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12:40 PM ET, March 1, 2007

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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
McCain rejects CPAC invite  —  Sen. John McCain is the only major Republican presidential candidate who will not address the nation's premier gathering of conservatives this year.  —  Sponsors of the Conservative Political Action Conference, which begins today in Washington and brings together thousands …
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Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
McCain Announces He'll Run for President  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Apparently believing that what's good once is even better twice, Republican Sen. John McCain announced his candidacy for president during a TV appearance, and then announced he will announce his candidacy again next month.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TalkLeft
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Newly Usual Way, McCain Says He'll Run  —  Senator John McCain of Arizona took the platform of a late-night talk show Wednesday and said he would formally announce his campaign for the presidency in early April.  His remarks erased entirely whatever doubt could have existed about his ambitions for the Republican nomination.
CNN:
McCain announces '08 bid on Letterman
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Looking past the candidates
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
McCain Says He'll Seek Presidency, Plans to Make It Official in April
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Cheney's contempt for American public opinion  —  Since the smashing repudiation his party suffered at the hands of the American voter in the 2006 midterm elections, Dick Cheney's behavior has become palpably more secretive, combative, and scornful.  The embittered interview he gave …
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Matthias Gebauer / Spiegel Online:
The Star of Afghanistan's Jihad
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Move Over, Omar
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.
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Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Kennedy insider Schlesinger dies at 89
Discussion: theneweditor.com
Loki / Humid City v2.3:
Rebuke Bush 2pm  —  JOIN THE KATRINA SURVIVORS' REBUKE OF PRESIDENT BUSH  —  New Orleans Needs Federal Aid, Not Presidential Photo-Ops.  —  Mr. President: Katrina Survivors Do Not Welcome You, We Rebuke You!  —  We live in a devastated city and you are a big part of the reason why it sill sits in ruins.
Discussion: FRAMESHOP and Pam's House Blend
Opinion Journal:
Walter Reuther's Ghost  —  Democrats vote to bar secret union ballots.  —  The House of Representatives has scheduled a vote as early as today on a bill that strips 140 million U.S. workers of the right to decide in private whether to unionize.  Naturally, it's called the Employee Free Choice Act.
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
NEWT RIPS 'NASTY' HILL  —  DROPS NICE-GUY APPROACH TO 'RUTHLESS' RIVAL  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich yesterday called Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "a nasty woman" who runs an "endlessly ruthless" campaign machine.  —  The conservative Republican made the surprising comments …
Discussion: TIME
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.
Washington Post:
The Myth of the Middle  —  The story of 2006 was that regular Americans were sick of partisan divisions in Washington.  The vast and consensus-hungry middle asserted itself in November, the narrative went, finally ordering the parties and their childish politicians to stop fighting and to work together.
Popular Mechanics:
Test Tube Aliens: Gadget of the Week  —  Finally, a toy that invites children to explore the nature of cruelty.  In fact, Electronic Test Tube Aliens ($15) are either the most cynical and ill-conceived toys on the market, or the world's first truly existential toy.
Austan Goolsbee / New York Times:
For the Super-Rich, Too Much Is Never Enough  —  For voyeurs of billionaires, a brief period from mid-February to mid-March serves up two of the juiciest glimpses they will get all year.  In February, the Slate 60 list of the year's biggest philanthropic gifts comes out …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Greg Mankiw's Blog
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
House GOP Pushes Floor Vote For Rep. Jefferson Appointment  —  House Republicans plan to force a floor vote on the appointment of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), who is the subject of a federal bribery investigation, to a seat on the Homeland Security Committee.
 
 
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