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6:15 PM ET, March 23, 2006

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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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Jerusalem Post:
EU tries to save Christian convert
John McIntyre / The RCP Blog:
Does Abdul Rahman Foreshadow a Bigger Problem?
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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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 …
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 …
Newsdesk / The Swamp:
Harsh reality: The Bush administration's own assessment of the situation in Iraq  —  Repeated suggestions by the White House and friendly commentators that the news media's selective displays of terrorist attacks in Iraq are warping American public opinion seem to belie even the unclassified assessments …
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Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Breaking the Silence  —  A prominent former insider is criticizing the administration's handling of Iraq's reconstruction.  And there's more to come.  —  Marwan Naamani / AFP-Getty Images  —  Bremer reviews Iraqi troops in 2003  —  March 22, 2006 - Andrew Natsios has taken a lot of flak over his role in Iraq.
Cynthia Leonor Garza / Houston Chronicle:
Former first lady's donation aids son  —  Katrina funds earmarked to pay for Neil Bush's software program  —  Former first lady Barbara Bush donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund with specific instructions that the money be spent with an educational software company owned by her son Neil.
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.
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
Carbon: too much, not too little  —  Like Henry George's theory of land taxation, Peak Oil seems to be one of those ideas, reasonable enough in itself, and modest in scope, that attracts a cult following in which it becomes the answer to all kinds of questions.
Discussion: TAPPED and Ezra Klein
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James Wolcott:
"WORSE THAN A FOOL"
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Next Hurrah
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
Yourlogohere / Your Logo Here:
Meet Coffin.  —  As if we didn't have enough evidence that Ben Domenech was not the smartest hire at the Post, here is one more example.  —  It would appear that Ben Domenech is a plagiarist.  —  Thanks to Oregon Guy and anon, we find out that Ben's lyrical stylings on a real party …
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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.
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.
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 …
Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
Insurgent doctor killed dozens of wounded soldiers  —  When policemen, soldiers and officials in Kirkuk who were injured in insurgent attacks arrived in the emergency room of the hospital, they hoped their chances of surviving had gone up as doctors tended their wounds.
Discussion: Gina Cobb and Jihad Watch
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 …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
The Right and Individual Rights  —  Interesting piece in the NY Times that spends a lot of time on Judge Roberts writing a testy dissent.  What is more interesting is the following: … The right wing of the Republican party has sold the libertarian/centrist wing of the party a bill of goods …
 
 
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Rough Draft  —  The gross unfairness of an all-volunteer Army.
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Labor Department edits previously published story
Tim Graham / National Review:
Role Reversal  —  David Gregory finds out what it's like to be Scott McClellan
Jeff Jacoby / Townhall.com:
The humanitarian case for war in Iraq
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