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12:55 PM ET, February 20, 2007

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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 …
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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.
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:   Poll Shows Connecticut Cold To Dodd Presidential Candidacy
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.
USA Today:   White House hates leaks, except when it doesn't
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 …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices to Revisit Thorny Issue of Sentencing Guidelines in First Cases After Recess  —  The Supreme Court returns on Tuesday from a monthlong recess to face a daunting and urgent task: explaining what it meant two years ago when it ruled that the federal sentencing guidelines were to be treated as …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Volokh Conspiracy
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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) …
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).
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Democratic Daily and MyDD
Craig S. Smith / New York Times:
North Africa Feared as Staging Ground for Terror  —  TUNIS — The plan, hatched for months in the arid mountains of North Africa, was to attack the American and British Embassies here.  It ended in a series of gun battles in January that killed a dozen militants and left two Tunisian security officers dead.
 
 
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Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Wells' Defense Summation One
Daniel Goleman / New York Times:
Flame First, Think Later: New Clues to E-Mail Misbehavior
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: TBogg and PrairiePundit
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
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney Goes Up On TV
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Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet
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Srosenfeld / TAPPED:
MIDDLE CLASS, OR SWING VOTERS?  To much fanfare, including …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The War Within Islam
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China's green pledges are as deep as a coat of paint
Discussion: The Peking Duck
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
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