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11:20 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.
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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Why Not To Expect Any Changes In The White House Style  —  If you've been holding your breath for the battering of recent events since Hurricane Katrina to lead to some changes in White House staffing or style, then you're going to turn blue: … The most damning quote in the New York Times piece come at the end:
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and UNCoRRELATED
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
George Allen: Republican Cheerleader
Tom Bevan / The RCP Blog:
McCain At The SRLC  —  Last night at the SRLC, John McCain drew …
Discussion: Decision '08
The Situation: Friday, March 10
Discussion: MyDD and Hotline On Call
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.
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.
Milosevic: Architect of Balkans carnage  —  Serb leader presided over ethnic cleansing in Bosnia  —  (CNN) — Former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic was regarded as the chief architect of the carnage unleashed during the breakup of Yugoslavia.  —  Milosevic, who died at the age …
Discussion: Jay Currie
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.
New York Times:
Even as U.S. Invaded, Hussein Saw Iraqi Unrest as Top Threat  —  As American warplanes streaked overhead two weeks after the invasion began, Lt. Gen. Raad Majid al-Hamdani drove to Baghdad for a crucial meeting with Iraqi leaders.  He pleaded for reinforcements to stiffen the capital's defenses …
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.
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 …
Dymphna / Gates of Vienna:
Respect Must Be Earned  —  One of the recurring themes of the Great Cartoon Caper is exemplified by this article in today's Daily Telegraph of Australia: … The keyword here is "respect" (or the antonym, "disrespect").  Other examples of the theme can be found here, here, and here.
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
Doug Ireland / DIRELAND:
Another Bush 'Family Values' Hypocrite: CLAUDE ALLEN ARRESTED FOR THEFT AND FRAUD  —  Former Bush domestic policy czar Claude Allen (right) has been arrested in Maryland on charges of swindling at least $5000 out of Targets and Hecht's stores in a refund scam, the Washington Post reports this morning.
Shay / Booker Rising:
Ex-White House Adviser Facing Shoplifting Charges
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Moderate Voice
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
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.
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Oliver Poole / Telegraph:
Sunni insurgents 'have al-Zarqawi running for cover'
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Judge Issues Secret Ruling in Case of 2 at Mosque
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Andrew Selsky / Associated Press:
Anti-Castro Sign at Ballgame Causes Stir
New York Times:
Push to Tighten Lobbying Rules Loses Strength