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8:15 PM ET, February 20, 2007

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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 …
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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.
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
Associated Press:
Court Backs Administration on Detainee Issue
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Circuit Court orders end to detainee cases
Discussion: The Liberal Avenger
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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CNN:
Reports: UK to begin withdrawing Iraq troops … LONDON, England (CNN) — British Prime Minister Tony Blair will order nearly half the British troops in Iraq home by the end of 2007, British news outlets reported early Wednesday.  —  The British Broadcasting Corporation and The Sun newspaper …
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Iraq: the British endgame
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Animal
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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.
Matthew Miller / DSCC:
NRSC "Inner Circle Member" Indicted On Terror Charges  —  According to the Associated Press, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, a self-proclaimed life member of the National Republican Senatorial Committee's "Inner Circle Leadership Committee" has been indicted on charges of financing a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.
Discussion: Wonkette
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Associated Press:
GOP donor hit with terror charges
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 …
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).
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 …
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.
Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
Clinton stresses credentials  —  N.Y. senator tells Columbia crowd she has experience needed to be president  —  Hillary Clinton told a crowd of more than 3,000 at Allen University on Monday she's "proud to be a woman," but she's not basing a run for president on her gender.
Discussion: Sirotablog, AMERICAblog and TIME
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.
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
 
 
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Times of London:
Female Pakistani minister shot dead for 'breaking Islamic dress code'
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Srosenfeld / TAPPED:
BLACK VELVET.  I know this may generate a storm of "cat-hater" …
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Atrios / Eschaton:
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Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
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Brendan Miniter / Opinion Journal:
The Antiwar Surge  —  Iraq is unpopular, but embracing defeat …