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9:35 AM ET, March 21, 2006

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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
An Iraq Success Story's Sad New Chapter  —  Bush's Struggle in Reassuring U.S. Is Illustrated by City's Renewed Strife  —  CLEVELAND, March 20 — As President Bush tells the tale, the battle for Tall Afar offers a case study in how U.S. and Iraqi forces working together can root out insurgents and restore stability.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Bush Defends His Iraq Record, but Concedes Some Setbacks  —  CLEVELAND, March 20 — President Bush on Monday held out the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar as an example of American success in the war, but he also acknowledged in remarks that were as grim as they were hopeful that the city's improvements …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
CNN:
CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Agonist
Washington Post:
FBI Was Warned About Moussaoui  —  Agent Tells Court Of Repeated Efforts Before 9/11 Attacks  —  An FBI agent who interrogated Zacarias Moussaoui before Sept. 11, 2001, warned his supervisors more than 70 times that Moussaoui was a terrorist and spelled out his suspicions that the al-Qaeda operative …
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Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
I'm boss, Hil tells Bill  —  Senator's word is now 'final,' says the ex-Prez  —  WASHINGTON - After being surprised by her husband's role in the Dubai ports deal, Sen. Hillary Clinton has insisted that Bill Clinton give her "final say" over what he says and does, well-placed sources said.
Discussion: Daily Pundit and BrothersJudd Blog
BBC:
Europe hands over Palestinian aid  —  The European Union has handed over 64m euros (£44m) in aid to help the poorest Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.  —  But it said that future aid depended on the incoming Hamas government showing a commitment to work for peace, saying the group was "at a crossroads".
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Times of London:
Defiant Hamas packs Cabinet with hardliners
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Michelle Malkin:
"WE WILL CUT HIM INTO LITTLE PIECES"  —  ***scroll for updates***  —  The Chicago Tribune is paying attention to Abdul Rahman, the Afghan man facing the death penalty for being a Christian convert.  The paper provides background on Rahman's troubled relations with his family, which has spurned him and accused him of mental illness.
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New York Times:
2 Years After Soldier's Death, Family's Battle Is With Army  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick K. Tillman stood outside his law office here, staring intently at a yellow house across the street, just over 70 yards away.  That, he recalled, is how far away his eldest son, Pat …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
My Ideal War  —  How the international community should have responded to Bush's September 2002 U.N. speech.  —  Up until now, I have resisted all urges to assume the mantle of generalship and to describe how I personally would have waged a campaign to liberate Iraq.
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Old Forecasts Come Back to Haunt Bush  —  Erosion in Confidence Will Be Hard To Reverse, Say Pollsters, Strategists  —  Three years of upbeat White House assessments about Iraq that turned out to be premature, incomplete or plain wrong are complicating President Bush's efforts to restore public faith …
Fred Barnes / Opinion Journal:
A 'Third Term' for Bush  —  Condi Rice, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove need new jobs.  —  It's time for President Bush to think about a third term.  No, he doesn't need to overturn the Constitution.  He can start the equivalent of his third term now, by filling his presidential staff and cabinet …
Christopher Hitchens / Opinion Journal:
The Stone Face of Zarqawi  —  Iraq is no "distraction" from al Qaeda.  —  In February 2004, our Kurdish comrades in northern Iraq intercepted a courier who was bearing a long message from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to his religious guru Osama bin Laden.  The letter contained a deranged analysis …
Steve Gorman / Reuters:
"South Park" Chef back after Scientology skirmish  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Soul singer Isaac Hayes may have quit his job as the voice of Chef on "South Park" after a disagreement over religion, but his character will live on when the satiric cable TV cartoon returns to Comedy Central this week, the network said on Monday.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Fox News
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Pastors' Get-Out-the-Vote Training Could Test Tax Rules  —  WASHINGTON, March 20 — Weeks after the Internal Revenue Service announced a crackdown on political activities by churches and other tax-exempt organizations, a coalition of nonprofit conservative groups is holding training sessions …
Priya Jain / Salon:
The battle to ban birth control  —  Ever since she was in her early teens, Mary Worthington has been vehemently opposed to contraception, which she regards as immoral and dangerous.  To spread her anti-birth-control gospel, this month she launched No Room for Contraception …
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
New Business Blooms in Iraq: Terror Insurance  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — Twice in the past year, Muhammad Said has survived assassination attempts that left his car riddled with bullets.  He works part time as a bodyguard for his father, a Baghdad city councilman, and helps a friend who has contracts with the American military.
 
 
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