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6:55 PM ET, March 20, 2006


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Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:
The third anniversary...sacrifice, fear and hope.  —  It has been three years since 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' began and for three years we debated whether the decision was right or wrong and until this moment we have different feelings and opinions about where this operation brought us and where its aftermaths are going to lead us.
After three years, after 150,000 dead, why I was wrong about Iraq  —  A melancholic mea culpa  —  A few weeks ago, a small moment - a little line of text - underlined for me how far life in Iraq has slumped.  As I was reading a story, the ticker-tape on the BBC News website casually stated …
Washington Post:
GOP Struggles To Define Its Message for 2006 Elections  —  Republican efforts to craft a policy and political agenda to carry the party into the midterm elections have stumbled repeatedly as GOP leaders face widespread disaffection and disagreement within the ranks.
Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Lawmakers get out of the House  —  WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives is on track this year to be in session for fewer days than the Congress Harry Truman labeled as "do-nothing" during his 1948 re-election campaign.  —  Members of Congress are taking an entire week off for St. Patrick's Day.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Tim McGirk / Time:
One Morning in Haditha  —  Last November, U.S. Marines killed 15 Iraqi civilians in their homes.  Was it self-defense, an accident or cold-blooded revenge?  A Time exclusive  —  The incident seemed like so many others from this war, the kind of tragedy that has become numbingly routine amid the daily reports of violence in Iraq.
Discussion: apostropher
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 …
RELATED ITEMS:   I'm a Leftist  —  A reader writes: … So let's recap …
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.
Financial Times:
EU denounces Lukashenko's poll victory  —  By Neil Buckley and Stefan Wagstyl in Minsk and Daniel Dombey in Brussels  —  Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus' authoritarian president, declared on Monday that foreign-backed attempts to overthrow him had failed, claiming a crushing victory in elections …
Discussion: Centerfield
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.
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.
Michelle Malkin:
PICTURES FROM AN ANTI-WAR DUD  —  Yaaawn.  My friend Bryan Preston and I went to the moonbat fizzle in Washington, D.C. earlier today.  Journalists and camera crews made up one-fifth of the crowd of about 100.  (No sign of Susan Sarandon.)  I interviewed several protesters, including …
Best job market in 5 years for grads: report  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. college graduates are facing the best job market since 2001, with business, computer, engineering, education and health care grads in highest demand, a report by an employment consulting firm showed on Monday.
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.
Discussion: Expose the Left and Sister Toldjah
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 …
Peace just a breath away, says Sharon Stone  —  A peaceful co-existence between the peoples of the Middle East is but a breath away, Hollywood star Sharon Stone said after a highly publicized visit to Israel.  —  "It feels to me that we have an opportunity ... to choose understanding in a new way …
Discussion: GOP Bloggers
Garance Franke-Ruta / American Prospect:
Man Alive  —  Is The New York Times still pro-choice?  You wouldn't know it from reading the op-ed page.  —  A liberal, poet Robert Frost once quipped, is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.  Nowhere is this truer than at The New York Times today on the subject of abortion.
Eugene Volokh /
The Volokh Conspiracy  —  About UsSubscribeFeaturesStuffBlogrollArchive sSearch  —  COURT ACCEPTING A SLIPPERY SLOPE ARGUMENT: There's an interesting example in the recent Google subpoena ruling.  The issue in this part of the opinion was whether the subpoena was likely to jeopardize Google's trade secrets …
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 …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Appeals Court Overturns Conviction of Top Banker  —  A federals appeals court in New York this afternoon overturned the conviction of Frank P. Quattrone, the former star banker who had been found guilty of obstruction of justice, and granted him a new trial.
Discussion: Spot-On
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DISARRAY THIS  —  The Democrats are in disarray.  Everybody says so.
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