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9:45 AM ET, March 5, 2007


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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: The Gavel and Matthew Yglesias
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.
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 …
Chicago Tribune:
Obama, Clinton seek votes at civil rights landmark
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
NY Daily News:
March marks battle of bridge
Discussion: On Deadline
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.
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.
Discussion: Little Miss Attila
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
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
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 …
CBS News:
Terrorists Take Recruitment Efforts Online  —  Scott Pelley On The Use Of The Internet To Recruit Jihadists  —  (CBS) Recently the Bush administration acknowledged that al Qaeda is reorganized and gaining strength.  As correspondent Scott Pelley reports, that's been possible …
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
Times of London:
Could 650,000 Iraqis really have died because of the invasion?  —  The statistics made headlines all over the world when they were published in The Lancet in October last year.  More than 650,000 Iraqis - one in 40 of the population - had died as a result of the American-led invasion in 2003.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Without Health Benefits, a Good Life Turns Fragile  —  SALISBURY, N.C. — Vicki H. Readling vividly remembers the start of 2006.  —  "Everybody was saying, 'Happy new year,' " Ms. Readling recalled.  "But I remember going straight to bed and lying down scared to death because I knew …
David Johnston / New York Times:
Senator Sought Dismissal of New Mexico Prosecutor  —  Senator Pete V. Domenici, Republican of New Mexico, said Sunday that he had urged the Justice Department to dismiss the state's top federal prosecutor, who in December was one of eight United States attorneys ousted from their jobs.
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:
Wafa Sultan Does Not Disappoint at Secular Islam Summit!
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Dr John Crippen / NHS Blog Doctor:
How many mothers and babies have to die for Patricia Hewitt to balance the books?
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, March 5
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?
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
CPAC: Pictures Speak A Thousand ...
Discussion: Riehl World View
Nicholas Wood / New York Times:
Rebellious Diplomat Finds Work as Envoy of the Voiceless
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Tom Allard / Sydney Morning Herald:
Hicks lawyer faces removal from case
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
Bloomberg: The Waiting Game
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Donklephant
Ross Douthat / The American Scene:
Neoconservatism and Its Discontents: Jacob Heilbrunn …
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
In Wartime, Who Has the Power?  —  THE Constitution seems relatively clear.
Discussion: Balkinization and Ezra Klein
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
BRAVE NEW WORLD....Mickey Kaus offers up the following political analysis …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Agence France Presse:
Iran touts nuclear prowess with new banknote
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
GENERATION TRAP....If you haven't been following the ongoing …
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Ex-GOP candidates turn attacks back on national panel