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2:00 PM ET, February 24, 2007


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Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
Israel seeks all clear for Iran air strike  —  Israel is negotiating with the United States for permission to fly over Iraq as part of a plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.  —  To conduct surgical air strikes against Iran's nuclear programme, Israeli war planes would need to fly across Iraq.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Jules Crittenden
Bill Richardson / Washington Post:
Diplomacy, Not War, With Iran  —  The recent tentative agreement with North Korea over its nuclear program illustrates how diplomacy can work even with the most unsavory of regimes.  Unfortunately, it took the Bush administration more than six years to commit to diplomacy.
Discussion: Donklephant and State of the Day
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
McConnell Threatens to Block Bid to Repeal War Resolution  —  Republican Wants to Force Vote on Guaranteeing Funding for Troops  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned yesterday that a new Democratic effort to repeal the 2002 Iraq war resolution would meet the same fate …
Booman Tribune:
UK Telegraph Used Instead of State Dept.
Discussion: NewsHog
Israeli defense chief makes lens cap gaffe
Discussion: Iowa Voice
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   From the conservative Daily Telegraph: … I suppose the Iraqis …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:   The Hapless Israeli Defense Minister
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Panel Cites Voter Error, Not Software, in Loss of Votes  —  Florida election officials announced yesterday that an examination of voting software did not find any malfunctions that could have caused up to 18,000 votes to be lost in a disputed Congressional race in Sarasota County …
Anita Kumar / St. Petersburg Times:
Jennings has another loss at voting machines … Results of a comprehensive audit released Friday show that the voting machines used in the disputed Sarasota-area congressional race were not flawed.  —  The findings are a blow to Democrat Christine Jennings, whose main argument in disputing …
Discussion: Wake up America
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Justice Department Fires 8th U.S. Attorney  —  An eighth U.S. attorney announced her resignation yesterday, the latest in a wave of forced departures of federal prosecutors who have clashed with the Justice Department over the death penalty and other issues.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Who's Carrying The Hatchet At Justice, And Why?  —  Another US attorney has resigned, apparently forced from her job by the Department of Justice, making a total of eight since the beginning of December.  Since one normally sees this kind of turnover in the fast-food or housekeeping industries …
Discussion: Macsmind
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
AG Gonzales Terminates 8th U.S. Attorney
Cass R. Sunstein / Washington Post:
A Brave New Wikiworld  —  In the past year, Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that "anyone can edit," has been cited four times as often as the Encyclopedia Britannica in judicial opinions, and the number is rapidly growing.  In just two years, YouTube has become a household word and one of the world's most successful Web sites.
Blaine Harden / Washington Post:
'Terrorist' Remark Puts Outdoorsman's Career in Jeopardy  —  Zumbo's Criticism of Hunters Who Use Assault Rifles Brings Unforgiving Response From U.S. Gun Culture  —  SEATTLE — Modern hunters rarely become more famous than Jim Zumbo.  A mustachioed, barrel-chested outdoors entrepreneur …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
New Republic Cuts Back, but Bulks Up Its Image  —  The New Republic, the thinning, left-leaning weekly magazine whose circulation has been hurt by the Web and possibly by what some of its core readers view as an insufficiently progressive stance against the Bush administration, has a new ownership and a new publishing schedule.
Nico / Think Progress:
Defense Trust Hails Libby As 'Loyal Soldier In The War On Terror'  —  National Journal's Hotline reports that a recent fundraising letter issued by Scooter Libby's Legal Defense Trust includes the following quote from former Cheney aide Mary Matalin: … Scooter Libby knowingly exposed the cover of a CIA operative.
Washington Post:
Democrats Offer Up Chairmen For Donors  —  Party's Campaigns Had Faulted GOP For 'Selling Access'  —  Eager to shore up their fragile House and Senate majorities, congressional Democrats have enlisted their committee chairmen in an early blitz to bring millions of dollars into the party's coffers …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Associated Press:
Americans unaware of Iraqi death toll  —  Poll shows knowledge of U.S. dead, but huge underestimation of Iraqis  —  WASHINGTON - One person can tell you precisely how many Americans have been killed in Iraq.  Another pays close attention to the names and hometowns of those who die each week.
Discussion: The American Street
Getoffmedz / Associated Press:
GOP War Candidate McCain: Iraq Could End My Career  —  "He has literally sacrificed his political career because of Iraq," McCain said during an appearance before the World Affairs Council and the City Club of Seattle.  "That is a great testament to his political courage."
Jack Date / ABCNEWS:
Former ACLU Chapter President Arrested for Child Pornography  —  Complaint Alleges Virginia Man Accessed, Downloaded Graphic Child Pornography  —  Federal agents arrested Charles Rust-Tierney, the former president of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, Friday in Arlington for allegedly possessing child pornography.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Former ACLU chapter prez arrested for child pornography
Discussion: Riehl World View
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Exclusive: Arnold Defends Hillary, Mulls Senate Run  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If Arnold Schwarzenegger had been born in Austin instead Austria, he might be president today.  —  But because that office is denied him by the U.S. Constitution, he is concentrating on other things.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Iraq Rebuilding Short on Qualified Civilians
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A Teleconference with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
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Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:
Operation Baghdad: Week II
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
The Soft Bigotry Of Low Pony Expectations
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
No Way To End A War  —  The United States has fought …
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Right-Wingers Repent, But Not The Times
Kelley Shannon / Associated Press:
Obama ridicules Cheney's Iraq comments
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Study Shows How Hugo Chavez Rigged Elections In Venezuela
Discussion: neo-neocon
Larry Miller / Weekly Standard:
Discussion: GINA COBB
Michael / Petrelis Files:
Read the Speech by Straight GOP WY Lawmaker Favoring Equality for Gays
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Canadian Court Limits Detention in Terror Cases
Sarah McDonald /
Complaint against Bush billboard upheld
Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Mayor Rudy Giuliani on the campaign trail