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11:55 AM ET, March 25, 2006


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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Washington Post Blogger Quits After Plagiarism Accusations  —  A 24-year-old blogger for The Washington Post, Ben Domenech, resigned yesterday after being confronted with evidence that he had plagiarized articles in other publications.  —  His resignation came after writing six blog items …
Krempasky / RedState:
On behalf of RedState  —  A young man took something and called it his own.  He owes apologies to those writers, his editors, and especially his friends who have rushed to his defense in the past 48 hours.  It is an embarrassing offense — and one rightly criticized.
Augustine / RedState:
Contrition  —  I want to apologize to National Review Online, my friends and colleagues here at RedState, and to any others that have been affected over the past few days.  I also want to apologize to my previous editors and writers whose work I used inappropriately and without attribution.
The Corner on National Review Online:
DOMENECH, CONTINUED [The Editors]  —  As we mentioned in our earlier editor's note, staff here at National Review Online are going through all of the pieces Ben Domenech has written for us (the most recent of which appears to have been published in 2002) in light of questions raised in the wake …
Robert B. Bluey / Human Events:
Blogger Ben Domenech Strikes Back; Calls Post Editors 'Fools'  —  In his first public comments since resigning earlier today as a blogger for, Ben Domenech says his editors there were "fools" for not expecting an onslaught of attacks from the left.
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Ben Domenech takes responsibility  —  Earlier today, I wrote this: … And now he has, as I'd hoped he would, once he had time to consider his actions.  Here is the text of his post, courtesy Red State: … [My emphasis]  —  Ben has stepped up and taken responsibility.
Washington Post:
Russians Helped Iraq, Study Says  —  Papers Show Hussein Was Tipped Off About U.S. Strategy During Invasion  —  Russian officials collected intelligence on U.S. troop movements and attack plans from inside the American military command leading the 2003 invasion of Iraq and passed that information …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Camp Saddam  —  REPRESENTATIVE John Murtha, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, appeared on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, March 19, to evaluate the war in Iraq on its third anniversary.  Murtha, a decorated veteran and longtime hawk, has become a leading spokesman for his party on the war.
Discussion: Ray Robison
Patrick Baz / MSNBC:
Report: Russia gave Iraq info on U.S. war plan  —  But intelligence from Russians may have confused, not helped, Saddam  —  Smoke billowing from burning oil trenches covers Baghdad on April 2, 2003.  Russian intelligence reportedly told Saddam Hussein of plans for that day's attack.  —  NBC VIDEO
Discussion: Ray Robison and The Left Coaster
Mike Eckel / Associated Press:
Russian Spies Operated in Iraq Through '03  —  MOSCOW - Russia had a military intelligence unit operating in Iraq up through the 2003 U.S. invasion and fall of Baghdad, a Russian analyst said Friday as the Pentagon reported Moscow fed Saddam Hussein's government with intelligence on the American military.
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Associated Press:
Pentagon: Russia Gave Saddam War Intel  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Russian government had sources inside the American military command as the U.S. mounted the invasion of Iraq, and the Russians passed information to Saddam Hussein on troop movements and plans, according to Iraqi documents released as part of a Pentagon report.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:   U.S. Inquiry Finds Russians Passed Spy Data to Iraq in '03
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Pentagon report says Russia gave Iraq intelligence
Discussion: Right Wing News
Michael Powell / Washington Post:
Near Paul Revere Country, Anti-Bush Cries Get Louder  —  HOLYOKE, Mass. — To drive through the mill towns and curling country roads here is to journey into New England's impeachment belt.  Three of this state's 10 House members have called for the investigation and possible impeachment of President Bush.
Sanjoy Majumder / BBC:
Mood hardens against Afghan convert  —  Increasing international pressure over the case of Christian convert Abdul Rahman is forcing the Afghan government to play a careful balancing act between its Western allies and religious conservatives at home.  —  Under the interpretation …
Cam Edwards:
The Rally for Rahman  —  Went pretty well.  Here's the obligatory protest babe.  —  And here's an image of one little girl from Sudan who was in attendance.  —  Media turnout was good.  There were, by my count, four television cameras there, including one from NBC Nightly News.
Luis David / Age of Hooper:   Abdul Rahman  —  UPDATE: one installment of video is now up.  Click HERE.
Luis David / Age of Hooper:   Abdul Rahman  —  SECOND UPDATE: another video installment is up.
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
DOJ: NSA Could've Monitored Doctor's Calls  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency could have legally monitored ordinarily confidential communications between doctors and patients or attorneys and their clients, the Justice Department said Friday of its controversial warrantless surveillance program.
Tim Molloy / Associated Press:
Immigration Rallies Draw Thousands Nationwide  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of people across the country protested Friday against legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants, with demonstrators in such cities as Los Angeles, Phoenix and Atlanta staging school walkouts, marches and work stoppages.
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Iraq Qaeda Chief Seems to Pursue a Lower Profile  —  Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian terrorist and the head of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, has sharply lowered his profile in recent months, and his group claims to have submitted itself to the leadership of an Iraqi.
Discussion: USS Neverdock and Penraker
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Administration tells Congress (again) - We won't abide by your "laws"  —  The Republicans and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee submitted detailed questions to the Bush Administration regarding the NSA program, and the DoJ's responses to both the Democrats' questions and its responses to the Republicans' are now available.
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Connections  —  The question which will never be answered …
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