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6:25 AM ET, March 21, 2006

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MSNBC:
Iraqi diplomat gave U.S. prewar WMD details  —  Saddam's foreign minister told CIA the truth, so why didn't agency listen?  —  NBC VIDEO … & the NBC Investigative Unit  —  In the period before the Iraq war, the CIA and the Bush administration erroneously believed that Saddam Hussein …
Washington Post:
FBI Was Warned About Moussaoui  —  Agent Tells Court Of Repeated Efforts Before 9/11 Attacks  —  An FBI agent who interrogated Zacarias Moussaoui before Sept. 11, 2001, warned his supervisors more than 70 times that Moussaoui was a terrorist and spelled out his suspicions that the al-Qaeda operative …
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Michael J. Sniffen / Associated Press:
FBI Agent Slams Bosses at Moussaoui Trial  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The FBI agent who arrested Zacarias Moussaoui in August 2001 testified Monday he spent almost four weeks trying to warn U.S. officials about the radical Islamic student pilot but "criminal negligence" by superiors in Washington thwarted a chance to stop the 9/11 attacks.
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Associated Press:
Transcript of President Bush's Ohio speech  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — President Bush delivered a high-profile speech about the war in Iraq on Monday, on the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion there.  —  Following is a transcript of the president's address in Cleveland, Ohio.
Discussion: Flopping Aces, Mia Culpa and Wizbang
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Banker Granted Retrial in a Case From 90's Boom  —  A federal appeals court yesterday overturned the obstruction-of-justice conviction of Frank P. Quattrone, the investment banker who rose to prominence in the 1990's technology boom, and granted him a new trial.
Discussion: Dan Gillmor's blog
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Appeals Court Overturns Conviction of Top Banker
Discussion: Spot-On
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
SMALL GOVERNMENT CONSERVATIVES....Atrios is right.  Andrew Sullivan is just being incoherent here in his defense of his own conservatism: … Bush's tax cuts haven't touched Social Security or Medicare taxes (and both programs run surpluses anyway).  They've been solely cuts in personal …
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Fred Barnes / Opinion Journal:
A 'Third Term' for Bush  —  Condi Rice, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove need new jobs.  —  It's time for President Bush to think about a third term.  No, he doesn't need to overturn the Constitution.  He can start the equivalent of his third term now, by filling his presidential staff and cabinet …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
The New New Gore  —  Five years ago, Al Gore was the much-mocked pol who blew a gimme with his stiff demeanor and know-it-all style.  Today?  C'mon, admit it: You like him again.  —  The most important speech of Al Gore's post-non-presidency was neither well-covered nor particularly dramatic.
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Old Forecasts Come Back to Haunt Bush  —  Erosion in Confidence Will Be Hard To Reverse, Say Pollsters, Strategists  —  Three years of upbeat White House assessments about Iraq that turned out to be premature, incomplete or plain wrong are complicating President Bush's efforts to restore public faith …
Priya Jain / Salon:
The battle to ban birth control  —  Ever since she was in her early teens, Mary Worthington has been vehemently opposed to contraception, which she regards as immoral and dangerous.  To spread her anti-birth-control gospel, this month she launched No Room for Contraception …
ABCNEWS:
Afghan Faces Death Penalty for Converting to Christianity  —  Judge Says He Could Escape Punishment If He's Ruled Insane  —  By GRETCHEN PETERS and LARA SETRAKIAN, with reporting by BILAL SARWARY  —  KABUL, Afghanistan, March 20, 2006 — Despite the overthrow of the fundamentalist Taliban government …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Did Marines Commit Crime in Iraq Civilian Deaths?  —  Prompted by Video and Magazine, Military Investigates Incident in Which 15 Iraqis Died, Including Children  —  WASHINGTON, March 19, 2006 — A bloody videotape shot by a local Iraqi journalism student has prompted the Pentagon to launch …
Nicholas Lemann / New Yorker:
FEAR FACTOR  —  Bill O'Reilly's baroque period.  —  During what you could call Bill O'Reilly's classical period, the first few years of "The O'Reilly Factor"—which débuted in 1996, at the same time as Fox News—O'Reilly seemed to be a recognizable member of the conservative-talk-show-host species …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
V For Vendetta: If Noam Chomsky And Osama Bin Laden Collaborated On A Movie...  (*** Note: On the one hand, there are lots of spoilers in this review.  On the other hand, the film was terrible.  Thumbs way, way, down.  So, it's probably no big deal if you read the review because you're not going to want to see the movie anyway.
New York Times:
2 Years After Soldier's Death, Family's Battle Is With Army  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick K. Tillman stood outside his law office here, staring intently at a yellow house across the street, just over 70 yards away.  That, he recalled, is how far away his eldest son, Pat …
 
 
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New York Times:
The President and the Courts  —  Since the Republican majority …
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Greg Palast / gregpalast.com:
Bush Didn't Bungle Iraq, You Fools
Steve Gorman / Reuters:
"South Park" Chef back after Scientology skirmish
BBC:
Europe hands over Palestinian aid
Washington Post:
My Vision For Iraq  —  BAGHDAD — The elections last December …
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Luis David / Age of Hooper:
Ugh.  What a walk.  And for what?  For this.
National Review:
March to the Senate  —  As we head into spring, this year's …
Reuters:
Ahmadinejad: Iran will stick to nuclear plans
Discussion: Gina Cobb
John Reinan / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bloggers push politics aside in fight against FEC
BREITBART.COM:
Peace just a breath away, says Sharon Stone
Rick Rogers / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Some troops headed back to Iraq are mentally ill
Reuters:
Best job market in 5 years for grads: report
Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:
The third anniversary...sacrifice, fear and hope.