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3:30 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.
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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Real Cities:   Bush administration to join Iraqi-led talks attended by Iran, Syria
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.
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Baucus Told by Montana Legislature to Oppose New Trade Measure  —  Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) — Max Baucus, the Senate Finance Committee Chairman, came under pressure from his own state legislature to oppose extending President George W. Bush's trade negotiating authority.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Hill
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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Al Qaeda: Partying Like It's 2001  —  If you checked out yesterday's Worldwide Threat briefing, you could be forgiven for checking your calendar to see if it was still September 10, 2001.  Discussing al-Qaeda, John McConnell, the new director of national intelligence, described …
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White House:
Interview of a Senior Administration Official by the Traveling Press
Discussion: CBS News and On Deadline
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 …
This Is London:
CHARLES: BAN THE BIG MAC  —  Prince Charles today said banning McDonald's fast food was the key to a healthy lifestyle.  —  His comments came as he attended the launch of a public health awareness campaign.  —  Charles, a strong advocate of organic food, was touring the Imperial College London
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Caroline Davies / Telegraph:
Prince says McDonald's should be banned
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 …
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
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
Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Obama to Attend Selma March Anniversary  —  · This weekend, civil rights leaders will commemorate the anniversary of Bloody Sunday — the day in 1965 when civil rights marchers were beaten in Selma, Ala.  —  The speakers at the solemn occasion in Selma will include …
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 …
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Nation's porn prosecutor fronts war against obscenity  —  The former U.S. Attorney in Utah heads a national anti-porn task force  —  WASHINGTON - Maybe, from now on, the girls will be a little less wild, thanks to Brent Ward.  —  Ward, who was among the most strident adversaries …
The Blotter:
CIA: Bin Laden in Pakistan Establishing New Camps  —  Brian Ross and Z. Byron Wolf Report:  —  In the most definitive statement in years, America's top intelligence official said Tuesday Osama bin laden is in Pakistan actively re-establishing al Qaeda training camps.
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.
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 and The Daily Background
Michael Calderone / New York Observer:
Dominion of Canada: Marty Peretz Sells Last New Republic Share  —  It feels like a burden has been lifted from me," Martin Peretz said on Feb. 27.  —  It feels like a burden has been lifted from me," Martin Peretz said on Feb. 27.  —  For the first time in three decades, Mr. Peretz, 68, no longer owns a stake in The New Republic.
Discussion: Romenesko
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 …
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Terror Supporter Teaching at Kent State  —  I'd say that it was unbelievable that a follower of Osama bin Laden was teaching at Kent State, but I'd be lying.  No, this is perfectly believable.  —  Here's what how Associate Professor Julio Pino describes his own website:
 
 
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USA Today:
Bill targets 'don't ask, don't tell'
William Roberts / Bloomberg:
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Mark Moyar / New York Sun:
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Faiz / Think Progress:
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Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Pardons reemerge as issue in Clinton run
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 …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Mall of America wants $234 million subsidy package
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