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10:30 AM ET, March 5, 2007


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Sean Hackbarth / The American Mind:
An Open Letter to CPAC Sponsors and Organizers Regarding Ann Coulter  —  Conservatism treats humans as they are, as moral creatures possessing rational minds and capable of discerning right from wrong.  There comes a time when we must speak out in the defense of the conservative movement, and make a stand for political civility.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
An Open Letter To The ACU And CPAC Sponsors  —  Note: This letter will appear simultaneously on a number of conservative blogs this morning.  It has been scheduled in advance for that purpose.  My personal remarks will appear below.  —  Conservatism treats humans as they are …
Discussion: Decision '08
National Center for Public Policy Research:
Ann Coulter at CPAC  —  I'm sorry to see that Ann Coulter once again made certain news coverage of CPAC would be focused upon her instead of upon the conservative movement's goals and principles.  —  The National Center for Public Policy Research is one of very many co-sponsors of CPAC, and has been for some years.
New York Times:
Clinton and Obama Unite in Pleas to Blacks  —  Evoking the passions and rivalries of the civil rights era, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton made deeply personal appeals to voters in the sanctuaries of black churches here on Sunday, and then joined former President Bill Clinton …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Audio: Hillary, Obama develop southern accents for Selma  —  They were both in town today to commemorate Bloody Sunday.  First up: the Glacier.  Commentary by Matt Drudge, audio courtesy of Jim C. at Drudge Radio Archives.  In fairness to Hillary, if you've ever heard the Gorebot testifyin …
NY Daily News:
March marks battle of bridge
Discussion: On Deadline
Chicago Tribune:   Obama, Clinton seek votes at civil rights landmark
Washington Post:
'It Is Just Not Walter Reed'  —  Ray Oliva went into the spare bedroom in his home in Kelseyville, Calif., to wrestle with his feelings.  He didn't know a single soldier at Walter Reed, but he felt he knew them all.  He worried about the wounded who were entering the world of military health care, which he knew all too well.
Lynette Clemetson / New York Times:
Focus on Veterans' Chief as Inquiries on Care Begin  —  As President Bush ordered an investigation of the military's care of wounded soldiers and veterans last week, Jim Nicholson, secretary of veterans affairs, darted between events, seeking to put a positive public face on his beleaguered agency.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Josh White / Washington Post:
Walter Reed Hearing to Put Spotlight on Kiley's Leadership
Discussion: The Gavel and the talking dog
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Basra Raid Finds Dozens Detained by Iraq Spy Unit  —  Iraqi special forces and British troops stormed the offices of an Iraqi government intelligence agency in the southern city of Basra on Sunday, and British officials said they discovered about 30 prisoners, some showing signs of torture.
Washington Post:
Backup Strategy Missing For Iraq  —  Outside Experts, Not White House, Discuss Options  —  During a White House meeting last week, a group of governors asked President Bush and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about their backup plan for Iraq.
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Searching for Mr. Right  —  Neither Giuliani nor Romney closed the deal at CPAC, and McCain didn't even show up.  —  WASHINGTON—This weekend's 34th annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference was the largest ever, with 6,300 people registered.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Daily Pundit
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards Sends Video to 70,000 Iowans  —  John Edwards is mailing DVDs to more than 70,000 Iowa households this week, an aide said, introducing the audience of likely caucus-goers to his plan for universal health care with a combination of passion, wonkiness, and implicit comparison with his rivals.
Discussion: Iowa Progress and The Caucus
NY Daily News:
My dad the dud,  —  Rudy's son says  —  But thinks he could still be 'great Prez'  —  Rudy Giuliani's son seems to think his dad would make a better President than he did a father.  —  "I got my values from my mother," 21-year-old Andrew Giuliani told ABC in an interview quoted on …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
The House's Ottoman Agenda  —  Can a nonbinding congressional resolution really matter?  Most are ignored by everyone except the special interests they are usually directed at.  Even the House's recent resolution on Iraq was dismissed by both President Bush and Democratic antiwar leader John Murtha.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Antiwar Caucus Wants to Be Heard Now  —  About a dozen members of the Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus gathered on a sunny day last summer on the terrace outside the Capitol for a news conference.  The only problem: no reporters showed up.  —  The members of the group …
Electronic Intifada:
How Barack Obama learned to love Israel  —  I first met Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama almost ten years ago when, as my representative in the Illinois state senate, he came to speak at the University of Chicago.  He impressed me as progressive, intelligent and charismatic.
Discussion: American Thinker
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Gateway Pundit:
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Dr John Crippen / NHS Blog Doctor:
How many mothers and babies have to die for Patricia Hewitt to balance the books?
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Discussion: Informed Comment
Digby / Hullabaloo:
"Those Days Are Gone"  —  I am getting so tired of Republicans …
Discussion: Angry Bear and Rising Hegemon
New York Times:
Beijing Accelerates Its Military Spending
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Dror Wahrman / History News Network:
Is Israel Falling Apart?
CBS News:
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Hicks lawyer faces removal from case
David Johnston / New York Times:
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Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
Bloomberg: The Waiting Game
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Donklephant
Ross Douthat / The American Scene:
Neoconservatism and Its Discontents: Jacob Heilbrunn …
Times of London:
Could 650,000 Iraqis really have died because of the invasion?
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
In Wartime, Who Has the Power?  —  THE Constitution seems relatively clear.
Discussion: Balkinization and Ezra Klein

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