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8:25 AM ET, March 11, 2006

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Washington Post:
Former Top Bush Aide Accused of Md. Thefts  —  Claude A. Allen, who resigned last month as President Bush's top domestic policy adviser, was arrested this week in Montgomery County for allegedly swindling Target and Hecht's stores out of more than $5,000 in a refund scheme, police said.
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.
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush Goes on Offensive To Explain War Strategy  —  President Bush plans to begin a series of speeches next week again explaining the administration's strategy for winning the war in Iraq, as the White House returns to a familiar tactic to allay growing public pessimism about the war …
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
Bu... / Hullabaloo:
*update below  —  Shoplifting Extremist  —  by digby
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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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Jay Levine / cbs2chicago.com:
Protesters Rally Against Illegal Immigration Bill
Chicago Tribune:
Ethnic groups rally for immigrant rights
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Michelle Malkin:
ILLEGAL ALIENS PROTEST IN CHICAGO
Discussion: Freedom Folks and RightWinged.com
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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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
thedenverchannel.com:
Cherry Creek Schools' Statement Regarding Bennish's Reinstatement  —  Upon completion of a thorough investigation regarding a complaint about comments and actions by Mr. Jay Bennish, he has been reinstated into his teaching position at Overland High School.  The reinstatement is effective Monday, March 13, 2006.
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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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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: Rantingprofs and AMERICAN FUTURE
Mar Roman / Associated Press:
Spain Remembers Victims of Madrid Bombings  —  MADRID, Spain — Spain observed a low-key remembrance of the Madrid terror bombings on Saturday's second anniversary of the attacks, as a delegation from Morocco _ home to many of the suspects _ fell silent at a station targeted in the massacre.
time.blogs.com:
Krugman  —  With his usual accuracy and fairness, Paul Krugman smears yours truly today.  Since he's too important to have his columns available to non-subscribers, I can't link.  He has one decent point: yes, I lionized George W. Bush for a while after 9/11, and, in retrospect …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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'
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!
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.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Who'll Let the Docs Out?  —  On February 16, President George W. Bush assembled a small group of congressional Republicans for a briefing on Iraq.  Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley were there, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad participated via teleconference from Baghdad.
Discussion: Power Line and Flopping Aces
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
Yereth Rosen / Reuters:
Alaska's North Slope sees its biggest oil spill  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska officials said on Friday that up to 267,000 gallons (6,357 barrels) of crude oil poured out of a pipeline at the Prudhoe Bay field, making it the largest oil spill ever recorded on the state's North Slope.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and phronesisaical
 
 
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