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9:55 AM ET, February 28, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
Redstate:   Carl Levin in His Own Words
Washington Post:
African American Voters Shift Support to Obama  —  The opening stages of the campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination have produced a noticeable shift in sentiment among African American voters, who little more than a month ago heavily supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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CNN:
Obama getting a cool reception from black America
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 …
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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 …
Hans Greimel / Associated Press:
Asian, European markets drop for 2nd day  —  TOKYO - Chinese stocks bounced back Wednesday after their biggest decline in a decade, but stock markets elsewhere in Asia and Europe fell for a second day amid investor jitters about possible slowdowns in the Chinese and U.S. economies.
Discussion: TigerHawk, AMERICAblog and On Deadline
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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.
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Pajamas Media:
REWRITING HERSTORY: HUFFPO EXPUNGES, EDITS 100S OF COMMENTS …
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:
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Glenn Beck / CNN:
Former CIA Operative Weighs in on Afghan War; Kerik Weighs …
Discussion: Macsmind
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
U.S. and Iraqi Forces Arrest 16 Suspected in Killings and Kidnappings  —  American and Iraqi troops on Tuesday stormed several buildings in Sadr City, Baghdad's main bastion of Shiite militancy, and detained at least 16 people suspected of participating in militia violence including killings …
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Car Bomb Near Soccer Field Kills 16 Children, 2 Women in Ramadi
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.
Discussion: Think Progress and MyDD
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.
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
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
'Lost Tomb of Jesus' Claim Called a Stunt  —  Leading archaeologists in Israel and the United States yesterday denounced the purported discovery of the tomb of Jesus as a publicity stunt.  —  Scorn for the Discovery Channel's claim to have found the burial place of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and …
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.
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Two GOP Factions May End Feud in Favor of Fighting Democrats  —  Now that Republicans are in the minority in Congress, a pair of dueling GOP organizations that fund congressional candidates may be reaching a détente of sorts, as they embrace the shared goal of reclaiming the majority in 2008.
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
 
 
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Caroline Davies / Telegraph:
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Chicago Tribune:
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Tim F. / Balloon Juice:
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Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
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Edward Cody / Washington Post:
China's Premier Calls Democracy A Distant Goal
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Extreme Mortman:
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George Lakoff / The Huffington Post:
The Words None Dare Say: Nuclear War
James Pethokoukis / US News:
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Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jerusalem Post:
Gang rapes Jewish women as 'revenge'
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Liberating Iraq  —  Peter Beinart has a piece in TNR about why he supported the war: