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Pelosi Goes Over Bush’s Head

Over the president’s objections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to visit the president of Syria next weekend. Pelosi’s spokesman said the meeting was inspired by the Iraq Study Group, which recommended engaging regional players—a recommendation the Bush administration has so far ignored.

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Leaked Tillman Memo Warns of Bush Embarrassment

A memo addressed to Gen. John Abizaid revealed that Pat Tillman’s death probably involved “friendly fire” and warned that the president could embarrass himself by claiming other circumstances. The document, dated seven days after Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, implicates higher-ranking officers than those cited by a military investigation into a possible cover-up.

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clooneyobama
washingtonpost.com

Picking Teams in Hollywood

After Barack Obama’s Oscar-week fundraising blitz last month, the ‘08 race has heated up for Democratic presidential candidates going a-courtin’ in Hollywood.  But the backing of celebrities can be a blessing and a curse, as George Clooney notes in Friday’s L.A. Times, hinting that he will help Obama however he can—even if that means “staying completely away from him.” 

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alsadr
albawaba.com

Al-Sadr Calls for Anti-U.S. Rally

At the close of a particularly bloody week in and around Baghdad, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr railed against the U.S. on Friday, urging Iraqis to join in a protest against American “occupation, destruction and terrorism.” The date set for the protest is April 9, four years after the fall of Baghdad.

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AFP

British Captive Says She Was ‘Sacrificed’

British officials are condemning the Iranian government’s use of 15 captured British marines and sailors as “propaganda,” insisting that they did not stray into Iranian waters—even as another sailor has appeared in a video clip claiming, “We trespassed without permission.”

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King Abdullah
news.bbc.co.uk

Saudi Arabia Calls American Occupation ‘Illegitimate’

One of Bush’s biggest buddies in the Mideast, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, described the Iraq war as an “illegitimate foreign occupation” while pleading for Arab unity. His remarks came during a summit of the Arab League, which plans to approach Israel with a renewed diplomatic effort.

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Let the Showdown Begin

The president has threatened to veto a war spending bill that includes a timetable for the withdrawal of troops, but that didn’t stop the Senate on Thursday from passing one. The next step is for the House and Senate to work out the differences between their competing withdrawal plans, and then it’s off to the White House.

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They Hate Us for Our Apples

A growing number of experts and analysts now agree that George W. Bush’s war on terror has been nothing short of a disaster, and not just for the obvious reasons. For instance, one might question the wisdom of designating a Midwestern apple festival a potential terrorism target.

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Robert Gates
usip.org

Defense Secretary Asks Congress to Close Gitmo

Robert Gates urged Congress on Thursday to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, acknowledging that the international community was likely to doubt the credibility of tribunals held there: “My own view is that because of things that happened earlier at Guantanamo there is a taint about it.”

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Bombing Upsurge in Iraq Kills 100

Multiple bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 100 people Thursday and may cast doubt upon the efficacy of the U.S.‘s “surge” strategy to crack down on violence. 

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