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6:30 PM ET, March 21, 2006

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Ben Domenech / Red America:
Pachyderms in the Mist: Red America and the MSM  —  This is a blog for the majority of Americans.  —  Since the election of 1992, the extreme political left has fought a losing battle.  Their views on the economy, marriage, abortion, guns, the death penalty, health care, welfare, taxes …
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Editor and Publisher:
'Wash Post' Launches Conservative Blog, Provokes a 'Firestorm'  —  NEW YORK During the recent controversy surrounding Dan Froomkin's blog at The Washington Post, editors not only decided to clearly label his column "opinion" but also to make an effort to hire a conservative blogger to balance his alleged liberal slant.
James M. Brady / Washington Post:
Letter to Wash. Post executive editor re: blogger Ben Domenech  —  Dear Mr. Brady:  —  I noted with interest the Post's decision to add Republican operative Ben Domenech to its roster of bloggers.  —  Presumably, this decision grew out of reported complaints both inside and outside …
Greg Sargent / TAPPED:
THE WASHINGTON POST'S NEW RIGHT-WING BLOGGER.  Via Atrios, the Washington Post has apparently granted a column to conservative blogger Ben Domenech.  The name of the column is "Red America."  —  Why Domenech?  It seems likely that the Post hired Domenech mainly as a sop to the paper's right-wing critics.
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
There Is No Right-Wing Blogosphere Anymore  —  In our August 2005 paper the Emergence of the Progressive Blogosphere, Matt and I wrote the following (emphasis in original): … I still believe this, only now I feel it has developed to such a degree that the right-wing blogosphere itself has been all but annihilated.
Greg Sargent / TAPPED:
WASHINGTON POST RESPONDS.  I noted below that I'd asked the Post …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
White House:
Press Conference of the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  Yesterday I delivered a — the second in a series of speeches on the situation in Iraq.  I spoke about the violence that the Iraqi people had faced since last month's bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra.
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Washington Post:
Freedom, Yes, Iraqis Say, But at Great, Grave Cost  —  Contrasts to Hussein Era Leave Some Hopeful, Others Bitter  —  BAGHDAD, March 20 — By almost any standard, Bashar Muhammed, the owner of a thriving Internet cafe, is a Baghdad success story.  Three years after the United States invaded Iraq …
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Charles J. Hanley / Associated Press:
Documents Show Saddam's WMD Frustrations  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Exasperated, besieged by global pressure, Saddam Hussein and top aides searched for ways in the 1990s to prove to the world they'd given up banned weapons.  —  "We don't have anything hidden!" the frustrated Iraqi president interjected at one meeting, transcripts show.
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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National Review:
How It's Looking  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: In a energetic lunchtime address and Q&A Monday in Cleveland, President Bush spoke about progress in Iraq and a "strategy for victory" there.  —  To mark the three-year anniversary this week of the Coalition going into Iraq, National Review Online gathered …
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The Sandmonkey / Rantings of a Sandmonkey:
There is something rotten in the UN
Pieter Dorsman / Peaktalk:
WOMEN AND ISLAM  —  One of the things that probably get lost in all the demographic projections for Europe - which by the way are subject to some credible criticisms - is the fact that they most likely do not take account of native Europeans becoming Muslim.
Kim Barker / Chicago Tribune:
Prosecutors, judge, family insist convert should die  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Abdul Rahman told his family he was a Christian.  He told the neighbors, bringing shame upon his home.  But then he told the police, and he could no longer be ignored.  —  Now, in a major test …
Stephen Bates / Guardian:
Archbishop: stop teaching creationism  —  Williams backs science over Bible  —  The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has stepped into the controversy between religious fundamentalists and scientists by saying that he does not believe that creationism - the Bible-based account …
Crooks and Liars:
Pat Robertsonon College Professors: you know some of them are killers  —  Pat Robertson on College Professors: "you know some of them are killers!"  —  Pat Robertson had another one of his moments today on the 700 Club, while interviewing David Horowitz.  I didn't realize the amount of terror these termites are causing...
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Christopher Allbritton / Time:
Why Iraq's Police Are a Deadly Problem  —  Interior Minister Bayan Jabr has turned the U.S.-trained force into violent Shi'ite shock troops, critics say  —  The bodies began to show up early last week.  On Monday, 34 corpses were found.  In the darkness of Tuesday morning, 15 more men …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Makes Its Pitch to Firefighters' Union  —  WASHINGTON, March 20 — With the election season heating up, the Bush administration and the Republican Party used a good deal of energy and charm on Monday to woo a group that has long been part of the Democrats' base: organized labor.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Various matters  —  (updated below - with new RNC "Censure" ad and reply from Ramesh Ponnuru)  —  I never ended up posting at Crooks & Liars on Sunday, so I will post there today instead and will put the links to those posts here once they are up.  For now, a few items of note:
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 …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
A Possible Clue On NSA Spying  —  Did President Bush mention the government's secret warrantless surveillance program to the president of Pakistan more than four years ago?  A brief passage of a 2002 book seems to raise that possibility.  —  In "Bush at War," Bob Woodward recounts …
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 …
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 …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
A FRIENDLY EMAIL FROM THE PRO-AMERICAN LEFT: … Well, I actually think that Glenn Greenwald wants to be me, though if so he'd be well advised to stop lifting his stuff from Tom Tomorrow.  —  But the quoted passage comes from this 2003 post, and actually I think it holds up pretty well.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Cold Fury
 
 
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