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7:45 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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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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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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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 …
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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") …
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 and TalkLeft
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.
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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:
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 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."
Chandler Brown / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Driver fights ticket for bumper sticker  —  It was 9:30 on a recent Friday night when Denise Grier saw blue lights in her rearview mirror.  —  She pulled over on Chamblee-Tucker Road, unaware of her infraction.  —  "The officer asked if I knew I had a lewd decal on my car and I thought, 'Oh gosh, what did my kids put on my car?' "
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
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!
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Sideshow and Dohiyi Mir
 
 
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