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11:05 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.
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John / AMERICAblog:
The lesson, my friends...  ...is that no matter what you do, Rush Limbaugh is going to crow about it, Ken Mehlman is going to do a mass-mailing about it, and the American Family Association will launch a boycott over it.  —  And even if you choose to do nothing, all of them will still attack you …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bad Instincts  —  There is still a lot of angst, it appears, both in Washington and the blogosphere over Feingold's censure motion.  It seems that substantively, the party agrees that Bush broke the law and deserves to be censured, but there is a division among most of the blogosphere …
John E. Mulligan / projo.com:
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.
AMERICAN DIGEST:
Dems Get Busy Breeding Little Republicans
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
What an interesting / Hullabaloo:
Our Best Interests
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
Discussion: TAPPED and AMERICAN FUTURE
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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.
Associated Press:
Rice: Iran 'terror's central bank'
Discussion: Daily Kos
David A. Lieb / kansascity.com:
House rejects spending for birth control  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - An attempt to resume state spending on birth control got shot down Wednesday by House members who argued it would have amounted to an endorsement of promiscuous lifestyles.  —  Missouri stopped providing money for family planning …
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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
Kit Wagar / kansascity.com:
House OKs birth control funding ban
Discussion: The All Spin Zone and MoJo Blog
WorldNetDaily:
Jessica snubs Bush, porn starlet doesn't  —  'Daisy Dukes' turns down meeting with president  —  at GOP fund-raiser, while Mary Carey still on board  —  WASHINGTON - One PG-13 star turned down a meeting with President Bush at a major Republican fund-raiser today, but a XXX-rated star …
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Steve Gorman / Reuters:
Jessica Simpson snubs Bush
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 …
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Post-Haste  —  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence …
Discussion: Iowa Voice
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
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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
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
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 …
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
DHS Gets Another F in Computer Security  —  Annual 'Report Card' Contends Many Key Agencies Don't Adequately Protect Networks  —  Most federal agencies that play key roles in the war on terror are doing a dismal job of protecting their computers and information networks from hackers and viruses …
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
Alexa Olesen / Associated Press:
Chinese President Issues List of Virtues  —  BEIJING - President Hu Jintao has a message for Chinese who are greedy, lazy or unpatriotic: Be ashamed, be very ashamed.  Hu's list of eight do's and don't's was unveiled during the meeting of parliament that ended this week.
Discussion: Gina Cobb and The PekingDuck
Robert Novak / realclearpolitics.com:
Not Confirming Judges  —  WASHINGTON — On May 9, 2001, President Bush nominated U.S.  —  District Judge Terrence W. Boyle of Edenton, N.C., to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.  It took nearly four years for the Judiciary Committee to send his nomination to the Senate floor.
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt
 
 
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Richard Morin / Washington Post:
Bet on a Bet but Not on a Ballot  —  It's easier to rig …
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
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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 …
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
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Mr. Right / The Right Place:
Results of New In-Depth Study Revealed: Bush May Actually Be Hitler!
John / AMERICAblog:
Chris Matthews accepted huge speaking fees in violation of NBC policy
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Kids take back seat to gay agenda
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Clooney, Huffington Clash Over Blog Posting
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William Safire And Art That's Good for You
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Lawyers for Libby Subpoena Reporter and New York Times
Discussion: JustOneMinute and TalkLeft
The Hill:
Impeachment is a shortcut for oversight
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Pandagon
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Congress forms panel to study Iraq war
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