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10:20 AM ET, February 21, 2007

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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Defense Rests, and Not a Minute Too Soon  —  For a brief moment yesterday, Scooter Libby was not a former White House aide on trial for perjury.  He was an orphan in need of a loving home.  —  "He's been under my protection for the last month; now I'm entrusting him to you," defense lawyer Ted Wells told the puzzled jurors.
Discussion: The RBC and CorrenteWire
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Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
In Closing Pleas, Clashing Views on Libby's Role  —  Defense lawyers and prosecutors in the perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. made their final summations on Tuesday, offering the jury two starkly different ways to evaluate the evidence presented over the last few weeks.
Washington Post:
Libby 'Told a Dumb Lie,' Prosecutor Says in Closing Argument
Discussion: JustOneMinute and All Spin Zone
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Libby Trial: Missing the Forest From the Trees
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Rape Accusation Reinforces Fears in a Divided Iraq  —  The most wicked acts are spoken of openly and without reserve in Iraq.  Torture, stabbings and bodies ripped to pieces in bombings are all part of the daily conversation.  —  Rape is different.  —  Rape is not mentioned by the victims, and rarely by the authorities.
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Associated Press:
Top Sunni Official Fired Over Rape Case
Discussion: Mia Culpa
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Cheney Says British Troop Withdrawal Is Positive Sign  —  Vice President Tells Soldiers in Tokyo the U.S. Will Not Withdraw Until the Job Is Done  —  British Prime Minister Tony Blair's announcement that British troops will begin withdrawing from Iraq would appear to be bad news for the Bush administration.
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R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Berger Case Still Roils Archives, Justice Dept.  —  In a chandeliered room at the Justice Department, the longtime head of the counterespionage section, the chief of the public integrity unit, a deputy assistant attorney general, some trial lawyers and a few FBI agents all looked down at their pant legs and socks.
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Statistics On Terrorism Faulted  —  Most of the Justice Department's major statistics on terrorism cases are highly inaccurate, and federal prosecutors routinely count cases involving drug trafficking, marriage fraud and other unrelated crimes as part of anti-terrorism efforts, according to an audit released yesterday.
Discussion: Counterterrorism Blog
Washington Post:
The Woman in the Middle  —  Moderate Democrat Is New Target of Liberal Bloggers  —  The Democratic majority was only three weeks old, but by Jan. 26, the grass-roots and Net-roots activists of the party's left wing had already settled on their new enemy: Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif.) …
Washington Post:
Swift Action Promised at Walter Reed  —  Investigations Urged as Army Moves to Make Repairs, Improve Staffing  —  The White House and congressional leaders called yesterday for swift investigation and repair of the problems plaguing outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center …
Discussion: Debsweb
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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Iraq War Attitudes  —  Public Opinion Strategies* has released a survey [PDF file here] of likely voters' attitudes toward the Iraq War that finds that most voters think the country is going in the wrong direction (67%) and President Bush is doing a poor job (60%), and that Iraq will never be a stable democracy (60%).
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Andy Soltis / New York Post:   AMERICA SAYS LET'S WIN WAR
Financial Times:
US ruling puts new limits on punitive damages  —  By Patti Waldmeir in Washington and Chris Bowe in New York  —  The US Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed new constitutional limits on some court damages awards, but stopped short of the tough clampdown sought by the US business community.
Josh White / Washington Post:
Guantanamo Detainees Lose Appeal  —  Habeas Corpus Case May Go to High Court  —  A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that hundreds of detainees in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, do not have the right to challenge their imprisonment in federal courts, a victory for the Bush administration …
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Lower Voter Turnout Is Seen in States That Require ID  —  States that imposed identification requirements on voters reduced turnout at the polls in the 2004 presidential election by about 3 percent, and by two to three times as much for minorities, new research suggests.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's Extreme Makeover  —  Precisely two years ago, Mitt Romney, then the governor of Massachusetts but already eyeing a 2008 presidential bid, sat in the coffee shop of a Washington hotel, doing his best not to explain his views on abortion.  —  Romney was speaking to a few of us from The Post …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Eric Alterman thinks there should be a "blogging council" to condemn bloggers who go wrong.  —  Alterman is talking with Mark Schmitt on the new Bloggingheads.  They've just discussed the problem the Edwards campaign had with the bloggers it hired.  (Eric says, and I agree …
Discussion: QandO
Matthew Yglesias / American Prospect:
Fitting the Bill  —  Why isn't Bill Richardson's presidential candidacy taken seriously?  —  On Thursday, February 8, Bill Richardson delivered a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on "The New Realism and the Rebirth of American Leadership," laying out the foreign policy vision …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Outside The Beltway
 
 
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Discussion: Hot Air
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
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Discussion: TIME, Redstate and The Politico
Jay Greene / New York Sun:
Steve Jobs Has Guts
Discussion: Betsy's Page and QandO
Washington Post:
The 'Crime' Of Blogging In Egypt
Bloomberg:
Merck Stops Campaign to Mandate Gardasil Vaccine Use (Update3)
Pajamas Media:
LET'S GO BACK TO THE MOON  —  Special to Pajamas Media by Buzz Aldrin and Taylor Dinerman
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Terry Eagleton / Guardian:
Those in power are right to see multiculturalism as a threat
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Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
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Mark Kenny / NEWS.com.au:
Light bulbs get the flick
Discussion: On Deadline and FP Passport
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Black President More Likely than Mormon or Atheist
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Scientist Group Warns of Warming 'Threat'
Discussion: Liberal Values
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Friends, Loyal and Texan, Remain a Force
Frankie Edozien / New York Post:
LET ALIENS VOTE: ACTIVISTS
AlterNet:
Maybe We Deserve to Be Ripped Off By Bush's Billionaires