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12:05 PM 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.
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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 …
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.
CNN:
Coulter under fire for anti-gay slur … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Prominent politicians from both parties and a gay-rights group on Saturday condemned right-wing commentator Ann Coulter for her reference Friday to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards as a "faggot."
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Conservative Bloggers Issue Letter Denouncing Ann Coulter
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 …
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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.
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Nico / Think Progress:
VIDEO COMPILATION: Fox News Devoted 12 Times More Coverage To Anna Nicole Than Walter Reed  —  Our national media embarrassment was again on full display on Friday.  Both MSNBC and Fox News devoted more coverage to Anna Nicole Smith — three weeks after her death on Feb. 8 …
Discussion: News Hounds
Lynette Clemetson / New York Times:
Focus on Veterans' Chief as Inquiries on Care Begin
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Josh White / Washington Post:
Walter Reed Hearing to Put Spotlight on Kiley's Leadership
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Mum On Plan B  —  The Pentagon has not discussed an alternate strategy …
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
At the Pentagon, Gates Seen as Liberator
Discussion: Norwegianity and Op For
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.
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Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Car bomb kills 28 at Baghdad market
Discussion: All Spin Zone
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
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Washington Times:
CPAC embraces Steele, Gingrich
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / Fox News:   ANGER ON DISPLAY AMONG CONSERVATIVE PAC AUDIENCE
New York Times:
Beijing Accelerates Its Military Spending  —  China announced its biggest increase in defense spending in five years on Sunday, a development that quickly prompted the United States to renew its calls for more transparency from the Chinese military about the scope and intent of its continuing, rapid arms buildup.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Chinese Military Spending Jumps 18%
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.
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
 
 
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CBS News:
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
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Times of London:
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