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12:50 PM ET, February 28, 2007

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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 …
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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.
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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Newsdesk / The Swamp:
Washington: Hiding behind titles
Discussion: NewsWatch and First Draft
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.
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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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.
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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This Is London:
CHARLES: BAN THE BIG MAC
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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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
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Va.'s Two Warners May Be Headed for Rematch  —  Ex-Governor Mark Is Being Urged to Seek U.S. Senate Seat Held by John  —  Former Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner is being courted by national Democrats to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by John W. Warner (R-Va.) and is seriously considering …
John Laughland / Guardian:
Lies of the vigilantes  —  The Srebrenica ruling punctures the false claims that underpin the doctrine of intervention  —  Slobodan Milosevic was posthumously exonerated on Monday when the international court of justice ruled that Serbia was not responsible for the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica.
Discussion: Oliver Kamm and Comment Central
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
Jailers Testify About Padilla's Confinement  —  As Jose Padilla dropped his head and grew still, a senior official from the naval brig in Charleston, S.C., testified on Tuesday in federal court here that he had twice observed Mr. Padilla weeping in the electronically monitored cell …
Teresa Watanabe / Los Angeles Times:
Immigrants boost pay, not prison populations, new studies show  —  Immigrants are less likely to go to prison than U.S.-born residents of the same ethnic group and they boost pay for natives, research says.  —  Two new studies by California researchers counter negative perceptions …
Angelina Jolie / Washington Post:
Justice for Darfur  —  BAHAI, Chad — Here, at this refugee camp on the border of Sudan, nothing separates us from Darfur but a small stretch of desert and a line on a map.  All the same, it's a line I can't cross.  As a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees …
 
 
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