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12:35 PM ET, March 21, 2006

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Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush Defends Decisions on Iraq War  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush said Tuesday the decision about when to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq will fall to future presidents and Iraqi leaders, suggesting that U.S. involvement will continue at least through 2008.
Discussion: Think Progress and Mathew Gross
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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
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
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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
Discussion: firedoglake
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 …
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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.
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 …
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:
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.
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 …
time.blogs.com:
What I'd Cut  —  Kevin Drum has challenged me to detail how I'd balance budgets while keeping Bush's tax cuts.  (A small clarification: I'd keep the estate tax as it once was; and I'd add a buck to the gas tax pronto.)  I'd prefer experts like Brian Riedl or Veronique de Rugy to propose detailed cuts.
Charles S. Johnson / helenair.com:
Poll: Burns struggling in race  —  HELENA - If U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns drops out of the race, either Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg or former Gov. Marc Racicot would instantly hold big leads over the top two Democrats against whom Burns is struggling, a poll released Monday shows.
Discussion: Left in the West
Dwight Meredith / Wampum:
2005 Koufax Awards —  Final Voting Now Open  —  Below are the list of semi-finalists in the fifteen categories of the 2005 Koufax Awards.  While every nominated blog is to be congratulated, the ones listed in the posts below are due special recognition.  They have been selected by their readers and peers as the best of the best.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
The Cheney-led Civil War-Deniers  —  (Markos Moulitsas Zuniga when in US Army, 1989-1992)  —  Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft said on January 6, 2005 that we may be seeing "incipient civil war" in Iraq.  —  David Frum misquotes Scowcroft and wrestles with TWN …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Pacific Views
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 …
Guardian:
Where the hard left and extreme right meet  —  Lukashenko and Milosevic: it's been a good week for the apologists.  —  · Read today's paper  · Jobs  — Home - Contributors A-Z - Subjects A-Z - Editors' blog - Dan Chung photo blog - About this site - Webfeeds - Other blogs
 
 
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Matthew Davis / BBC:
Death raises concern at police tactics
Yale Daily News:
Isolation does no good for Hashemi or Yale
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Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
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Sfarber / the talking dog:
TD Blog Interview with Dr. David Nicholl
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Mark Magnier / Los Angeles Times:
Attack of the Pandas  —  Will Taiwan's wary, pro-independence …
Discussion: TAPPED
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The GOP's Shrinking Middle
Associated Press:
FBI, you've got mail — NOT!
Discussion: Wonkette and Think Progress
Marianne Mollmann / Los Angeles Times:
Abortion lessons from Latin America
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Sort Of Pics The MSM Always Seems To Miss At Anti-War Rallies
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Thanassis Cambanis / Boston Globe:
Jordan's Islamists see a path to political power
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Pachyderms in the Mist: Red America and the MSM
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New York Times:
The President and the Courts  —  Since the Republican majority …
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