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5:35 PM ET, February 27, 2007

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Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
A Rough Ride on Air Force Two  —  Electrial problems.  Unexpected stops.  And a suicide bomber's strike.  Inside Cheney's troubled Asia trip.  —  It was supposed to be a surprise trip.  And it was, in more ways than Vice President Dick Cheney could have imagined.  —  Story continues below ↓ advertisement
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Thalia / Associated Press:
Over 20 Die In Attack Aimed At Cheney  —  A suicide bomber attacked the entrance to the main U.S. military base in  —  Afghanistan Tuesday during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, killing at least 14 people and wounding a dozen more.  The Taliban claimed responsibility and said Cheney was the target.
Dean Barnett / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
New Low for the Angry Left?
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:   Cheney Targeted in Assassination Attempt
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
U.S. Base in Afghanistan Targeted During Cheney Visit
Discussion: toohotfortnr
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Document shows Romney's strategies  —  Plan addresses faith, rivals, shift on issues  —  Here are some views of Mitt Romney causing concern inside his campaign: His hair looks too perfect, he's not a tough war time leader, and he has earned a reputation as "Slick Dancing Mitt" or "Flip-Flop Mitt."
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Washington Post:
Poll: Age Important to Voters
Discussion: Pollster and Matthew Yglesias
Daniel Gross / Slate:
The CEO Candidate  —  HOW MITT ROMNEY'S CORPORATE SUCCESS EXPLAINS …
Discussion: Eunomia
Associated Press:
Gen. Pace: Military capability eroding  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Strained by the demands of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a significant risk that the U.S. military won't be able to quickly and fully respond to yet another crisis, according to a new report to Congress.
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Payson / Think Progress:   Snow Trumpets U.S. Troop Readiness: 'Unprecedented In Time of Warfare'
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Firsthand Report on the Wounds of War  —  Bob Woodruff Indicts Military For Its Response to Veterans  —  At the moment of impact, when the roadside bomb sent shrapnel and rocks hurtling into his face, Bob Woodruff says, "I saw my body floating below me, kind of a whiteness."
Discussion: On Deadline
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  Two weeks ago, the Bush administration organized an intelligence briefing for journalists in Iraq to demonstrate that Iran was providing weapons to Iraqi insurgents.  According to the anonymous briefers, the weapons — particularly explosively formed penetrators or E.F.P.s …
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New York Times:
U.S. Displays Bomb Parts Said to Be Made in Iran
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Wall Street Plummets After Chinese Stocks Take a Big Hit  —  Stocks retreated sharply Tuesday after a sell-off in China rattled markets worldwide and data on durable goods orders came in well below expectations.  —  After reaching record highs on Monday, China's stock markets reversed course drastically …
AMERICAN DIGEST:
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who's the greenest of them all?  —  Hey, Armageddon Happens. … Meanwhile, back at the ranch....  Al's house: … George's house: … "But... but...." says the Gore machine, "We buy offsets to make ourselves effectively carbon-neutral —"
Ronald Smothers / New York Times:
New Jersey Moves to Join Early Presidential Primaries  —  With a June primary that had become all but irrelevant, New Jersey would be romanced by presidential aspirants for its money — but rarely for its voters.  —  So under a measure approved unanimously on Monday by an Assembly committee …
Discussion: MyDD and The Carpetbagger Report
Chuck Philips / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. madam's 'trick book' is unsealed  —  Jody 'Babydol' Gibson's list of alleged clients includes Tom Lasorda and Bruce Willis.  They both deny using her services.  —  When Hollywood madam Jody "Babydol" Gibson was busted eight years ago, word that police had seized her list …
Discussion: On Deadline, The Lede and The Corner
John Tierney / New York Times:
An Early Environmentalist, Embracing New 'Heresies'  —  Stewart Brand has become a heretic to environmentalism, a movement he helped found, but he doesn't plan to be isolated for long.  He expects that environmentalists will soon share his affection for nuclear power.
MSNBC:
Special comment: Condi goes too far  —  Olbermann: Secretary Rice's comparison of Saddam to Hitler is not accurate  —  SPECIAL COMMENT  —  On "Fox News Sunday" Feb. 25, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice paralleled World War II with the state of Iraq when discussing what would happen …
Los Angeles Times:
Gen Y's ego trip takes a nasty turn  —  A new report suggests that an overdose of self-esteem in college students could mean a rough road ahead.  —  No wonder YouTube is so popular.  —  All the effort to boost children's self-esteem may have backfired and produced a generation of college students …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Sister Toldjah
Paul Rose / Times of London:
Ruined poppy farmers join ranks with the Taleban  —  Tim Albone in Panjwayi and Claire Billet in Nad Ali  —  The tractor roared through the field, the plough tearing through the valuable poppy crop as the farmer looked on.  A helicopter searched for insurgents and armed police stood watch …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
The Politico:
Pelosi Falls Short On Election Promises  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is discovering the cold truth about governing with a slim majority: It's much easier to promise behavioral change for Congress than to deliver it.  —  Pelosi vowed that five-day workweeks would be a hallmark of a harder-working Democratic majority.
Discussion: MyDD and The Political Pit Bull
Russell Berman / New York Sun:
Giuliani: 'Party of Freedom' Will Define Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — Mayor Giuliani is calling on the Republican Party to redefine itself as "the party of freedom," focusing on lower taxes, school choice, and a health care system rooted in free market principles.
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
Jeb in 2008?  —  Don't be surprised if, come November of 2008, voters are choosing between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush for president.  —  But how can that be?  Jeb's not running.  —  Well, he isn't running now, but the new, front-loaded primary system may, counterintuitively …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and Redstate
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Yep, it appears that The Politico may indeed have done just that.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Americans Pessimistic About U.S. Role in World
Discussion: Firedoglake, ABCNEWS and Pollster
Faiz / Think Progress:
Lieberman: Criticism Of Administration's Iran Intelligence Is 'Unwarranted'
Ezra Klein:
The Problem With Brookings  —  The Pew Charitable Trust …
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Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Britain switches tactics to undermine the Taliban
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Broadcast Media in China Put On Notice
Discussion: CBS News and digg
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Democrats Split Over Iraq Plan Details
NewsMax.com:
Perle: Bush Failed by his Own People