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2:10 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.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
The First Change?  White House Chief Of Staff Andy Card Resigns  —  After weeks of calls from some Republicans for changes in the White House staff, White House Chief of Staff Andy Card has resigned — although White House officials insist it is his decision, not the president's:
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.
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.
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:
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."
H-Bomb / anklebitingpundits.com:   Card's Departure  —  My sources tell me that White House Chief …
MSNBC:
White House shake-up - chief of staff resigns
Discussion: The Left Coaster
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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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Decency to 'Those People'  —  Half a million people poured …
Thomas Sowell / realclearpolitics.com:
Guests or Gate Crashers?
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."
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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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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.
Discussion: The Democratic Party
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liberty.edu:
Senator John McCain to Address Liberty Commencement Ceremony
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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!
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Invisible Men  —  Did Lindsey Graham and Jon Kyl mislead the Supreme Court?  —  It's not within the Supreme Court's power to decide the constitutional challenges brought by Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the Guantanamo detainee whose case will be argued before the court tomorrow, say Sens. Lindsey Graham …
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.
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
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Overstating Jewish Power  —  Mearsheimer and Walt give too much credit to the Israeli lobby.  —  It's slightly hard to understand the fuss generated by the article on the Israeli lobby produced by the joint labors of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt that was published in the London Review of Books.
 
 
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