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8:45 PM ET, March 11, 2006

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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Bush's Troubles Weigh Heavily as Republicans Meet to Showcase Candidates  —  MEMPHIS, March 11 — Republicans gathered here this weekend acutely concerned with the elections ahead and distressed by the White House's performance since President Bush's re-election.
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Drudge Report:
MCCAIN IN REPUBLICAN STRAW POLL EMBARRASSMENT  —  Facing a loss at a 2008 straw poll event this weekend, Senator John McCain of Arizona told his supporters to write in President Bush [?] as a sign of support, leaving many sputtering.  —  "For the next three years, with our country at war …
Washington Post:
Money's Going to Talk in 2008  —  'Entry Fee' for Presidential Race Could Be $100 Million  —  Michael E. Toner, the chairman of the Federal Election Commission, has some friendly advice for presidential candidates who plan to be taken seriously by the time nominating contests start in early 2008: Bring your wallet.
Scott Shields / MyDD:
Chaos At The Southern Republican Leadership Conference  —  Earlier, I'd said I was really looking forward to finding out the results of the 2008 straw poll being held at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference this weekend in Memphis.  I take it back.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
George Allen: Republican Cheerleader
CNN:
The Situation: Friday, March 10
Discussion: MyDD and Hotline On Call
Tom Bevan / The RCP Blog:
McCain At The SRLC  —  Last night at the SRLC, John McCain drew …
Discussion: Decision '08
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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CNN:
Milosevic found dead in cell  —  (CNN) — Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has been found dead in his cell in The Hague, Netherlands where he was being tried on war crimes charges, according to the United Nations war crimes tribunal.  He was 64.
Austin Bay Blog:
UPDATED: The man who moved from Red to Brown: Milosevic found dead  —  Former Serb dictator 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.
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 was found dead in his cell on Saturday morning and that although the cause was not yet clear, there was no indication of suicide.
Washington Post:
Former Yugoslav Leader Milosevic Found Dead
Discussion: the talking dog
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Milosevic Dead  —  Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic died …
Washington Post:
Virginian Taken Hostage in Iraq Is Found Dead  —  Peace Activist Was Missing From Video That Showed Fellow Captives This Week  —  Tom Fox, the Virginia peace activist who was taken hostage last year in Iraq, has been found dead, a State Department spokesman said last night.
Discussion: Rantingprofs and Harry's Place
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National Review:
The Great Stampede  —  In recent weeks prominent conservatives — William F. Buckley, Niall Ferguson, Francis Fukuyama, George Will, to a name only a very few — have, in various ways, suggested that the war in Iraq was either a mistake or unwinnable, or both.
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Shay / Booker Rising:
Ex-White House Adviser Facing Shoplifting Charges  —  You may recall that exactly a month ago, I asked what was the real reason behind Claude Allen's (pictured) abrupt resignation as domestic policy adviser to President George W. Bush.  Because I wasn't buying that cliched "I wanna spend more time with my family" line.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Moderate Voice
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Washington Post:
Former Top Bush Aide Accused of Md. Thefts
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Kerry takes another look at presidency  —  Says loss in 2004 made him tougher  —  Senators John F. Kerry and Edward M. Kennedy were in Boston yesterday at an event promoting a construction job training program for veterans.  (AP Photo)  —  WASHINGTON — As Senator John F. Kerry prepared …
Souad Mekhennet / New York Times:
Muslims Express Anger and Hope at Danish Conference  —  COPENHAGEN, March 10 — Denmark sought Friday to tamp down the fierce Muslim protests over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad at a conference with Muslim preachers and scholars that produced calls for dialogue but also fresh protests …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Rantingprofs
Oliver Poole / Telegraph:
Sunni insurgents 'have al-Zarqawi running for cover'  —  Insurgent groups in one of Iraq's most violent provinces claim that they have purged the region of three quarters of al-Qa'eda's supporters after forming an alliance to force out the foreign fighters.  —  If true, it would mark …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Nick Britten / Telegraph:
The accelerator has jammed, the brakes have burned out and I'm trapped in my BMW doing 130mph  —  A motorist was trapped in his car driving at almost 130mph for 60 miles after the accelerator jammed.  —  Kevin Nicolle, 25, was unable to stop the automatic BMW going at top speed after the malfunction on the A1.
Jeanne / Body and Soul:
Faces  —  I hate cameras.  I don't think I have more than a dozen pictures of myself taken in the past twenty years, and not many more before that, because I hate posing, and hate looking at myself.  So I sympathize with Bettie Page, the old pinup, who is stretching her '50s fame …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Liberty Street
Al Pessin / Voice of America:
General: Iraq Shifting from Insurgency Toward Sectarian Violence  —  The general who commands all U.S. military activities in the Middle East says the situation in Iraq is shifting from insurgency toward sectarian violence, but he says he does not think it is moving toward civil war.
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Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:   Iraq Update  —  Political developments, where's the civil war …
 
 
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Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
Judy, Judy, Judy  —  I was told last year that Vanity Fair …
Dr. Sanity:
DEPRAVED THOUGHTS, SAVING SOULS, AND TERRORIST BEHAVIOR
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Daily Kos:
Know Your Creationists: Know Your Allies
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
DISGRACE OF THE LAW SCHOOLS
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Covert Ops/ & Assassinations: Why It's the Future, and What It Takes (v 0.7b)
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Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters.org:
Olbermann Plugs Justice O'Connor's "Dictatorship" Attack on Conservatives
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Polygamy  —  I think it's rather funny that John Tierney …
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Judge Issues Secret Ruling in Case of 2 at Mosque
Discussion: TalkLeft
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Libby To Get The Presidential Daily Briefs
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and TalkLeft
Andrew Selsky / Associated Press:
Anti-Castro Sign at Ballgame Causes Stir
New York Times:
Push to Tighten Lobbying Rules Loses Strength