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6:30 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.
New York Times:
Bush Is Business as Usual Despite Party Grumbles  —  WASHINGTON, March 11 — Inside the White House, the staff is exhausted and the mood is defiant.  Republicans are clamoring for a new chief of staff, the West Wing just cut its losses on a deal that would have given a Dubai company control …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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.
John Crewdson /
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.
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 …
US hostage in Iraq killed after torture: police
Discussion: JunkYardBlog
Washington Post:
Virginian Taken Hostage in Iraq Is Found Dead
Hotline On Call:
SRLC Straw Poll: Frist Wins; Romney Second  —  After five hours of voting and with more than 1,400 ballots cast, The Hotline SRLC Straw Poll has come to a close with a tremendous turnout.  Sen. Bill Frist (TN) led the pack with nearly 37% of the vote, followed by MA Gov. Mitt Romney with 14%.
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
And the winner is Frist, the home state favorite  —  But the big surprise is Massachusetts' Gov. Mitt Romney's showing … MSNBC TV  —  MEMPHIS, Tenn. -  —  Tom Curry  —  And the winner is Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.  —  The climax of a three-day gathering of Republican activists …
Discussion: RuminateThis, Tom Watson and Daily Kos
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 …
New York Times:
Milosevic Is Found Dead in Cell, U.N. Officials Say
Ex-White House aide arrested in alleged refund scam  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A former adviser to President Bush was arrested this week in Maryland and charged with swindling two department stores out of more than $5,000 in a refund scam.  —  Montgomery County police said Claude Allen, 45 …
Bush says shocked and saddened by arrest of ex-aide
Discussion: TBogg - "
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Preview of 'Vanity Fair' Article on Plamegate: Too Much of Nothing?  —  NEW YORK A massive Vanity Affair review of the Plame/CIA case coming to newsstands on Tuesday is notable for the absence of major revelations.  The article, "Lies and Consequences," covers all or parts of 17 pages …
Discussion: THE NEWS BLOG
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:   Judy, Judy, Judy  —  I was told last year that Vanity Fair …
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
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 …
Adam Cohen / New York Times:
Bloggers at the Gates: What Was Good for EBay Should Be Good for Politics  —  After the disastrous 2004 election, prominent Democrats gathered in Monterey, Calif., to discuss what to do next.  The organizers scheduled a session on coalition building, but each special interest complained that its issue was being slighted.
Discussion: USS Neverdock and firedoglake
Truepeers / YARGB:
Will prosecuting the Koran lead to liberalism's apocalypse?  —  A post at No Dhimmitude has me chuckling.  It seems there is a grassroots movement underway in Germany that is pressuring the police to lay charges against the Koran (see here and here):
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.
Editor and Publisher:
John Burns, Back from Baghdad: U.S. Effort In Iraq Will Likely Fail  —  NEW YORK A day after returning to the U.S., after another long term as bureau chief in Baghdad, John F. Burns of The New York Times said on Bill Maher's live Friday night HBO program that he now feels, for the first time …
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Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
A trip down right-wing memory lane
Joseph Rago / Opinion Journal:
Status Reporter  —  Tom Wolfe's advice: Escape the …
Discussion: The Fat Guy and Steve Sailer
David J. Rothkopf / Washington Post:
Look Who's Running the World Now
Discussion: The Reaction and War and Piece
League of Conservation Voters Endorses
Discussion: MyDD
Benjamin Y. Lowe / Philadelphia Inquirer:
Michelman decides against Senate run
Discussion: MyDD, Fact-esque and Daily Kos
Joseph Kahn / New York Times:
A Sharp Debate Erupts in China Over Ideologies
Will the real al-Qaida please stand up?
Discussion: Jay Currie and NewsHog
 Earlier Items: 
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Judge Tries Compromise on Briefs Libby Is Seeking
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and TalkLeft
Editor and Publisher:
John Tierney Backs Polygamy as HBO Series Debuts
Brad DeLong / Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal:
Victor Davis Hanson Sprays Self with Rhetorical Buckshot
Jeanne / Body and Soul:
Discussion: Liberty Street and TalkLeft
Nick Britten / Telegraph:
The accelerator has jammed, the brakes have burned out and I'm trapped …
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Kerry takes another look at presidency