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11:40 PM ET, March 21, 2006


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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 …
Discussion: UNCoRRELATED and Oliver Willis
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / TAPPED:
WASHINGTON POST RESPONDS.  I noted below that I'd asked the Post for its official explanation of the hiring of Domenech.  —  Now's Opinions editor, Hal Straus, has sent some answers to our questions via a spokesman, Eric Easter.  For your edification and enjoyment …
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.
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.
Editor and Publisher:
President Finally Calls on Helen Thomas, Says He Only Semi-Regrets It  —  NEW YORK Unlike several of his predecessors, going back decades, President Bush has largely avoided calling on veteran reporter Helen Thomas, one of his harshest critics, in press conferences.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Man Overboard  —  I have a new theory about what's behind everything that's wrong with the Bush administration: manliness.  —  "Manliness" is the unapologetic title of a new book by Harvey C. Mansfield, a conservative professor of government at Harvard University, which makes him a species …
Kurt Kleiner / Toronto Star:
How to spot a baby conservative
Ben Domenech / Red America:
Whiny? Crazy? You Just Might Be A Conservative
Discussion: Riehl World View and Wonkette
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.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Planet of Unreality  —  This is not good.  The people running this country sound convinced that reality is whatever they say it is.  And if they've actually strayed into the realm of genuine self-delusion — if they actually believe the fantasies they're spinning about the bloody mess they've …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Justices Signal Court Testimony's Primacy  —  All but Ginsburg lean toward defendants having the right to 'be confronted' by accusers, even in cases of domestic violence and abuse.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices, with the exception of Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
Washington Post:
Citing Foreign Law
Discussion: Bench Memos … and Confirm Them
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
UN Special Rapporteur Doudou Diéne calls Danes Racists, Xenophobes  —  Saturday, March 18th Jyllands-Posten broke the story about an attack by UN special rapporteur Doudou Diéne on Denmark.  The report has yet to be released to the public in full, but it was leaked by the UN to press sources in Denmark.
Alexandra von Maltzan / All Things Beautiful:
"The Israel Lobby" A Perfect Excuse For Anti-Semitism  —  "Isaac Blessing Jacob" by Govert Teunisz Flinck 1639, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam … For those of you who know, that despite being a devout Christian, I am a staunch supporter of Israel, it will not surprise you that this was exactly …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
HANGIN' WITH THE MOONBATS  —  Lunchtime viewing: Bryan Preston has posted "The Dud," a short video of our encounters with the fizzling anti-war protesters in Washington, D.C., yesterday.  A few stills...  Cindy Sheehan: "The enemy is our government."  Background.  —  How's that sandwich?
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 …
Max / MaxSpeak:
DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME  —  Andy proposed a way to balance the budget, sort of, and Kevin Drum puts some numbers on his inadequate spending cuts.  Kevin's spending numbers look right, but Sullivan's throwaway tax increases — getting rid of "all deductions" — could actually balance the budget, at least for the time being.
Oliver Burkeman / Guardian:
Anger at Bin Laden niece's reality TV show  —  The news that Osama bin Laden's niece is to star in a US reality TV show has provoked fury from families of some of those killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks.  —  The as yet unnamed series, being offered at auction to US television networks …
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The Donkey in the Bedroom  —  An anonymous GQ writer …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
President Professes No Doubts on Iraq
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Timothy B. Lee /
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Actor Charlie Sheen Questions Official 9/11 Story
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Rose French / ABCNEWS:
Gore Not Planning to Run for President
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times and TAPPED
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Swedish foreign minister resigns over cartoons
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National Review:
How It's Looking  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: In a energetic lunchtime address …
Discussion: Power Line
Stephen Bates / Guardian:
Archbishop: stop teaching creationism
Mark J. Penn / Washington Post:
Swing Is Still King At the Polls
Matthew Davis / BBC:
Death raises concern at police tactics