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11:30 AM ET, March 23, 2006


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CPT Statement: CPTers Released  —  Our hearts are filled with joy today as we heard that Harmeet Singh Sooden, Jim Loney and Norman Kember have been safely released in Baghdad.  Christian Peacemaker Teams rejoices with their families and friends at the expectation of their return to their loved ones and community.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU, Murdoc Online and lgf
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Three Christian Activists Rescued in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — U.S. and British troops Thursday freed three Christian peace activists in rural Iraq without firing a shot, ending a four-month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street.
Discussion: Hyscience
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
3 Western Aid Workers in Iraq Rescued in Military Operation  —  Three Western peace workers who were held hostage in Iraq for four months were freed in a military operation today, two weeks after their American colleague was killed in captivity.  —  The three men - James Loney, 41 …
Discussion: Air America Radio
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Taliban Man at Yale  —  The story thus far.  —  Something is very wrong at our elite universities.  Last month Larry Summers resigned as president of Harvard; today Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi will speak by video to a conference at Columbia University that his regime is cosponsoring.
Clinton W. Taylor /
The boola boola mullah  —  Greasing the Skids to the Gallows for Christians  — Email to a friend - Print this page - Text size: A A  —  Leave Islam, go to the gallows.  That's still the rule in Afghanistan, as we see in the sad case of Christian convert Abdul Rahman, on trial for his life there.   PM calls Karzai to express concern over Christian
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.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
High Court Trims Police Power to Search Homes
Discussion: KnoxViews
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Limits Police Searches of Homes
Discussion: ACSBlog
George F. Will / Washington Post:
In Florida, 'Uniform' Foolishness  —  MIAMI — What Florida's teachers unions consider a menace, and what Florida's Supreme Court considers an affront to the state's constitution, weighs 105 pounds, smiles shyly, speaks softly and wants to be a nurse.  Octavia Lopez, 17, an 11th-grader …
Bar Sweep Sparks Controversy  —  Comedian Weighs In On Public Intoxication Arrests  —  The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission sent a message to bar patrons last week.  —  TABC agents and Irving police swept through 36 Irving bars and arrested about 30 people on charges of public intoxication.
Texas arresting people in bars for being drunk
New York Times:
Are Late Innings the Time for a Relief Pitcher?  —  Karl Rove, center, in the Cabinet Room last week with Senators Rick Santorum, left, of Pennsylvania and George Allen of Virginia.  "I'm an idiot one day and a genius the next," he said about experts' views of him.
Shakespeare's Sister:
Worried About 2006  —  Chris Bowers is.  And with good reason.  The Duckworth-Cegelis fiasco in Illinois (which I happened to be following closely for various reasons) is exactly what happened in Ohio with Paul Hackett.  (Except, in this case, a war veteran was hand-picked by Rahm and Company …
Eric Pianin / Washington Post:
Iraq War Vet Wins in Illinois Race
Will Lester /
Poll: Acceptance of gay marriage up  —  WASHINGTON - The public backlash over gay marriage has receded since a controversial decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 2003 to legalize those marriages stirred strong opposition, says a poll released Wednesday.
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 …
Danish Imam Ahmed Akkari: Kill Naser Khader  —  Note: This first part is just a summary of the article attached to this post.  When updates come in, I plan to add them and link to the original articles.  The original article is nice to have for reference.  —  Imam Ahmed Akkari …
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Church Sign Smackdown!
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush Ignored Concerns About Afghan Constitution, Praised It For …
Nathan Guttman / Jerusalem Post:
'AIPAC study is ignorant propaganda'
Tony Blair / New York Post:
WHY WE FIGHT  —  March 22, 2006 — Below are excerpts …
William Saletan / Slate:
Don't Do Unto Others  —  The difference between gay marriage and polygamy.
THE SITUATION ROOM  —  President Bush Tries Another Approach …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Russ Feingold and the Courage to Do the Right Thing
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No S**t, Holy Joe's Cracking
Steven Gutkin / Associated Press:
Israel May Be Next al-Qaida Battleground
Chris Lehmann / New York Observer:
Russ Never Sleeps