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5:50 PM ET, March 20, 2006

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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush Still Upbeat on Outcome In Iraq  —  On Third Anniversary Of Invasion, President Foresees 'Victory'  —  President Bush and Vice President Cheney hailed the progress being made by Iraqi leaders to form a unity government yesterday, as the administration tried to dispel a growing perception …
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CNN:
Bush: More to Iraq story than violence  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) — In the face of flagging support for the Iraq war, President Bush said Monday that while Americans might be dismayed by events in Iraq, he sees signs of progress.  —  "The situation on the ground remains tense," Bush told an audience at the City Club of Cleveland.
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.
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.
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 …
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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
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Tim McGirk / Time:
One Morning in Haditha  —  Last November, U.S. Marines killed …
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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
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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.
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.
time.blogs.com:
I'm a Leftist  —  A reader writes: … So let's recap: I'm in favor of Bush's tax cuts, but want spending cuts to match them; I favor balanced budgets; I favored and favor the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns, but want to execute them competently, with enough troops, and in adherence …
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 Pollack / New York Times:
Justices Reach Out to Consider Patent Case  —  For the first time in a quarter-century, the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday a case involving the basic question of what type of discoveries and inventions can be patented.  —  Both sides say the case, which involves a blood test for a vitamin deficiency …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, ACSBlog and Hit and Run
Reuters:
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.
Eugene Volokh / volokh.com:
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 …
Reuters:
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 …
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.
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 …
Brian E. Crowley / Palm Beach Post:
Harris tells Christian group she believes God wants her in public service  —  FORT LAUDERDALE — Finding inspiration from God, The Last of the Mohicans and The Lord of Rings, Katherine Harris told hundreds of conservative Christians Saturday that she is "a work in progress."
New Yorker:
DISARRAY THIS  —  The Democrats are in disarray.  Everybody says so.  In the Times, Adam Nagourney, the paper's chief political correspondent, indicts them for sending "scattershot messages," having no "overarching theme," and lacking "a strategy for governing."
 
 
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