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12:20 PM 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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
In S.C., Sen. Clinton Targets Black Vote
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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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: Prairie Weather and The Raw Story
USA Today:   White House hates leaks, except when it doesn't
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.
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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.
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ, Salon and Don Surber
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Instapundit.com:   PAUL CAMPOS thinks I'm beyond the pale for suggesting (in this post …
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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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) …
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: Angry Bear
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.
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
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Defending Nation's Latest War, Bush Recalls Its First  —  To those who criticize his handling of the war in Iraq, President Bush likes to say that history will be his judge.  On Monday, Presidents' Day, Mr. Bush wrapped himself in history's embrace, invoking another war, the American Revolution, and another George W.
Discussion: TAPPED and DownWithTyranny!
Srosenfeld / TAPPED:
MIDDLE CLASS, OR SWING VOTERS?  To much fanfare, including a glowing column from David Brooks, the new report from the "strategy center for progressives" known as Third Way has arrived: The New Rules Economy: A Policy Framework for the 21st Century." expands the argument that Third Way has made elsewhere …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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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
Crystal Patterson / hillaryclinton.com:
blogHillary is live!  —  Welcome to the campaign's new blog.
MSNBC:
Court rules against Guantanamo detainees
Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet
Craig S. Smith / New York Times:
North Africa Feared as Staging Ground for Terror
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The War Within Islam
Isabel Hilton / Guardian:
China's green pledges are as deep as a coat of paint
Discussion: The Peking Duck
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Los Angeles Times:
Pilots traced to CIA renditions
Discussion: Facing South
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Indicted CIA Official Was in Charge of Ethics
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Zeidenberg's Prosecution Summation One
Michael J. Totten:
The Other Iraq  —  If I could distill everything I heard …
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Defence shield sites threatened by Russia
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
Ruth Gledhill / Times of London:
Churches back plan to unite under Pope