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12:50 PM ET, February 26, 2007


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gore's Oscar Fuels Call for Late Run  —  Former Vice President Al Gore's triumph at the Oscars is already stoking activists' pleas for him to make a dramatic late entry into the fractious presidential race, and some key strategists insist he could announce as late as September or October and still win the nomination.
Gore uses Oscar speech to plug environmental cause … LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Sure, the White House slipped from former Vice President Al Gore's grasp, but how many politicians end up on stage at Oscar night?  —  "An Inconvenient Truth," which turned Gore's lectures on the threat …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
John Donnelly / Boston Globe:
Amid Oscar buzz for Gore, backers talk political encore
Brian Lowry / Variety:   The 79th Annual Academy Awards
New York Times:
Cheney Warns Pakistan to Act on Terror  —  Vice President Dick Cheney made an unannounced trip to Pakistan on Monday to deliver what officials in Washington described as an unusually tough message to Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, warning him that the newly Democratic Congress could cut aid …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:   Carter Rips Cheney's "Abymsal" Record on Iraq
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
More Americans Trust Congress Over Bush on Iraq, Poll Finds  —  Congressional Democrats still hold a sizeable advantage over President Bush in who the public trusts to handle the Iraq war, though the gap has narrowed somewhat since Bush's State of the Union speech, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Nico / Think Progress:   POLL: Americans Strongly Support Murtha's Iraq Plan
Joseph Lieberman / Opinion Journal:
The Choice on Iraq  —  "I appeal to my colleagues in Congress to step back and think carefully about what to do next."  —  Two months into the 110th Congress, Washington has never been more bitterly divided over our mission in Iraq.  The Senate and House of Representatives are bracing …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Meanwhile, Back at the Courthouse...  I'm at the courthouse, and as Christy said in her update, one of the jurors was exposed to media coverage of the trial.  Nobody really expected anything early this morning, so everyone is scrambling into the media room to try and figure out what's going on.
Looseheadprop / Firedoglake:   Libby Trial: What Is An Allen Charge?
USA Today:
War critic speaks from heart of Bush country  —  KEARNEY, Neb. — Jeff Strong, a recently retired National Guardsman and "rock-ribbed Republican," churned with conflicting emotions as he sat in an auditorium at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, waiting for Sen. Chuck Hagel.
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Deauthorizing Iraq  —  Democratic senators face trouble …
Discussion: QandO and Betsy's Page
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Growing A Third Party  —  Somewhere in America, there are 35,000 people looking at the preliminaries to the 2008 presidential race from a different perspective than that of millions of their fellow citizens.  —  They are the people who have signed up so far to participate in Unity08 …
Thers / Whiskey Fire:
Can't Hear the Revolution (Thank Christ)
Discussion: TAPPED and The Fix
Jennifer Viegas / Discovery News:
Jesus Family Tomb Believed Found  —  New scientific evidence, including DNA analysis conducted at one of the world's foremost molecular genetics laboratories, as well as studies by leading scholars, suggests a 2,000-year-old Jerusalem tomb could have once held the remains of Jesus of Nazareth and his family.
Marshall Thompson / Associated Press:   Scholars Criticize New Jesus Documentary
Wells says boy was kidnapped for ransom  —  SAMOSET - Camouflaged sheriff's office SWAT Team members swarmed the home of the alleged kidnapper of 13-year-old Clay Moore just before daybreak this morning.  —  The suspect, however, was still on the loose.  —  Manatee County Sheriff's Office …
Adrian Sainz / Associated Press:   Man Sought in Foiled Florida Kidnapping
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Giuliani And CQ At CPAC  —  Republican front-runner Rudy Giuliani has garnered some mild criticism for maintaining a fairly safe appearance schedule since forming his exploratory committee for his Presidential campaign.  Conservatives have wondered when he would begin making appearances at events targeted at the conservative community.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rudy To Attend CPAC
Discussion: Redstate
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Dan Rather warns Hillary not to come off as a "chickenhawk"  —  Portrait of a man using a term he's clearly heard used before and just as clearly never quite grasped the definition of.  But watch how quick Matthews is to ask him to clarify.  You'd better believe he knows what it means.
Noel Sheppard /   Chris Matthews and Dan Rather Discuss Hillary the Chickenhawk
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Giuliani Has Uniquely Broad Based Political Appeal  —  Clinton's popularity concentrated with Democrats  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Recent USA Today/Gallup presidential heats measures indicate the 2008 election is not going to be easy for either party.  Various pairings of the leading Republican …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jeffrey White / Chicago Sun Times:
'Star wars' looks good to Europe now  —  PRAGUE, Czech Republic — U.S. plans to extend its ''star wars'' missile-defense program to Europe, which once dismissed the technology as unproven and unneeded, are gaining acceptance among governments here.  —  Despite Russia's mounting opposition …
New York Times:
U.S. Says Raid in Iraq Supports Claim on Iran  —  A raid on a Shiite weapons cache in the southern city of Hilla one week ago is providing what American officials call the best evidence yet that the deadliest roadside bombs in Iraq are manufactured in Iran, but critics contend …
Smash / The Indepundit:
Another Friday at Walter Reed  —  "SUPPORT THE TROOPS."  For some people, it's second nature.  For others, it's just an empty political slogan.  —  On Friday, Tantor and I went to Walter Reed to visit some friends.  But first, we stopped in front of the main gate to visit the seven remaining members …
Joseph Williams / Boston Globe:
Name changes define Clinton's various career stages  —  WASHINGTON — What's in a name?  Plenty, if you're running for president.  —  Just ask George W. Bush, who had to distinguish himself from his father of nearly the same name, and Senator Barack Hussein Obama, whose staff worries about confusion with similar-sounding US enemies.
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