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11:35 AM 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 …
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.
McCain announces '08 bid on Letterman … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Setting aside any doubt, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona announced Wednesday he would seek the presidential nomination.  —  McCain, who had a presidential exploratory committee, made the declaration on the "Late Show with David Letterman," taped earlier Wednesday.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
McCain Says He'll Seek Presidency, Plans to Make It Official in April
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Looking past the candidates
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Joan Lowy / Associated Press:   McCain Announces He'll Run for President
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
McCain Announces On Letterman
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and Macsmind
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 …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
In U.S. Overtures to Foes, New Respect for Pragmatism  —  In the span of just two weeks, the United States has agreed to hold high-level contacts with Iran and Syria, and to start down the path toward formal diplomatic recognition of North Korea.  —  Has the Bush administration gone soft on its foes?
Discussion: Pacific Views and LiberalOasis
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 …
Matthias Gebauer / Spiegel Online:
The Star of Afghanistan's Jihad  —  The Taliban are gearing up for their "spring offensive" in Afghanistan.  A series of brutal propaganda films is heralding thousands of suicide attacks.  And the Taliban have a new bloodthirsty leader, whom Western intelligence agencies are taking very seriously: Mullah Dadullah.
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.
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Kennedy insider Schlesinger dies at 89
Free exchange:
A tale of two markets … Categories: … MANY readers profess puzzlement as to how carbon offsets could fail to reduce one's carbon footprint.  The answer is that they probably do reduce one's carbon footprint, but by nowhere near the one-for-one ration that seems to be implied by the extraordinarily low price of carbon offsets.
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:   More fun than chess  —  Let's consider a power supplier …
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
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Discussion: FishBowlDC
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Gore says media miss climate message
What Went Wrong?  —  After the September 11 terror attacks …
Austan Goolsbee / New York Times:
For the Super-Rich, Too Much Is Never Enough
Mike S. Adams /
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Discussion: Webloggin and Sister Toldjah
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
'Instant Book' Bets on Obama Appeal
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Jim DeMint Visits Blogger Row
Discussion: Redstate, Bluey Blog and seejanemom
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
The Real American Idol
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
The Myth of the Middle  —  The story of 2006 was that regular Americans …
Kate Phillips / New York Times:
Group Reaches Settlement With F.E.C. Over 2004 Campaign Advertising
Discussion: MyDD and JURIST
GLENN BECK  —  Should Mexico Compensate U.S. for Cost of Illegals?
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Staring Adversity In The Face
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: Bring it On! and First Draft
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Military chiefs give US six months to win Iraq war
Maureen Martin / TCS Daily:
L'Eggo My Lego  —  Some Seattle school children are being told …
Agence France Presse:
UFO science key to halting climate change: former Canadian defense minister