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2:05 PM ET, February 22, 2007


 Top Items: 
Blair defiant over Iraq security  —  Tony Blair has refused to apologise for the security situation in Iraq, saying he bears no responsibility for it.  —  The prime minister told BBC Radio 4 that extremists trying to thwart Iraq's democracy were to blame for attacks.
Discussion: At-Largely
Gerard Baker / Real Clear Politics:
The Thinking Behind Blair's Iraq Decision
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and QandO
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Blair: We'll Go Back If Needed  —  Critics of the Iraq war …
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Britain to Trim Iraq Force by 1,600 in Coming Months
Discussion: The Daily Dish and God's Politics
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  —  President Bush and Vice President Cheney both say they have sworn off commenting on the '08 race, so their words are being parsed for glimmers of their view of the race to succeed them.  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was at odds with this president for years …
Washington Post:
Clinton, Obama Camps' Feud Is Out in the Open  —  An increasingly acrimonious competition between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton to enlist the Democratic Party's leading fundraisers and operatives burst into the open yesterday, overshadowing what was billed as the presidential campaign's …
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Geffen-Clinton snit tests Obama
Discussion: Redstate and Matthew Yglesias
George Jahn / Associated Press:
Report says nuclear work ongoing in Iran
New York Times:
Iraq Insurgents Employ Chlorine in Bomb Attacks  —  A truck bomb that combined explosives with chlorine gas blew up in southern Baghdad on Wednesday, and officials said it might represent a new and deadly tactic by insurgents against Iraqi civilians.  —  It was at least the third truck bomb …
Associated Press:   U.S. troops find chemicals in Iraq raid
Nadia Abou El-Magd / Associated Press:
Egyptian Blogger Sentenced to Prison  —  ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — An Egyptian blogger was convicted of insulting Islam and President Hosni Mubarak and sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday in Egypt's first prosecution of a blogger.  —  Abdel Kareem Nabil, a 22-year-old former student …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A Lack of Courage In Their Convictions  —  Indiscriminate criticism of President George W. Bush is an infectious disease.  Some conservatives seem to have caught it, but congressional Democrats might be crippled by it.  —  Consider some conservatives' reflexive rejection …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Tom Vilsack's Very, Very Bad Idea  —  I didn't watch the Democratic debate (debates?  This early??), but then I noticed (h/t Atrios and Matt Yglesias) that Jonathan Singer at MyDD wrote this: … Price indexing?  Yikes.  Like Matt, I didn't want to leap to conclusions …
Michelle Malkin:
Facebook nightmare: College Republican targeted by stalker speaks out  —  This is Richard Reed Pannell.  He's a student at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. On Saturday, he was minding his own business, taking a shower in this house he shares with classmates...
Plain Dealer:
Two accused of plotting terror while in Cleveland  —  Prosecutors: They met man here to train them to aid insurgents in Iraq  —  Thousands of people came to Cleveland in July 2004 for a conference on Muslim families and the challenges they face, but two cousins had other motives in making …
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Senate illegals bill near complete  —  Senators and lobbyists are putting the final touches on a comprehensive immigration-reform bill that includes an easier citizenship path for illegal aliens and weaker enforcement provisions than were in the highly criticized legislation that the Senate approved last year.
New York Times:
American Liberty at the Precipice  —  In another low moment for American justice, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that detainees held at the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, do not have the right to be heard in court.  The ruling relied on a shameful law …
Xinhua News Agency:
9th U.S. helicopter crashes in Iraq  — 2007-02-22 16:48:23  —  Special report:Tension escalates in Iraq  —  ¡¡ ¡¡BAGHDAD, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) — A U.S. helicopter crashed in an area north of Baquba City, 65 km northeast of Baghdad, on Thursday …
Smash / The Indepundit:
The One Man Counter-Protest  —  ERIC ODESSIT takes on 300 defeatist protesters in San Diego. … What Eric does next is so simple and elegant, it drives the "artist" nuts. … Ah, so now defeatist protests are considered "art," and passing out flags is "vandalism."  Got it.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
REMEMBERING THE INDISPENSABLE MAN  —  Today is the anniversary of the birth of George Washington.  Of all the great men of the revolutionary era to whom we owe our freedom, Washington's greatness was the rarest, the most necessary, and, at this remove in time, the hardest to understand.
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Feel the surge of the Victory Caucus
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and BLACKFIVE
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Some Countries Remain Resistant to American Cultural Exports
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
For Youths, a Grim Tour on Magazine Crews
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Two Countries  —  Zimbabwe's meltdown continues apace, but today …
Cynthia Leonor Garza / Houston Chronicle:
Of great import: bilingual teachers
Global capitalism now has no serious rivals.  But it could destroy itself
Discussion: normblog and Tim Worstall
Chicago Sports Review:
The Great Unraveler  —  KC Johnson is a 38-year-old bowtie …
Discussion: Media Blog and Ed
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Role Reversal: The White House Press Corps Faces Answers Questions from Tony Snow
 Earlier Items: 
Unarmed and dangerous?  — > Ben Whitford
Discussion: XDA
Cristian Lupsa / Christian Science Monitor:
States begin criticizing Iraq policy, too
Bill Harlan / Rapid City Journal:
Committee kills abortion ban
Bryan / Hot Air:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Let's help Hugo butch up his military
Doug Struck / Washington Post:
In Far North, Peril and Promise
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Worn-Out Economic Ideas
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Decision '08
Washington Post:
Libby's Fate Now Rests In the Hands Of the Jury
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Scooter Libby and Reputation