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4:15 AM ET, March 2, 2007

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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: Think Progress and AMERICAblog
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 …
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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 …
Marisa Taylor / Real Cities:
Sources: GOP lawmakers tried to influence federal investigation  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Pete Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico pressured the U.S. attorney in their state to speed up indictments in a federal corruption investigation that involved at least one former Democratic state senator …
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.
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.
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 New Republic and 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 and Middle Earth Journal
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Shortages Threaten Guard's Capability  —  Nearly 90 percent of Army National Guard units in the United States are rated "not ready" — largely as a result of shortfalls in billions of dollars' worth of equipment — jeopardizing their capability to respond to crises at home and abroad …
Discussion: INTEL DUMP and State of the Day
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Oh George, what will we do when you're gone?  —  Our columnist on an easy target for America-bashers  —  Somewhere, deep down, tucked away underneath their loathing for George Bush, in a secret place where the lights of smart dinner-party conversation and clever debating-society repartee never shine …
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
New York Times:
A Suddenly Convenient Truth  —  We would like to believe that the Bush administration has finally figured out how dangerous and counterproductive it is to hype intelligence — and that that's why officials are admitting they're not sure North Korea ever got very far with a secret uranium-based nuclear program.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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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Dave Kilcullen / SWJ Blog:
Guardian article misrepresents the advisers' view
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and ZenPundit
Norman Podhoretz / contentions:
On Arthur Schlesinger  —  There are three things to say about the work …
Discussion: New York Times and Power Line
Ryan Sager / New York Sun:
Giuliani Will Meet The Right
Discussion: Armavirumque and The Corner
WALA-TV:
Storms kill 7 in Alabama
Discussion: Bob Krumm and PunditGuy
The Blotter:
Major Taliban Leader Arrested; Cheney Pakistan Trip Credited
Media Matters for America:
Hannity guest on Obama's church: Its "scary doctrine" …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Environmental Indulgences and the Church of the Fragile Mother
Discussion: Bill Hobbs
Washington Post:
Return to New Orleans  —  AMONTH after neglecting to mention …
Discussion: Bring it On!
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James Parks / AFL-CIO Weblog:
House Passes Employee Free Choice Act
Newsweek:
The Case of the Missing Movie
Discussion: At-Largely
Ezra Klein:
Which Side Are You On?  —  Megan and I have been through …
Discussion: MyDD and Bradford Plumer
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
4:30 on Day Seven  —  graphic courtesy Monk at Inflatable Dartboard
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ned Lamont / The Huffington Post:
The Real Choice on Iraq
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Thieves Break Into N.H. Dem Headquarters
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Why do so many neoconservatives lack the courage of their convictions?
Debbi Wilgoren / Washington Post:
Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Dies at 89