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1:20 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.
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 …
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
No Hate Speech by Prominent Leftists?  —  A certain intellectual fraud who goes by the name of Glenn Greenwald (as well as a few other names) recently said that leftist hate speech is not uttered by prominent leftist figures, but rather only by anonymous blog comments and e-mailers:
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
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.
Attila Girl / Little Miss Attila:
An Open Letter to CPAC Sponsors and Organizers Regarding Ann Coulter
Discussion: Gay Patriot
Coulter under fire for anti-gay slur
Discussion: The Road to Surfdom and Blue Bayou
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.
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: The Raw Story and News Hounds
Lynette Clemetson / New York Times:
Focus on Veterans' Chief as Inquiries on Care Begin
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
Carol Platt Liebau /
The Barack I Knew  —  There is something profoundly surreal …
Discussion: Wizbang
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Mum On Plan B  —  The Pentagon has not discussed an alternate strategy …
Discussion: NewsHog
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
At the Pentagon, Gates Seen as Liberator
Discussion: Op For and Norwegianity
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.
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Car bomb kills 28 at Baghdad market  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide car bomber shattered a relative lull in Baghdad's violence Monday, killing at least 28 people in a blast that touched off raging fires and a blizzard of bloodstained paper from a popular book market.
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Two Questions  —  Good morning firepups.  —  Jane and I both had very relaxing weekends with the poodles and the MilleniaLab, respectively.  Now that I'm all rested, I'm confident we're going to get a verdict this week (though Christy's making rumblings about an Allen Charge, as are some of the journalists).
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:   Two Questions: Part Two  —  Walton back in.  —  Asked a …
Washington Times:
CPAC embraces Steele, Gingrich  —  Michael S. Steele and Newt Gingrich were the biggest stars according to activists who attended the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference.  —  Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani pulled off CPAC's biggest coup, former Virginia …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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 …
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.
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 …
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The Politico:
Romney Says New Media More Open
Discussion: Media Blog
Joe Klein /
Because I promised and you seemed so darn curious...
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why isn't The Wall Street Journal free on-line?
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
The House's Ottoman Agenda
Discussion: TAPPED and Blue Crab Boulevard
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Electronic Intifada:
How Barack Obama learned to love Israel
Discussion: American Thinker
New York Times:
Beijing Accelerates Its Military Spending
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Antiwar Caucus Wants to Be Heard Now