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9:45 AM ET, March 20, 2006


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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 …
Christopher Swann / MSNBC:
Quiet disapproval in US marks war's anniversary
Discussion: Althouse
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush Still Upbeat on Outcome In Iraq
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Daily Kos
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
White House Disputes Iraq Is Sinking Into Civil War
Rumsfeld's Iraq-Germany analogy disputed  —  Former top officials disagree with comparison  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former top officials in two presidential administrations — one Democratic, one Republican — disagreed Sunday with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's characterization …
Rumsfeld: Leaving Iraq like giving Nazis Germany
Discussion: Liberty Street
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.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Multiple Layers Of Contractors Drive Up Cost of Katrina Cleanup
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Discussion: Brainster's Blog
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.
Dean / Dean's World:
Iraq Update  —  The Iraq operation follows a sadly predictable pattern.  We endure months of non-stop negative press caused by one thing and one thing only: horrible fascist murderers set off bombs in a few of Iraq's provinces, and some street thugs murder each other in reprisal.
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: The Strata-Sphere and Betsy's Page
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Norwegianity
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.
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: Dinocrat
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
'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?
William Saletan / Washington Post:
Curse of the Young Old  —  The bad news is, we're living longer.  —  Don't get me wrong.  I hope you have a long and happy life.  I just hope your kids don't end up paying one-fifth to one-third of their incomes to subsidize your retirement and mine.  Because that's what awaits them …
Discussion: EconLog
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Amazon Says Technology, Not Ideology, Skewed Results  — last week modified its search engine after an abortion rights organization complained that search results appeared skewed toward anti-abortion books.  —  Until a few days ago, a search of Amazon's catalog of books using the word …
CBS News:
Rewriting The Science  —  (CBS) As a government scientist, James Hansen is taking a risk.  He says there are things the White House doesn't want you to hear but he's going to say them anyway.  —  Hansen is arguably the world's leading researcher on global warming.  He's the head of NASA's top institute studying the climate.
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Guy Andrew Hall / Rook's Rant:
Business As Usual … This just pisses me off, they are bragging …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bush Approval Steady at 37%
OBL Sought 'Joint Operations' with Saddam
Brian E. Crowley / Palm Beach Post:
Harris tells Christian group she believes God wants her in public service
Khalid Hasan / Pakistan Daily Times:
Swiss documentary on Afghanistan: Pakistani, Saudi engineers helped destroy Buddhas
Discussion: The American Thinker and lgf
Oliver Kamm:
Chomsky, The Guardian and Bosnia
Discussion: Stephen Pollard
Angela Charlton / Associated Press:
French Police Subdue Riots Over Jobs Law
Discussion: Big Lizards and Power Line
Matthew Schofield / Knight Ridder:
Iraqi police report details civilians' deaths at hands of U.S. troops
Discussion: TalkLeft and Needlenose
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Porter / Observer:
This ID project is even more sinister than we first thought
Discussion: and Tim Worstall
Chavez blasts Bush as "donkey" and "drunkard"
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Scalia loosens up  —  IT WAS AT a black-tie dinner in Washington …
Times of London:
Women at war with the mullahs
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Task Forces 6-26, 121 and 20  —  Today's New York Times …
Transcript for March 19  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday …
John Amato has / Hullabaloo:
Changing Public Opinion