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11:05 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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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
montgomerycountymd.gov:
Gaithersburg Man Arrested for Theft Scheme
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 …
Discussion: Cold Fury
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.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and A Blog For All
Jay Levine / cbs2chicago.com:
Protesters Rally Against Illegal Immigration Bill  —  SLIDESHOW: March And Rally  —  (CBS) CHICAGO Crowds marched through the city on Friday to rally against HR 4437 - The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005.  —  Supporters of the bill before Congress say it beefs up border protection.
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Chicago Tribune:
Ethnic groups rally for immigrant rights
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Nathaniel Hernandez / Associated Press:
Thousands protest immigration bill
Michelle Malkin:
ILLEGAL ALIENS PROTEST IN CHICAGO
Discussion: Freedom Folks and RightWinged.com
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 …
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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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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.
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.
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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CNN:
Interior Secretary Norton to step down  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton resigned Friday.  She will leave her post at the end of March, the Department of the Interior said.  —  Norton, 51, held the job for five years.  She is the first woman to serve as Interior secretary.
Discussion: the talking dog
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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 …
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.
Rosa Brooks / Los Angeles Times:
They can't even win a war of words  —  Democrats are mired in smallness.  How hard can it be to craft a message of passion?  —  'TOGETHER, America can do better.  " When you hear that, do you feel inspired?  —  I didn't think so.  —  ADVERTISEMENT  —  The Democratic Party's current slogan seems to be leaving most people cold.
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'
 
 
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Libby To Get The Presidential Daily Briefs
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Who'll Let the Docs Out?  —  On February 16, President George …
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White House:
President Addresses National Newspaper Association Conference
Charles R. Babcock / Washington Post:
Contractor Bilked U.S. on Iraq Work, Federal Jury Rules
CBS News:
Bush: Ports Storm Sends Bad Message