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5:10 PM ET, March 16, 2006


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Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Largest Iraq Air Assault Since '03 Begins  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — U.S. forces, joined by Iraqi troops, on Thursday launched the largest airborne assault since the U.S.-led invasion, targeting insurgent strongholds north of the capital, the military said.  —  The military said the operation …
U.S. launches largest Iraqi air assault since invasion  —  Body count rises in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — U.S. and Iraqi forces on Thursday launched the largest air assault operation since the invasion of Iraq nearly three years ago, the U.S. military said.
MSNBC:   U.S. launches largest Iraq air assault in 3 years
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Steps Toward Unity in Iraq
Discussion: Rantingprofs
AMERICAN DIGEST:   Choppers by Day. Spooky by Night?
David A. Lieb /
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 …
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.
Kit Wagar /
House OKs birth control funding ban  —  JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House voted Wednesday to ban state funding of contraceptives for low-income women and to prohibit state-funded programs from referring those women to other programs.  —  Critics jumped on the proposal …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush Restates Terror Strategy  —  2002 Doctrine of Preemptive War Reaffirmed  —  President Bush issued 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 U.S. experience in Iraq.
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 …
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
First poll - Americans support Censure Resolution  —  This is such huge news that I have to put it in its own post even though I just added it as an update to the post below.  The Censure Resolution — which is a great political boon to Republicans, massive self-destruction by Democrats …
Mary Katharine Ham / Hugh Hewitt:
I'm Blue  —  I have uncovered a sinister plot.  —  As I've mentioned, I was in Austin this week.  Cool city— one of those great, Southern college towns where be-baseball-capped frat guys and be-dreaded hippies mostly-happily coexist, though usually at different bars.
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.
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
Senate Bill Would Override State Health Coverage Rules  —  GOP backers see the legislation as a way for insurers to offer more affordable plans.  Critics say it would undermine treatment protections.  —  WASHINGTON — The battle over healthcare moved to a new front Wednesday …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Hey, Big Spender  —  Should we have known that President Bush would bust the budget?  —  This week's column is a question, a brief one addressed with honest curiosity to Republicans.  It is: When George W. Bush first came on the scene in 2000, did you understand him to be a liberal in terms of spending?
Michelle Malkin:
THE FALLING MAN REVISITED  —  Some images leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.  —  Like "The Falling Man" on 9/11:  —  Credit: Richard Drew, AP  —  His identity has not been confirmed, though many have speculated over the last 4 1/2 years.  Tom Junod wrote an extraordinary piece …
Elana Schor / The Hill:
FEC raises the stakes for blog bill  —  The Federal Election Commission (FEC) yesterday postponed a controversial decision on subjecting Internet political speech to campaign-finance regulations, raising the stakes for today's scheduled House vote on a bill that exempts all blogs, Web ads and other online communications.
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Rep. Harris Pledges Fortune to Revive Senate Race  —  MIAMI, March 15 — Representative Katherine Harris announced late Wednesday that she would not end her flagging campaign for the Senate, saying she would instead invest her $10 million fortune in the race.
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 …
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So calling for a better plan is completely bogus. …
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Iraq Parliament Meets, Quickly Adjourns
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John Fund / Opinion Journal:
'Temporarily Relieved'  —  Yale suspends the anonymous emailer …
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!
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