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2:05 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.
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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 …
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.
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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Greg Sargent / TAPPED:
THE WASHINGTON POST'S NEW RIGHT-WING BLOGGER.  Via Atrios …
Chris Bowers / MyDD:   There Is No Right-Wing Blogosphere Anymore
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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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 …
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
SMALL GOVERNMENT CONSERVATIVES REVISITED....Andrew Sullivan has responded to my question about exactly what he'd cut in order to balance the budget without repealing Bush's tax cuts or cutting defense spending.  Here's his list: … Let's unpack this.  Remember the ground rules …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Washington Post:
President Discusses War, Economy, Politics  —  SPEAKER: GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES  —  BUSH: Yesterday, I delivered 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.
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Commissioner Rice?  —  'IF THAT JOB COMES OPEN, I'M GONE.  " That's what Condoleezza Rice told Ebony magazine last November when she was asked about her oft-repeated desire to become commissioner of the National Football League.  With Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's announcement Monday …
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 …
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.
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 …
Sfarber / the talking dog:
TD Blog Interview with Dr. David Nicholl  —  On March 11, 2006, an explosive letter appeared in Britain's prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, decrying the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and in particular, the practice of force-feeding hunger-striking detainees.
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