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3:25 PM ET, March 23, 2006

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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.
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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.
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: PunditGuy and Air America Radio
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.
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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 …
Editor and Publisher:
Another Bad Slip for 'NY Times': Katrina Victim Unmasked  —  NEW YORK For the second time in less than a week, The New York Times today admitted to a serious error in a story.  On Saturday it said it had misidentified a man featured in the iconic "hooded inmate" photograph from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
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volpac.org:
Harry Reid's America
Discussion: The RCP Blog
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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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.
Discussion: Althouse
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner on National Review Online:
SALETAN ON POLYAMORY  —  William Saletan has a very interesting piece …
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
CNN:
THE SITUATION ROOM  —  President Bush Tries Another Approach To Make Case For War; President Bush Called Reporters In For News Conference And Suggested U.S. Troops Will Be In Iraq Awhile; Helen Thomas Interview; Alan Dershowitz Interview; Pepsi's Gatorade Sues Coca-Cola's Powerade …
William Booth / Washington Post:
Poetic Justice: These Bribes Are Going, Going, Gone  —  RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, Calif. — Behold!  The disgraced congressman's silver-plated, five-light candelabrum with matching "bobbishes" (that would be Lot No. 61) out on the auction block in this cavernous and cold warehouse east of the Port of Los Angeles.
Discussion: Norwegianity and Air America Radio
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Ex-Iraqi Official Unveiled as Spy  —  Deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's last foreign minister, Naji Sabri, was a paid spy for French intelligence, which later turned him over to the CIA to supply information about Iraq and its chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs more than six months …
John from WuzzaDem / WuzzaDem:
Church Sign Smackdown!  —  H/T: Ace, for pointing me to the Church Sign Generator  —  Speaking of signs...
 
 
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Tristero / Hullabaloo:
Jeffies  —  What are "jeffies?"  - Jeffies comprise a sub-category …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Now the bloody Yanks are offended
Kevin Murphy / kansascity.com:
Missouri teen survives ride in tornado
Discussion: RightWinged.com
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Questions Arise About Résumé of Challenger to Clinton
Andrew Sabl / The Reality-Based Community:
You can call me Ray.. but you don't have to call me Democrat
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
RAISING DOMENECH.  I'm inclined to agree with Max Sawicky …
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Reuters:
Texas arresting people in bars for being drunk
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Specter Takes Senate Lead on Eavesdropping
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Nathan Guttman / Jerusalem Post:
'AIPAC study is ignorant propaganda'
Tony Blair / New York Post:
WHY WE FIGHT  —  March 22, 2006 — Below are excerpts …
Agora:
Danish Imam Ahmed Akkari: Kill Naser Khader
Lorie Byrd / Townhall.com:
The war about more than hurt feelings