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What You Need To Know  —  [Editorial Note: Thompson will be on Neal Cavuto's show at 4pm and with Sean Hannity at 4:30pm today to discuss this news.  Given the morning outage, we're going to keep this up top for a while.  Please scroll down for newer content.]
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Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Possible W.House hopeful Thompson says has cancer
Discussion: Redstate
Bill Frist, M.D. / Senator Bill Frist:   Fred Thompson Update
Washington Post:
3 Generals Spurn the Position of War 'Czar'  —  Bush Seeks Overseer For Iraq, Afghanistan  —  The White House wants to appoint a high-powered czar to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with authority to issue directions to the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies …
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
HOS AND BITCHES....Now that Don Imus has been universally condemned for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos," the conversation is moving on, as conversations do, to broader questions.  In the LA Times today, civil rights attorney Constance Rice joins in the condemnation …
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Black People  —  This morning on CNN Howard Kurtz pulled the "what about the rappers! that's where the word ho comes from!" stunt.  What this has to do with Don Imus calling the Rutgers Women's Basketball team whores for no apparent reason other than the crime of being mostly black I do not know.
Fouad Ajami / Opinion Journal:
Iraq in the Balance  —  In Washington, panic.  In Baghdad, cautious optimism.  —  BAGHDAD—For 35 years the sun did not shine here," said a man on the grounds of the great Shia shrine of al-Kadhimiyyah, on the outskirts of Baghdad.  I had come to the shrine at night, in the company of the Shia politician Ahmed Chalabi.
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Martin Stolz / New York Times:
Rare Protests at Brigham Young Over a Planned Cheney Appearance  —  The invitation extended to Vice President Dick Cheney to be the commencement speaker at Brigham Young University has set off a rare, continuing protest at the Mormon university, one of the nation's most conservative.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Pariah  —  The Bush administration doesn't quite realize it yet …
Discussion: The RBC
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
McCain: I Blame Rumsfeld For Iraq  —  I took part in a blogger conference on my lunchbreak today with Senator John McCain on the topic of Iraq.  McCain, who gave a speech on Iraq at the Virginia Military Institute earlier today, wanted to reach out to New Media sources for his perspective …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Defending Iraq War, McCain Assails Democrats
CBS News:   Poll: Doubts About McCain's View Of Iraq
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Who's Behind the Pelosi Smear?  —  Oh the irony.  From Jim Lobe: … That would be the same Elliot Abrams who was indicted for (and pled guilty to) lying to Congress (no wonder members of the Bush junta have no fear of doing so) and who, in the 80s, led a very similar campaing to discredit …
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Nico / Think Progress:   Group Now Smearing Pelosi Was Led By Swift Boat Funder Sam Fox
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama: Fire Imus  —  Obama First White House Contender to Call for Imus' Firing Over Racial Slur  —  In an interview with ABC News Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., called for the firing of talk radio host Don Imus.  Obama said he would never again appear on Imus' show …
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer and Media Blog
Phillip Rawls / Associated Press:
Republican candidate off the mark on cost of milk, bread  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani hasn't done a lot of grocery shopping lately — at least based on his answers about the cost of milk and bread.  —  Campaigning in Alabama on Tuesday …
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Associated Press:
A.G.'s Statement Dropping Duke Rape Case  —  Statement from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper on the Duke University lacrosse rape case.  —  Good afternoon, everyone.  —  On Jan. 13 of this year, I accepted the request of the Durham district attorney to take over three Durham cases.
This Is London:
I'M SORRY FOR SELLING MY STORY, SAYS IRAN HOSTAGE MR BEAN  —  Servicemen have rounded on the sailors who sold their stories of being held captive by Iran.  —  A series of messages on forces' websites ridiculed Arthur Batchelor and Faye Turney, who cashed in after being held prisoner for 13 days.
Ana Marie Cox / time-blog.com:
Regarding Imus  —  I'll have some more fleshed-out thoughts on the matter in the magazine this week, but for now, since many people have asked: No, I won't be going on Imus anymore.  Having said that, it's not like they'll be inviting me back.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Word of Advice During a Housing Slump: Rent  —  A promotional spot for the National Association of Realtors came on the radio the other day.  The spot, introduced as something called "Newsmakers," was supposed to sound like a news report, with the association's president offering real estate advice.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Iacocca: 'Some of us are sick and tired of people who call free speech treason'  —  When it comes to politics, former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca is generally not much of a player.  When he has dabbled in politics, Iacocca is generally known for being a Republican — he was close with Reagan …
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Impolitic
 
 
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