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7:35 AM ET, February 21, 2007

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Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Iraq: the British endgame  —  All British troops will be pulled out of Iraq by the end of 2008, starting with the withdrawal of 1,000 in the early summer, the Guardian has learned.  —  Tony Blair is to announce the moves - the result of months of intense debate in Whitehall - within 24 hours …
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Thomas Wagner / Associated Press:
Blair to announce Iraq withdrawal plan  —  LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce on Wednesday a new timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks, the BBC reported.  —  Blair will also tell the House of Commons during …
Discussion: NewsHog and Obsidian Wings
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Tony Blair's abrupt reversal on Iraq  —  Tony Blair, January 24, 2007 (from The Los Angeles Times) … A "deeply irresponsible" Tony Blair, today (from Associated Press) … That rather striking reversal does not appear to reflect much confidence in the prospects of success for the President's Glorious AEI Surge currently underway.
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.
Jules Crittenden:   Brits Split  —  Brits are halving their force in Iraq.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Tony Snow and White House Reporters Slam The 'Hateful,' 'Polarized' Blogosphere  —  In a press roundtable at the National Press Club tonight, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow led a discussion with White House correspondents about the impact of the internet on their respective jobs.  Their conclusion?
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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
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.
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Libby Trial: Missing the Forest From the Trees
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Washington Post:
Libby 'Told a Dumb Lie,' Prosecutor Says in Closing Argument
Discussion: All Spin Zone
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 …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Black President More Likely than Mormon or Atheist  —  A recent Gallup poll reveals that Americans are much more likely to elect a black man or a woman president than a Mormon or an old man.  More interestingly, they'd rather be governed by a homosexual than an atheist:  —  Now, these numbers are prospective.
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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%).
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: Outside The Beltway and Ezra Klein
Frankie Edozien / New York Post:
LET ALIENS VOTE: ACTIVISTS  —  Immigrant-rights activists yesterday renewed their push to allow legal noncitizens to vote in the Big Apple.  —  A bill that would grant permanent residents and other legal immigrants the right to vote in municipal elections has been stalled in the City Council since last year.
Los Angeles Times:
Late, great immigration debate  —  Does the U.S. economy need all those illegal immigrants to stay or are they taking jobs away from Americans?  All this week, Mark Krikorian and Tamar Jacoby debate immigration.  Monday's discussion treated the Secure Fence Act.
AlterNet:
Maybe We Deserve to Be Ripped Off By Bush's Billionaires  —  While America obsessed about Brittany's shaved head, Bush offered a budget that offers $32.7 billion in tax cuts to the Wal-Mart family alone, while cutting $28 billion from Medicaid.  —  What was she thinking?  How about nothing?
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Friends, Loyal and Texan, Remain a Force  —  Israel Hernandez was a fresh-faced college graduate from the Texas border town of Eagle Pass in the summer of 1993 when he landed a job in Dallas as the personal aide to the part-owner of the Texas Rangers George W. Bush.
Gary Kamiya / Salon:
Is there life after Bush?  —  We've been hating him forever, but he's leaving.  Now we have to decide what to do with the rest of our lives.  —  Hating George W. Bush sometimes feels like a full-time job.  I get up in the morning, open the paper, and it's Bush World.
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.) …
Discussion: theneweditor.com
 
 
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
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Times of London:
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Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
Clinton stresses credentials
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