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4:20 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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Seymour Hersh: Negroponte-Iran Contra—Funds...Oh my!  —  Sy Hersh tells us that the echos of Iran Contra weighed heavily in Negroponte's decision to resign his post and is claiming that Bush is funneling money without authorization or oversight that has ended up in the hands of Sunni jihadist groups.
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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Should News Entertain Or Inform — Or Both?  —  INDIO, California — It is the buzz up here at the Riverside County Fair, where I have been performing three shows a day in my other incarnation since Feb. 16.  It's the subject of conversation among entertainers, some of the people who have booths …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Austin Cline / Jesus' General:
Journalism as Entertainment: Should News Inform or Just Entertain?
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:   News Business is a Business  —  Austin Cline laments the fact …
Eric Holland Johnson / ABCNEWS:
Clinton-Obama Spat 'Sad,' Edwards Tells ABC  —  Former Vice Presidential Candidate Tells 'Nightline' He's Confident He Can Compete with Rivals for Funds  —  Last week, while the 2008 presidential campaigns of frontrunners Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. …
New York Times:
In Big Buyout, Utility to Limit New Coal Plants  —  Under a proposed $45 billion buyout by a team of private equity firms, the TXU Corporation, a Texas utility that has long been the bane of environmental groups, will abandon plans to build 8 of 11 coal plants and commit to a broad menu …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
David Roberts / The Huffington Post:   If You Can't Beat 'Em, Buy 'Em: TXU Gets an Offer from Green-Friendly Equity Funds
New York Times:
Blast Kills 40 as Cleric Assails Baghdad Plan  —  A suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives and ball bearings blew himself up at a Baghdad university today, killing at least 40 people and strewing fingers, pens, purses and bloody textbooks all over the ground.
Discussion: Decision '08
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Iraq Rebel Cleric Reins In Militia; Motives at Issue
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
'Commanders' Will Quit If We Attack Iran?  —  The Times of London set the blogosphere abuzz this morning, reporting that six senior commanders at the Pentagon will quit if the US attacks Iran.  The Pentagon, claims their source, has no stomach for a war with the Islamic Republic:
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama on Iraq in 2002  —  He was right.  I was wrong.  This clip is impressive.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and The RBC
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 …
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 …
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
Shhhh Yourself, Pal
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 …
Report: 3 Gulf states agree to IAF overflights en route to Iran  —  Three Arab states in the Persian Gulf would be willing to allow the Israel Air force to enter their airspace in order to reach Iran in case of an attack on its nuclear facilities, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa reported on Sunday.
Discussion: NewsHog and Riehl World View
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.
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 …
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Nico / Think Progress:
Kristol: Bush 'Could Easily Build Political Support' For Iran Attack …
Discussion: rubber hose
Carla Power / New York Times:
A Secret History  —  For Muslims and non-Muslims alike …
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
On Reachable Voters and Reaching the Netroots
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Frank Luntz / Washington Post:
Stuck in the Mud  —  How Can the GOP Get Moving Again?
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser
Discussion: Firedoglake
Forgotten Heroes  —  A Long Recovery: Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth Sargent …
Discussion: Think Progress
 Earlier Items: 
KC Johnson / Durham-in-Wonderland:
Sunday Wrap-up  —  Writing in Roll Call, Stuart Rothenberg …
Shakespeare's Sister:
Reason #2,675,932 Why I Hate the Media
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
White House Disaster Drill Supposes 10-City IED Strike
Bill Gates / Washington Post:
How to Keep America Competitive
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