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10:20 PM ET, February 25, 2007


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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.
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Rube Goldberg Policy Contraption by digby After...  tristero 2/25/2007 12:57:00 PM |  —  Rube Goldberg Policy Contraption  —  by digby  —  After you watch a presidential admnistration for a while you begin to see shifts in policy or different phases of the old ones by the way the officials all speak.
Discussion: Political Animal
Nico / Think Progress:
Hersh: U.S. Funds Being Secretly Funneled To Violent Al Qaeda-Linked Groups  —  New Yorker columnist Sy Hersh says the "single most explosive" element of his latest article involves an effort by the Bush administration to stem the growth of Shiite influence in the Middle East …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mia Culpa
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
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
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 …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Levin: Last Congress Didn't Investigate Walter Reed Because 'They Did Not Want To Embarrass' Bush  —  On NBC's Meet the Press today, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) argued that the Senate Armed Services Committee did not conduct oversight of the treatment at military facilities in recent years because …
Discussion: Washington Post
Newsweek:   Forgotten Heroes  —  A Long Recovery: Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth Sargent …
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 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
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
APPEAL FOR REDRESS: ASTROTURFING  —  This post originally appeared at MilBlogs in October, 2006.  While some of the information uncovered herein has since made it's way into smaller media outlets, most major mainstream media sources are still reporting this effort as a "grass roots" campaign.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Riehl World View
CBS News:
Iraqi President Falls Ill  —  Jalal Talabani, 73, Flown To Jordan For Medical Treatment  —  (CBS/AP) Iraqi President Jalal Talabani arrived in Jordan late Sunday for medical treatment amid conflict reports about his health.  Sources in Amman and from Talabani's office in Baghdad told CBS News …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama on Iraq in 2002  —  He was right.  I was wrong.  This clip is impressive.
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 and Jesus' General
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:   News Business is a Business  —  Austin Cline laments the fact …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
The Oscar thread  —  Tonight's the night Hollywood takes a break from disclaiming responsibility for any of the culture's ills to congratulate itself for having so much influence over the culture.  The tension mounts: Is this the year for Scorsese?  Will black actors take home three of the big four?
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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Hindrocket / Power Line:
Media Alert  —  If four hours of Ellen DeGeneres and Al Gore sounds …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
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Michael Portillo / Times of London:
If God is talking to you, too, Mr Cameron - don't listen
Discussion: Harry's Place and The Corner
US bombing 'terror targets'
Discussion: Reuters and
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
Eric Holland Johnson / ABCNEWS:
Clinton-Obama Spat 'Sad,' Edwards Tells ABC
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Weekly Standard:
A Tax-Cutting Democrat  —  Bill Richardson's New Mexico record.
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?
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …