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1:10 PM ET, March 23, 2006

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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.
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cpt.org:
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: Body and Soul, Murdoc Online and lgf
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 …
Jay / Stop The ACLU:
Military Rescues Ungrateful Peace Activists
CNN:
Afghan Christian convert could be executed  —  Western nations outraged Muslims who convert can be put to death  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — In the days of the Taliban, those promoting Christianity in Afghanistan could be arrested and those converting from Islam could be tortured and publicly executed.
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Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
For Afghans, Allies, A Clash of Values  —  Case Against Christian Convert Puts Pressure on Karzai — and on Bush  —  The case of an Afghan man who could be prosecuted and even put to death for converting to Christianity has unleashed a blizzard of condemnation from the West this week …
Associated Press:
Some clerics call for killing Afghan Christian  —  Man on trial for converting from Islam; Bush, Rice weigh in on case  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - Senior Muslim clerics said Thursday that an Afghan man on trial for converting from Islam to Christianity should be killed regardless of whether a court decides to free him.
Washington Times:
Free Abdul Rahman
New York Times:   Outrage in Afghanistan  —  What's the point of the United …
John McIntyre / The RCP Blog:
Does Abdul Rahman Foreshadow a Bigger Problem?
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.
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
High Court Trims Police Power to Search Homes
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David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Limits Police Searches of Homes
Discussion: ACSBlog
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.
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Clinton W. Taylor / Townhall.com:
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.
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 …
nbc5i.com:
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.
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Woman Claiming to Be a Victim of Katrina Is Charged With Fraud  —  The police arrested a Queens woman yesterday, saying she had falsely claimed to be a victim of Hurricane Katrina and had taken thousands of dollars in aid from state and federal agencies.  —  The woman, Donna Fenton, 37 …
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Editor and Publisher:
Another Bad Slip for 'NY Times': Katrina Victim Unmasked
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt and Sister Toldjah
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
The obligation of unwanted fatherhood  —  REAL MEN - good men - take responsibility for the children they father.  If they get a woman pregnant, they do the right thing: They stand by her.  They support their child.  They don't try to weasel out of a situation they co-authored.
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
William Saletan / Slate:
Don't Do Unto Others  —  The difference between gay marriage and polygamy.  —  Uh oh.  Conservatives are starting to hyperventilate again.  You know the symptoms: In a haystack of right-wing dominance, they find a needle of radicalism, declare it a mortal danger to civilization, and use it to rally their voters in the next election.
Pew Research Center:
Summary of Findings  —  Public acceptance of homosexuality has increased in a number of ways in recent years, though it remains a deeply divisive issue.  Half of Americans (51%) continue to oppose legalizing gay marriage, but this number has declined significantly from 63% in February 2004 …
 
 
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