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8:15 AM ET, March 5, 2007


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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Doubts raised about Lancet study on Iraqi death toll
Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
CPAC: The Unauthorized Documentary  —  See seven minutes of raw, unexpurgated right-wing action courtesy of VideoNation:  —  Michelle Malkin goes unhinged and launches a hysterical tirade into the lens of my camera.  I ask Ann "John Edwards is a Faggot" Coulter why she isn't the same person on Sunday morning as on Saturday night.
Mike Stark / Calling All Wingnuts:
Sorry about the intermission
Discussion: The Populist Moderate
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
New York Times:
Obama and Clinton Mark Civil Rights Struggle  —  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 today and then joined former President Bill Clinton …
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.
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 …
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
Bloomberg: The Waiting Game  —  His billions allow Mayor Mike to enter the '08 race late.  —  NYC-Style Showdown?  Although he has not announced plans to run for president, New York City Mayor Bloomberg (speaking with a fellow commuter on the subway) has considered running as an independent in 2008
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Donklephant
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: Captain's Quarters
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / Fox News:
ANGER ON DISPLAY AMONG CONSERVATIVE PAC AUDIENCE  —  Mitt Romney waves to the audience after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday  —  WASHINGTON — America's conservatives are mad and they're not going to take it anymore.  —  That was the message …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Dror Wahrman / History News Network:
Is Israel Falling Apart?  —  Mr. Wahrman is Ruth N. Halls Professor of History and Director of the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the Indiana University History Department (adjunct in English, Jewish Studies, Cultural Studies).  —  Foreign observers of Israel tend to focus so intently …
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