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11:40 AM ET, March 20, 2006


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Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Lawmakers get out of the House
Discussion: Think Progress and PSoTD
New York Times:
On Anniversary, Bush and Cheney See Iraq Success  —  WASHINGTON, March 19 — On the third anniversary of a war that they once expected to be over by now, President Bush and senior officials argued Sunday that their strategy was working despite escalating violence in Iraq …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush Still Upbeat on Outcome In Iraq
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
David Duke Claims to Be Vindicated By a Harvard Dean  —  A paper recently co-authored by the academic dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government about the allegedly far-reaching influence of an "Israel lobby" is winning praise from white supremacist David Duke.
Contractor tiers swell Katrina costs  —  Normalcy eludes city as bodies are still being found  —  NEW ORLEANS — How many contractors does it take to haul a pile of tree branches?  If it's government work, at least four: a contractor, his subcontractor, the subcontractor's subcontractor …
Washington Post:
A Contractor's Purchase on Power  —  Mitchell Wade's Cultivation of 'Duke' Cunningham Was Just One Part of His Tactical Assault for MZM  —  The consulting work that MZM Inc. received from a Pentagon agency in 2003 was for only $40,000, but to company owner Mitchell J. Wade, the face value was just the beginning.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Plight Deepens for Black Men, Studies Warn  —  BALTIMORE — Black men in the United States face a far more dire situation than is portrayed by common employment and education statistics, a flurry of new scholarly studies warn, and it has worsened in recent years even as an economic boom …
'Iraq was awash in cash.  We played football with bricks of $100 bills'  —  At the beginning of the Iraq war, the UN entrusted $23bn of Iraqi money to the US-led coalition to redevelop the country.  With the infrastructure of the country still in ruins, where has all that money gone?
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Sayed and de Man at Yale  —  The campus that ran off a Nazi propagandist today welcomes one from the Taliban.  —  Three weeks after the New York Times revealed that former Taliban official Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi is attending classes at Yale, many at the university still have little to say about the controversy.
Discussion: Roger L. Simon, Dinocrat and Solomonia
Jimmy's Corner:
He thought it was stylish!  —  Wherever you walk in Cairo, you gonna see something strange... something new!  But that guy in the picture really drew my attention to some new kind of ignorance.  I was standing near my university campus when I saw this guy.
The Sandmonkey / Rantings of a Sandmonkey:   Swastikas are trendy in Cairo
The Prowler / American Spectator:
Defiantly Shaky  —  Sen. Harry Reid told reporters last week that it might be true that American voters don't know where Democrats stand, but that they will know by November.  —  That may be a little too late for undecided voters, which is why both House and Senate Democrats …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Strata-Sphere
USA Today:
Deaths fall for U.S., rise for Iraqis  —  BAGHDAD — U.S. military deaths during the past month have dropped to an average of about one a day, approaching the lowest level since the insurgency began two years ago, according to a USA TODAY analysis of U.S. military data.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Defining protectionism down  —  Economic "protectionism" is back in the news, with the conventional wisdom saying that it's bad.  Trouble is, this isn't really what "protectionism" means.  —  · Read today's paper  · Jobs  — Home - Contributors A-Z - Subjects A-Z …
Kurt Kleiner / Toronto Star:
How to spot a baby conservative  —  Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints?  Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.  —  At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids …
Anti-war protesters in SLC, elsewhere lament apathy  —  By the time the war protesters began their march Saturday morning in Salt Lake City, only about 50 people had gathered.  Their numbers had swelled to about 200 by noon - and that was with a little high-tech help from a marcher who text-messaged friends to join him.
OBL Sought 'Joint Operations' with Saddam  —  An Iraqi intelligence document released last week indicates that Osama bin Laden sought to conduct "joint operations" with Saddam Hussein's regime six years before the 9/11 attacks - and was given the green light by the Iraqi dictator.
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Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
Justices Reach Out to Consider Patent Case
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, ACSBlog and Hit and Run
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Behind Louisiana Aid Package, a Change of Heart by One Man
Discussion: Norwegianity
Doug / Below The Beltway:
RINO Sightings March 20th Edition
Discussion: Classical Values
Dean / Dean's World:
Iraq Update  —  The Iraq operation follows a sadly predictable pattern.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bush Approval Steady at 37%
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Amazon Says Technology, Not Ideology, Skewed Results
William Saletan / Washington Post:
Curse of the Young Old
Discussion: EconLog
Brian E. Crowley / Palm Beach Post:
Harris tells Christian group she believes God wants her in public service
 Earlier Items: 
Khalid Hasan / Pakistan Daily Times:
Swiss documentary on Afghanistan: Pakistani, Saudi engineers helped destroy Buddhas
Discussion: The American Thinker and lgf
CBS News:
Rewriting The Science  —  (CBS) As a government scientist, James Hansen is taking a risk.
Oliver Kamm:
Chomsky, The Guardian and Bosnia
Matthew Schofield / Knight Ridder:
Iraqi police report details civilians' deaths at hands of U.S. troops
Discussion: TalkLeft and Needlenose
Christopher Swann / MSNBC:
Quiet disapproval in US marks war's anniversary
Discussion: Althouse and
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Scalia loosens up  —  IT WAS AT a black-tie dinner in Washington …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Times of London:
Women at war with the mullahs
Transcript for March 19  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday …