen Thomas Moving Back After 46 Years Down Front  —  Every theater-style seat in the White House briefing room, now closed for renovation, had a brass plaque inscribed with the name of a news organization.  Only one, in the middle of the front row, had a name: "HELEN THOMAS," it said.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and The Right Angle
AlterNet:
Maybe We Deserve to Be Ripped Off By Bush's Billionaires  —  While America obsessed about Brittany's shaved head, Bush offered a budget that offers $32.7 billion in tax cuts to the Wal-Mart family alone, while cutting $28 billion from Medicaid.  —  What was she thinking?  How about nothing?
Bill / INDCJournal:
"Tell the American people we need the U.S. Army here:" An Interview with the Jundi  —  An Interview with the Jundi  —  (L to R) Iraqi Army soldiers Jabbar, Mohaned F, Mohaned N and Mohammed sit in their room at Forward Operating Base Castle in NE Fallujah.
 
 
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Times of London:
Female Pakistani minister shot dead for 'breaking Islamic dress code'
Discussion: In the Bullpen
Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
Clinton stresses credentials
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David Brody / The Politico:
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Srosenfeld / TAPPED:
BLACK VELVET.  I know this may generate a storm of "cat-hater" …
Discussion: Associated Press
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Sincerity Privilege  —  Ed Kilgore writes about a lot …
Agence France Presse:
One in six Europeans living below poverty threshold: study
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Moral Waivers and the Military
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices to Revisit Thorny Issue of Sentencing Guidelines …