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9:20 AM ET, February 26, 2007


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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Al Gore Takes Home the Statue!  —  Frankly, I'm thrilled but not surprised.  An Inconvenient Truth was a teriffic documentary, plus, let's face it, politics plays a role in the selection process.  Congrats, Al!  Here's a little video compilation of the Vice President's big night.  —  Download (2014) |
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
The Broadcast: Long and Longer  —  Alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) a bore and a horror, the 79th annual Academy Awards, televised live from Los Angeles on ABC, had a few bright spots to keep weary viewers propping their eyes open as midnight approached — even if they had never heard of …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
John Donnelly / Boston Globe:
Amid Oscar buzz for Gore, backers talk political encore
Think Progress:
Al Gore's big announcement: »
Discussion: and Liberal Values
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  —  MIAMI (AP) — A 13-year-old boy bound to a tree in the woods foiled a kidnapping-for-ransom plan by using a safety pin, his teeth and his hands to escape, police said Sunday.  —  Investigators searched a Bradenton house early Sunday and issued …
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 this week trying to cleanse themselves of the stain of voting for President Bush's Iraq war resolution.  Republican senators who have turned against the U.S. military intervention in Iraq are not interested in bailing out Democrats …
Discussion: Think Progress, QandO and Betsy's Page
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 …
New York Times:
Bush to Warn Pakistan to Act on Terror  —  President Bush has decided to send an unusually tough message to one of his most important allies, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the president of Pakistan, warning him that the newly Democratic Congress could cut aid to his country unless his forces become far …
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.
Nikki Finke / Deadline Hollywood Daily:
Finke Wrap: Live-Blogging The Oscars  —  Erroll Morris' interviews of the nominees kicks off the show.  And it lays a huge egg.  The package is too inside.  And the TV viewing audience has no idea who most of these people are.  When, or when, is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences …
Discussion: Matt Welch and Texas Rainmaker
Dirty Harry / LIBERTAS:
Live Blogging The Oscars
Discussion: Pajamas Media
MTP Transcript for Feb. 25, 2007  —  Carl Levin, Dan Balz, Maureen Dowd, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Byron York  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: On October 11th, 2002, a majority of Democratic senators voted to give President Bush the authorization to go to war in Iraq.
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 …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Daily Kos
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
House's travel rules limited  —  Outside groups still able to pay  —  WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have continued to take trips paid for by outside groups since the House voted last month to restrict who can pay for such travel.  —  House travel records show that 19 members since Jan. 5 have accepted airfare …
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Mild Weather Takes Edge Off Chinese Ice Festival  —  Residents of Tourist City Blame Global Warming  —  HARBIN, China — The hands had melted off a delicately entwined couple of ballet dancers crafted by an ice-sculpting team from Vladivostok.  Eaves fashioned from packed snow drooped …
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Associated Press:
REPORT: AL SHARPTON'S ANCESTORS WERE SLAVES OWNED BY STROM THURMOND'S RELATIVES  —  Feb. 25: Rev. Al Sharpton speaks after genealogists discovered he is a descendent of a slave owned by relatives of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond.  —  NEW YORK — The Rev. Al Sharpton said Sunday it was …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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
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: Lonewacko
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Secular saint endorses "rock star"!
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Rube Goldberg Policy Contraption by digby After...
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Sweetness & Light:
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
Media Alert  —  If four hours of Ellen DeGeneres and Al Gore sounds …
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The Oscar thread; Update: Goracle (almost) announces! …
CBS News:
Iraqi President Falls Ill
David Whitney / Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento lawyer's ascent takes a turn
Discussion: CorrenteWire
Michael Portillo / Times of London:
If God is talking to you, too, Mr Cameron - don't listen
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