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8:20 PM ET, March 1, 2007

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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 …
Discussion: Eunomia and Hotline On Call
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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 …
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 …
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: Donklephant, Taylor Marsh and TIME
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
For GOP, A Void on The Right  —  New York-based political consultant Kieran Mahoney's survey of probable Republican participants in the 2008 Iowa presidential caucuses showed this support for the "big three" candidates: John McCain, 20.5 percent; Rudy Giuliani, 16.3 percent; Mitt Romney, 3.5 percent.
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
McCain rejects CPAC invite
Associated Press:
Walter Reed medical chief relieved of command  —  General's dismissal follows reports on poor treatment of wounded soldiers  —  U.S. Army Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman speaks to a crowd during a NASCAR visit at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington in September 2006.
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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
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Think Progress
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
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Ezra Klein:
Which Side Are You On?  —  Megan and I have been through these woods before, but the question of card check essentially rests on the question of whether you think employers wield too much power in union elections, whether you believe union intimidation can match them, and whether you believe there are other measures capable of redress.
Discussion: MyDD and Bradford Plumer
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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
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justices Weigh Right to Sue Over Church-State Separation
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Blotter, Balloon Juice and Wonkette
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Dems nix idea of military budget cuts  —  WASHINGTON - Just hours after floating the idea of cutting $20 billion from President Bush's $142 billion request for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan next year, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (news, bio, voting record) was overruled by fellow Democrats Thursday.
Discussion: MyDD and Blue Crab Boulevard
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
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
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.
 
 
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Melinda Henneberger / The Huffington Post:
Conservative Bush-Bashing Convention
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James Parks / AFL-CIO Weblog:
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Hotline On Call:
Pence In 2008?  —  Are CPAC organizers trying to send a message?
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Ned Lamont / The Huffington Post:
The Real Choice on Iraq
Discussion: Dohiyi Mir and The Empire Zone
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Thieves Break Into N.H. Dem Headquarters
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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Hamza Hendawi / Associated Press:
Chalabi Back in the Political Limelight
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84% of Philly votes to toss Santorum out of office; Philly Inquirer …
Debbi Wilgoren / Washington Post:
Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Dies at 89
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Democrats View Hillary Clinton as Most Electable Democratic Candidate
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NBC May Oust Evening News Executive
Bjørn Stærk / All entries:
What Went Wrong?  —  After the September 11 terror attacks …
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