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2:30 PM ET, February 28, 2007

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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.
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.
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 …
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William Roberts / Bloomberg:   Bush May Veto 9/11 Security Plan Over Airport Screener Unions
New York Times:
U.S. Set to Join Iran and Syria in Talks on Iraq  —  American officials said Tuesday that they had agreed to hold the highest-level contact with the Iranian authorities in more than two years as part of an international meeting on Iraq.  —  The discussions, scheduled for the next two months …
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John Harris / The Politico:
An Editor's Confession: I'm the Source of 'Slow Bleed'  —  With a mixture of pride and remorse, I have a confession: I am the author of the Democratic Party's "slow-bleed strategy" for ending the war in Iraq.  —  I had nothing to do with the details of the plan that Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) floated two weeks ago.
Caroline Davies / Telegraph:
Prince says McDonald's should be banned  —  The Prince of Wales hit out at McDonald's yesterday, suggesting that banning the US chain was the "key" to children eating more healthily.  —  His controversial comment provoked an immediate reaction from the fast-food company, which called the words …
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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 …
Discussion: On Deadline
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Question, Part III  —  Note from the jury: … Second note from jury: … After the second note came back, the Libby team was clustered around some piece of paper (I assume the note) chuckling.  They showed it to Fitz, and nobody seemed to alarmed one way or the other.  —  emptywheel here.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Washington Post:
Iraq Bill Vexes Democrats  —  Leaders Struggle to Craft Measure That Can Unite Party  —  House Democratic leaders offered a full-throated defense last night of their plans to link Iraq war spending with rigorous standards for resting, training and equipping combat troops …
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Some push for Huckabee to run for Senate, not president  —  Though his long-shot presidential campaign is still in its early stages, some wish former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would drop his national aspirations and return home to wage what they see as a vital campaign against Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) in 2008 instead.
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Webloggin
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
U.S. Sanctions With Teeth  —  Everybody knows that economic sanctions don't work.  Just look at the decades of fruitless pressure on Cuba.  But guess what?  In the recent cases of North Korea and Iran, a new variety of U.S. Treasury sanctions is having a potent effect, suggesting that the conventional wisdom may be wrong.
Discussion: QandO and Decision '08
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 …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Washington Post:
New Light Shed on CIA's 'Black Site' Prisons  —  On his last day in CIA custody, Marwan Jabour, an accused al-Qaeda paymaster, was stripped naked, seated in a chair and videotaped by agency officers.  Afterward, he was shackled and blindfolded, headphones were put over his ears, and he was given an injection that made him groggy.
Free exchange:
Cutting carbon  —  THE Oscar win for Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth has touched off a minor firestorm over the Green Giant's own energy usage policies: … Al Gore's people have fired back: … Some of this response seems flatly silly.  The electricity usage is what Mr Gore consumes …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Mall of America wants $234 million subsidy package  —  The Mall of America wants a subsidy package worth $234 million to help double its size.  —  Though last year's request for public dollars went nowhere, the Mall of America has an even bigger proposal for expansion using public subsidies.
Paul Pringle / Los Angeles Times:
Politicians' flights called wasteful  —  Schwarzenegger and Feinstein preach energy efficiency but often fly fuel-gulping small jets.  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein offers plenty of tips on how California households can combat global warming, such as carpooling and running only a full dishwasher.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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 …
 
 
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Mark Moyar / New York Sun:
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Nicholson Downplays High Numbers Of Injured Vets: 'A Lot Of Them Come …
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Baucus Told by Montana Legislature to Oppose New Trade Measure
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Frameshop: Giuliani the Transvestite
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Rami G. Khouri / Lebanon Daily Star:
Prepare for the Great Arab Unraveling
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Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
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John Laughland / Guardian:
Lies of the vigilantes  —  The Srebrenica ruling punctures …
Angelina Jolie / Washington Post:
Justice for Darfur  —  BAHAI, Chad — Here, at this refugee camp …
Peter Heinlein / Voice of America:
Climate Panel Recommends Global Temperature Ceiling, Carbon Tax
Teresa Watanabe / Los Angeles Times:
Immigrants boost pay, not prison populations, new studies show
Washington Post:
Va.'s Two Warners May Be Headed for Rematch
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
Jailers Testify About Padilla's Confinement
Greg Esposito / The Roanoke Times:
RFK Jr. rips President Bush for environmental policy
Kriston / Grammar.police:
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