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11:30 PM ET, March 1, 2007


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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 …
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
Draft questions cloud Giuliani's chances  —  WASHINGTON - If this presidential campaign is anything like the last, John McCain's Vietnam service will inevitably be contrasted with GOP rival Rudy Giuliani's avoidance of a war that he opposed.  —  "Any suggestion that he was dodging the draft is totally …
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
Discussion: Donklephant, Taylor Marsh and TIME
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  —  Army Hospital Plagued by Allegations of Deficient Care and Living Conditions  —  The Army today fired the top administrator at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, following embarrassing news reports that prompted a Defense Department probe …
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 …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Alleged D.C. Madam "Considering" Selling Off Phone Records  —  Back in October, the feds busted a long-time prostitution service in the Washington, D.C. area.  The madam, Jean Palfrey, soon caught attention by telling a reporter from the Smoking Gun that they must be going after her as part …
Kate Ravilious / National Geographic:
Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says  —  Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet's recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist's controversial theory.
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Environmental Indulgences and the Church of the Fragile Mother  —  I received an interesting email from reader "skullberg" last evening that I'd be curious to get your thoughts on.  Writes skullberg: … I'm not the person to be checking the math here—trust me—so go ahead and do some calculating on your own if you are so inclined.
Discussion: Bill Hobbs
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Court Hears Arguments Linking Right to Sue and Spending on Religion  —  The question for the Supreme Court on Wednesday was a jurisdictional one: whether taxpayers who object to the way the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives spends its money can get into federal court to make their case.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justices Weigh Right to Sue Over Church-State Separation
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Andrew Cochran / Counterterrorism Blog:
Mullah Obaidullah Akhund, Taliban Official Arrested by Pakistan, Was Released by Afghans After 9-11 Attacks  —  Mullah Obaidullah Akhund, former defense minister of the Taliban government and described as the current #3 on the ladder of the Taliban's 10-member leadership council, was captured in Quetta.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
The Blotter:   Major Taliban Leader Arrested; Cheney Pakistan Trip Credited
Mark Silva / Kansas City Star:
Spirit of Strom Thurmond carries Cheney into, out of hot spots  —  MUSCAT, Oman _Vice President Dick Cheney rode an Airstream trailer into Pakistan and Afghanistan, and he rode the Airstream out of Kabul wearing cowboy boots.  —  He also traveled in the belly of "The Spirit of Strom Thurmond."
Discussion: The Sleuth
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 …
Discussion: MyDD
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.
Discussion: culturekitchen and Prairie Weather
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
$4B to sweeten Iraq bill  —  House Democratic leaders will add nearly $4 billion for farmers to a bill funding military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to attract conservative Democrats concerned that the measure would wrongly constrict President Bush's power as commander in chief.
Melinda Henneberger / The Huffington Post:
Conservative Bush-Bashing Convention  —  WASHINGTON - Except for the low-heeled pumps, this could almost be a Netroots convention.  Well, that and guys handing out Brownback bumper stickers.  —  Still, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that began this morning is a three …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
4:30 on Day Seven  —  graphic courtesy Monk at Inflatable Dartboard  —  As Jane has warned you, at 4:30, Walton will dismiss the jury (for the day, we think), and give the jurors an instruction.  I suspect he may give them tomorrow off, which will bum me out bc I want to go home and I'm not sure …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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