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6:20 PM ET, March 22, 2006


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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush Troubled by Afghan Convert's Case  —  President Bush said Wednesday that he is "deeply troubled" that an Afghan man is being tried for converting to Christianity.  —  Abdul Rahman, 41, faces a possible death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity 16 years ago.
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
Democratic Apostasy  —  Since October 2001, approximately three …
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Islamic Advocacy Group Silent on Afghan Apostasy Trial
Discussion: JunkYardBlog and Jihad Watch
Washington Post:
Mr. Bush Unvarnished  —  PRESIDENT BUSH should hold more news conferences.  In his hour-long exchange with reporters at the White House yesterday, he was considerably more effective in explaining and defending his commitment to the war in Iraq than in the three carefully worded speeches he has delivered in the past week.
Opinion Journal:
What if We Lose?  —  The consequences of U.S. defeat in Iraq.  —  The third anniversary of U.S. military action to liberate Iraq has brought with it a relentless stream of media and political pessimism that is unwarranted by the facts and threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophesy if it goes unchallenged.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Bush Concedes Iraq War Erodes Political Status  —  President Bush at his White House news conference yesterday.  He said he was convinced that the United States would succeed in Iraq.  —  WASHINGTON, March 21 — President Bush said Tuesday that the war in Iraq was eroding his political capital …
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bush says war could outlast his presidency
RNC Mischaracterizes Feingold's Censure Resolution  —  A GOP radio ad falsely characterizes Sen. Feingold's censure resolution as reprimanding the President for pursuing Al Qaeda  —  Summary  —  A GOP radio ad accuses Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin of proposing to censure President Bush …
Larry Ribstein / Ideoblog:
The Dabit opinion  —  The Supreme Court held in Dabit that holders of securities can't bring securities fraud class actions in state court.  Peter Lattman has the story.  —  As I have discussed, the basic problem in this case is that when Congress, in the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act …
Since this is shaping... / Hullabaloo:
Animal Magnetism  —  Since this is shaping up to be bloggy fun day, I can't help but weigh in on this delicious little dust-up over at Jeff Goldstein's dog house pertaining to none other than my pal and blogging companion, tristero.  —  Tristero already wrote about it, as you all probably know.
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
More Coalition & Insurgent Ops  —  In Babil province, another strike on a police station & Operation Iron Strike  —  A day after insurgents successfully overran a police station in Miqdadiyah, another attempt was made in the town of Madain, which sits at the tip of the "Triangle of Death" …
Vanessa Arrington / Associated Press:
U.S., Iraqi Forces Capture 50 Insurgents
Sky News:
Suspect Atom Bomb Link  —  One of the suspected terrorists on trial for allegedly plotting a nationwide bombing campaign has been linked to a nuclear weapon.  —  The Old Bailey jury was told that Salahuddin Amin had been involved in discussions to buy a nuclear bomb.
Discussion: Hyscience, JunkYardBlog, lgf and Jihad Watch
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
National Review:
To Hell with the "To Hell With The 'To Hell With Them' Hawks" Hawks  —  Just kidding there — actually, making the point that "The 'To Hell With Them' Hawks" is a really clunky way of identifying a faction.  It used to be said of the mathematician Camille Jordan, whose papers were famously unreadable …
Proud Kaffir /
Lies, Damn Lies, and (MSM) Statistics  —  On the third anniversay of the Iraq war, the MSM keeps bombarding us with stories and statistics trying to compare this war to the carnage in Vietnam, trying to make us think that US soldiers are dying at an alarming number due to Bush's failures.
Ben Domenech / Red America:
Sackcloth and Ashes: What's Wrong With Infanticide?  —  [Note: Sackcloth and ashes were a sign of deep mourning, among other things, in the Torah...nowadays, there are plenty of reasons to bring them back.  When we run across those reasons, we'll feature them in a continuing series, of which this is the first installment.]
Chad Evans / In the Bullpen:
U.S. Officials Concerned Iran and Al Qaida are Cooperating  —  The Los Angeles Times reports U.S. intelligence is trying to determine what relationship, if any, there is between the Iranian leadership and the known Al Qaida leaders that reside in the nation.
Thomas B. Edsall / Washington Post:
Grants Flow To Bush Allies On Social Issues  —  Federal Programs Direct At Least $157 Million  —  For years, conservatives have complained about what they saw as the liberal tilt of federal grant money.  Taxpayer funds went to abortion rights groups such as Planned Parenthood to promote birth control …
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Will Your Job Survive?  —  In case you've been worrying about how the war in Iraq will end, or the coming of avian flu, or the extinction of the universe as we drift into the cosmic void, well, relax.  Here's something you should really fret about: the future of the U.S. economy in the age of globalization.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
The Washington Post's attempt at 'balance'  —  The New York Times' two most recent additions to its legendary stable of op-ed columnists are David Brooks and John Tierney, both conservatives.  CNN's three most recent additions to the network's political coverage are former Republican congressman J.C. Watts …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court limits search power  —  The Supreme Court ruled 5-3 on Wednesday that it is unconstitutional for police without a warrant to search a home, if two occupants are present at the time and one consents but the other objects.  The search may not go forward in the face of that objection …
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
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Discussion: TAPPED and Booman Tribune
Roger Mahony / New York Times:
Called by God to Help
Discussion: Feministe and Penraker
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
New Scrutiny for Law on Detaining Witnesses
Discussion: TalkLeft and Air America Radio
Financial Times:
Fears grow over new Dubai revolt