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6:00 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 …
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."
Media Matters for America:
Coulter's reward for her "downright hateful" comments: another appearance on CNN!  —  On the March 5 edition of CNN Newsroom, correspondent Rick Sanchez reported on right-wing pundit Ann Coulter's March 2 speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in which she said she …
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Walter Reed Hearing: "Lives shattered in service to their country."  —  Download (1770) |  Play (1621) Download (1173) |  Play (661)  —  Staff Sgt, John Shannon, after pausing and tapping his head — voiced a very powerful statement today at the hearing: … Jeffrey Feldman:
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.
Discussion: TAPPED
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 …
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.
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
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Just Say No To Shiny Objects  —  Judge Reggie Walton issued …
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
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
Daniel Howden / The Independent:
The Big Green Fuel Lie  —  George Bush says that ethanol will save the world.  But there is evidence that biofuels may bring new problems for the planet  —  The ethanol boom is coming.  The twin threats of climate change and energy security are creating an unprecedented thirst for alternative energy with ethanol leading the way.
Associated Press:
Taiwanese set off 8.1-mile firecracker  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan - Organizers lit up a 8.1-mile string of explosives in a southern Taiwanese county Sunday, hoping to create the world's longest firecracker in a record-setting attempt expected to last two hours.  —  TV footage of the Chinese …
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
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 …
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NY Daily News:
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
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