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12:35 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.
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:   U.S. Generals Threatening to Resign and ... Israel Preparing to Attack Iran?
U.S. developing contingency plan to bomb Iran: report
Discussion: AMERICAblog and My Two Sense
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
Shakespeare's Sister:
Reason #2,675,932 Why I Hate the Media
Discussion: Eschaton
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:   Fake Scandal, Republican Edition
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
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.
Radley Balko / The Agitator:   Shhhh Yourself, Pal
Dafydd / Big Lizards:   Whack-a-Mole and Seal-a-Hole Redux
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 …
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Clinton Advisers Warn Obama
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Washington Post:
Murtha Stumbles on Iraq Funding Curbs  —  Democrats Were Ill-Prepared for Unplanned Disclosure, Republican Attacks  —  The plan was bold: By tying President Bush's $100 billion war request to strict standards of troop safety and readiness, Democrats believed they could grab hold of Iraq war policy …
Robin Toner / New York Times:
War Critic Faces Test on Iraq Spending Bill
Discussion: Centerfield
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 …
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 …
KC Johnson / Durham-in-Wonderland:
Sunday Wrap-up  —  Writing in Roll Call, Stuart Rothenberg, one of the nation's most astute political commentators, urged politicians not to "lower the bar for candidates' campaign bloggers."  —  The occasion for his column?  Amanda Marcotte's apologia, in which she claimed that her departure …
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.
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
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Clashes in Northwest Iran!... Chopper Down-Dozens Dead!
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Journalism as Entertainment: Should News Inform or Just Entertain?
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Bill Gates / Washington Post:
How to Keep America Competitive
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Covert Question, Open Controversy
Discussion: The Sideshow
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Secret report: Terror threat worst since 9/11
Discussion: Hot Air