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7:00 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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Vilsack Drops Out of 2008 Presidential Race
Discussion: Daily Kos and Democracy in America
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
You Go, Geffen!  —  Hillary Clinton's very bad week.  —  We know from the philosophers that a true statement is true without regard to the reliability or sagacity of the person who utters it.  We have it on good authority that the truth shall set us free.  David Geffen spoke truth to Maureen Dowd last week.
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
A Surmountable Hill  —  Mrs. Clinton seems less inevitable after this week.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Clinton and Obama's Hollywood Scene
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
New Republic to Cut Back Publication Schedule  —  The New Republic, the thinning left-leaning weekly magazine whose circulation has plunged in the era of the Web, is overhauling itself with a new configuration of owners, who are investing in a new look for the magazine and cutting back its publication schedule to every two weeks.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
New Republic Sold, to Drop Weekly Publication Schedule  —  The Canadian media giant CanWest has taken a majority stake in the 92-year-old New Republic, and plans to relaunch the weekly as a thicker, glossier - and half as frequent - magazine with a more robust Web site.
Discussion: Political Animal
Editor and Publisher:
'NYT' SUNDAY PREVIEW: Suze Orman Reveals She is the '55-year-old Virgin'  —  NEW YORK In an interview for The New York Times Magazine this coming Sunday, financial guru and TV host Suze Orman gets on Deborah Solomon's case for not looking out for her own money, partly because "you are a woman."
Discussion: Don Surber and WuzzaDem
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Among Religious Groups, Jewish Americans Most Strongly Oppose War  —  Opposition goes beyond Jewish Americans' political affiliations  —  PRINCETON, NJ — An analysis of Gallup Poll data collected since the beginning of 2005 finds that among the major religious groups in the United States …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Okay, so we've prepared a little Joe Lieberman care package for people to email to reporters and/or commentators when they talk about Lieberman switching parties.  —  Here's what's in it.  We've compiled lots and lots and lots of examples of Lieberman swearing up and down to the voters of Connecticut that he'd stay with the Dems.
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Christine Stuart /
Lieberman Calls for Political Cease-fire
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.
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Long Iraq Tours Can Make Home a Trying Front
Anna Badkhen / San Francisco Chronicle:
New set of rape allegations leveled against Iraqi forces  —  2nd such accusation this week hurts U.S. effort to transfer security to domestic troops  —  Still reeling from allegations that Iraqi police officers raped a young Sunni woman in Baghdad, Iraq on Thursday confronted a second set …
Discussion: TAPPED
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.
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 …
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 …
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Cheney Reiterates Criticism of House Speaker Pelosi  —  Vice President Cheney today repeated his charge that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's approach toward the Iraq war would benefit al-Qaeda, saying that he was not trying to impugn the speaker's patriotism but instead hold her accountable for the consequences of her policies.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Senator Lott Floods the Zone  —  A house is lost and now a senator wants revenge.  —  One big question when Democrats took over Congress was which industry would be first to feel the new majority's populist rage.  Oil?  Pharma?  Banks?  Corporate America just got its answer …
Discussion: Democracy Project
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Prosecutor Purge: Number Eight?  —  It seems that U.S. Attorney Margaret Chiara of Michigan's Western District is the eighth prosecutor to have been fired by the administration in recent months.  —  In a press release today, Chiara, who was nominated by President Bush in September, 2001 …
Associated Press:
U.S. soldier gets 100 years for Iraq rape, killings … FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky (AP) — A U.S. soldier was sentenced to 100 years in prison Thursday for the gang rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family last year.  —  Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, 24, also was given a dishonorable discharge.
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White House:
Press Gaggle by Dana Perino
Discussion: Wake up America
Naomi Klein / Guardian:
The US psychological torture system is finally on trial
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Statehouse Yields Clues to Obama
Discussion: Bloomberg and Liberal Values
Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
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CharlesR / Age of Hooper:
A Gathering of Eagles  —  I attended the press conference …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Dems in uproar over Fox plan to cover debate
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Stepping to the Plate, Giuliani Is Seeing Only Softballs
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Labor Seeks Boost From Pro-Union Measure