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5:30 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?
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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 …
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.
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.
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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
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 …
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
Agora:
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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