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8:55 AM ET, March 2, 2007


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Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Pressed by U.S., Pakistan Seizes a Taliban Chief  —  The former Taliban defense minister was arrested in Pakistan on Monday, the day of Vice President Dick Cheney's visit, two government officials said Thursday.  He is the most important Taliban member to be captured since the American-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
The Blotter:
Major Taliban Leader Arrested; Cheney Pakistan Trip Credited  —  Brian Ross and Martha Raddatz Report:  —  The reported arrest of at least one top Taliban leader in Quetta, Pakistan may be the first sign that Vice President Dick Cheney's trip there this week worked.
Mark Silva / Kansas City Star:
Spirit of Strom Thurmond carries Cheney into, out of hot spots
Discussion: The New Republic
Andrew Cochran / Counterterrorism Blog:
Mullah Obaidullah Akhund, Taliban Official Arrested by Pakistan …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Marisa Taylor / Real Cities:
Sources: GOP lawmakers tried to influence federal investigation  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Pete Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico pressured the U.S. attorney in their state to speed up indictments in a federal corruption investigation that involved at least one former Democratic state senator …
Washington Post:
House Panel Subpoenas Fired U.S. Attorneys
Discussion: TalkLeft
Marjorie Connelly / The Caucus:
New Bush, Iraq Poll Numbers  —  In the months since the Congressional elections, President Bush has lost substantial support among members of his own party, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.  —  Mr. Bush's approval rating dropped 13 percentage points since last fall among Republicans …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Bush Is Losing Support Among Republicans
Carrie Budoff / The Politico:
Santorum Says Anyone But McCain  —  Former Sen. Rick Santorum has drawn at least one conclusion about the Republican presidential primary field: Anybody but John McCain.  —  The Pennsylvania Republican, who signed a contract Thursday as a Fox News contributor, said he has spoken with every GOP candidate …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
For GOP, A Void on The Right
Dan / Riehl World View:
McCain: U.S. Lives 'Wasted' in Iraq
Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
Reading Hillary Rodham's hidden thesis  —  Clinton White House asked Wellesley College to close off access  —  Hillary Rodham, in a 1965 freshman photo when she was president of Wellesley College's Young Republicans, with the cover page of her senior thesis from 1969 on radical organizer Saul D. Alinsky.
Discussion: Sadly, No!
New York Times:
Poll Shows Majority Back Health Care for All  —  A majority of Americans say the federal government should guarantee health insurance to every American, especially children, and are willing to pay higher taxes to do it, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Oh George, what will we do when you're gone?  —  Our columnist on an easy target for America-bashers  —  Somewhere, deep down, tucked away underneath their loathing for George Bush, in a secret place where the lights of smart dinner-party conversation and clever debating-society repartee never shine …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Argghhh!
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Shortages Threaten Guard's Capability  —  Nearly 90 percent of Army National Guard units in the United States are rated "not ready" — largely as a result of shortfalls in billions of dollars' worth of equipment — jeopardizing their capability to respond to crises at home and abroad …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Walter Reed General Relieved of Command  —  The Army today relieved the commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, saying it had "lost trust and confidence" in his leadership in the wake of a scandal over outpatient treatment of wounded veterans at the Washington, D.C., hospital complex.
John Hendren / ABCNEWS:
Walter Reed General Relieved of Command
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
New head of Walter Reed let soldier sleep in his own urine
New York Times:
A Suddenly Convenient Truth  —  We would like to believe that the Bush administration has finally figured out how dangerous and counterproductive it is to hype intelligence — and that that's why officials are admitting they're not sure North Korea ever got very far with a secret uranium-based nuclear program.
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Today's Video on Inside the Editorial Page—Paul Gigot & Co. discuss Al Gore's energy gluttony and Vice President Cheney's trip to Pakistan.  —  The Color of Money  —  Tennessee blogger Bill Hobbs picks up the story of Al Gore's voracious household energy use, which we noted Tuesday:
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Environmental Indulgences and the Church of the Fragile Mother
Discussion: Bill Hobbs
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Rightosphere Temperature Check: Polling Right-Of-Center Bloggers On Key Issues (1st Quarter, 2007)  —  Right Wing News emailed more than 240 right-of-center bloggers and asked them to answer 8 questions.  The following 63 blogs responded,  —  Aaron's CC, The Absurd Report, David All Group …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
At Site of '65 March, an '08 Collision  —  Sunday's Selma Event to Be a Stage for Obama — and Clinton(s)  —  Bill Clinton will join Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at a commemoration of the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Ala., on Sunday, bringing his star power and popularity among African Americans …
Norman Podhoretz / contentions:
On Arthur Schlesinger  —  There are three things to say about the work of Arthur Schlesinger, who has just died at the age of eighty-nine: (1) He was an exceptionally good writer, commanding a lucid, vivid, and often elegant prose style.  (2) He was an exceptionally bad historian …
Discussion: New York Times and Power Line
UNHINGED  —  As the first reporter hired by The Washington Times outside the founding group, on the newspaper's national desk for 21 years, I'm saddened by recent attacks by managing editor Francis B. Coombs Jr. against foreign desk editor David Jones and veteran foreign reporter Tom Carter.
Discussion: Wonkette
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