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4:46 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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
US hostage in Iraq killed after torture: police
Discussion: JunkYardBlog
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.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Prairie Weather
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
Bush says shocked and saddened by arrest of ex-aide
Discussion: TBogg - "
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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David J. Rothkopf / Washington Post:
Look Who's Running the World Now
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Adam Cohen / New York Times:
Bloggers at the Gates: What Was Good for EBay Should Be Good for Politics
Discussion: firedoglake
League of Conservation Voters Endorses
Discussion: MyDD
Benjamin Y. Lowe / Philadelphia Inquirer:
Michelman decides against Senate run
Discussion: MyDD, Fact-esque and Daily Kos
Editor and Publisher:
John Burns, Back from Baghdad: U.S. Effort In Iraq Will Likely Fail
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
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
Editor and Publisher:
John Tierney Backs Polygamy as HBO Series Debuts
Jeanne / Body and Soul:
Discussion: Liberty Street and TalkLeft
Joe Katzman / Winds of Change.NET:
Covert Ops/ & Assassinations: Why It's the Future, and What It Takes (v 0.7b)
Nick Britten / Telegraph:
The accelerator has jammed, the brakes have burned out and I'm trapped …