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12:10 PM ET, February 25, 2007


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Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
THE REDIRECTION  —  A STRATEGIC SHIFT  —  In the past few months, as the situation in Iraq has deteriorated, the Bush Administration, in both its public diplomacy and its covert operations, has significantly shifted its Middle East strategy.  The "redirection," as some inside the White House …
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.
U.S. developing contingency plan to bomb Iran: report
Discussion: AMERICAblog and My Two Sense
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:   U.S. Generals Threatening to Resign and ... Israel Preparing to Attack Iran?
Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
Ready for war  —  There may not yet be gas masks in the street …
Discussion: normblog
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Brit paper: Five U.S. generals will resign if Bush orders Iran attack
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
38 killed in attack near Baghdad college  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide bomber struck Sunday outside a college campus in Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and injuring dozens as a string of other blasts and rocket attacks left bloodshed around the city.  —  Most of the victims were students …
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
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.
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Fake Scandal, Republican Edition
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
... And Brigham Young's Great-Great-Great-Grandson Won A Super Bowl
Discussion: Iowa Voice and Hot Air
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:   AP Smears Romney With 155-Year-Old Family History
Kevin Hayden / The American Street:   To the MSM: Stop this s**t
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   The Full Bill  —  One of the motivations behind the Hillary …
Newt Vs. Hillary / US News:   Michael Barone  —  Pollster Scott Rasmussen reports …
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.
Secret report: Terror threat worst since 9/11
Discussion: Hot Air
Marc Schulman / The Moderate Voice:   Al Qaeda's Resurgence
Robin Toner / New York Times:
War Critic Faces Test on Iraq Spending Bill  —  As Democratic Congressional leaders escalate their challenge to the Bush administration's policy in Iraq, one of the most influential players will be that unlikely darling of the antiwar left, Representative John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania.
Discussion: Centerfield
William Booth / Washington Post:
Al Gore, Rock Star  —  Oscar Hopeful May Be America's Coolest Ex-Vice President Ever  —  LOS ANGELES — In the annals of vice presidential history, tonight will be something different.  In his black tux, the man known to his most fervent fans as "The Goracle" will arrive by hybrid eco-limo and …
Inside Iraq:
Sitting Ducks  —  At last my heart and mind are at rest, until tomorrow.  —  I was waiting for a phone call from my daughter to tell me she is home safely.  —  She, like thousands of university students in Iraq, is taking her mid-term tests, starting today.  They have a fixed schedule, i.e. are sitting ducks - for ten days.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   This morning's headlines are about a suicide bomber killing …
Los Angeles Times:
U.N. calls U.S. data on Iran's nuclear aims unreliable  —  Tips about supposed secret weapons sites and documents with missile designs haven't panned out, diplomats say.  —  VIENNA — Although international concern is growing about Iran's nuclear program and its regional ambitions …
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
David Johnston / New York Times:
Dismissed U.S. Attorneys Received Strong Evaluations  —  Internal Justice Department performance reports for six of the eight United States attorneys who have been dismissed in recent months rated them "well regarded," "capable" or "very competent," a review of the evaluations shows.
Discussion: GINA COBB
Austin Cline / Jesus' General:
Journalism as Entertainment: Should News Inform or Just Entertain?  —  Recent events have helped underscore the extent to which our "establishment" journalism industry is failing to provide Americans with the information they need in order to make reasonable, informed decisions about the future of the nation.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
White House Disaster Drill Supposes 10-City IED Strike  —  Dozens of high-level officials joined in a White House drill yesterday to see how the government would respond if several cities were attacked simultaneously with bombs similar to those used against U.S. troops in Iraq.
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
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