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6:20 PM 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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Senators Back Guest Workers  —  A key Senate panel broke with the House's get-tough approach to illegal immigration yesterday and sent to the floor a broad revision of the nation's immigration laws that would provide lawful employment to millions of undocumented workers while offering work visas …
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Senate's Illegal Immigration Horror Show  —  Sometimes, you just have to scratch your head and wonder what goes on in the vast empty space between the ears of some of the Republicans in the Senate.  For example, that sort of head scratching might happen after you saw the nightmarish concoction …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A Maverick No More?  —  In April 2004 I put in a call to John McCain's office to see if he would respond to a group of House Republicans who had attacked his fellow Vietnam veteran John Kerry.  —  In a preview of coming assaults, the Republicans accused Kerry of, among other things …
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Ron Brown / newsadvance.com:
McCain to speak at Liberty graduation  —  U.S. Sen. John McCain - a likely 2008 presidential candidate who once labeled the Rev. Jerry Falwell an "agent of intolerance" - will be Liberty University's graduation speaker on May 13.  —  "I was in Washington with him about three months ago," Falwell said.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The fictitious Kyl/Graham "floor debate"  —  By Anonymous Liberal  —  Today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.  The Court will be called upon to determine—among other things—whether a provision in last year's Detainee Treatment Act ("DTA") …
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Amir Shah / Associated Press:
Update 21: Christian Convert Vanishes After Release  —  An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity quickly vanished Tuesday after he was released from prison, apparently out of fear for his life with Muslim clerics still demanding his death.
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George Gedda / Associated Press:
Caspar Weinberger Dies at Age 88  —  WASHINGTON — Caspar W. Weinberger, a conservative Republican and consummate Cold Warrior who served in the Cabinets of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan and got ensnared in the Iran-Contra scandal, died Tuesday at 88.  —  Weinberger had been hospitalized …
Discussion: Peaktalk and AMERICAblog
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
Shiites Say U.S. Is Pressuring Iraqi Leader to Step Aside  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 28 — Senior Shiite politicians said today that the American ambassador has told Shiite officials to inform the Iraqi prime minister that President Bush does not want him to remain the country's leader in the next government.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Scalia's Recusal Sought in Key Detainee Case  —  Retired Officers Say Justice's Impartiality Is in Question After Remarks on Combatants  —  On the eve of oral argument in a key Supreme Court case on the rights of alleged terrorists, a group of retired U.S. generals and admirals …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Citizen Action Steps: Phase Two  —  UPDATE: Keith in Orlando (who for some reason has become the stamp chosen one) received another missive: … I've verified the above with the stamp company.  You have to be certain to type in SPRING (in all caps) to get the discount.  Thanks everyone and thanks to Keith!
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
Black Marriage  —  I'm no expert on marriage (its benefits or detriments) or children or women or black people; my impressions are based on almost four decades of interaction with and observation of marriage and children and women and black people.  —  This post will addresses the well-linked article …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and Booker Rising
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Huffington Post:
Now "we credit blogs we know" - AP Part II  —  Following up on my blog post regarding the AP, in which I discussed their rather less than ethical sourcing policies, John Byrne at Raw has written an article providing more details about the AP's problem sourcing.  —  Here are some parts of John's article on this:
PJ Iraq Files:
Document: ISGZ-2004-028179  —  In the Name of God the Most Compassionate The Most Merciful  —  The respectful Mr Director of the Apparatus  —  Subject: The Frenchman Le Floch and the German Dieter Holzer  —  In the date of 10/1/2003 the two mentioned above arrived to the country in visit …
Peter Bergen / New York Times:
Enemy of Our Enemy  —  BUSH administration defenders, right-wing bloggers and neoconservative publications are crowing about Iraqi documents newly released by the Pentagon that, they say, prove that Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein were in league.  —  Even though the 9/11 commission found no …
Investor's Business Daily:
ISSUES &  —  INSIGHTS  —  Religion Of Peace?  —  War On Terror: In the wake of the cartoon jihad and mosque-on-mosque violence in Iraq, most Americans now think Islam has more violent believers than any other faith.  Yet many still view it as a "peaceful religion."
Discussion: Clarity & Resolve
Khaleej Times:
Interpol says Al Qaeda preparing for biological warfare  —  Ronald Noble, secretary-general of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), told a conference in Singapore that captured terrorist suspects have admitted that their groups are plotting potential biological attacks.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
What to Make of This?  —  I really don't know what to make of this: … When I was in High school, if I could have organized it, I would have walked out protesting anything if it meant not being in class.  I don't know how much these High School walkouts really reflect opinions regarding immigration …
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Appeals Court rules against McDermott in taped call dispute  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal appeals court ruled today that Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters nearly a decade ago.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Rumsfeld Marks 9/11 Crash Site With Medallion Given to Troops  —  SHANKSVILLE, Pa., March 27 — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld gazed across a rolling meadow on Monday, its grass yellow in late winter's grip, and toward the stand of hemlock trees marking the area where Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001.
Discussion: In the Bullpen and NewsBusters.org
 
 
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