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2:00 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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Bill Scher / The Huffington Post:
The Conservatives' "Secular Problem"  —  Today through Saturday, when Republicans and conservatives gather in Washington for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, will they face up to the biggest obstacle preventing them from connecting with voters?  Their "secular problem."
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.
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Looking past the candidates
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney Seeks to Regain Momentum With the Right
Discussion: Bluey Blog and The American Mind
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: The Politico and TIME
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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, TalkLeft and On Deadline
Howard Chua-Eoan / Time:
TIME Poll: Giuliani's Lead Widens  —  If Presidential campaigning were about something other than politics, how would the current crop of candidates fare?  Take speed dating.  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is on wife no. 3, was judged most likely to be best …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Pandagon
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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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
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Scout Prime / First Draft:
People's Rebuke for Bush's Photo Op in NOLA today  —  Bush will be in New Orleans today.  A Rebuke of Bush is planned at 2pm.  Via Humid City is the statement of rebuke from Katrina Survivors....  If you have a blog please consider posting this today.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Is "Howard Kurtz" a software program?
Discussion: Horses Mouth
Patrick Ishmael / The News Buckit:
"Seven words you can never say on television"... but which are said on the Internet.  A lot.  —  Talk about potty-mouths.  —  The Net's not always a kid-friendly place; there is plenty of foul language out there.  And of course, the blogosphere is no different.
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.
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.
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.
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is IQ what is truly scarce?  —  There is a new view — or should I say an old view? — percolating in the blogosphere: "There is something special about IQ.  We must conserve IQ at very high cost, and gains in IQ will bring very high social returns."  —  In practical terms, "Conservation of IQ" …
Discussion: Catallarchy and Will Wilkinson
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.
 
 
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Debbi Wilgoren / Washington Post:
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Discussion: New York Times and Firedoglake
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Democrats View Hillary Clinton as Most Electable Democratic Candidate
Discussion: Pollster
New York Times:
NBC May Oust Evening News Executive
Popular Mechanics:
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Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
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Discussion: FishBowlDC
Beverly Keel / Dickson Herald:
Gore says media miss climate message
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'Instant Book' Bets on Obama Appeal
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
The Real American Idol
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and BLACKFIVE
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
House GOP Pushes Floor Vote For Rep. Jefferson Appointment
CNN:
McCain announces '08 bid on Letterman
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
CNN:
GLENN BECK  —  Should Mexico Compensate U.S. for Cost of Illegals?
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow