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2:25 PM ET, February 23, 2007


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Associated Press:
AP: Vilsack to end White House bid  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Tom Vilsack is abandoning his bid for the presidency after struggling against better-known, better-financed rivals, a senior campaign official told The Associated Press on Friday.  —  Vilsack left office in January …
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
AP: Ex-Iowa Gov. Vilsack ending '08 bid  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Democrat Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor who built a centrist image, is abandoning his bid for the presidency after struggling against better-known, better-financed rivals, two officials told The Associated Press on Friday.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Detour From High Road in Clinton-Obama Clash  —  After weeks of watching in frustration as Senator Barack Obama presented himself as a fresh face gliding above partisan politics, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has drawn Mr. Obama onto a muddy political field, engaging him in a back-and-forth …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Vilsack Drops Out of 2008 Presidential Race
Discussion: Daily Kos and Democracy in America
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Vilsack Expected to Drop Out of 2008 Race
Discussion: Liberal Values
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Vilsack Drops Out  —  Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack is announcing today …
Discussion: The Big Question
Washington Post:
Democrats Seek to Repeal 2002 War Authorization  —  Senate Democratic leaders intend to unveil a plan next week to repeal the 2002 resolution authorizing the war in Iraq in favor of narrower authority that restricts the military's role and begins withdrawals of combat troops.
EXCLUSIVE: Cheney on Global Warming  —  Vice President's Views At Odds With Majority Of Climate Scientists  —  Sydney, Australia, Feb. 23, 2007 — In an exclusive interview today, ABC's Jonathan Karl asked Vice President Dick Cheney about the topic of global warming, a subject Mr. Cheney has rarely addressed in the past.
Discussion: and Think Progress
Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
Revealed: The true extent of Britain's failure in Basra  —  The partial British military withdrawal from southern Iraq announced by Tony Blair this week follows political and military failure, and is not because of any improvement in local security, say specialists on Iraq.
Juan Cole / Salon:
The British retreat from Iraq brings peril for U.S. troops
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Informed Comment
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Stepping to the Plate, Giuliani Is Seeing Only Softballs  —  In a swing through South Carolina this week, Rudolph W. Giuliani chose to campaign at a fire house, which is a little like Derek Jeter meeting with Yankees fans — a most unlikely forum for hostility, or even much skepticism.
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Rise of the candidate defined by September 11
Discussion: The Heretik
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Giuliani: Consistency Trumps Pandering
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
A Surmountable Hill  —  Mrs. Clinton seems less inevitable after this week.  —  Republicans and conservatives have been trying to sink Mrs. Clinton for years, but she keeps bob-bob-bobbing along.  "Oh those Clinton haters, what's wrong with them?"  —  Only a Democrat could hurt her, and a Democrat just did.
Discussion: Time, Daily Pundit and Wizblog
Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Obama's `Netroots' Take On Clinton's Big Bundlers in 2008 Race
Discussion: Liberal Values
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Clinton and Obama's Hollywood Scene
Discussion: TAPPED and Daily Kos
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Fake Private Parts Are No Joke, Myers Says  —  Delegate Wants to Ban Vehicle Displays of Plastic Genitals  —  Maryland Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. to truckers: If you've got 'em, you don't need to flaunt 'em.  —  As the General Assembly debates global warming and the death penalty, Myers …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Dems in uproar over Fox plan to cover debate  —  The first presidential primary is 11 months away, but liberals are arguing among themselves over how to best reach new voters — and whether to cooperate with one of their biggest media nemeses.  Their dilemma:  —  Should we Fox?
Tony Pugh / Real Cities:
U.S. economy leaving record numbers in severe poverty  —  WASHINGTON - The percentage of poor Americans who are living in severe poverty has reached a 32-year high, millions of working Americans are falling closer to the poverty line and the gulf between the nation's "haves" and "have-nots" continues to widen.
Alan Wirzbicki / Boston Globe:
Political bloggers fear publicists will infiltrate sites  —  WASHINGTON — Erick Erickson has been running the popular blog long enough to know what his readers' postings sound like: red-meat conservative rhetoric served up with a little dash of populist anger.
Discussion: Romenesko
CharlesR / Age of Hooper:
A Gathering of Eagles  —  I attended the press conference for Gathering of Eagles, which is an event scheduled for March 17 ... concurrent with ANSWER's anti-war rally ... and is intended to protect the Vietnam Memorial from desecration by those thugs.  The ANSWER rally starts at the Vietnam Memorial and ends at the Pentagon.
Michael Learmonth / Variety:
Fox News jogs its blogs  —  'It's Out There' gets test run  —  Fox News Channel is testing another pilot on Sunday that will air following its experiment in news satire, "The ½ Hour News Hour."  —  "It's Out There," a half-hour of stories derived from blogs, will get a half-hour …
Discussion: Riehl World View
New York Times:
U.S. Used Bases in Ethiopia to Hunt Al Qaeda in Africa  —  The American military quietly waged a campaign from Ethiopia last month to capture or kill top leaders of Al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa, including the use of an airstrip in eastern Ethiopia to mount airstrikes against Islamic militants …
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Pennsylvania eyes moving up primary
The Raw Story:
Psychiatrist says US terror suspect has Stockholm syndrome
Discussion: The Impolitic and Norwegianity
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
A Nonpartisan Reputation at Stake
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
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John Heilprin / Associated Press:
Pelosi Seeks Tougher Oversight on Ethics
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Melo report hits 'small AFP group'
Hassan M. Fattah / New York Times:
Arab States, Wary of Iran, Add to Their Arsenals but Still Lean on the U.S.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
For Clinton, New Wealth In Speeches
Austin Bay / TCS Daily:
The Real News Behind "The Surge"
Discussion: Wizbang