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10:25 AM ET, March 16, 2006


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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Call for Censure Is Rallying Cry to Bush's Base  —  WASHINGTON, March 15 — Republicans, worried that their conservative base lacks motivation to turn out for the fall elections, have found a new rallying cry in the dreams of liberals about censuring or impeaching President Bush.
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Pelosi Hints at Democrats' 'Unified' Agenda  —  ( - The Republican Party has wondered what's taking Democrats so long to unveil their election-year agenda.  Amid press reports that it will happen any day now, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday offered what amounts to a draft version.
John E. Mulligan /
Chafee refuses to rule out voting to censure Bush  —  Like the Democratic senator who initiated the proposal, the Rhode Island Republian believes the president's decision to initiate wiretaps without court orders was illegal and says he looks forward to the debate on the program that will likely ensue.
Dems Get Busy Breeding Little Republicans
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
John / AMERICAblog:   The lesson, my friends...
What an interesting / Hullabaloo:
Our Best Interests
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Russ Feingold — Karl Rove's Secret Weapon
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush to Restate Terror Strategy  —  2002 Doctrine of Preemptive War To Be Reaffirmed  —  President Bush plans to issue a new national security strategy today reaffirming his doctrine of preemptive war against terrorists and hostile states with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, despite the troubled experience in Iraq.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Report Backs Iraq Strike and Cites Iran Peril  —  WASHINGTON, March 15 — An updated version of the Bush administration's national security strategy, the first in more than three years, gives no ground on the decision to order a pre-emptive attack on Iraq in 2003, and identifies Iran …
Associated Press:
Rice: Iran 'terror's central bank'
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gina Holland / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Justice Reveals Death Threats  —  WASHINGTON (March 16) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she and former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor have been the targets of death threats from the "irrational fringe" of society, people apparently spurred by Republican criticism of the high court.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
John Solo / Associated Press:
First Declassified Iraq Documents Released  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration Wednesday night released the first declassified documents collected by U.S. intelligence during the Iraq war, showing among other things that Saddam Hussein's regime was monitoring reports that Iraqis and Saudis …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Post-Haste  —  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence …
Discussion: Iowa Voice
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
'Temporarily Relieved'  —  Yale suspends the anonymous emailer who blasted Taliban critics.  —  Yale University still isn't talking about why it admitted a former top Taliban official as a student, but yesterday the Yale Law School issued an apology to two alumni whom one of its officials …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Flopping Aces
Roy Temple / Fired Up! Missouri:
House GOP Bans County Health Clinics From Providing Birth Control  —  Submitted by Roy Temple on Thu, 03/16/2006 - 6:18am.  —  Yesterday, during debate on HB1010, the budget for the Departments of Health and Mental Health, House Republicans voted to ban county health clinics from providing family planning services.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Booman Tribune
Washington Post:
GOP Seeks Curbs On '527' Groups  —  House Republican leaders proposed changes in lobbying laws yesterday that would include a crackdown on independent, big-money committees that heavily aided Democrats in the 2004 elections.  —  The proposed ethics package would increase the amount …
Discussion: Mia Culpa and TPM Muckraker
John / AMERICAblog:
Chris Matthews accepted huge speaking fees in violation of NBC policy  —  Well, looks like that debate is over.  —  Just a few days ago, NBC Universal president Rick Kaplan sent the following email to an AMERICAblog reader who was concerned about recent reports that NBC anchor Chris Matthews …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Bush ratings continue to drop to new lows  —  NBC/WSJ poll: Majority now prefer a Democrat-controlled Congress … WASHINGTON -  —  Mark Murray  —  The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll might sound like a broken record, but the tune grows louder as congressional midterm elections …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Researcher Will Face Charges in Steele Case  —  Federal prosecutors have decided to bring charges against a Democratic researcher accused of fraudulently obtaining a credit report on Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, now a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.
Discussion: Iowa Voice
Steve Gorman / Reuters:
Jessica Simpson snubs Bush  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Concerned about politicizing her favorite charity, singer-actress Jessica Simpson on Wednesday turned down a invitation to meet with U.S. President George W. Bush, a snub that left Republicans dismayed.  —  The apparent final word …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Lawyers for Libby Subpoena Reporter and New York Times  —  Lawyers for I. Lewis Libby Jr., a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who faces charges of obstruction of justice, served subpoenas on Tuesday on The New York Times Company and a former reporter for The Times, Judith Miller.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and TalkLeft
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
'Critically' Inadequate  —  "I'd like to see us move toward really focusing on critical infrastructure that is controlled, owned or operated by any foreign government."  —  "It's important that the secretary of defense, in consultation with Homeland Security, identifies what is critical infrastructure …
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Bush Picks F.D.A. Chief, but Vote Is Unlikely Soon
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
DHS Gets Another F in Computer Security
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Hey, Big Spender
Discussion: QandO and Vox Popoli
Washington Post:
Embattled Lawyer Had Limited Role in 9/11 Trial
Charles Levinson / San Francisco Chronicle:
Ordinary Iraqi families getting ready to fight They're stockpiling …
Mr. Right / The Right Place:
Results of New In-Depth Study Revealed: Bush May Actually Be Hitler!
Associated Press:
Crapo donations questioned
Philadelphia Inquirer:
Weldon 9/11 tale unravels, but wait
Discussion: Rook's Rant and The Agonist
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Kids take back seat to gay agenda
Discussion: The Right Coast
Solvej Schou / Associated Press:
Clooney, Huffington Clash Over Blog Posting
Judge rules baby must be kept alive
Discussion: RedState
Philip Booth / Telegraph:
How 364 economists got it totally wrong
The Hill:
Impeachment is a shortcut for oversight
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Pandagon
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Congress forms panel to study Iraq war
CBS News:
Is This Column Futile?  —  Is political persuasion mostly useless?
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Boston Legal to the rescue