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11:55 AM ET, March 28, 2006

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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Andrew Card Resigns as White House Chief of Staff  —  White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. plans to announce his resignation this morning after nearly 5-1/2 years as President Bush's top aide and will be replaced by Joshua B. Bolten, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a senior administration official said.
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Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
White House Chief of Staff Card Resigns  —  WASHINGTON - White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will be replaced by budget director Joshua Bolten, President Bush announced Tuesday amid growing calls for a White House shakeup and Republican concern about Bush's tumbling poll ratings.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Bush Holding Off-The-Record Meetings With Reporters  —  NEW YORK In an apparent effort to mend his relationship with the press, President George Bush has been holding off-the-record meetings with White House reporters for the past few days, an apparent first since he took office.
David Sanger / New York Times:
Bush Announces Resignation of Chief of Staff  —  President Bush today will announce the resignation of his chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., in the first major staffing change of his troubled second term, according to a senior White House official.  —  Mr. Card will be replaced by Joshua Bolten, the budget director.
Associated Press:
Top White House aide Card resigns  —  Budget director Bolten named successor  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush announced the resignation of White House chief of staff Andy Card on Wednesday and replaced him with budget director Joshua Bolten, saying "the next three years will demand much of those who serve our country."
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
For Bush and Press, Informal Talks  —  President Bush has been holding informal off-the-record sessions with major news organizations over the last several days.  —  Starting Thursday, he began meeting with groups of about a half-dozen reporters from newspapers, television, news agencies and magazines.
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Off the Record, Bush Makes Media Inroads  —  Private Sessions Rare for Administration  —  As he defends his Iraq policy with a public campaign of speeches and a recent news conference, President Bush also has been waging a private campaign that has included off-the-record sessions with White House reporters, sources said yesterday.
Discussion: California Conservative and TAPPED
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
The First Change?  White House Chief Of Staff Andy Card Resigns  —  After weeks of calls from some Republicans for changes in the White House staff, White House Chief of Staff Andy Card has resigned — although White House officials insist it is his decision, not the president's:
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 …
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Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Immigrant Advocates Back Senate Panel Plan
Discussion: RedState
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.
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NEWS.com.au:
US asked to cede Iraq control  —  By Omar al-Ibadi and Alastair Macdonald in Baghdad  —  IRAQ'S ruling parties have demanded US forces cede control of security as the government investigated a raid on a Shiite mosque complex that ministers said involved "cold blooded" killings by US-led troops.
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Overstating Jewish Power  —  Mearsheimer and Walt give too much credit to the Israeli lobby.  —  It's slightly hard to understand the fuss generated by the article on the Israeli lobby produced by the joint labors of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt that was published in the London Review of Books.
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Greg Myre / New York Times:
At Crossroads, Israeli Voters Seem to Wait for a Signal
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Fukuyama's Fantasy  —  It was, as the hero tells it, his Road to Damascus moment.  There he is, in a hall of 1,500 people he has long considered to be his allies, hearing the speaker treat the Iraq war, nearing the end of its first year, as "a virtually unqualified success."
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Invisible Men  —  Did Lindsey Graham and Jon Kyl mislead the Supreme Court?  —  It's not within the Supreme Court's power to decide the constitutional challenges brought by Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the Guantanamo detainee whose case will be argued before the court tomorrow, say Sens. Lindsey Graham …
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 …
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.
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
RELATIVELY DEPRIVED  —  How poor is poor?  —  In the summer of 1963, Mollie Orshansky, a thirty-eight-year-old statistician at the Social Security Administration, in Washington, D.C., published an article in the Social Security Bulletin entitled "Children of the Poor."
 
 
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