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7:55 PM ET, March 2, 2006


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Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Dishonestly Portrays Contents of Video in Which Bush Is Warned About Katrina  —  The L.A. Times web site is trumpeting a story titled Bush Is Warned on Katrina in Video.  I suspect that this will be Page One in the print edition this morning.  The story dishonestly reports the facts …
Associated Press:
Tape: Bush, Chertoff Warned Before Katrina  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome …
Nicole Gaouette / Los Angeles Times:
Bush Is Warned on Katrina in Video
Discussion: protein wisdom and Think Progress
Washington Post:
U.S., India Seal Nuclear Deal  —  Accord Sets Up Sharing of Data, Fuel to Satisfy Rising Energy Needs  —  NEW DELHI, March 2 — President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh struck what both leaders called an historic agreement Thursday to provide U.S. nuclear power assistance …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
03/02/06 FOX Poll: Most Oppose Port Deal; Republicans Lose Ground  —  NEW YORK — Most Americans oppose allowing a Dubai company to run some U.S. ports, even as a majority understands the U.S. would continue to control port security, according to a new FOX News poll.
Steven G. Vegh / Virginian-Pilot:
Religious broadcasters fear lost viewership under pay-by-channel idea  —  The idea of paying for only the cable channels they want might have strong appeal for consumers, but to religious programmers, the prospect seems just short of apocalyptic.  —  Pay-per-channel pricing …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Conservatives want pay-by-channel cable — except the TV preachers  —  In recent years, the idea of pay-by-channel cable television has caught on with a broad audience, but conservatives have been particularly keen on the idea.  By selecting only those channels they want to pay for …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Justices Look at Some Shapely . . . Congressional Districts  —  The Supreme Court hosted its own performance of "Beauty and the Beast" this week.  On Tuesday, it heard the plea of Anna Nicole Smith, the former stripper and Playboy Playmate seeking a share of her deceased husband's fortune.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Alito's Note to Evangelist Is Called Just Thanks
Discussion: QandO and Conglomerate Blog
Associated Press:
Rice shows off her fitness regime  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Condoleezza Rice, the nation's top diplomat, is appearing in a three-part TV interview in which she rides a bike, works on her abs, pumps iron and talks about her weight.  —  Public figures usually do not go public when they work on their figures …
Karen Rouse / Denver Post:
Teacher caught in Bush "rant"  —  The Overland High educator is on administrative leave.  Cherry Creek's superintendent said a balanced viewpoint will be given to students.  —  An Overland High School teacher who criticized President Bush, capitalism and U.S. foreign policy during …
Cartoonist's Daughter Hunted by 12 Jihadists  —  Update: I have now posted the transcript of the interview with Jens Rohde at the bottom of this post.  —  Hmmm.. It seems that all I had to do to get back to blogging was getting my indignation recharged.  Now hear this:
Editor's Note: What Happened to That Cover Story?  —  Early Wednesday morning, the Voice learned that the concluding section of this week's cover story, "Do You Wanna Kiss Me?" by senior associate editor Nick Sylvester, contained fabricated material.  In that section, Sylvester says he met …
Blue Plate Special:
The Best Blogging Newspapers in the U.S.*  —  "Who seems to really know what they're doing...?"  —  That was the starter question for the Blue Plate Special team: fifteen undergraduates in journalism at NYU, two graduate students, one professor.  (A.k.a. "the Specials" or "Blue Plates.")
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The NSA scandal now clearly includes interception of domestic communications, perjury and presidential lying  —  Alberto Gonzales sent a letter (.pdf) to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday which contained what Gonzales called numerous "clarifications" of the testimony he gave on February 6 regarding the NSA program.
Walter Cronkite / The Huffington Post:
Telling the Truth About the War on Drugs  —  As anchorman of the CBS Evening News, I signed off my nightly broadcasts for nearly two decades with a simple statement: "And that's the way it is."  —  To me, that encapsulates the newsman's highest ideal: to report the facts as he sees them …
Gabriel Sherman / The New York Observer Media Mob:
Times Diversity Report: "A Newspaper at Risk"  —  After a 10-month study, the New York Times Diversity Council issued its confidential internal report yesterday.  The 39-page document, made available to staffers, describes The Times as "a newspaper at risk" on diversity matters and says the paper is …
Robert D. Kaplan / Washington Post:
We Can't Force Democracy  —  Creating Normality Is the Real Mideast Challenge  —  The whiff of incipient anarchy in Iraq in recent days has provided a prospect so terrifying as to concentrate the minds of Republicans and Democrats, Iraq's sectarian political factions, and even the media.
Discussion: TAPPED and Decision '08
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Embarrassing the Angels  —  Or, that's no way to treat a lady.  —  I want to revise and extend my remarks, as they say, from last week's column on airport security.  The reaction was great, but I have two reasons to amend.  The first is that I didn't really get to the heart …
Discussion: The Anchoress and alicublog
John Derbyshire / The Corner on National Review Online:
WFB AND OTHERS ON IRAQ  —  I have just been reading Bill Buckley's most recent column: … This is exactly right.  However, Bill does not offer an estimate of the likelihood of that success.  I am more reckless than Bill (translate: have far, far less of a reputation at stake), so here I go with my estimate: low to zero.
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
New York Is Sued by U.S. on Delay of Vote System  —  ALBANY, March 1 — The Justice Department sued New York State on Wednesday for failing to overhaul its election system and replace its aging voting machines.  It is the first lawsuit the federal government has filed to force a state to comply …
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Seth Borenstein / Knight Ridder:
Obama suggests money for fuel economy deal for automakers
National Review:
Huh?  —  Nearly 50 years ago, Whittaker Chambers famously …
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
36 People Die in Unrelenting Iraq Violence
Associated Press:
Miss. House Advances Bill to Ban Abortion
Discussion: firedoglake
Jonathan Steele / Guardian:
Baghdad official who exposed executions flees
Will Bunch / Philadelphia Daily News:
Big donor to Rick's charity was seeking federal aid
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Attytood
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The Clintons of Dubai
Jim Lynch / bRight & Early:
Operation Enduring Service Update
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Prisons Often Shackle Pregnant Inmates in Labor
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
International Islamist Front's Bangladeshi Commander Captured
Katherine Kersten / Opinion Journal:
Black Flight  —  The exodus to charter schools.
Washington Post:
U.S. Reviewing 2nd Dubai Firm