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7:40 PM ET, March 8, 2007


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Associated Press:
Democrats Want Iraq Pullout by Fall 2008  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In a direct challenge to President Bush, House Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday requiring the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the fall of next year.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the deadline would be added …
Washington Post:
Democrats Want Iraq Pullout by Fall 2008  —  House Democrats today unveiled a plan for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of August 2008, introducing legislation that attaches a complex series of conditions to military spending requested by President Bush.
David Stout / New York Times:
Democrats Propose Iraq Pullout Before Fall 2008
Discussion: The Mahablog
Michael Barone / US News:
Lawmaker's Intervention in Law Enforcement Crosses Line  —  The emerging scandal surrounding the dismissals of eight former U.S. attorneys should signify to American voters the depth, breadth, and permeation of corruption in the Bush administration.  —  When a U.S. senator (to wit …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Barone Post  —  A reader alerts me that it might have been a hacker's work.  It's not listed on his blog's full posts.  I'm checking into it.  In the meantime, I've taken it down.  I'll keep you posted, as it were.  —  [Update: it was a hoax inserted into his blog by a hacker.
Media Matters for America:
ABC, NBC still haven't covered U.S. attorney firings — but reported …
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans Deliver Sharp Criticism of Gonzales  —  Senators Say Attorney General Fired Prosecutors Without Explanation  —  Senior Senate Republicans today delivered scathing criticism of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales for his handling of the firing of eight U.S. attorneys …
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: Ensign voices ire at agency  —  Explanations for dismissal of U.S. attorney differ  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. John Ensign on Wednesday charged that the Justice Department botched the dismissals of U.S. attorneys and suggested he was misled as to why the Nevada chief federal prosecutor …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and MyDD
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:   GOP Sen: "I Can't Even Tell You How Upset I Am"
Seth Stern /
Members Were Aware of Lapses at Walter Reed  —  Senior Republicans who knew about problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center while their party controlled Congress insist they did all they could to prod the Pentagon to fix them.  —  But C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., former chairman …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Should I Worry?  —  . We got mentioned (by name) on Fox News, and nobody used the word "terrorists."  Okay it was James Boyce and he definitely does a good job.  But what's up with Fox letting real liberals on the network?  Must be some last-ditch effort to put one over on the Carson City Democratic Committee.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TBogg
Rove speaks in Little Rock (UPDATED W/VIDEO)  —  We just attended Karl Rove's speech at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, which was organized by the Clinton School of Public Service.  —  Rove spoke mainly about presidential history, but in a question-and-answer session that followed …
Discussion: Think Progress
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:   Rove: Prosecutor Purge Is "Normal and Ordinary"
The Politico:
RudyTube 1993: Rudy and Donna  —  Hard watching now, here's Rudy Giuliani's then-wife Donna Hanover and their kids, starring in David Garth's famous 1993 commercial about the "gentle," family Rudy, the soft side of a tough prosecutor.  —  Now, 13 years later, Donna's son …
Cenk Uygur / News Bloggers Blog:
Giuliani's Family Values — Oops
Discussion: ABCNEWS
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Fox Makes Friends And Foes  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Lieberman was beaming.  "Sam Fox represents what America is all about," he said, "and that's why he will be, when confirmed, an extraordinary ambassador."  —  The scene was last week's Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Debra Burlingame / Opinion Journal:
Gitmo's Guerrilla Lawyers  —  How an unscrupulous legal and PR campaign changed the way the world looks at Guantanamo.  —  He was the first American to die in what some have called "the real war."  Johnny "Mike" Spann, the 32-year-old CIA paramilitary commando, was interrogating prisoners …
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
FLASH: Here We Go Again — Pulitzer Finalists Leaked!  —  NEW YORK It didn't take long for the Pulitzer Prize finalist lists to begin leaking out.  Within hours of the 14 Pulitzer juries packing up to go home on Wednesday after three days of judging at Columbia University, the names of this year's alleged finalists began to spread.
Discussion: Don Surber and Wonkette
CBS News:
John Edwards To Skip Nevada Debate  —  Liberal Activists Protest Fox News' Role In Presidential Candidate Forum  —  (CBS/AP) Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards won't participate in a debate co-hosted by Fox News and the Nevada Democratic Party, his campaign said …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Three Good Options for The Right  —  The axiom is as old as human striving: The perfect is the enemy of the good.  In politics this means that insisting on perfection in a candidate interferes with selecting a satisfactory one.  —  Which is why the mood of many of the 6,300 people …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Unions really really don't matter that much these days...  Idlehands points to this paper (QJE 2004) by John DiNardo and David Lee.  Neither author is a crazy right-winger, let's hear their message: … Keep in mind what this means.  Once we control for endogeneity in where unions are formed …
Melinda Henneberger / The Huffington Post:
Clarence Thomas: Affirmative Action Not Needed... Even Though My Office Is "All White Males"  —  WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas famously opposes affirmative action, and clearly feels slandered by the suggestion he ever benefited from such a thing.
Discussion: The BLT and SCOTUSblog
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Historians Fight Bush on Access to Papers  —  In December 1989, one month after the fall of the Berlin Wall, President George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev met in Malta and, in the words of a Soviet spokesman, "buried the cold war at the bottom of the Mediterranean."
Daniel Casse / contentions:
Rudy and Realignment  —  Anyone who doubts that the Reagan coalition no longer exists ought to look at the latest diatribe by the syndicated columnist Paul Craig Roberts, which ran prominently in my local paper.  Roberts, some will recall, was one of the most prominent supply-siders in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
Discussion: and The American Scene
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Tim Funk / Charlotte Observer:
Muslims boycott Charlotte talk show
New York Sun:
Gall of the Hashemites
Discussion: The Corner and Power Line
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
'Stone Age' called insult
Discussion: Betsy's Page
David Abel / Boston Globe:
Obama paid late parking tickets
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