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1:50 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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   'Commanders' Will Quit If We Attack Iran?
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:   U.S. Generals Threatening to Resign and ... Israel Preparing to Attack Iran?
Kevin Hayden / The American Street:   As close to a Mutiny as it gets
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 …
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Clinton Advisers Warn Obama
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Newt Vs. Hillary / US News:   Michael Barone  —  Pollster Scott Rasmussen reports …
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
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 …
Shakespeare's Sister:
Reason #2,675,932 Why I Hate the Media  —  They make me defend Mitt Romney. … SO WHAT?  —  LeMew calls this "a bulls**t smear piece on Romney" and "straightforward religious bigotry," and I totally agree.  Romney doesn't practice polygamy, nor does he support it; that his ancestry …
Atrios / Eschaton:   More Mitt
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.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Should News Entertain Or Inform — Or Both?
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Weekly Standard:
A Tax-Cutting Democrat  —  Bill Richardson's New Mexico record.  —  In July 2006 the Wall Street Journal touted New Mexico's governor Bill Richardson as a man who "embraced tax cutting and benefited politically."  The Journal quoted Richardson approvingly for advising his party that …
Nick Cohen / Opinion Journal:
An Upside-Down World  —  The British far left makes common cause with Muslim reactionaries.  —  LONDON—The other day Ken Livingstone, the mayor of my hometown of London, organized a conference on Islam and the West.  It was a carefully rigged affair in which handpicked speaker …
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 …
Carla Power / New York Times:
A Secret History  —  For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the stock image of an Islamic scholar is a gray-bearded man.  Women tend to be seen as the subjects of Islamic law rather than its shapers.  And while some opportunities for religious education do exist for women …
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
On Reachable Voters and Reaching the Netroots
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Frank Luntz / Washington Post:
Stuck in the Mud  —  How Can the GOP Get Moving Again?
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: Firedoglake
Forgotten Heroes  —  A Long Recovery: Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth Sargent …
Discussion: Think Progress
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
White House Disaster Drill Supposes 10-City IED Strike
Bill Gates / Washington Post:
How to Keep America Competitive
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David Johnston / New York Times:
Dismissed U.S. Attorneys Received Strong Evaluations
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Inside Iraq:
Sitting Ducks  —  At last my heart and mind are at rest, until tomorrow.
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Covert Question, Open Controversy
Discussion: The Sideshow
Larry O'Dell / Associated Press:
Virginia apologizes for role in slavery
New York Times:
Al Qaeda Resurgent
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