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3:41 AM ET, February 25, 2007


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New York Times:
Al Qaeda Resurgent  —  Almost five and a half years ago, America — united by the shock of 9/11 — understood exactly what it needed to do.  It had to find, thwart and take down the command structure of Al Qaeda, which was responsible for the deaths of 3,000 innocent people on American soil.
Discussion: Riehl World View and NO QUARTER
Secret report: Terror threat worst since 9/11  —  The terrorist threat facing Britain from home-grown al-Qaeda agents is higher than at any time since the September 11 attacks in 2001, secret intelligence documents reveal.  —  The number of British-based Islamic terrorists plotting suicide attacks against …
Discussion: Hot Air
Marc Schulman / The Moderate Voice:   Al Qaeda's Resurgence
Associated Press:
Romney family tree has polygamy branch  —  SALT LAKE CITY - While Mitt Romney condemns polygamy and its prior practice by his Mormon church, the Republican presidential candidate's great-grandfather had five wives and at least one of his great-great grandfathers had 12.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   ... And Brigham Young's Great-Great-Great-Grandson Won A Super Bowl
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
US generals 'will quit' if Bush orders Iran attack  —  Michael Smith and Sarah Baxter, Washington  —  SOME of America's most senior military commanders are prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran, according to highly placed defence and intelligence sources.
Discussion: NewsHog, Hot Air and digg
Patrick Ruffini /
Shhhh... The Surge is Working  —  A gloomy haze has settled over the nation's prosecution of the War on Terror as of late.  It seems like we can only watch helplessly as Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha size up new angles of attack for undermining the war effort.
Dafydd / Big Lizards:
Whack-a-Mole and Seal-a-Hole Redux  —  I already used this analogy before; but there's nothing wrong with it and no reason not to trot it out again for another spin around the park.  So there.  —  Defeatists often portray the Iraq war as an elaborate game of Whack-a-Mole: we drive the terrorists …
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.
Tim McGirk /
Jesus: Tales from the Crypt  —  Brace yourself.  James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster.  This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity.  —  In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim …
U.S. developing contingency plan to bomb Iran: report  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite the Bush administration's insistence it has no plans to go to war with Iran, a Pentagon panel has been created to plan a bombing attack that could be implemented within 24 hours of getting the go-ahead …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton Fights to Keep Impeachment Taboo  —  After Spat, Campaigns Know to Expect Swift Reprisal for Any Hint of the Scandal  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new commandment for the 2008 presidential field: Thou shalt not mention anything related to the impeachment of her husband.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Newt Vs. Hillary / US News:
Michael Barone  —  Pollster Scott Rasmussen reports that in a recent presidential pairing, Hillary Rodham Clinton would beat Newt Gingrich by a 50-to-43 percent margin.  That sounds fairly plausible, although it's a little better showing for Gingrich than I would have expected.
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Washington Post:
General Plays Down Value Of Capturing Bin Laden  —  The Army's highest-ranking officer said Friday that he was unsure whether the U.S. military would capture or kill Osama bin Laden, adding, "I don't know that it's all that important, frankly."  —  "So we get him, and then what?" …
Discussion: The Reaction, AMERICAblog and Daily Kos
800 civilian contractors killed in Iraq  —  In a largely invisible cost of the war in Iraq, nearly 800 civilians working under contract to the Pentagon have been killed and more than 3,300 hurt doing jobs normally handled by the US military, according to figures gathered by The Associated Press.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Numbers Game  —  Since the beginning of the occupation …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
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: TalkLeft and DownWithTyranny!
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America: Memphis, Tennessee's Congressman Steve Cohen
White House:
Vice President's Remarks with Australian Prime Minister John Howard  —  PRIME MINISTER HOWARD: Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm delighted to welcome the Vice President of the United States to Australia.  The Vice President and I have had a very lengthy discussion in which we have canvassed Iraq …
Discussion: The RBC and Angry Bear
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
More Patent Pain  —  Alcatel-Lucent won the tort lottery yesterday when a federal jury in San Diego ordered Microsoft to pay it $1.52 billion.  The jury found that the MP3 software in Microsoft's Windows Media Player program violated two Alcatel-Lucent patents that describe ways to store music as compressed digital files.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
PATENT ABUSE....You may or may not be aware of this …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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Huckabee: Don't Forget Me  —  Exclusive: Former Arkansas …
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Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
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Steve Vogel / Washington Post:
Review At Walter Reed Is Ordered
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Iraq Rebuilding Short on Qualified Civilians
Israeli defense chief makes lens cap gaffe
Discussion: Iowa Voice
Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:
Operation Baghdad: Week II
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
The Soft Bigotry Of Low Pony Expectations
Nico / Think Progress:
Defense Trust Hails Libby As 'Loyal Soldier In The War On Terror'
Cass R. Sunstein / Washington Post:
A Brave New Wikiworld  —  In the past year, Wikipedia …