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5:55 PM ET, February 20, 2007

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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
PAUL CAMPOS thinks I'm beyond the pale for suggesting (in this post, which he does not link) that the Bush Administration might have been better off trying to use covert action to kill Iranian nuclear scientists and radical mullahs, instead of having to look at the massive air strikes now reportedly …
Discussion: Kesher Talk and Six Meat Buffet
Blue Texan / INSTAPUTZ:
The Rocky Mountain News: Putz is the right's Ward Churchill.
Hindrocket / Power Line:   FASCISTS EVERYWHERE!  —  In a column in the Rocky Mountain News …
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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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
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
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Court: Detainees can't challenge cases
Discussion: Mia Culpa and First Draft
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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Online NewsHour:
Army Hospital Struggles to Provide Iraq Veterans Adequate Care  —  Some Iraq war veterans returning to the United States for medical treatment have found that Washington, D.C.'s Walter Reed Army Hospital has failed to provide them with adequate care.  Dana Priest, a Washington Post reporter who broke the story, describes the problems.
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
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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.
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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
The Military's Moral Blinders: Criminals Preferred to Fill Ranks Over Gays
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
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 …
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Libby Live: Fitzgerald's Rebuttal  —  NOTES: (1) This is not a transcript — It's the blogger's approximation, and no one really knows what that is yet!  But I do know you shouldn't quote anything not in quotation marks.  (2) I'll timestamp the updates and will update about every 15 minutes, servers willing.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Emptywheel / Firedoglake:   Libby Live: Wells' Defense Summation One
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.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court limits punitive damages  —  The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that it is unconstitutional for a jury to award punitive damages out of a desire to punish a company for harming individuals other than those directly involved in the lawsuit — that is, "strangers to the litigation."
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
David Brody / The Politico:
CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK  —  What do you think the pro-life community will make of John McCain this weekend?  The Associated Press is running a national article with the headline:  —  "McCain: Abortion ruling should be overturned."  —  This is what he said in Iowa this weekend:
 
 
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Srosenfeld / TAPPED:
BLACK VELVET.  I know this may generate a storm of "cat-hater" …
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The Sincerity Privilege  —  Ed Kilgore writes about a lot …
Agence France Presse:
One in six Europeans living below poverty threshold: study
Discussion: Don Surber
Lee Glendinning / Guardian:
Iran 'six months from mass uranium enrichment'
Daniel Goleman / New York Times:
Flame First, Think Later: New Clues to E-Mail Misbehavior
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Terrorist Networks Lure Young Moroccans to War in Far-Off Iraq
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blogHillary is live!  —  Welcome to the campaign's new blog.
Alicia Colon / New York Sun:
Heroes And Cowards  —  Corporal Thomas Saba was buried …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and Angry Bear
Srosenfeld / TAPPED:
MIDDLE CLASS, OR SWING VOTERS?  To much fanfare, including …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The War Within Islam
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The Antiwar Surge  —  Iraq is unpopular, but embracing defeat …
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