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6:55 AM ET, February 28, 2007


 Top Items: 
Carl Levin Calls for Attacks On Syria.  Admits Al-Qaeda In Iraq & Troops Need to Stay  —  UPDATE: The video is here.  —  Get ready for Carl Levin to get shot by Cindy Sheehan or some other angry lefty.  I'm not sure what happened to him, but he's making sense right now.
Associated Press:
Rice: U.S. joining Iraq in inviting Iran, Syria to 'neighbors meeting'  —  The United States and the Iraqi government are launching a new diplomatic initiative to invite Iran and Syria to a neighbors meeting on stabilizing Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
U.S. Will Join Talks With Iran And Syria  —  Rice Announces Policy Shift as Iraq Plans Conferences  —  The United States agreed yesterday to join high-level talks with Iran and Syria on the future of Iraq, an abrupt shift in policy that opens the door to diplomatic dealings the White House …
Discussion: Decision '08
Obama getting a cool reception from black America
Discussion: The American Street
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
New National Polls  —  Two new national polls out today.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Agence France Presse:
Asia-Pacific stocks fall on China plunge  —  Stock markets around the Asia-Pacific region opened sharply lower Wednesday after a dizzying sell-off in China sent global markets into a tailspin.  —  Japanese share prices tumbled 3.56 percent in morning trade Wednesday, tracking a rout …
Bonddad / The Bonddad Blog:
What the Hell Happened Today  —  OK.  The markets are closed.  Let's take a breath and look at what happened.  —  A big drop in China started it off: … Here's more from Bloomberg: … I can't speak to the practices these proposed regulations are supposed to curb.
Madlen Read / Associated Press:
Stocks have worst day since 9/11 attacks  —  NEW YORK - Stocks had their worst day of trading since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks Tuesday, hurtling the Dow Jones industrials down more than 400 points on a worldwide tide of concern that the U.S. and Chinese economies are stumbling and that share prices have become overinflated.
Pajamas Media:
REWRITING HERSTORY: HUFFPO EXPUNGES, EDITS 100S OF COMMENTS AT THE CHENEY HATE FESTIVAL  —  Over the last few hours, the more than 400 comments appended to the Huffington Post's news item on the attack in Afghanistan on a base being visited by Vice-President Dick Cheney have been expunged from the site.
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Glenn Greenwald, Thomas Ellers, and Rick Ellensburg: The Three Most Hypocritical Men on the Planet  —  A suicide bomber apparently tried to kill Dick Cheney, and many commenters at the Huffington Post lamented his lack of success.  The offending comments have been removed from the post in question, but you can read some of them here.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Democrats Back Away From War Fund Plan  —  WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders are backing away from a plan to scale back U.S. involvement in the Iraq war by using Congress' most powerful tool _ withholding money in the budget.  —  Instead, party officials said Tuesday …
Discussion: LiberalOasis, Daily Kos and Macsmind
Washington Post:
Iraq Bill Vexes Democrats
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Dana Bash / CNN:
Senate Democrats may be splintering on Iraq
Nico / Think Progress:
Glenn Beck Claims Olbermann Is 'Killing...The World's Democracy,' 'Smacks Of...McCarthyism'  —  MSNBC host Keith Olbermann is profiled in this month's issue of Rolling Stone.  In the piece, Olbermann shares his thoughts on right-wing CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck:
Glenn Beck / CNN:   Former CIA Operative Weighs in on Afghan War; Kerik Weighs …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Afghan Bombing Sends a Danger Signal to U.S.  —  The audacity of a suicide-bomb attack on Tuesday at the gates of the main American base in Afghanistan during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney underscores why President Bush sent him there — a deepening American concern that the Taliban and Al Qaeda are resurgent.
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Informed Comment (UPDATED)
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
The Media Mob / The New York Observer Media Mob:
CanWest Buys out the New Republic  —  Just days after purchasing the shares from money men Roger Hertog and Michael Steinhardt, Canadian media giant Can West has completely bought out the New Republic.  —  The Observer first reported in Dec. 2006 (2nd item) that CanWest was taking a majority stake in the company.
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Find Stokes Fears Of Iraqis' Bomb-Making Ability  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — An American military raid in southern Iraq uncovered a makeshift factory used to construct advanced roadside bombs that the U.S. had thought were made only in Iran.  The find raises fears that Shiite Muslim insurgents across Iraq …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
EFP UPDATE....On Monday the U.S. Army discovered a new cache …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and TPMmuckraker
Jerusalem Post:
Gang rapes Jewish women as 'revenge'  —  A gang of serial rapists has been prowling the North, raping Jewish women as revenge for IDF actions in the West Bank, police revealed Tuesday after arresting six suspects.  —  "We are raping Jews because of what the IDF is doing to the Palestinians …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Did the Drudge Report Help Tank the Stock Market?  —  Here's a headline sure to spook any investor or economist: "Greenspan warns of likely U.S. recession."  That was the headline right near the top of the widely surfed Drudge Report yesterday afternoon and this morning …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Greg Esposito / The Roanoke Times:
RFK Jr. rips President Bush for environmental policy
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Dean's World Line In The Sand: Make A Choice
Rep. Jim Moran / The Huffington Post:
Only Murtha Plan Supports the Troops
Discussion: MyDD and Crooks and Liars
Kriston / Grammar.police:
Bring Back Free Clicking!
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
China's Premier Calls Democracy A Distant Goal
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Bob Krumm:
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Extreme Mortman:
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George Lakoff / The Huffington Post:
The Words None Dare Say: Nuclear War
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Cliff Schecter calls out Limbaugh on Paula Zahn
Discussion: Firedoglake
Hindrocket / Power Line:
FOLLOW THAT ARMADILLO!  —  One of the early articles that Scott …
Aaron Klein / New York Sun:
Synagogues Used as Bases To Fire on Israel
Chitra Ragavan / US News:
Ashcroft Pizza Party Raises Ethics Eyebrows
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Liberating Iraq  —  Peter Beinart has a piece in TNR about why he supported the war:
Media Matters for America:
Cohen faulted "colleagues" …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and TalkLeft
Quin Hillyer / American Spectator:
Jeb in 2008?  —  Don't be surprised if, come November of 2008 …