Today is Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2015. There are 317 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1865, during the Civil War, Columbia, South Carolina, burned as the Confederates evacuated and Union forces moved in.
Ryan C. Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, deserves credit for frankly and soberly delivering a message this week that neither his audience in Congress nor his superiors in the Bush administration wanted to hear: That a political solution in Iraq will take considerably more time than Washington has counted on.
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