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2:50 AM ET, March 12, 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.
Hotline On Call:
SRLC Straw Poll: Frist Wins; Romney Second
Discussion: Thoughts from Kansas and RedState
Scott Shields / MyDD:
Chaos At The Southern Republican Leadership Conference
Tom Bevan / The RCP Blog:
McCain At The SRLC  —  Last night at the SRLC, John McCain drew …
Discussion: Decision '08
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.
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Jeanne / Body and Soul:
"The wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God"  —  You all know by now, I'm sure, that Tom Fox's body was found in Iraq yesterday.  As far as I can tell, the Washington Post is the only major paper to put the story on the front page.  The WaPo website also carries an AP story …
Discussion: Liberty Street and The Mahablog
Gina Cobb:
American Hostage Tortured and Killed; Activists Can't Work Up Any Moral Outrage  —  Christian Peacemaker Teams have been in Iraq since October 2002, investigating allegations that U.S. and Iraqi forces abused Iraqi detainees.  (CBC News) On Friday, evidence of a horrifying human right abuse finally came to light:
Cori Dauber / Rantingprofs:   American Hostage Killed
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 …
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CNN:
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
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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.
Washington Post:
Former Yugoslav Leader Milosevic Found Dead
Discussion: the talking dog
John Crewdson / Chicago Tribune:
Internet blows CIA cover  —  It's easy to track America's covert operatives.  All you need to know is how to navigate the Internet.  —  WASHINGTON — She is 52 years old, married, grew up in the Kansas City suburbs and now lives in Virginia, in a new three-bedroom house.
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John Crewdson / duluthsuperior.com:
Plame's identity, if truly a secret, was thinly veiled  —  WASHINGTON - The question of whether Valerie Plame's employment by the Central Intelligence Agency was a secret is the key issue in the two-year investigation to determine if someone broke the law by leaking her CIA affiliation to the news media.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
New York Times:
Former White House Aide Is Arrested on Theft Charges  —  WASHINGTON, March 10 — A former top White House aide was arrested on Thursday in the Maryland suburbs on charges that he stole merchandise from a number of retailers, the police in Montgomery County, Md., said Friday.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings, DIRELAND and MyDD
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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
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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 …
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
Michelman Drops Potential Indie Bid in PA-Sen  —  Last week, rumors began to swirl surrounding the possibility that long time pro-choice activist Kate Michelman would enter the Pennsylvania Senate race as an independent, potentially making Democrat Bob Casey's challenge to GOP Sen. Rick Santorum more difficult.
Discussion: Fact-esque and Daily Kos
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Cantankerous Conservatism  —  PATRICK BUCHANAN, COMMENTATOR AND former presidential candidate, looked over the issues on the political agenda in 2006 and liked what he saw.  It was a paleoconservative's delight.  There was the Dubai ports deal, rejected by a congressional uprising part nationalistic, part isolationist.
Discussion: WILLisms.com, GOP Bloggers and Macsmind
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: Liberty Street and TalkLeft
 
 
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Nick Britten / Telegraph:
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Oliver Poole / Telegraph:
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