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3:15 AM ET, March 29, 2006


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Olmert, declaring victory, appeals to Abbas for peace talks  —  Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, declaring an election victory, appealed to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas early Wednesday to enter into negotiations over the permanent borders of Israel, but added that Israel …
The Corner on National Review Online:
Jerusalem Post:
Only 47 percent of Israeli voters cast ballots thus far
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.
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: Hard day for government in Hamdan case  —  With Justice Antonin Scalia taking part — and, in fact, providing the only clearcut signs of unstinting support for the federal government's arguments — the Supreme Court on Tuesday probed deeply into the validity of the war crimes tribunals set …
Discussion: ACSBlog, Slate, Donklephant and TalkLeft
Greg Levine / Forbes:
Bush Says Chief Of Staff Andrew Card Resigns  —  NEW YORK -  —  White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card has resigned.  —  President George W. Bush announced the resignation in a press conference Tuesday morning.  —  Card was not only a longtime friend of his boss, but had served …
Discussion: Wonkette, Sploid and Don Surber
Hotline On Call:
RNC Memo Warns GOPers Not To Distance Themselves From Bush  —  Republican pollster Jan van Lohuizen, in a memo written for RNC chairman Ken Mehlman, warns that if members of Congress try to drive a wedge between themselves and Pres.  Bush, it'd be akin to adding weight to an anchor.
The Secret of George Mason  —  What its Final Four basketball team and its unusual economics department have in common.  —  Unlike his neighbors, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, founding father George Mason has rarely gotten his props from historians and the public.
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
Thomas Sowell /
Guests or Gate Crashers?  —  Immigration is yet another issue which we seem unable to discuss rationally — in part because words have been twisted beyond recognition in political rhetoric.  —  We can't even call illegal immigrants "illegal immigrants."  The politically correct evasion is "undocumented workers."
Richard Cohen /
Unfathomable Zealotry  —  What strikes me about the threat to execute Abdul Rahman, the Afghan who converted to Christianity, is not that Afghanistan remains deeply medieval and not even remotely the democracy that George W. Bush would like it to be, but that with the exception of the (largely) …
Discussion: Donklephant and The Moderate Voice
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 …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Testers Slip Radioactive Materials Over Borders  —  WASHINGTON, March 27 — Undercover Congressional investigators successfully smuggled into the United States enough radioactive material to make two dirty bombs, even after it set off alarms on radiation detectors installed at border checkpoints, a new report says.
David Nason / The Australian:
Hillary too sexy to win back the White House, screen siren says  —  ACTOR Sharon Stone has warned Hillary Rodham Clinton to stay out of the 2008 US presidential race, saying the New York senator and former first lady is too sexy to win back the keys to the White House.
Discussion: Demonrats
Michelle Malkin:
"THE MIRACLE FISH OF ALLAH"  —  I kid you not: … LGF has a photo of the other fish:  —  Question: What if I draw a cartoon of the Allah and Mohammed fish and post it on my blog?  —  Update: You can watch video of the Allah fish at BareKnucklePolitics.
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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Hey Ramesh, WHAZZUPP??!!!  —  Ramesh, man, I have to give it up to you.  The other day when Box Turtle Ben was suffering his unjust martyrdom at the hands of the angry left, you were the only one at The Corner who stood up for him.  Bravo, man, that was courageous.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez / La Queen Sucia:
How Stupid are the US Media?!?!  —  Open letter to CNN and other mainstream US media outlets:  —  1. The vast majority of Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S. (75 percent of us) were born and raised here, including many of us who have roots here that predate the arrival of the pilgrims.
Brian /
Q1 '06: MSNBC's Olbermann Beats CNN's Zahn & HLN's Grace In The Demo  —  In the first quarter of 2006, MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann beat CNN's Paula Zahn Now in the 25-54 demographic.  "This marks MSNBC's first quarterly primetime victory over CNN in the demo in almost five years …
Glenn Reynolds /
MY GRANDMOTHER, CHARLSIE FARRIOR TEAL, DIED TODAY, at about noon.  It was sudden and quite unexpected; we'd all gone out to dinner Saturday and she seemed to be doing very well, but at 91, well I guess "sudden" isn't really the word.  —  Got the call from my mother and headed out there, cancelling my afternoon class.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Democrats Finally Agree On National-Security Message: Invade Pakistan
Discussion: JunkYardBlog and Flopping Aces
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Ins and Outs of Immigration
Agence France Presse:
France hit by anti-jobs law protests
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IL 17: Evans, Citing Battle With Parkinson's, Says He's Retiring
Jason Leopold /
Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Krauthammer Versus Fukuyama
Griz / God Bless America:
Darkhorse Marines deliver new wheelchair to Iraqi girl
 Earlier Items: 
Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Illinois Trial in Graft Case Is Thrown Into Ferment
Bradley Graham / Washington Post:
State Dept. Offers Record Pay in 2 Hot Spots
The cavalry never came: Moussaoui's confession
Jim Miklaszewski / MSNBC:
Avoiding attacking suspected terrorist mastermind
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Sirotablog
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
Black Marriage  —  I'm no expert on marriage (its benefits …
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Appeals Court rules against McDermott in taped call dispute
George Gedda / Associated Press:
Caspar Weinberger Dies at Age 88
Investor's Business Daily:
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