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9:50 PM ET, March 7, 2007


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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Domenici Lawyers Up  —  What a small world.  Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) has nabbed Lee Blalack, best known as Duke Cunningham's lawyer, to represent him in the Senate ethics investigation, The Washington Post reports.  —  And they note the obvious irony:
Washington Post:
Domenici Hires Top Attorney for Ethics Investigation  —  Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.) has hired a top defense attorney to handle the pending ethics investigation into allegations that he pressured a federal prosecutor to bring indictments against New Mexico Democrats on the eve of the 2006 elections.
Matthew Miller / DSCC:
Changing Tunes Again, Domenici Now Says He Can't Recall Violating …
Discussion: MyDD
Baltimore Sun:
Giuliani reminds GOP of the glory days - of 2002 … Given conservatives' wariness toward Mr. Giuliani - who is twice divorced and supports both reproductive and gay rights - it's surprising to find "America's mayor" as the GOP front-runner.  —  Here's my theory for why Mr. Giuliani is ascendant …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Giuliani Solidifies Lead in Republican Nomination Poll
Discussion: Pollster
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web  —  Law Students Feel Lasting Effects of Anonymous Attacks  —  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, has published in top legal journals and completed internships at leading institutions in her field.  So when the Yale law student interviewed with 16 firms for a job this summer …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   "For many people the Internet has become a scarlet letter, an albatross."
Jill / Feministe:
Hi, I'm Jill, and scummy law school sleazebags have gone after me, too.
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
Did online gossip sink law student's career?
Washington Post:
The Libby Verdict  —  The serious consequences of a pointless Washington scandal  —  THE CONVICTION of I. Lewis Libby on charges of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of justice was grounded in strong evidence and what appeared to be careful deliberation by a jury.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
A PARDON IS CERTAIN  —  IN HIS last days as president, George W. Bush will pardon Scooter Libby - that is, if the convictions secured yesterday don't get overturned on appeal.  —  For political reasons, Bush can't pardon Libby earlier than that.  His responsibilities as head of the Republican Party …
Abraham Rabinovich / The Australian:
Iranian general 'seeking asylum in US'  —  A RETIRED Iranian general who went missing in Turkey last month has defected and sought asylum in the US, according to a well-connected Arabic newspaper published in London.  —  The newspaper, al-Shark al-Awsat, cited "high-profile" …
Discussion: QandO and Wizbang
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Arab paper: Missing Iranian general in Europe, chatting with U.S. about 1983 bombing; Update: He defected, says Timmerman  —  It's Asharq al-Awsat again.  Yesterday they had a scoop about him maybe being in America.  Today their story's changed — he's with Americans, they claim, but across the pond.
Discussion: Telegraph and Ace of Spades HQ
Phyllis Chesler / Times of London:
How my eyes were opened to the barbarity of Islam  —  Is it racist to condemn fanaticism?  —  Once I was held captive in Kabul.  I was the bride of a charming, seductive and Westernised Afghan Muslim whom I met at an American college.  The purdah I experienced was relatively posh …
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Contextualizing the Fox News Fight  —  It looks like the Nevada Democratic Party's house of cards, and particularly Harry Reid's stonewalling, is collapsing.  Local Democrats are frustrated.  John Edwards stepped up big time, and made a choice of refusing to validate a right-wing institution …
The Raw Story:
Soviet-era compound in northern Poland was site of secret CIA interrogation, detentions  —  US, Britain asked Poland to join clandestine program  —  POLAND — The CIA operated an interrogation and short-term detention facility for suspected terrorists within a Polish intelligence training school …
David Burge / iowahawk:
LET'S TONE IT DOWN, PEOPLE  —  Iowahawk Online Community Issues Forum Special  —  by Ann Coulter and Bill Maher  —  ANN: Hello, I'm syndicated columnist and best-selling author Ann Coulter.  —  BILL: And I'm Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time."  —  ANN: Today we want to talk …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Conservative Democrats Assert Power  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced scorn from fellow Democrats during a recent closed-door meeting for not moving more aggressively on Iraq, it was conservative Blue Dogs _ her ideological opposites _ who rose to defend her.
Discussion: Donklephant
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Muslim Websites Target Georgia Motorist for Death (sticky)  —  **sticky** scroll down for more recent posts  —  Two Islamic militant websties have called on Muslims to kill the driver of a Georgia registered vehicle displaying an offensive bumper sticker.  On February 28 the "Black Lion" …
Omaha World-Herald:
Hagel acts like he's already running  —  WASHINGTON - For a guy who hasn't announced a presidential bid, Sen. Chuck Hagel's schedule next week looks a lot like that of a candidate.  —  He's slated to appear with nine declared presidential hopefuls - including John McCain, Rudolph Giuliani …
Political Radar:
McCain: Obama 'A Very Honest and Fine Person'  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Matthew Zavala Report: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., offered praise for a potential Democratic rival for the presidency today amid reports questioning Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Ill., investment activity.
Opinion Journal:
Notes From Baghdad  —  Open liquor stores and other signs of the surge's success.  —  BAGHDAD—The new strategy to secure Baghdad has been dubbed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as "Operation Imposing the Law."  After weeks of waiting and anxiety it is finally under way, and early signs are encouraging.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Pardon Me?  —  The NRO wankers want Scooter free so it's …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Mark / The Politico:
Redistricting and Blade Running
The Blotter:
Under VA Chief, Effort to Aid Wounded Vets Stalled, Ex-Employee Charges
Robotic age poses ethical dilemma
Bob Krumm:
gobbling up the news  —  The Nashville Scene confirmed today …
Discussion: Bill Hobbs and Ed
Anthony Lewis / New York Times:
Not All Sources Are Equal
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Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Iranian politics and Iranian nukes
Discussion: TAPPED and The Huffington Post
Seattle Times:
McKay goes down fighting
Michael Steen / Reuters:
Borat seen as human rights victim by U.S. government
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
As to the Direction of the Roberts Court: The Jury Is Still Out
Associated Press:
Boston woman sues for child-rearing costs after failed abortion
Burqa-clad Taliban leader caught as NATO attacks