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1:15 AM ET, March 22, 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
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 …
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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Aw Shucks, Brady, You Shouldn't Have
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Yourlogohere / Your Logo Here:
Meet Ben Domenich.
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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
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.
Drudge Report:
GALLUP POLLING DROPS CNN AFTER 'LOW RATINGS'; FULL MEMO REVEALED  —  The GALLUP polling company has dropped CNN as its outlet for electronic distribution.  —  GALLUP, CNN and USA TODAY have been polling partners since 1992.  —  "CNN has far fewer viewers than it did in the past …
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.
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
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
No Breach Seen in Work in Iraq on Propaganda  —  WASHINGTON, March 21 — An inquiry has found that an American public relations firm did not violate military policy by paying Iraqi news outlets to print positive articles, military officials said Tuesday.  The finding leaves to the Defense Department …
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 …
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?
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William Branigin / Washington Post:
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France: Pity the Students
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