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11:15 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.
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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 …
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
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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Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
F.B.I. Agent Testifies Superiors Didn't Pursue Moussaoui Case  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 20 — The F.B.I. agent who arrested and interrogated Zacarias Moussaoui just weeks before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks told a jury on Monday how he had tried repeatedly to get his superiors in Washington …
Discussion: firedoglake
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
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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Times of London:
Anger over Christian convert in Kabul who faces death
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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
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 / 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 …
Meghan Clyne / New York Sun:
Kalb Upbraids Harvard Dean Over Israel  —  WASHINGTON - The furor over a paper co-authored by the academic dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government about what is described as the far-reaching influence of an "Israel lobby" intensified yesterday, as it drew sharp criticism …
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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 …
Michelle Malkin:
THE UNITED NATIONS SMEARS LEGO  —  ***scroll for updates***  —  Today is The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is celebrating the day with this vile poster portraying Denmark's most famous company as racist:
David W. Chen / New York Times:
Cheney at Fund-Raiser, but Not With the Candidate  —  NEWARK, March 20 — In the biggest campaign fund-raiser yet on behalf of State Senator Thomas H. Kean Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney traveled to New Jersey on Monday and praised Mr. Kean as someone with "the experience …
Discussion: Wonkette and AMERICAblog
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
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.
Discussion: Think Progress
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
Some U.S. Officials Fear Iran Is Helping Al Qaeda  —  They say intelligence suggests that the regime lets key figures plot.  But the picture is cloudy.  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence officials, already focused on Iran's potential for building nuclear weapons, are struggling to solve …
 
 
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