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1 Fallon resigns as Mideast military chief

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer

1 hour, 15 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – The Navy admiral in charge of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan announced Tuesday that he is resigning over press reports portraying him as opposed to President Bush’s Iran policy.

Adm. William J. Fallon, one of the most experienced officers in the U.S. military, said the reports were wrong but had become a distraction hampering his efforts in the Middle East. Fallon’s area of responsibility includes Iran and stretches from Central Asia across the Middle East to the Horn of Africa.

“I don’t believe there have ever been any differences about the objectives of our policy in the Central Command area of responsibility,” Fallon said, and he regretted “the simple perception that there is.” He was in Iraq when he made the statement.

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1 Democrat wins Hastert’s seat in Illinois

By DEANNA BELLANDI, Associated Press Writer

Sun Mar 9, 9:00 AM ET

CHICAGO – Nearly two years after taking control of Congress, the Democrats have claimed another prize by capturing former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s seat – a development that Republicans say is not a harbinger of things to come.

The longtime Republican district fell to the Democrats Saturday when wealthy scientist and businessman Bill Foster snatched the seat in a closely watched special election.

While Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen predicted Foster’s win would send out a “political shock wave,” Republicans were quick to downplay its significance.

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1 Bush explains veto of waterboarding bill

By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

35 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – President Bush said Saturday he vetoed legislation that would ban the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods such as waterboarding to break suspected terrorists because it would end practices that have prevented attacks.

“The bill Congress sent me would take away one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror,” Bush said in his weekly radio address taped for broadcast Saturday. “So today I vetoed it,” Bush said. The bill provides guidelines for intelligence activities for the year and includes the interrogation requirement. It passed the House in December and the Senate last month.

“This is no time for Congress to abandon practices that have a proven track record of keeping America safe,” the president said.

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1 Italy prosecutors appeal U.S. soldier’s murder case


Tue Mar 4, 12:11 PM ET

ROME (Reuters) – Italian prosecutors have appealed a Rome court’s decision to drop a murder case against a U.S. soldier who killed an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq, taking the matter to the country’s highest court.

“We filed the appeal,” one of the prosecutors, Franco Ionta, told Reuters, adding the process would take “months, not weeks.”

U.S. soldier Mario Lozano had been tried in absentia in Rome for shooting Italian agent Nicola Calipari at a checkpoint outside Baghdad airport in 2005.

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1 Russia’s Medvedev on course for presidency

By Christian Lowe, Reuters

8 minutes ago

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Dmitry Medvedev was elected by a big margin to succeed Vladimir Putin as Russian president, exit polls and early results showed on Sunday, after a vote that will preserve his mentor’s power but which opponents said was unfair.

Medvedev, a 42-year-old who has worked at Putin’s side since the 1990s, will take over the trappings of the presidency from his patron but it was still unclear which of the two men would really be in charge.

Half an hour after polling stations closed, state television broadcast a pop concert in Red Square. It began with a song whose chorus was “Forward, Russia” — Medvedev’s unofficial campaign slogan.

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1 Japan looks to a robot future

By HIROKO TABUCHI, Associated Press Writer

18 minutes ago

TOKYO – At a university lab in a Tokyo suburb, engineering students are wiring a rubbery robot face to simulate six basic expressions: anger, fear, sadness, happiness, surprise and disgust.

Hooked up to a database of words clustered by association, the robot – dubbed Kansei, or “sensibility” – responds to the word “war” by quivering in what looks like disgust and fear. It hears “love,” and its pink lips smile.

“To live among people, robots need to handle complex social tasks,” said project leader Junichi Takeno of Meiji University. “Robots will need to work with emotions, to understand and eventually feel them.

Lazy Saturday Morning Blog Roundup

From Talking Points Memo

Worse than you think-

1 White House Aide Plagiarized 20 of 38 Columns

By Paul Kiel – March 1, 2008, 9:41AM

Even Jokeline can’t ignore Hagee-

2 How’s It Hagee?

By Josh Marshall 03.01.08 — 1:44AM

3 TPMMuckraker is entirely worth a brief peruse.

4 Poll: Nearly Half Say Media Is Harder On Hillary

by Greg Sargent March 1, 2008 — 11:10 AM EST

From MyDD

An interesting analysis of the 3 am ad-

5 Hillary Clinton’s Gift To Barack Obama

by Todd Beeton, Fri Feb 29, 2008 at 09:36:17 PM EST

From AmericaBlog

6 Obama smear offends Kenyans

by Chris in Paris · 3/01/2008 04:14:00 AM ET

Good question-

7 McCain stands with his Catholic bashing supporter. What is that good Catholic boy Tim Russert going to do?

by Joe Sudbay (DC) · 3/01/2008 11:49:00 AM ET

This should be all the talk at Catholic churches around the country this weekend, like Blessed Sacrament parish here in DC. That’s where Russert and Chris Matthews go to the 11:00 mass on Sundays, we’re told. Chances are their fellow Catholics won’t appreciate the Church being called “the great whore” by a leading McCain supporter — who McCain refuses to denounce and reject.

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1 Expert details White House e-mail risks

By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer

8 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – A computer expert who worked at the White House provided the first inside look at its e-mail system Tuesday, calling it a “primitive” setup that created a high risk that data would be lost.

Steven McDevitt’s written statements, placed on the public record at a congressional hearing, asserted that a study by White House technical staff in October 2005 turned up an estimated 1,000 days on which e-mail was missing.

Two federal laws require electronic messages to be preserved.

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1 Iraq bomber targeting Shiites kills 40

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press Writer

37 minutes ago

BAGHDAD – A suicide bomber struck Shiite pilgrims as they were resting Sunday during a days-long walk to a Shiite shrine, killing at least 40 people and wounding 60.

The attack in Iskandariyah, south of Baghdad, was the second of the day against pilgrims traveling to the holy city of Karbala. The pilgrimage marks Arbaeen, the 40th day following the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, one of two revered Shiite figures buried there.

The suicide bomber detonated at a tent where pilgrims stop to eat and drink, police said.

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1 Turkey bombs Kurdish rebels in Iraq

By SELCAN HACAOGLU, Associated Press Writer

27 minutes ago

CUKURCA, Turkey – Turkish warplanes, helicopters and artillery bombed suspected hideouts of Kurdish rebels in remote, mountainous terrain of northern Iraq Saturday.

The Turkish military said at least 35 Kurdish rebels and two Turkish soldiers died in fighting Saturday. A total of seven soldiers and at least 79 rebels have been killed in Iraq since Turkey launched a ground incursion late Thursday, according to the military. The rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, claimed it had killed 15 Turkish troops.

The incursion is the first confirmed Turkish military ground operation in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. Iraq’s government criticized the offensive on Saturday, saying military force will not solve the Kurdish problem.

McCain / Iseman Open Thread

C’mon.  You know you want to.

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Did John McCain have an affair with a lobbyist and use his power for her client?

by Peter Cohan, Blogging Stocks

Posted Feb 20th 2008 7:59PM

McCain/Lobbyist Story In The New York Times Finally Drops

Marc Armbinder, The

McCain linked to attractive female lobbyist

Capitol Hill Blue

For McCain, self-confidence on ethics poses its own risk

By Jim Rutenberg, Marilyn W. Thompson, David D. Kirkpatrick and Stephen Labaton, International Herald Tribune

Published: February 21, 2008

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1 Pakistan’s Musharraf urged to quit after poll rout

by Sami Zubeiri, AFP

2 hours, 15 minutes ago

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf faced mounting calls to quit Tuesday as opposition parties moved towards a coalition government in the wake of a sweeping election victory over his allies.

The widower of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto said he had no interest in working with Musharraf’s defeated backers, but said he would join forces with other groups opposed to the key figure in US anti-terror efforts.

“We will form a government of national consensus which will take along every democratic force,” Asif Ali Zardari told a news conference a day after the parliamentary elections.

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