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9:30 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
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Washington Post:
Libby 'Told a Dumb Lie,' Prosecutor Says in Closing Argument  —  Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff lied to investigators about his role in leaking a CIA officer's identity in order to keep his job and protect the White House from political embarrassment, prosecutors told jurors yesterday …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and All Spin Zone
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.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Libby Trial: Missing the Forest From the Trees
Discussion: JustOneMinute
James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
All these President's men leaked CIA agent's name
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.
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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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Helen Thomas Moving Back After 46 Years Down Front
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and The Right Angle
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.) …
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
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.
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:
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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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 …
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 …
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
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Joint force weighs move on Sadr City  —  The vast Baghdad slum harbors a key militia but a sweep could backfire.  —  BAGHDAD — U.S. and Iraqi forces have moved aggressively in the last week to combat Sunni Arab insurgents in neighborhoods across the capital and to establish a stronger presence …
 
 
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Terry Eagleton / Guardian:
Those in power are right to see multiculturalism as a threat
Christian Science Monitor:
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Mark Kenny / NEWS.com.au:
Light bulbs get the flick
Discussion: On Deadline and FP Passport
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Lower Voter Turnout Is Seen in States That Require ID
Annatopia / Texas Kaos:
Big Brother is Watching You II
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Paper: Iran's oil production is drying up
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and TigerHawk
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Scientist Group Warns of Warming 'Threat'
Discussion: Liberal Values
Los Angeles Times:
Late, great immigration debate
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Friends, Loyal and Texan, Remain a Force
Brian Beutler / The Raw Story:
Chief Libby trial blogger says she believes prosecutor 'wants Cheney …
Gary Kamiya / Salon:
Is there life after Bush?  —  We've been hating him forever, but he's leaving.
Frankie Edozien / New York Post:
LET ALIENS VOTE: ACTIVISTS
AlterNet:
Maybe We Deserve to Be Ripped Off By Bush's Billionaires