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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:   Does Ted Kennedy Know Anything about Iraq?
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Did McCain get confused about al Qaeda again?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ilan Goldenberg / democracyarsenal.org:
McCain mixes up Sunni and Shi'a
Discussion: Salon
Reagan Union / Quinnipiac University:
Obama Catching Up With Clinton In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; She's Losing Ground Even Among Women  —  Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is catching up with New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary and now trails 50 - 44 percent among likely primary voters …
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New York Times:
Shift at Top May Mean Shift in Tone for Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — “This isn't exactly what I was planning on when I woke up this morning,” Geoff Garin e-mailed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton after a hasty weekend shake-up left him atop her campaign's strategy team.  —  Mrs. Clinton answered his dry humor in kind.
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Will Bunch / attytood.com:
ABC's big “surprise”: The actual troops don't want McCain — they want to come home
Discussion: Eschaton
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Congress To Hear Of Gains In Iraq  —  Petraeus, Crocker To Face Impatient Lawmakers  —  In a reprise of their testimony last September, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker plan to tell Congress today and tomorrow that security has improved in Iraq and that the government …
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New York Times:
General Resists Timetable for Withdrawal of Troops in Iraq
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Caucus
Paul J. Nyden / Charleston Gazette:
Jay defends endorsement of Sen. Obama  —  Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., defended his decision to make an endorsement in the race for president during an interview with Gazette editors on Monday.  —  Rockefeller said some have criticized him for endorsing Sen. Barack Obama before the West Virginia primary in May.
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard Blog:
Rockefeller Disgrace
Discussion: QandO
CNN:
Religious leaders tell al-Sadr to keep militia intact  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's top Shiite religious leaders have told anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr not to disband his Mehdi Army, an al-Sadr spokesman said Monday amid fresh fighting in the militia's Baghdad strongholds.
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Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
4 US Troops Killed; Hundreds Flee Baghdad Clashes; Ayatollahs Decline to Ban Militia  —  4 US Troops Killed;  —  Hundreds Flee Baghdad Clashes;  —  Ayatollahs Decline to Ban Militia  —  I am always astounded at the combination of unrealistic optimism and foolish gullibility …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
New Book: McCain Once Physically Attacked Fellow Congressman  —  Appearing on Fox News this past Sunday, Sen. John McCain attempted to turn his infamously combustible temper from an electoral liability into political strength.  —  “If I lose my capacity for anger, then I shouldn't be president …
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NY Daily News:
Rush & Molloy: Bio - McCain swore oath at wife
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Popular Mechanics:
The 10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now  —  No one can predict what bridge, levee or water main will fail next.  But some problems are widely known, and work is long overdue.  As PM's new special report makes blatantly clear, we need to begin rebuilding the nation's infrastructure somewhere.
Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
Vets for Freedom Rally for troops  —  About 480 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan assembled beginning at 8:30 this morning just across the street from the Senate wing of the Capitol.  The temperature was about 45 degrees - global warming had struck.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
LIBERALS AND THE SH*TPILE.  —  It's got to be a scary moment if you're a conservative.  The economy is in a meltdown that can be directly traced to insufficient regulation.  In other words, it's in meltdown because you suck at running it, and refused to listen to warnings that subprime loans required …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama tempts YouTube Gods  —  ...and McCain camp responds with glee that hasn't been heard from Crystal City since they got their hands on Mitt's Faneuil Hall debate against Shannon O'Brien.  —  And is anybody else amused by the fact that Meredith Viera is using Frank Rich of all people to make the McCain case?
Seumas Milne / Guardian:
Secret US plan for military future in Iraq  —  A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made for an open-ended military presence in the country.  —  The draft strategic framework agreement between the US …
Michael J. Totten:
Builders of Nations  —  “This is my hardest deployment,” Marine Sergeant Cooley said as he unfastened his helmet and tossed it onto his bed.  “We weren't trained for this kind of thing.”  He's been shot at with bullets and mortars, and he's endured IED attacks on his Humvee …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
The Politico:
50 greatest political moments  —  At Politico, we love politics for some of the same reasons people love sports: the endless human drama.  —  Unlike a lot of people, of course, we don't have the freedom — or, truth be told, the desire — to root for one side or the other to win.
Discussion: The New Nixon Blog
 
 
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Bill Nelson Might Have Had the Best Moment So Far
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Lieberwhat?  —  Joe Lieberman is probably beyond shark-jumping …
Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
Obama at the Helm  —  Deep into a primary campaign that was supposed …
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East Texas Teenager Attacked Over History Project
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McCain's Opener
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Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
One million join electoral register in two years
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Condi for Veep? Not So Fast
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Obama Vs. Rice
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Obama Is No King  —  TODAY, THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PULPIT …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Data Transfers Via Telecoms Questioned
Scott Horton / Harper's:
A Tale of Three Lawyers
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Salon
Frederick W. Kagan / National Review:
Why Iraq Matters  —  Losing wars is always bad.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Iraq War Attitudes Politically Polarized
Discussion: Salon and American Power