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5:45 AM ET, March 11, 2006

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montgomerycountymd.gov:
Gaithersburg Man Arrested for Theft Scheme  —  Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Retail Theft Unit arrested a man yesterday for a continuing retail theft scheme.  —  Claude Alexander Allen, age 45, of the 7200 block of Cliff Pine Drive in Gaithersburg, was charged with theft scheme over $500 and theft over $500.
Stephen Manning / ABCNEWS:
Former White House Adviser Arrested  —  Former White House Adviser, Onetime No. 2 at Homeland Security, Arrested on Theft Charges  —  COLLEGE PARK, Md. Mar 10, 2006 (AP)— A former domestic policy adviser to President Bush has been charged with theft for allegedly receiving phony refunds at department stores.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TalkLeft
Washington Post:
Former Top Bush Aide Accused of Md. Thefts
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Happy Now?  —  THEY SPEND drunkenly, they fail at oversight and they can't stop the administration from abusing detainees or tapping phones.  But never call the members of Congress powerless: Yesterday, in the exalted name of anti-terrorism, the Senate rebelled against its Republican leadership …
Discussion: Below The Beltway
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Cassandra / villainouscompany.com:
Congress to UAE: Can You Hear Me Now?  —  Today, the Washington Post earned every penny of the rather large subscription check I just wrote out: … Read it.  Read it all.  —  I am disgusted beyond measure.  And for once, speechless.  In their cynical pandering to a craven and ill-informed electorate …
CBS News:
Bush: Ports Storm Sends Bad Message
Daren Fonda / Time:
The Dubai Deal You Don't Know About  —  Even as one company gives …
Nathaniel Hernandez / Associated Press:
Thousands protest immigration bill  —  Tens of thousands of immigrants from throughout the Chicago area, many carrying U.S. flags, marched into downtown Chicago on Friday in a show of support for immigrant rights.  —  The rally came as the U.S. Senate struggles with a bill to stiffen border enforcement …
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Chicago Tribune:
Ethnic groups rally for immigrant rights
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Jay Levine / cbs2chicago.com:
Protesters Rally Against Illegal Immigration Bill
Juan-Carlos Rodriguez / Associated Press:
U.S. Hostage Tom Fox Killed in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - An American who was among four Christian activists kidnapped last year in Iraq has been killed, a State Department spokesman said Friday.  —  The FBI verified that a body found in Iraq Friday morning was that of Tom Fox, 54, of Clear Brook, Va., spokesman Noel Clay said.
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BBC:
US hostage in Iraq confirmed dead
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
Bush says diplomacy way to tackle Iran  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday called Iran a "grave national security concern," but said he sought a diplomatic way to cap its nuclear goals.  —  A hard-line Iranian cleric told a Friday prayers congregation …
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White House:
President Addresses National Newspaper Association Conference  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  Jerry likes to give a short introduction.  (Laughter.)  I appreciate you letting me come by to visit with you some, and I look forward to answering some questions you might have.
Discussion: Bring it On!
Corky Siemaszko / NY Daily News:
U.S. firms are few for operating ports  —  Congress may want American companies to operate the U.S. ports that Dubai has agreed to unload, but good luck finding them.  —  There's only a handfull of home-grown outfits big enough to take over the six port operations that state-owned DP World has agreed to …
Hassan M. Fattah / New York Times:
Symbol of Abu Ghraib Seeks to Spare Others His Nightmare  —  AMMAN, Jordan, March 8 — Almost two years later, Ali Shalal Qaissi's wounds are still raw.  —  There is the mangled hand, an old injury that became infected by the shackles chafing his skin.  There is the slight limp, made worse by days tied in uncomfortable positions.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
For Muslim Who Says Violence Destroys Islam, Violent Threats  —  LOS ANGELES, March 10 — Three weeks ago, Dr. Wafa Sultan was a largely unknown Syrian-American psychiatrist living outside Los Angeles, nursing a deep anger and despair about her fellow Muslims.
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE
Chris Matthews / MSNBC:
President Bush on the Straw Ballot  —  Hardball learns of a McCain-led initiative aimed at supporting the president  —  Posters, like this one, and lapel buttons supporting President Bush are being distributed around the Southern Republican Leadership Conference today in Memphis.  —  Host of 'Hardball'
Andrew Selsky / Associated Press:
Anti-Castro Sign at Ballgame Causes Stir  —  1cbeabdc2ba6@news.ap.org While Cuba played the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, a spectator in the stands raised a sign saying: "Down with Fidel," sparking an international incident that escalated Friday with the velocity of a major league fastball.
Tony Pugh / Knight Ridder:
Documents raise questions about decision on morning-after pill  —  WASHINGTON - Internal documents made public Thursday have raised new questions about the federal government's continued refusal to allow over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive known as "Plan B."
Discussion: The Mahablog
Tracy Dell'Angela / Chicago Tribune:
Driver's ed for blind kids?  —  Students wonder why city schools make them take course  —  Mayra Ramirez scored an A in driver's education this year, but sitting through the 10-week class felt like a bad joke to the Curie Metropolitan High School sophomore.  —  Ramirez is blind.
Discussion: The Education Wonks
 
 
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WHY HILLARY WILL WIN.  Duncan mentions Joe Trippi's theories …
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Al Jazeera's Outreach To Bloggers
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Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
'Silent Tort Reform' Is Overriding States' Powers
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Racially charged e-mail stirs outrage