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1:45 AM ET, March 7, 2006


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Associated Press:
South Dakota law bans nearly all abortions  —  Legislation sets up court challenge  —  PIERRE, South Dakota (AP) — Gov. Mike Rounds signed legislation Monday banning nearly all abortions in South Dakota, setting up a court fight aimed at challenging the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
McQ / QandO:
BUSH ASKS FOR LINE ITEM VETO  —  The president who has never vetoed a single bill is asking for the power to veto specific items within bills sent to him: … My question is why would the Supreme Court find a new version of the law any more acceptable than the last version which it found unconstitutional?
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Upholds Law on College Military Recruiting  —  WASHINGTON, March 6 — The Supreme Court upheld a law today that cuts federal funding from universities that do not give military recruiters the same access to students that other potential employers receive.
Discussion: Big Lizards
Steve Bainbridge /
Supreme Court Upholds Solomon Amendment  —  New Chief Justice Roberts delivers the opinion for the court.  His summary of the issue: … The key issue is the so-called unconstitutional conditions doctrine, which Roberts described as having the following effect: "the Solomon Amendment …
John Holusha / New York Times:
South Dakota Governor Signs Abortion Ban  —  The governor of South Dakota, Mike Rounds, signed today a bill intended to ban most abortions in the state and to set up a challenge to the United States Supreme Court decision, handed down in 1973, that legalized abortion in all states.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The Solomon Amendment is upheld by a unanimous Supreme Court.  —  SCOTUSblog reports: … Chief Justice Roberts writes the opinion.  There are no additional opinions.  (Alito, of course, does not participate.)  —  As the unanimity indicates, this outcome was not at all surprising.
Washington Post:
A Victory For Military Recruiters
Discussion: Deep Keel
EXCLUSIVE: Iraq Weapons — Made in Iran?  —  Intelligence Officials Say Weapons Responsible for Increasing U.S. Deaths in Iraq  —  March 6, 2006 — U.S. military and intelligence officials tell ABC News that they have caught shipments of deadly new bombs at the Iran-Iraq border.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Iran Gives US A Casus Belli, If We Want It  —  ABC News reports tonight that Iran has shipped improved explosive devices capable of defeating the body armor employed by US soldiers to the insurgents in Iraq.  Brian Ross will tell ABC's World News Tonight that Iran is "knowingly killing US troops" …
Discussion: Dadahead and Decision '08
Cernig / NewsHog:
ABC And The IED's From Iran That Were Made In The UK
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Suspect In UNC Hit-And-Run Wanted To 'Spread Will Of Allah'  —  Authorities Release 911 Call Made By Mohammed Taheri-azar  —  HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A suspect who is accused of hitting students with a sport utility vehicle at the University of North Carolina made his first court appearance Monday.
Athena / Terrorism Unveiled:
BACKGROUND ON MOHAMMED REZA TAHERI-AZAR  —  Friday, I received a phone call from my significant other telling me someone was purposely trying to run over students in "the Pit."  The Pit is the center of campus activity and there are certain barricades and high stairways that separate it from any roads and intersections.
Raleigh News & Observer:
Suspect plans to represent himself  —  From staff reports  —  Update: Authorities have released the 911 call by Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar.  Click the play button to hear the call (Flash player required):  —  HILLSBOROUGH — The man accused of injuring nine people when he drove …
Associated Press:
UNC Grad in Court on Alleged Hit and Run
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Expert on Iraq: 'We're In a Civil War'  —  U.S. Officials Deny Violence Has Risen to That Level, but ABC News Analysts See a 'Serious Lack of Realism'  —  BAGHDAD, March 5, 2006 — As Pentagon generals offered optimistic assessments that the sectarian violence in Iraq had dissipated this weekend …
Kevin Sites / Reuters:
Peace activist Sheehan arrested in NY protest
Discussion: The American Mind
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Cindy Sheehan Arrested in New York for Blocking U.S. Mission to U.N.
Discussion: Gina Cobb
Atrios / Eschaton:
Abstinence  —  Amy Sullivan writes: … This is a rhetorical sleight of hand which entirely ignores the relevant policy debate.  The question is whether sex education in public schools should be "abstinence only," which involves telling teenagers that they shouldn't have sex and not providing …
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
WHEN WOULD JESUS BOLT?....I have to confess that I've always …
Discussion: Crooked Timber
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Amy Sullivan's bad advice
Discussion: Thoughts from Kansas
ReddHedd / firedoglake:
From the Department of Pissing My Tax Dollars Away  —  Well, great.  Just great.  The President and his huge freaking personal White House staff can't even request a simple absentee ballot properly, so guess who is taking Air Force One out for a spin just so he can vote in the local primary in Crawford, Texas?
Discussion: archy and First Draft
Vanessa Blum / Sun-Sentinel:
Miami judge refuses to delay sentencing for lobbyist Abramoff  —  MIAMI — A federal judge on Monday refused to delay sentencing 90 days for disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff despite statements from government lawyers that sending Abramoff to prison could jeopardize his cooperation in ongoing criminal probes.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Natan Sharansky / Los Angeles Times:
Does democracy end tyranny?  —  THE U.S. AGENDA to promote democracy in the Middle East appears fatally wounded.  The results of recent elections in Iraq, Egypt and especially Gaza and the West Bank have led many to conclude that this agenda is terribly misguided: wonderful in theory …
Discussion: TAPPED, Austin Bay Blog and Solomonia
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Oscar afterthoughts.  —  That was a long night of blogging yesterday!  But watching the Oscars without blogging is much more of a slog.  And I relied heavily on TiVo, so, really, it was a snap compared to just sitting around watching in real time.  I skipped nearly all of the speeches …
Discussion: TBogg and SIVACRACY.NET
Mark Schmitt / Washington Monthly:
Backseat Strategists  —  Do the Democratic Party's harshest internal critics finally have a plan for building a political majority?  —  What's most provocative in this year's crop of books about renewing the Democratic Party is what's missing.  The old sectarian fights about ideology …
Discussion: Sirotablog and MyDD
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
'Having Dinner with the Right People': Bill Clinton, Jack Kemp, and How Money Is Clouding the Ports Deal Debate  —  Lenin's fabled admonition that capitalists are so eager to make a buck they'll sell you the rope with which to hang them is in need of an update: they'll also lease you the ports through …
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Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Rise of Talibanistan  —  The strike in Danda Saidgai …
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THE LIBERAL TEMPERAMENT....Before I even get started here …
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Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
Teheran park 'cleansed' of traces from nuclear site
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