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9:55 PM ET, March 31, 2006


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Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Jill Carroll forced to make propaganda video as price of freedom  —  CAIRO - The night before journalist Jill Carroll's release, her captors said they had one final demand as the price of her freedom: She would have to make a video praising her captors and attacking the United States, according to Jim Carroll.
Discussion: and
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Questions About Carroll's Captivity  —  I spoke to David Bloom days before he died and then covered his memorial service.  I wrote about the death of Michael Kelly.  I said goodbye to Bob Woodruff before he went to Iraq and got badly injured by a roadside bomb.
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report v3.0 Beta:
Terrorists Release Final Jill Carroll Hostage Video (Video / Images)
Associated Press:
Lawyer says McKinney a victim in scuffle  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Rep. Cynthia McKinney, the Georgia congresswoman who had an altercation with a Capitol Police officer, says she was "just a victim of being in Congress while black."  —  McKinney awaited word Friday on whether …
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
No Apology From McKinney for Hill Scuffle  —  Rep. Cynthia McKinney, the Georgia congresswoman who had a physical altercation with a police officer, is speaking out about the episode after saying she regretted the incident.  —  But she has refused to apologize in a statement and a brief on-camera interview.
New York Times:
Conservatives Stand Firm on Immigration  —  WASHINGTON, March 30 — Conservative House Republicans bluntly warned their leaders Thursday against any immigration compromise that would allow temporary foreign workers and assailed a Senate proposal that would open the way for illegal immigrants to earn citizenship.
Associated Press:
'Let the prisoners pick the fruits'
Discussion: Rook's Rant and Needlenose
Washington Post:
Tuning In to Anger on Immigration
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Demagogue
Associated Press:
Power of prayer flunks an unusual test  —  Large study had Christians pray for heart-surgery patients  —  NEW YORK - In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery.
Michael Conlon / Reuters:
Study fails to show healing power of prayer  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - A study of more than 1,800 patients who underwent heart bypass surgery has failed to show that prayers specially organized for their recovery had any impact, researchers said on Thursday.  —  In fact, the study found …
Discussion: EconoPundit and Boing Boing
To Bloggers from Borders  —  An Open Letter from Gregory P Josefowicz CEO/Chairman of the Board/President/Director, Borders Books to Charles Johnson, Director, Pajamas Media, CEO Little Green Foosballs, Rock 'N' Roller in the Free World, Stealth Cyclist.  —  Dear Mr. Johnson (or may I call you "Charles"?),
Washington Post:
Ex-DeLay Aide Pleads Guilty  —  Deal Protects Tony C. Rudy From Additional Charges  —  A former top aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) pleaded guilty to conspiracy today and promised to aid a wide-ranging federal investigation into corrupt lobbying practices.
Discussion: Low on the Hog
Paul Kiel / TPM Muckraker:
More on Rudy's Guilty Plea
Discussion: Wampum and Talking Points Memo
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Air America Anniversary, Sacramento, New York City, Al Franken, Bill O'Reilly  —  DEBACLE  —  After Two Years, How Else To Describe Air America?  —  As certain as the presence of a dozen Dunkin' Donuts outlets in every New England town, today's second Air America Radio on-air anniversary …
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
As France Approves Labor Law, Students Block Roads and Rails  —  PARIS, March 30 —France's Constitutional Council ruled this evening that a disputed labor law that has brought more than a million protesters into the streets was valid, setting the stage for further confrontation.
Discussion: Peaktalk and Big Lizards
Blake Herzog /
Immigration tensions spark flag-burning in A.J.  —  This week's tensions over immigration reform literally caught fire in the East Valley on Thursday when students raised a Mexican flag over Apache Junction High School — and then other students yanked it down and burned it.
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
JADED?....As Bob Somerby and Peter Daou and Media Matters have all pointed out, it really is remarkable how little attention the confirmation of David Manning's explosive prewar memo has gotten in the past week.  Here's what the New York Times reported on Monday:
Discussion: The Daily Doubter
The New York Observer Media Mob:
ABC Suspends Producer John Green After E-Mail Flap  —  ABC News executives have suspended Weekend Good Morning America executive producer John Green for a month, after two politically charged personal e-mails Green sent to a colleague were leaked to the press, according to two network sources.
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
Money  —  Ah, money.  John Aravosis brings the subject up again.  A few comments on his post, which is well worth reading:  —  1. No one should be surprised that, one-on-one, politicians are really, really nice.  It's their job to be nice.  If you think about it for twenty seconds …
Michael Kinsley / Slate:
The Twilight of Objectivity  —  How opinion journalism could change the face of the news.  —  CNN says it is just thrilled by the transformation of Lou Dobbs—formerly a mild-mannered news anchor noted for his palsy-walsy interviews with corporate CEOs—into a raving populist xenophobe.  Ratings are up.
FBI's Mueller: Hezbollah Busted in Mexican Smuggling Operation  —  FBI Director Robert Mueller said this week that his agency busted a smuggling ring organized by the terrorist group Hezbollah that had operatives cross the Mexican border to carry out possible terrorist attacks inside the U.S.
Discussion: Cold Fury and
Rice admits "thousands" of errors in Iraq  —  BLACKBURN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accepted on Friday the United States had probably made thousands of errors in Iraq but defended the overall strategy of removing Saddam Hussein.  —  Local Muslims and anti-war activists told Rice …
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Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
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Discussion: protein wisdom and Solomonia
Paul Kiel / TPM Muckraker:
The Daily Muck  —  The sordid backstory of the Abramoff scandal …
Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 2005
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Shiite Ayatollah Ignores Letter From Bush
Discussion: Informed Comment
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What's Happening to Boys?
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dafydd / Big Lizards:
The Two Branches of Government  —  Forget it.  —  Just forget everything.
Discussion: Wizbang and Vox Baby
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Jamie Glazov / Front Page Magazine:
Defeating Jihad  —  Frontpage Interview's guest today …
Los Angeles Times:
Calm Is Urged in Iran Debate
Discussion: Penraker and Air America Radio
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Whose Backlash?  —  Hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens …
New York Times:
G.O.P. Is Taking Aim at Advocacy Groups
Washington Post:
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