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9:45 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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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.
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."
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.
Discussion: PSoTD
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:
Reagan Spokesman Lyn Nofziger Dead at 81
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Blogs for Bush
Associated Press:
Card out as White House chief of staff, administration official says
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Spring Cleaning: ANDY CARD RESIGNS
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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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 …
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 …
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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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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Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Convert Case Sparks Surge of Interest in Christianity Among Afghans
Los Angeles Times:
High School Students Extend Immigration Protests Into 4th Day  —  Thousands of students walked out of high schools in Los Angeles and across Southern California this morning as protests against restrictions on immigration spread across the city for a fourth day.
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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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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.
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."
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 …
 
 
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Emily Bazelon / Slate:
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Discussion: Vox Popoli
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
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MSNBC:
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
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