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10:25 AM ET, March 18, 2006


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Brian Bennett / Time:
On Scene: How Operation Swarmer Fizzled  —  Not a shot was fired, or a leader nabbed, in a major offensive that failed to live up to its advance billing … Four Black Hawk helicopters landed in a wheat field and dropped off a television crew, three photographers, three print reporters …
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
The second death  —  Bing West, writing about the battles of Fallujah in No True Glory noted that the biggest American urban battles since the Tet, actions which resulted in the defeat of an entrenched enemy force, had been portrayed by the press in the same tone as a traffic accident.
Irshad Manji / New York Times:
How I Learned to Love the Wall  —  ON March 28, Israelis will elect a new prime minister to replace the ailing Ariel Sharon.  But I'd bet my last shekel that I'll continue to hear the phrase "Ariel Sharon's apartheid wall."  It's a phrase spoken — make that spewed — on almost every university campus …
Discussion: Rantingprofs
Glenn Greenwald / The Huffington Post:
The Feingold Resolution - A Case Study of a Broken Government  —  The Feingold Censure Resolution is unmasking the hideous underbelly of almost every Washington institution as vividly as anything that can be recalled.  Each of the rotted Beltway branches is playing so true to form …
Digby / The Huffington Post:   The Dems are missing the boat on Feingold
Jonathan S. Landay / Washington:
Pentagon hired contractor to advise on collecting information on churches, mosques, other U.S. sites - 3/17/2006 07:38 PM EST  —  WASHINGTON - A Pentagon intelligence agency that kept files on American anti-war activists hired one of the contractors who bribed former Rep. Randy "Duke" …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate passes funeral-protest bill 58-1  —  Only Sen. Becky Lourey, mother of a fallen soldier, dissented.  The bill may go to a conference committee.  —  With a lone dissenting vote from Sen. Becky Lourey, the Senate approved restrictions Thursday on funeral protests such as one that marred …
U.S. Senate primary could be a plus  —  Ned Lamont, take a bow.  By challenging Joseph Lieberman for the Connecticut Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. senator, Mr. Lamont is encouraging a debate that his party and this state need to have.  —  This is not to suggest that Mr. Lamont …
Jane Hamsher / firedoglake:
Lieberman Distorts His Record
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Abramoff's sentencing delayed to further cooperation  —  Judge approves motion sought by federal investigators  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A federal judge Friday delayed sentencing of Jack Abramoff, a move the prosecutors requested to further the former lobbyist's cooperation with their investigation.
Discussion: Blog for America and Daily Kos
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
House GOP Leader Well Traveled  —  House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio), who rose to power in the wake of a congressional lobbying scandal, spent the equivalent of nearly six months on privately funded trips over the past six years, according to a new study by a nonpartisan research group.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TPM Muckraker
Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
Can we have investigations NOW?  —  On tonight's Countdown, Keith Olbermann had a short segment with GW Law School Professor, Jonathon Turley in which they discussed an upcoming report in U.S. News & World Report that says the White House has used the same justification for warrantless wiretaps …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Cited as Symbol of Abu Ghraib, Man Admits He Is Not in Photo  —  In the summer of 2004, a group of former detainees of Abu Ghraib prison filed a lawsuit claiming that they had been the victims of the abuse captured in photographs that incited outrage around the world.
Discussion: Rantingprofs
Michelle Malkin:
DISCLAIM THIS  —  So, the MSM is slowly picking up on the historic release of thousands of documents from Saddam Hussein's archives.  But not without making a concerted effort to downplay and undermine the story.  Readers are calling attention to the disclaimers included in this ABC News story.
NPR Survey: Republicans Lose Ground on Foreign Policy, National Security; Opportunity for Democrats  —  Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Public Opinion Strategies  —  " this poll, when asked which party they trust more on issues such as the Iraq war, foreign ownership of U.S. ports …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Welcome to Spend City  —  There is no specific mention of a "Vote-a-Rama" in the Constitution, which is probably because the Framers could not have imagined what happened in the Senate yesterday: The chamber's 100 members gathered and, in a frenzy of legislative activity, did their darnedest to empty the Treasury.
Michael Janofsky / New York Times:
Judges Overturn Bush Bid to Ease Pollution Rules  —  WASHINGTON, March 17 — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a clean-air regulation issued by the Bush administration that would have let many power plants, refineries and factories avoid installing costly new pollution controls …
Discussion: Charging RINO
Anne-Marie Slaughter /
Righting Our Human Rights Policy  —  I argued ten days ago, contra Ivo and with Steve Clemons, that we should not oppose the compromise proposal for a new Human Rights Council on the grounds a) that this was a case of the best (the Secretary General's original proposal for a new Human Rights Council …
Julia Keller / Chicago Tribune:
Why we hate Duke  —  As NCAA tourney gets going, exploring why we are so blue-deviled  —  Love is simple.  —  Hate is complicated.  —  Love gets all the good press — it's noble, it's life-affirming, it inspires us to transcend the limits of human capacity to touch a higher sphere …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
National Review:
A Walkout from Reality  —  You'd need a heart of stone not to root for the plucky, fresh-faced kids in Walkout, a new HBO film about Mexican-American teenagers who in 1968 organized classroom walkouts to protest conditions at their East Los Angeles high schools.
Boehlert statement: "It's Time"  —  Two people for whom I have the utmost respect influenced what I am about to say.  Both are well known, one a most talented and effective public servant, and other a baseball great.  —  In January 2005 I sent a personal note to then Secretary of State Colin Powell …
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Garance Franke-Ruta / TAPPED:
A MATTER OF DRAWING LINES.  Apropos of the debate over stalled …
Harris advisers urged her to quit
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