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4:59 AM ET, March 23, 2006


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National Review:
An Affront to Civilization  —  We should have no illusions that Afghanistan — in many ways the backwater of the Islamic world — will soon embrace Western-style religious pluralism.  But the trial of Abdul Rahman, who faces a potential death sentence for converting to Christianity some 15 years ago, is an affront to civilization.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush Troubled by Afghan Convert's Case
PM calls Karzai to express concern over Christian
Beth Fouhy / Newsday:
Clinton vows to block bill criminalizing illegal immigrants  —  NEW YORK — Invoking Biblical themes, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton joined immigration advocates Wednesday to vow and block legislation seeking to criminalize undocumented immigrants.  —  Clinton, a potential 2008 presidential candidate …
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
Reid Threatens Filibuster on Immigration  —  As the Senate prepares to tackle the most sweeping immigration reforms in years, a top Democrat vowed Wednesday to do everything in his power, including filibuster, to thwart Majority Leader Bill Frist's proposed overhaul.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Roberts Dissent Reveals Strain Beneath Court's Placid Surface  —  WASHINGTON, March 22 — A Supreme Court decision on Wednesday in an uncelebrated criminal case did more than resolve a dispute over whether the police can search a home without a warrant when one occupant gives consent but another objects.
James Vicini / Reuters:
Court rejects searches when occupants disagree  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the police cannot enter a home and seize evidence without a warrant when one occupant agreed to the search after the other occupant refused permission.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Chris Lehmann / New York Observer:
Russ Never Sleeps  —  'Politicians and Pundits Are Afraid,' Says Wisconsin's Feingold, As Democrats Abandon Him on Bush Wiretap Censure Motion; Will Senator Become the Eugene McCarthy of '08 Primaries?  —  None of this fits any of the tried-and-true formulations in the red-and-blue American playbook.
Discussion: NewsHog
Greg Sargent / TAPPED:
MEET A CLINTONITE WHO ISN'T CAUTIOUS.  People around the Clintons are supposed to be too cautious to embrace Russ Feingold's censure resolution, right?  Well, it turns out that one Clintonite is not at all frightened of it: former Bill Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart.
Radio Blogger:
Christopher Hitchens on the media coverage of Iraq, and whether some on the other side are recognizing what they've wrought.  —  HH: Happy to have back to begin today's show Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair columnist, author of many books, including a recent bio of Thomas Jefferson.
Discussion: Done With Mirrors
Eric Pianin / Washington Post:
Iraq War Vet Wins in Illinois Race
Steven Gutkin / Associated Press:
Israel May Be Next al-Qaida Battleground  —  Signs are mounting that al-Qaida terrorists are setting their sights on Israel and the Palestinian territories as their next jihad battleground.  —  Israel has indicted two West Bank militants for al-Qaida membership, Egypt arrested operatives trying …
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
AP's Bush 'Straw Man' Story: News Analysis Or Unlabeled Opinion?  —  NEW YORK Did a recent Associated Press story examining President George Bush's alleged tendency to use a "straw man" approach in his speeches cross the line from news to biased opinion?  Or was it just a long-overdue …
Jane Hamsher /
No S**t, Holy Joe's Cracking  —  In Sunday's Hartfod Courant Colin McEnroe wrote a blistering column that basically reflected many of the same concerns about Joe Lieberman that we voice on the blogs.  He concluded that Joe was caught up in Bush rapture and that if the primary were held tomorrow he'd vote for Ned Lamont.
Tully Satre:
Culpeper and a Senator vs. Civil Liberty  —  I never dreamed of the day when I would reach a political debate on a human rights issue based on civil liberty and the foundations of our great country with a Senator, former Virginia Governor, and a potential candidate for the Republican Presidency.
White House:
President Discusses War on Terror, Progress in Iraq in West Virginia  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much.  Please be seated.  Thanks for coming.  First of all, Terry, thanks for the invitation.  My purpose is to share with you what's on my mind, and then I look forward to hearing what's on yours.
Texas arresting people in bars for being drunk  —  SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said on Wednesday.  —  The first sting operation was conducted recently …
Andrew Mangino / Yale Daily News:
Albright lectures on public service  —  Madeleine Albright says she knows how to have fun.  —  Soon after Albright became Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton LAW '73, she received a memo informing her that she would be required — at an upcoming Asian summit of foreign ministers — to perform a skit.
Discussion: UNCoRRELATED and JunkYardBlog
Sue Major Holmes /
New Mexico Democrats call for Bush impeachment  —  Web Editor's Note: Due to unusually heavy readership, you may be reading this article out of the normal template of, the Web site of The Santa Fe New Mexican.  Therefore the usual place to add your comments may be missing.
Lorie Byrd /
The war about more than hurt feelings  — Email to a friend - Print this page - Text size: A A  —  A strange thing has been happening on the Left over the past few months.  For the first time in my memory, there seems to be a desire of those on the Left, and those in the media …
ABC News:
Ex-Govt staffer condemns US 'ineptitude'  —  Reporter: Tony Jones  —  TONY JONES: Well, as the chaos in Iraq continues, more and more former supporters of the war are reviewing their respective positions, including some of those involved in putting the case for invasion.
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Authenticity Matters Most  —  "How will Democrats get out of the desert?"
PJ Iraq Files:
Document: ISGZ-2004-009247  —  Translator: jveritas at Free Republic …
Discussion: Decision '08 and Barcepundit
John / AMERICAblog:
Washington Post blogger called Coretta Scott King a "communist" …
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Since this is shaping... / Hullabaloo:
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Will Your Job Survive?
National Review:
To Hell with the "To Hell With The 'To Hell With Them' Hawks" Hawks