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4:20 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 Riehl World View
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.
Cernig / NewsHog:
Get Your WAR On!  Says Telegraph, Israel Denies Story  —  The UK's Daily Telegraph, beloved of American neocons because it can always be relied upon as a plausible overseas placement for all their propaganda (which can then in turn be cited by US rightwing pundits), is ready - I would say eager - for war with Iran.
Jonathan Saul / Reuters:
Israel denies report it is planning an Iran attack  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's deputy defense minister denied on Saturday that Israel was in talks with the United States to use Iraqi airspace as part of possible plans to attack Iranian nuclear sites.  —  Britain's Daily Telegraph …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Booman Tribune:   UK Telegraph Used Instead of State Dept.
Israeli defense chief makes lens cap gaffe
Discussion: Iowa Voice
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   From the conservative Daily Telegraph: … I suppose the Iraqis …
Jules Crittenden:   Kumbaya, My Lord  —  If another aircraft carrier group in the Gulf …
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!
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America: Memphis, Tennessee's Congressman Steve Cohen  —  (Rep. Steve Cohen and Rep. John Conyers.)  —  [Please join me in welcoming Rep. Steve Cohen to our Blue America chat.  As always, with all Blue America discussions, please stay on topic in the comments and be polite.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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
Discussion: Wake up America
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.
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.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Christian Right Labors to Find '08 Candidate  —  A group of influential Christian conservatives and their allies emerged from a private meeting at a Florida resort this month dissatisfied with the Republican presidential field and uncertain where to turn.  —  The event was a meeting …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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 …
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 and Mia Culpa
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.
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.
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."
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