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4:05 PM ET, March 11, 2006

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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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 …
New York Times:
About That Rebellion ...  We keep hearing that the Republicans in Congress are in revolt against the president.  —  Some rebellion.  —  Yes, the Republicans defied President Bush on the United Arab Emirates ports deal.  But it wasn't over a major principle, like the collapse …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Scott Shields / MyDD:
Chaos At The Southern Republican Leadership Conference
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Shay / Booker Rising:
Ex-White House Adviser Facing Shoplifting Charges
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Moderate Voice
CNN:
The Situation: Friday, March 10
Discussion: MyDD and Hotline On Call
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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 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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Former Yugoslav Leader Milosevic Found Dead  —  PARIS, March 11 — Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav leader who presided over the Balkan wars of the 1990s, was found dead Saturday in his cell at a United Nations prison near The Hague where he was on trial for war crimes, among them …
Discussion: the talking dog
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Milosevic Dead  —  Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic died …
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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David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Port Deal's Collapse Stirs Fears of Repercussions in Mideast Ties
Discussion: Sirotablog and BrothersJudd Blog
Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters.org:
Olbermann Plugs Justice O'Connor's "Dictatorship" Attack on Conservatives  —  On Friday's Countdown show, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann highlighted recent comments by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, delivered during a speech at Georgetown University, seemingly directed …
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 …
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Iraq Update  —  Political developments, where's the civil war, and Operation Tribal Chivalry launched in Anbar - by tribal sheikhs?  —  President Talibani has pushed the political process forward by calling for the new parliament to convene on March 19, and the contentious debate …
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Al Pessin / Voice of America:   General: Iraq Shifting from Insurgency Toward Sectarian Violence
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 …
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.
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: IRAQ THE MODEL and TigerHawk
 
 
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