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4:55 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 …
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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John McIntyre / The RCP Blog:
Does Abdul Rahman Foreshadow a Bigger Problem?
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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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 …
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.
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
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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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.
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 …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Now the bloody Yanks are offended  —  A major conservative American lobby group is set to unleash a campaign of protest against Australian tourism's "where the bloody hell are you?"  TV advertisement.  —  The controversial commercial has made its US debut in front of 20 million American TV viewers …
Will Lester / grandforks.com:
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.
Drudge Report:
ABC NEWS EXEC: 'BUSH MAKES ME SICK'; E-MAIL REVEALED  —  A top producer at ABC NEWS declared "Bush makes me sick" in an email obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT.  —  John Green, currently executive producer of the weekend edition of GOOD MORNING AMERICA, unloaded on the president in an ABC company email obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT.
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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
An Open Letter to Jim Brady: Who is Augustine?  —  We need to talk.  —  We've had our moments in the past but I'm worried about you, man.  This is bad.  Really bad.  —  I know it must've been damned near impossible to resist hiring some warmongering punk who ought to be in Iraq himself …
Russ Feingold / Crooks and Liars:
Russ Feingold on The Daily Show  —  Jon Stewart had on Russ Feingold tonight and let's just say that he rocked.  He rocked because he spoke truth to power.  He made his case simply and to the point.  —  Video-WMP Video-QT … He stood up with conviction and said we're not going to take it any longer.
 
 
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Role Reversal  —  David Gregory finds out what it's like to be Scott McClellan
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Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
Insurgent doctor killed dozens of wounded soldiers
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The humanitarian case for war in Iraq
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RAISING DOMENECH.  I'm inclined to agree with Max Sawicky …
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William Booth / Washington Post:
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'AIPAC study is ignorant propaganda'
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