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10:30 PM ET, February 28, 2007


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Bill Hobbs / Ecotality:
Why the Gore Story Matters  —  As the controversy over global warming doomsayer Al Gore's voracious energy-eater mansion rolls on, there's an angle I think merits deeper investigation than it is currently getting.  While much of the focus has been on whether or not Gore is an environmental hypocrite …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann on Gore's Energy Use: Setting the Record Straight  —  You knew after his big night at the Oscars Sunday, the far right would come out in full force against former Vice President Gore.  Since these single-minded sensationalists never let those pesky "facts" get in the way, Keith breaks down the utility bill.
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Associated Press:
Gore defends his carbon credentials  —  Group skeptical of global warming notes his home is big energy user  —  Al and Tipper Gore live in this Nashville, Tenn., mansion.  A group skeptical of global warming is calling the former vice president a hypocrite because of the home's large electricity consumption.
Kelly Kennedy / Army News, benefits, careers …:
Walter Reed patients told to keep quiet  —  Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center's Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Military Press Crackdown Extends Further Than Walter Reed
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Marisa Taylor / Real Cities:
Political interference alleged in sacking of a U.S. attorney  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. attorney from New Mexico who was recently fired by the Bush administration said Wednesday that he believes he was forced out because he refused to rush an indictment in an ongoing probe of local Democrats …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Attorney Says He Was Pressured on Corruption Probe  —  The fired U.S. attorney in New Mexico says he was pressured by two members of Congress prior to the November elections about the pace of an ongoing public corruption probe that targets local Democrats.  —  David C. Iglesias …
Mary Otto / Washington Post:
For Want of a Dentist  —  George's Boy Dies After Bacteria From Tooth Spread to Brain  —  Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday.  —  A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him.  —  If his mother had been insured.  —  If his family had not lost its Medicaid.
Bill Cotterell / News Press:
Bill would mandate nicer term for illegals  —  TALLAHASSEE — A state legislator whose district is home to thousands of Caribbean immigrants wants to ban the term "illegal alien" from the state's official documents.  —  "I personally find the word 'alien' offensive when applied to individuals …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Banning The Term "Illegal Alien" In Florida?
Discussion: Blue Collar Heresy
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Going it alone because we have to  —  Unless allies spend more on defense, the U.S. will continue to act unilaterally out of necessity.  —  TONY BLAIR'S decision to withdraw 1,600 troops from Iraq is understandable.  The prime minister had to make a difficult decision about where to allocate …
Robert Farley / TAPPED:
STABBING BLINDLY.Max Boot blunders into an interesting point.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Republicans Set to Block Jefferson's Appointment to Homeland Security Panel  —  Republicans plan to force a floor vote on Rep. William Jefferson's move to the Homeland Security Committee in an unprecedented maneuver to force Democrats to go on the record supporting their embattled colleague …
Washington Post:
Defending His Country, but Not Its 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy  —  Once a Marine, always a Marine.  That pretty much sums up the life of retired Sgt. Eric Alva, who was sworn into the Marine Corps at 19, stationed in Somalia and Japan and lost his right leg when he stepped on a land mine on March 21 …
USA Today:
Bill targets 'don't ask, don't tell'
Bigwig / Silflay Hraka:
If They Was Meant To Ride Around In Trucks, God Would Have Given 'Em John Deere Caps and Naked Lady Mudflaps  —  In an age where news stories routinely describe such and such a virus as "only a plane ride away," how can it be that honey bee colony losses of up to 70% in some areas of the US are treated as a complete mystery?
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Top Ten Things To Do While We're Waiting For the Verdict  —  *UPDATE* — THE LIBBY JURY HAS LEFT THE BUILDING, THE JUDGE HAD A MEETING AND SENT THEM HOME.  SEE YOU TOMORROW....and I'll be on Rachel Maddow's show tonight on Air America at 6:30 PM ET -JH
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
"The Note III" - As We Scrape Along
Discussion: TalkLeft and Firedoglake
White House:
Interview of a Senior Administration Official by the Traveling Press  —  SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: The reason the President wanted me to come, obviously, is because of the continuing threat that exists in this part of the world on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border …
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Iran to Take Part in Iraq Security Conference  —  The top Iranian national security official, Ali Larijani, indicated Wednesday that Iranian officials would probably take part in a regional security conference on Iraq next month, which would include the first high-level diplomatic contacts between American …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jay Solomon / Washington Wire:
Feith Takes to the Web  —  Under attack from Democrats, the Pentagon's former No. 3 civilian official, Douglas Feith, has launched a Web site to defend himself against accusations that his office made up intelligence to justify the Iraq invasion.  —  The cyber offensive comes three weeks …
Discussion: First Draft and The Impolitic
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
Crooked congressman says farewell  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, expresses remorse and quotes singer/songwriter Garth Brooks in an e-mail sent to friends Wednesday, a day before he is to enter federal prison after pleading guilty to corruption charges.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Glenn Beck unloads on Olbermann  —  From last night's show.  Gratifying, yet not as gratifying as one might hope simply because it doesn't rise to the level of viciousness Olbermann himself operates at.  One of the reasons righties are disappointed in "The Half-Hour News Hour," …
Nico / Think Progress:
VIDEO COMPILATION: Matthews Obsessed With Clinton Sex Speculation  —  MSNBC host Chris Matthews is obsessed with Bill Clinton's sex life.  Over the last four weeks, Matthews has incessantly raised baseless speculation that President Clinton may have an extramarital affair or engage …
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Ian / Hot Air:
Video: View's Behar calls Bush admin "liars" …
Maureen Martin / TCS Daily:
L'Eggo My Lego  —  Some Seattle school children are being told …
Agence France Presse:
UFO science key to halting climate change: former Canadian defense minister
Discussion: Liberal Values
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Eric Alterman contemplates whether he has "the typical liberal …
This Is London:
Center for American Progress:
Contain and Engage: A New Strategy for Resolving the Nuclear Crisis with Iran
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Interest in Election Runs High
Discussion: NewsWatch and Pollster
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Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
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Michael Calderone / New York Observer:
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Discussion: Romenesko
Real Cities:
Bush administration to join Iraqi-led talks attended by Iran, Syria
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
* Updated below: CJR Daily weighs in.  —  Dan Gerstein has responded to my post below.
Hotline On Call:
Why James Carville Thinks Gore Will Run
Mark Moyar / New York Sun:
Over There: America's Unsung Heroes
Discussion: Power Line
Angelina Jolie / Washington Post:
Justice for Darfur  —  BAHAI, Chad — Here, at this refugee camp …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Some push for Huckabee to run for Senate, not president