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8:45 AM ET, February 22, 2007


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Tell Democrats to Freeze Out Fox News  —  The Nevada Democratic Party is working with Fox News Channel to host a debate with all the Democratic Party presidential candidates in August.  This is, to put it mildly, insane.  Fox News is a partisan Republican propaganda outlet, not a news station …
Myrna the Minx / Reno and Its Discontents: Organizing Campaign Against Airing Nevada Democratic Fox News Debate  —  I just spoke to Adam Green of which is planning a campaign against Fox News's pose as a legitimate news agency.  They see the upcoming Democratic debate sponsored by the Western Majority Project …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
In Both Parties, 2008 Politeness Falls to Infighting  —  The sun was not yet up yesterday, and members of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign team were confronted with the kind of attack that most infuriates them: one questioning the character of Mrs. Clinton and her husband.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cheney Chastises McCain
Discussion: American Spectator
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Clinton-Obama Hollywood Brawl
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Dems Find It Hot Under the Klieg Lights
Fox News:
PELOSI CALLS BUSH TO COMPLAIN OF CHENEY'S COMMENTS ON DEMOCRATS' IRAQ STRATEGY  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday phoned President Bush to air her complaints over Vice President Dick Cheney's comments that the Congressional Democrats' plan for Iraq would "validate the Al Qaeda strategy."
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pelosi phones Bush to complain about Cheney's painfully accurate criticism
Discussion: alphabet city
Brian Murphy / Associated Press:
Iraqi insurgents use 2nd 'dirty' bomb  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgents exploded a truck carrying chlorine gas canisters Wednesday — the second such "dirty" chemical attack in two days — while a U.S. official said ground fire apparently forced the downing of a Black Hawk helicopter.
Christiane Amanpour / CNN:
Iranian official offers glimpse from within: A desire for U.S. ally … TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — As I sat down recently with a senior Iranian government official, he urgently waved a column by Thomas Friedman of The New York Times in my face, one about how the United States and Iran need to engage each other.
Annmarie Timmins /
Romney running as turnaround expert  —  epublican Mitt Romney will get an early start on the 2008 presidential race today when he rolls out television ads in New Hampshire and several other key states.  —  According to a transcript, the 60-second ad presents Romney as a masterly businessman who …
Discussion: MyDD
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
National Guard May Undertake Iraq Duty Early  —  The Pentagon is planning to send more than 14,000 National Guard troops back to Iraq next year, shortening their time between deployments to meet the demands of President Bush's buildup, Defense Department officials said Wednesday.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Pentagon Faults Leadership for Walter Reed  —  Officials Say They Learned of Serious Problems From Post Exposé  —  Top Pentagon officials today blamed a breakdown in leadership for problems with outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and vowed to take quick corrective action.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and INTEL DUMP
Gerard Baker / Real Clear Politics:
The Thinking Behind Blair's Iraq Decision  —  Tony Blair's announcement Wednesday of the planned withdrawal of about 1,600 UK combat troops from Iraq has been greeted with predictable gloating and derision on both sides of the Atlantic.  —  Most of the commentary in Britain …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Bread Scarce in Zimbabwe as Mugabe Holds Party  —  President Robert G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe turned 83 on Wednesday to the strains of the song "God Bless President Mugabe" on state-controlled radio, along with an interview on state television, a 16-page paean to his rule in Harare's daily newspaper …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and PoliBlog (TM)
David Noland / Popular Mechanics:
Mission to the Moon: How We'll Go Back — and Stay This Time  —  With the iconic Space Shuttle nearing retirement, the pressure is on NASA to design a new manned vehicle — one that will deliver us safely to the lunar surface by 2020 before building a lasting lunar base.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Debsweb
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Scooter Libby and Reputation  —  Prosecutions that wreak ruin on a lifetime. … The trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is the closest version of a Red Queen trial this country has had in a long time.  One says that knowing it might start a stampede from past defendants laying claim to the most upside-down prosecution.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Say What?  —  FOUR BEWILDERING REMARKS FROM THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.  —  The world might be less stressful if the president of the most powerful nation didn't so frequently convey the impression that he has no idea what's going on.  —  Here are three recent examples of his bewildering remarks, plus one from his secretary of state.
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
Brian Doherty / Reason:
The Life and Times of Milton Friedman  —  Remembering the 20th century's most influential libertarian.  —  When Milton Friedman stepped forward on December 10, 1976, to receive the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences from the King of Sweden, he needed bodyguards.
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Brian / TVNewser:
1/2 Hour News Hour: 1.5 Million Viewers
Discussion: Hot Air and Ace of Spades HQ
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Daschle to Endorse Obama
The new ban on weapons that look like assault weapons
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
A Labor Standard for Future Trade Deals: Minimum Half Median
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
What's It All About, Alfie?
Discussion: MyDD
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Parsing the Polls: Iraq and the GOP Frontrunners
CBS News:
Poll: Hollywood And Politics
Discussion: Pollster
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Going Nowhere Fast  —  DOHA, Qatar — "Are you on the road, or in the ditch?"
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Pete Du Pont / Opinion Journal:
Plus Ça (Climate) Change
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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Tony Snow: Don't Believe Your Opposition's Blogs
Discussion: Redstate and Crooks and Liars
Political Insider:
Ivy League Losing its Presidential Clout
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
Liveblogging the Carson City AFSCME Forum
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Tougher Tactics Deter Migrants at U.S. Border
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Obama sees 2 sides of L.A.
Discussion: The Caucus and Washington Wire
Atrios / Eschaton:
Worship of Incumbency  —  Joe Klein's just trolling at this point …