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10:40 AM ET, March 9, 2007

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Washington Post:
Frequent Errors In FBI's Secret Records Requests  —  A Justice Department investigation has found pervasive errors in the FBI's use of its power to secretly demand telephone, e-mail and financial records in national security cases, officials with access to the report said yesterday.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The FBI's lawbreaking is tied directly to President Bush  —  Multiple media outlets are focusing on the unsurprising story that the FBI seems to have been abusing its powers under the Patriot Act to issue so-called "national security letters" (NSLs), whereby the FBI is empowered to obtain …
The Blotter:
Exclusive: Report Says FBI Violated Patriot Act Guidelines
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Macsmind
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Gingrich had affair during Clinton probe  —  WASHINGTON - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged he was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.
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Telegraph:
US sends spies into Pakistan to kill bin Laden  —  By Toby Harnden in Washington and Thomas Coghlan in Helmand  —  America is stepping up its hunt for Osama bin Laden by dispatching additional CIA operatives and paramilitary officers to Pakistan to kill or capture the al-Qa'eda leader.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
US Enters Pakistan On Bin Laden Hunt  —  The US has sent CIA special operations units into Pakistan to hunt down fresh leads on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders, the London Telegraph reports.  The action comes just a few weeks after American officials presented Pervez Musharraf …
Michael Duffy / Time:
Dick Cheney in Twilight  —  George Bush's sense of humor has always run more to frat-house gag than art-house irony, so he may not have appreciated the poetic justice any more than the legal justice on display in the Libby verdict.  —  Or, to be more precise, the Cheney verdict.
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Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
'What Has Happened to Dick Cheney?'
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Hagel expected to declare '08 bid  —  Nebraska's Chuck Hagel, the Senate Republican most outspoken in opposition to President Bush's March 2003 decision to invade Iraq, is expected to announce Monday that he will make a bid for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.
Discussion: Power Line and Macsmind
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Jules Crittenden:
Good News Bad News  —  Hope lost, hope maintained, dreams and longing on International Women's Day in Iraq.  —  It's time for the news:  —  Bad news, Dem Cong war plan still calls for surrender.  Good news, they probably won't be able to agree on this either.  "Son of Slow-Bleed" if you will.
New York Times:
New U.S. Commander in Iraq Won't Rule Out Need for Added Troops  —  The new American commander in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus, warned Thursday that American troops here faced a long road ahead and left open the possibility of calling in even more soldiers as he described the difficult task of calming the country.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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New York Times:
U.S. Commander in Iraq Sees Long Commitment
Discussion: Firedoglake
Dana Stevens / Slate:
THE BATTLE EPIC 300.  —  If 300, the new battle epic based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, had been made in Germany in the mid-1930s, it would be studied today alongside The Eternal Jew as a textbook example of how race-baiting fantasy and nationalist myth can serve as an incitement to total war.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Another Hollywood star steps forward for GOP  —  Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) is contacting powerbrokers in the Republican Party to build support for a 2008 presidential campaign by his one-time protégé, former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).
Discussion: MyDD, TIME, First Read and Redstate
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Fitzgerald's Folly  —  There are lies and there are memory lapses.  Bill Clinton denied under oath having sex with Monica Lewinsky.  Unless you're Wilt Chamberlain, sex is not the kind of thing you forget easily.  Sandy Berger denied stuffing classified documents in his pants …
johnshadegg.house.gov:
Shadegg Introduces Bill Requiring Congress to Cite Constitutional Authority  —  Shadegg- "The Enumerated Powers Act would hold Congress accountable for its actions."  —  Yesterday, Congressman John Shadegg reintroduced the Enumerated Powers Act, a bill that highlights the importance …
Discussion: Save The GOP and The Right Angle
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Mitt under attack by own party: Mass. GOP aims to sink prez bid  —  A Web-based "truth" squad is poised to chase Mitt Romney in an effort to trip him up on the presidential campaign trail - and its members are Republicans from his very own Bay State.  —  Founded by GOP consultants Holly Robichaud …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Bill Carter / New York Times:
CBS Producer Goes Around, Comes Around  —  Rick Kaplan described his new position as the executive producer of the "CBS Evening News" yesterday as "coming home."  He worked on the broadcast in the 1970s when Walter Cronkite was the anchor.  But then, he could have said the same thing at almost …
Discussion: Romenesko
 
 
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New York Times:
Democrats Rally Behind a Pullout From Iraq in '08
Times of London:
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