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6:40 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.
Editor and Publisher:
Coulter: Edwards' Campaign Manager 'Fronting for Arab Terrorists'  —  NEW YORK Ann Coulter, fresh from implying that John Edwards is a "faggot," now has a statement on her Web site saying Edwards campaign manager David Bonior "is fronting for Arab terrorists."
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Walter Reed Hearing: "Lives shattered in service to their country."  —  Download (1894) |  Play (1725) Download (1217) |  Play (724)  —  Staff Sgt, John Shannon, after pausing and tapping his head — voiced a very powerful statement today at the hearing: … Jeffrey Feldman:
Jeffrey Feldman / FRAMESHOP:
Veterans Treated in Ways "A Dog Didn't Deserve"  —  Today via live broadcast of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Americans heard horror stories of U.S. veterans neglected and abused in a Kafkaesque VA medical system.  —  The hero of today's witnesses …
John Holusha / New York Times:
Congress Hears of Neglect in Veterans' Care  —  Reports of bureaucratic entanglement and indifference on the part of the military's medical care system, rather than the condition of buildings in the Walter Reed Medical Center, dominated a Congressional hearing today on how wounded veterans are treated.
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Wake Up and Smell the Questions  —  We just received a note that two teams will return to court to review a note from the jury.  Whew hew, the media room jumps to life at the chance of doing ... something.  —  The two legal teams appear to have the note.  Some animated discussion.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
From the Courtroom  —  *UPDATE: We are now hearing that Walton …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Just Say No To Shiny Objects  —  Judge Reggie Walton issued …
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Jennifer Talhelm / Associated Press:
Senator complained about fired attorney  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Monday that Republican Sen. Pete Domenici called Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his deputy four times to complain about a U.S. attorney who claims he was fired for not rushing a corruption probe.
Discussion: News Desk Blog
Ashley Powers / Los Angeles Times:
For Rep. Sanchez, a hot-tomato label means a hot potato  —  Pacing next to the desk and U.S. flag in her district office in Garden Grove, the paradox that is Rep. Loretta Sanchez was on full display.  —  The congresswoman ticked off a meaty legislative to-do list: immigration reform …
Discussion: INTEL DUMP
Bush Job Approval at 30%  —  Zogby telephone poll shows President falls back to all-time low level rating after hovering at 32% in January and February  —  President Bush's job approval rating has fallen to 30%, once again hitting the all-time low-water mark of his presidency as Americans continue …
USA Today:
Poll shows growing doubts that U.S. victory is possible in Iraq war
Discussion: Washington Post
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Open Call From the Patent Office  —  The government is about to start opening up the process of reviewing patents to the modern font of wisdom: the Internet.  —  The Patent and Trademark Office is starting a pilot project that will not only post patent applications on the Web and invite comments …
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 …
M.R. Kropko / Associated Press:
Diebold Weighs Strategy for Voting Unit … CLEVELAND (AP) — Diebold Inc. saw great potential in the modernization of elections equipment.  Now, analysts say, executives may be angling for ways to dump its e-voting subsidiary that's widely seen as tarnishing the company's reputation.
Discussion: Redstate
Times of London:
Shamen on the NHS, it's away with the fairies  —  Tom and Donna (not their real names) are professional shamen.  They teach classes in shamanism at a "foundation", where you can learn "soul retrieval healing", help the dead "continue their journey into the Hereafter", and investigate "the Fairy Kingdom".
Discussion: The Daily Ablution
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: UNC jihadi says "Death to Israel" during court appearance  —  Not the first colorful episode he's had before a judge.  He was there to discuss letters he'd written to the local media about his drive-by jihad.  Quoth his lawyer: … They took him away to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and A Blog For All
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
CIA Rushing Resources to Bin Laden Hunt  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  Armed with fresh intelligence, the CIA is moving additional man power and equipment into Pakistan in the effort to find Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al Zawahri, U.S. officials tell ABC News.
Discussion: Hot Air and TalkLeft
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NY Daily News:
My dad the dud,  —  Rudy's son says  —  But thinks he could still be 'great Prez'
Ben Smith / The Politico:
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