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9:55 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.
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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
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 …
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.
Kevin Sites / Associated Press:
Slobodan Milosevic Found Dead in Cell  —  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav leader who orchestrated the Balkan wars of the 1990s and was on trial for war crimes, was found dead in his prison cell near The Hague, the U.N. tribunal said Saturday.
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BBC:
Milosevic found dead in his cell  —  Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has died in the detention centre at The Hague tribunal.  —  The tribunal said he had been found dead in his cell on Saturday morning.  The cause of death is not yet clear.  —  Mr Milosevic, 64 …
Austin Bay Blog:
UPDATED: The man who moved from Red to Brown: Milosevic found dead  —  Former Serb dictators Slobodan Milosevic's long-running trial is finally over- without a conviction.  Milosevic was found dead in his jail cell in the UN detention center at The Hague, Netherlands.
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
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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Denver Post:
Controversial teacher keeps job … A Cherry Creek social studies teacher will not lose his job, after a student went public with a tape recording of controversial comments the teacher had made in class.  —  Superintendent Monte C. Moses said Jay Bennish will be reinstated to his job …
Discussion: Generation Why? and King of Zembla
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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.
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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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.
Associated Press:
Official: Interior Secretary Norton to quit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Gale Norton is resigning after five years in President Bush's Cabinet, The Associated Press has learned.  —  Norton, a former Colorado attorney general who guided the Bush administration's initiative …
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CNN:
Interior Secretary Norton to step down
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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'
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.
New York Times:
Push to Tighten Lobbying Rules Loses Strength  —  WASHINGTON, March 10 — The drive for a tighter lobbying law, just two months ago a major priority on Capitol Hill, is losing momentum, a victim of shifting political interests, infighting among House Republicans and a growing sense among lawmakers …
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
 
 
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