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2:40 PM ET, March 20, 2006

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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.
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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 …
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:   More on "Civil War" in Iraq
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.
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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.
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 …
W. Thomas Smith, Jr / Townhall.com:
Spinning Operation Swarmer  — Email to a friend - Print this page - Text size: A A  —  The latest criticism of the war in Iraq has become so politically manipulative, so disingenuous, so over-the-top that it is undermining a critical cause that we cannot, for a variety of global security reasons, afford to lose.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Bring it On! and Best of the Blogs
Mary / The Left Coaster:
Global Warming is a Terrible Danger for Humanity  —  James Hansen is the country's premier Global Climate change scientist.  Since the 1970s he has been at the forefront of the studying global climate change and has provided his expert opinion to every administration since then.
Discussion: Pacific Views
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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 …
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.
Matthew Yglesias / TAPPED:
THE WANKERY WILL NEVER DIE.  I enjoy my job, but because the Lord has decreed that everyone should hate Monday mornings irrespective of such things, he's given Cokie Roberts a Monday A.M. segment on NPR where she's usually found peddling the most egregious bits of conventional wisdom available.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bush Approval Steady at 37%  —  Bush has averaged 38% over last four Gallup Polls  —  PRINCETON, NJ — There has been little change in George W. Bush's job approval rating in the last week.  The March 13-16 Gallup Poll pegs his approval at 37%.  This rating is virtually unchanged …
Guardian:
'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?
NewsMax.com:
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.
Robert Mayer / Publius Pundit:
"THE POLICE WERE SMILING"  —  In just a couple of hours, we will see if democratic opposition candidate Alexander Milinkevich's call to the people for street protests against an obviously fraudulent election will pan out.  People are to meet at October Square in the middle of Minsk at 6:30 p.m. wearing smiles first and foremost.
Discussion: Rush-Mush and Captain's Quarters
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.
 
 
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