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5:10 AM ET, March 28, 2006

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MSNBC:
Senate panel passes bill allowing guest workers  —  Sweeping immigration legislation faces stiff opposition in the House  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved election-year immigration legislation Monday that clears the way for millions of undocumented workers …
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Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Bill to Broaden Immigration Law Gains in Senate  —  WASHINGTON, March 27 — With Republicans deeply divided, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Monday to legalize the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants and ultimately to grant them citizenship, provided that they hold jobs …
David Stout / New York Times:
Moussaoui Says He Was Part of Plot to Attack White House  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 27 — Zacarias Moussaoui testified in Federal District Court here today that he knew of Al Qaeda's plans to fly jetliners into the World Trade Center and that he was to have piloted an airliner into the White House on Sept. 11, 2001.
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Washington Post:
Moussaoui Testifies Over Attorneys' Objections  —  Zacarias Moussaoui testified in an Alexandria courtroom this morning that he was tapped by Osama bin Laden to hijack a plane and fly it into the White House as part of the terrorist attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
CBS News:   Talking Himself To Death
Alastair Macdonald / Reuters:
U.S. troops defend raid, say Iraqis faked "massacre"  —  BAGHDAD, March 27 (Reuters) - U.S. commanders in Iraq on Monday accused powerful Shi'ite groups of moving the corpses of gunmen killed in battle to encourage accusations that U.S.-led troops massacred unarmed worshippers in a mosque.
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NEWS.com.au:
US asked to cede Iraq control
Discussion: The Road To Surfdom
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Beneath the Surface on Plame Investigation: Rove and Libby in Deadly Dog Fight  —  This just hit the internet at Raw Story, and TWN has confirmed the essential points through a source close to Rove: … Rove giving Patrick Fitzgerald a path into 250 pages of deleted and/or previously …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Left Coaster
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Larisa Alexandrovna / rawstory.com:
Rove said cooperating in CIA leak inquiry  —  Karl Rove, Deputy White House Chief of Staff and special adviser to President George W. Bush, has recently been providing information to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the ongoing CIA leak investigation, sources close to the investigation say.
Ian / Expose the Left:
Hannity and Levin Duke It Out With Alec Baldwin On Radio, Baldwin Runs Away (AUDIO)  —  Alec Baldwin sat down with WABC's Brian Whitman for what he planned to be a several hour interview.  However, it was cut short when WABC's Sean Hannity and Mark Levin phoned in at around the 25-minute point to talk to Baldwin.
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NewsMax.com:
Alec Baldwin v. Sean Hannity in Radio Donnybrook  —  Hollywood liberal Alec Baldwin stormed out of an in-studio radio interview Sunday night after he was confronted on the phone by radio hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.  —  Baldwin was 30 minutes into a planned two-hour-plus sitdown …
Associated Press:
Immigration protests continue in California  —  Crowds also gather in Detroit, Washington  —  LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Tens of thousands of students walked out of school in California and other states Monday, waving flags and chanting slogans in a second week of protests against legislation to crack down on illegal immigrants.
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Washington Post:
Immigrants' Voice Reaches the Hill
Discussion: Billmon
Amir Shah / Associated Press:
Christian Convert Released From Prison  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity has been released from prison after the case was dropped, the justice minister said Tuesday.  —  The announcement came after the United Nations …
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Adam B / Daily Kos:
FEC: The Netroots Win  —  The netroots have won.  —  Not an election, mind you - though those victories will come - but an official governmental recognition that what you all do is a valuable part of the democratic experiment, and one which should not be thwarted by the incursion of the federal government.
Discussion: Eschaton, RedState, NewsBusters.org and MyDD
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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross / Weekly Standard:
Free to Dissent  —  WHEN IT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN Hamdan v. Rumsfeld this Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Bush administration can try Guantanamo detainees in special military tribunals, or whether the detainees' cases have to be heard in federal court.
CNN:
Government investigators smuggled radioactive materials into U.S.  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two teams of government investigators using fake documents were able to enter the United States with enough radioactive sources to make two dirty bombs, according to a federal report made available Monday.
Francis Turner / L'Ombre de l'Olivier:
AP = Admitting Plagiarizing?  —  This is an amazing tale (H/t Majikthise).  It seems that when the AP is caught cutting and pasting huge chunks of blogger original research into its own story on the same subject the response is "we do not credit blogs":  —  We contacted an AP senior editor …
Time:
The Republicans Must Get Their Act Together  —  Q & A: Newt Gingrich speaks out on the challenges the GOP faces in retaining control of Congress  —  Is there a potential for the 2006 elections to produce the same kind of upheaval on behalf of Democrats that the 1994 midterms did for Republicans?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jia-Rui Chong / Los Angeles Times:
Bird Flu Defies Control Efforts  —  The culling of flocks has failed to slow the rapid spread of the virus, due in North America this year.  Vaccination of poultry is under study.  —  The spread of avian influenza to at least 29 new countries in the last seven weeks …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Iraqi Documents Are Put on Web, and Search Is On  —  WASHINGTON, March 27 — American intelligence agencies and presidential commissions long ago concluded that Saddam Hussein had no unconventional weapons and no substantive ties to Al Qaeda before the 2003 invasion.
Discussion: TBogg - "
 
 
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Yale Daily News:
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