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6:50 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.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Decency to 'Those People'  —  Half a million people poured into the streets of Los Angeles on Saturday to protest the various Republican-sponsored proposals in Congress that would demonize illegal immigrants.  Hundreds marched yesterday in Detroit, which, last I checked, is nowhere near the Mexican border.
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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 …
Washington Post:
U.S. Officials Defend Raid Following Shiite Backlash  —  Accounts of Deadly Attack Diverge Sharply  —  BAGHDAD, March 27 — Facing a scathing backlash from Shiite Muslim leaders a day after a deadly U.S.-Iraqi raid in Baghdad, U.S. military officials defended the mission Monday, saying it was a …
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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.
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.
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 …
Jerusalem Post:
Only 47 percent of Israeli voters cast ballots thus far  —  As of 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, only 47 percent of Israel's five million eligible voters had turned out at Israel's 8,000 polling stations to cast their ballots.  The figure is the lowest in election history for the same hour …
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
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."
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Jim Miklaszewski / MSNBC:
Avoiding attacking suspected terrorist mastermind  —  Abu Musab Zarqawi blamed for more than 700 killings in Iraq … With Tuesday's attacks, Abu Musab Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant with ties to al-Qaida, is now blamed for more than 700 terrorist killings in Iraq.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Sirotablog
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Bradley Graham / Washington Post:
State Dept. Offers Record Pay in 2 Hot Spots  —  To help recruit U.S. government civilians for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, the State Department has boosted the pay allowances for both hardship and danger to the highest levels ever granted, department officials said.
 
 
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