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8:30 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-al Qaeda...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.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Rube Goldberg Policy Contraption by digby After...
Discussion: Political Animal
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 …
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
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 Reaction
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:   News Business is a Business  —  Austin Cline laments the fact …
Austin Cline / Jesus' General:
Journalism as Entertainment: Should News Inform or Just Entertain?
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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.
New York Post:
ANGELINA A BABE AMID BRAINIACS  —  The prestigious Council on Foreign Relations is about to get a jolt of sex appeal.  —  The exclusive, Manhattan-based foreign-policy group has decided to admit actress Angelina Jolie, a U.N. goodwill ambassador who has taken more than 30 trips worldwide …
Discussion: Hot Air and Lonewacko
Forgotten Heroes  —  A Long Recovery: Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth Sargent with his wife Tonia and daughter Alishia at camp Pendleton, Calif. Sargent was shot in the head by a sniper in Najaf in 2004.  The family often walks on the beach, where they pass Marines training.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Levin: Last Congress Didn't Investigate Walter Reed Because 'They …
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama on Iraq in 2002  —  He was right.  I was wrong.  This clip is impressive.
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. …
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 …
David Whitney / Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento lawyer's ascent takes a turn  —  The timing of her resignation from the U.S. Justice Department is being linked to the Abramoff corruption scandal.  —  Story appeared in MAIN NEWS section, Page A4  —  Sue Ellen Wooldridge received a hero's send-off from her partners …
Discussion: CorrenteWire
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Michael Portillo / Times of London:
If God is talking to you, too, Mr Cameron - don't listen
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Pew Research Center:
Voters Remain In Neutral As Presidential Campaign Moves Into High Gear
Discussion: MyDD
Tina Kelley / New York Times:
Pole Dancing Parties Catch On in Book Club Country
Discussion: Crunchy Con
Nico / Think Progress:
Kristol: Bush 'Could Easily Build Political Support' For Iran Attack …
Discussion: rubber hose
Jennifer Rubin / Weekly Standard:
A Tax-Cutting Democrat  —  Bill Richardson's New Mexico record.
Frank Luntz / Washington Post:
Stuck in the Mud  —  How Can the GOP Get Moving Again?
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
'Commanders' Will Quit If We Attack Iran?
Nick Cohen / Opinion Journal:
An Upside-Down World  —  The British far left makes common cause …
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
Shhhh Yourself, Pal
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
David Johnston / New York Times:
Dismissed U.S. Attorneys Received Strong Evaluations
Inside Iraq:
Sitting Ducks  —  At last my heart and mind are at rest, until tomorrow.
William Booth / Washington Post:
Al Gore, Rock Star