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8:40 AM ET, March 31, 2006


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Insurgents Justify Release of Jill Carroll in Web Tape  —  Tape Claims Americans Met Some Demands  —  March 30, 2006 — ABC News has found a video on an insurgent Web site showing U.S. reporter Jill Carroll before she was released by her captors in Iraq.  The circumstances surrounding …
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Long-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer  —  Prayers offered by strangers had no effect on the recovery of people who were undergoing heart surgery, a large and long-awaited study has found.  —  And patients who knew they were being prayed for had a higher rate …
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Prayer Doesn't Aid Recovery, Study Finds  —  Effect on Healing of Strangers at Distance After Heart-Bypass Surgery Examined  —  Praying for other people to recover from an illness is ineffective, according to the largest, best-designed study to examine the power of prayer to heal strangers at a distance.
Discussion: the talking dog
Associated Press:
Study: Prayer doesn't affect heart patients
Discussion: The World Wide Rant and Pharyngula
Jay Tokasz / Buffalo News:
Borders bans local magazine
Jeff A. Taylor / Reason:
How the FBI Let 9/11 Happen  —  Never mind Moussaoui, the smoldering gun was right there all the time  —  Anyone paying attention to the Zacarias Moussaoui trial gets it now.  All the 9/11 blanks are filled in, and the picture is complete.  Sorry, conspiracy freaks and blind partisan hacks.
New York Times:
At Sept. 11 Trial, Tale of Missteps and Management  —  WASHINGTON, March 30 — Three weeks of testimony and dozens of documents released in the sentencing of Zacarias Moussaoui have offered an eerie parallel view of two organizations, Al Qaeda and the Federal Bureau of Investigation …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Obama rallies state Democrats, throws support behind Lieberman  —  HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. Sen. Barack Obama rallied Connecticut Democrats at their annual dinner Thursday night, throwing his support behind mentor and Senate colleague Joe Lieberman.  —  Obama, an Illinois Democrat who is considered …
Sean-Paul Kelley / The Agonist:
Kind of a Hollow Thud  —  Peter Daou correctly notes today in the Huffington Post about the flop that was yesterday's Democratic National Security Plan announcement.  There is absolutely no question the media (and the Democratic Party) was owned on this.  It's really rather sad …
Washington Post:
Levee Repair Costs Triple  —  The Bush administration said yesterday that the cost of rebuilding New Orleans's levees to federal standards has nearly tripled to $10 billion and that there may not be enough money to fully protect the entire region.  —  Donald E. Powell, the administration's …
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Chaplains Group Opposes Prayer Order  —  Guarantee on Using Jesus's Name Not Needed, It Says  —  An association that represents more than 70 percent of the chaplains in the U.S. military, including many evangelical Christians, is opposing a demand by conservatives in Congress …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Bush Wanted War  —  It is my firm belief that if, say, a few dozen people simultaneously did an Internet search for the words "Bush lied," computers all over the country would crash and the energy grid would buckle, producing a rolling blackout that would begin somewhere around Terre Haute …
Ian / Expose the Left:
Ironic: Pelosi Holds "Real Security" Sign Upside Down (VIDEO)  —  California Conservative linked with Nancy Pelosi Unveils Real Security, DNC-Style  —  Slobokan's Site O' Schtuff linked with The Brightest Bulb  —  67 Responses to "Ironic: Pelosi Holds "Real Security" Sign Upside Down (VIDEO)"
Gina Cooper / yearly kos:
YearlyKos Convention Announces Panel Including Amb.  Joe Wilson to Discuss Disclosure of CIA Officer Valerie Plame's Identity  —  —  For Immediate Release:  —  YearlyKos Convention Announces Panel Including Former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson to Discuss the Bush Administration …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Decision '08
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Massachusetts Court Limits Same-Sex Marriages  —  BOSTON, March 30 — Massachusetts's highest court ruled today that same-sex couples who live in other states cannot get married in Massachusetts unless gay marriage is legal in their home states.  —  In an opinion written by Justice Francis X. Spina …
Discussion: Magpie
Carne Ross / Washington Post:
Could Sanctions Stop Iran?  —  Recent History Suggests That the Prospects Aren't Good  —  Now that the U.N. Security Council has agreed on a statement demanding that Iran restrict its nuclear program, the United States and its allies are doubtless considering tougher measures, including sanctions, to force Iran's compliance.
Discussion: Decision '08
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Drone aircraft may prowl U.S. skies  —  Unmanned aerial vehicles have soared the skies of Afghanistan and Iraq for years, spotting enemy encampments, protecting military bases, and even launching missile attacks against suspected terrorists.  —  Now UAVs may be landing in the United States.
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Discussion: FishBowlDC
Roy / alicublog:
HOW TO READ JEFF GOLDSTEIN.  I guess the Shorter Goldstein in this case …
Boston Herald:
'Sopranos' stars divided on bawdy body language
Peter Carlson / Washington Post:
Cheney Hits His Mark At Correspondents' Salute to Congress
Discussion: Don Surber and Poynter Online
Greg Sargent / TAPPED:
Booman Tribune / A Progressive Community:
Waas on Plamegate  —  Sometimes an article comes along …
Three Israelis killed in West Bank suicide bombing attack