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2:25 AM ET, March 1, 2007


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Bill Hobbs / Ecotality:
Why the Gore Story Matters  —  As the controversy over global warming doomsayer Al Gore's voracious energy-eater mansion rolls on, there's an angle I think merits deeper investigation than it is currently getting.  While much of the focus has been on whether or not Gore is an environmental hypocrite …
Associated Press:
Gore defends his carbon credentials  —  Group skeptical of global warming notes his home is big energy user  —  Al and Tipper Gore live in this Nashville, Tenn., mansion.  A group skeptical of global warming is calling the former vice president a hypocrite because of the home's large electricity consumption.
Discussion: and Centerfield
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann on Gore's Energy Use: Setting the Record Straight
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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.
Washington Post:
Hospital Officials Knew of Neglect  —  Complaints About Walter Reed Were Voiced for Years  —  Top officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, including the Army's surgeon general, have heard complaints about outpatient neglect from family members, veterans groups and members of Congress for more than three years.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and AMERICAblog
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Military Press Crackdown Extends Further Than Walter Reed
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
U.S. Concedes Uncertainty on North Korean Uranium Effort  —  Last October, the North Koreans tested their first nuclear device, the fruition of decades of work to make a weapon out of plutonium.  —  For nearly five years, though, the Bush administration, based on intelligence estimates …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Attorney Says He Was Pressured on Corruption Probe  —  The fired U.S. attorney in New Mexico says he was pressured by two members of Congress prior to the November elections about the pace of an ongoing public corruption probe that targets local Democrats.  —  David C. Iglesias …
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Arthur Schlesinger, Historian of Power, Dies at 89  —  Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., the historian whose more than 20 books shaped discussions for two generations about America's past, and who himself was a provocative, unabashedly liberal partisan, most notably in serving in the Kennedy White House, died last night in Manhattan.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Curt Anderson /
Judge rules Padilla competent for trial  —  A federal judge ruled Wednesday that suspected al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla is competent to stand trial on terrorism support charges, rejecting arguments that he was severely damaged by 3 1/2 years of interrogation and isolation in a military brig. Padilla …
Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
Judge questions Padilla's cooperation
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Dish
Agence France Presse:
UFO science key to halting climate change: former Canadian defense minister  —  OTTAWA (AFP) - A former Canadian defense minister is demanding governments worldwide disclose and use secret alien technologies obtained in alleged UFO crashes to stem climate change, a local paper said Wednesday.
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.
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 …
Robert Farley / TAPPED:
STABBING BLINDLY.Max Boot blunders into an interesting point.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Military chiefs give US six months to win Iraq war  —  An elite team of officers advising US commander General David Petraeus in Baghdad has concluded the US has six months to win the war in Iraq - or face a Vietnam-style collapse in political and public support that could force the military into a hasty retreat.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and The Reaction
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 …
Bigwig / Silflay Hraka:
If They Was Meant To Ride Around In Trucks, God Would Have Given 'Em John Deere Caps and Naked Lady Mudflaps  —  In an age where news stories routinely describe such and such a virus as "only a plane ride away," how can it be that honey bee colony losses of up to 70% in some areas of the US are treated as a complete mystery?
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gristmill
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Giuliani-Appointed Judges Tend to Lean to the Left  —  When Rudy Giuliani faces Republicans concerned about his support of gay rights and legal abortion, he reassures them that he is a conservative on the decisions that matter most.  —  "I would want judges who are strict constructionists because I am …
Associated Press:
Kerry spars with ambassador nominee over contributions … WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate hearing that began with glowing tributes to a St. Louis businessman and his qualifications to become ambassador to Belgium turned divisive Tuesday after he was criticized for supporting a controversial conservative group.
Maureen Martin / TCS Daily:
L'Eggo My Lego  —  Some Seattle school children are being told to be skeptical of private property rights.  This lesson is being taught by banning Legos.  —  A ban was initiated at the Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle.  According to an article in the winter 2006-07 issue of …
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
McCain Declares He's Running For President But Is His Campaign Collapsing?
Associated Press:
Democratic Leaders Revamp Anti - War Plan
Discussion: TalkLeft
Washington Post:
Blogger on Ice  —  THE BUSH administration has tolerated Egypt's …
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
Crooked congressman says farewell
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Glenn Beck unloads on Olbermann
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Iran to Take Part in Iraq Security Conference
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 Earlier Items: 
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Interest in Election Runs High
Discussion: NewsWatch and Pollster
Jay Solomon / Washington Wire:
Feith Takes to the Web
Discussion: First Draft and The Impolitic
Washington Post:
Defending His Country, but Not Its 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Interview with Harm de Blij - Part 1
Michael Calderone / New York Observer:
Dominion of Canada: Marty Peretz Sells Last New Republic Share
Discussion: Romenesko
Nico / Think Progress:
VIDEO COMPILATION: Matthews Obsessed With Clinton Sex Speculation
White House:
Interview of a Senior Administration Official by the Traveling Press
Bill Cotterell / News Press:
Bill would mandate nicer term for illegals