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12:50 PM ET, March 12, 2007

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Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Gonzales Said To Stonewall a GOP Query  —  Probe of Leaks Are at Center of Inquiries From the Right  —  The top Republican on the House's main investigative committee, Rep. Thomas Davis of Virginia, is charging the Justice Department with stonewalling his inquiries about the FBI's assertion …
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Opinion Journal:
Meltdown at Justice  —  Incompetence is compromising presidential power.  —  Just when President Bush seemed to have beaten back the Congressional defeatists on Iraq, along comes his own Justice Department to undermine some hard-won antiterror policy gains.
Los Angeles Times:
Do we really need a Gen. Pelosi?  —  Congress can cut funding for Iraq, but it shouldn't micromanage the war.  —  AFTER WEEKS OF internal strife, House Democrats have brought forth their proposal for forcing President Bush to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by 2008.
AndyJ / Kucinich for President 2008:
Cancelled Presidential debates smack of manipulation by 'run and hide' candidates  —  AUSTIN (TX) — The cancellation in the past two days of two planned nationally televised debates because of candidates' "scheduling conflicts" and unwillingness to participate smacks of …
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Michelle Malkin:
Kucinich smacks "run-and-hide" Dems
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Early Primary Rush Upends '08 Campaign Plans  —  The trickle of states moving their 2008 presidential primaries to Feb. 5 has turned into an avalanche, forcing all the presidential campaigns to reconsider every aspect of their nominating strategy — where to compete, how to spend money …
Examiner:
AFL-CIO bullying Colorado on Dems' 2008 convention  —  WASHINGTON - National AFL officials seem determined to remove any remaining doubt in anybody's mind that Gov. Bill Ritter did the right thing in February by vetoing Colorado House bill 1072.  That hurriedly approved measure repealed …
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
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Washington Post:   A Balance for Labor  —  THE HOUSE has passed organized labor's …
Los Angeles Times:
Fallback strategy for Iraq: Train locals, draw down forces  —  If the current 'surge' fails, planners suggest relying on advisors as the U.S. did in El Salvador in the 1980s.  —  WASHINGTON — American military planners have begun plotting a fallback strategy for Iraq that includes …
Secular Coalition for America:
Congressman Holds No God-Belief  —  Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) is first Congress member in history to acknowledge his nontheism  —  Contact: Lori Lipman Brown, (202) 299-1091  —  There is only one member of Congress who is on record as not holding a god-belief.
Sebastian Rotella / Los Angeles Times:
France's Chirac bows out, and the race is on  —  Long a fixture in French politics, he confirms he won't seek a third term as president.  A close contest to succeed him is anticipated.  —  PARIS — Setting the stage for a suspenseful presidential race, French President Jacques Chirac announced Sunday …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Businesses Prepare to Mount a Concerted Attack on Regulation  —  Call it the end of the post-Enron era.  —  A major anti-regulatory offensive culminates this week with a one-two punch thrown by Washington and Wall Street's most moneyed institutions, as the Treasury Department convenes …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Berger & Libby: A Tale of Two Crimes  —  "History will be kind to me," Winston Churchill once said, "for I intend to write it."  —  Indeed, he did.  His multiple-volume histories of the two world wars are still widely read, though discounted by professional historians as incomplete and in some ways misleading.
Examiner:
Tapscott's Copy Desk  —  ‹‹ More From this Blog … When I heard last week from Hill sources that the White House congressional liason staff was pressuring OMB Director Rob Portman to not release all of the earmarks requested by Members of Congress to executive agencies under …
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
CAIR OK'd to meet in Capitol  —  A House Democrat has arranged for a conference room in the Capitol building to be used tomorrow by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group criticized for its persistent refusal to disavow terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
March Madness  —  Public-sector lobbyists lavish gifts on congressmen and their staffers.  The scandal is it's perfectly legal.  —  Capitol Hill is in the grips of "March Madness"—and I don't mean the NCAA basketball playoffs.  "This is also the month that hundreds of lobbyists annually …
Discussion: QandO, EconLog and Cato-at-liberty
Los Angeles Times:
Conservatives balk over Giuliani's judges  —  His picks as New York mayor raise doubts over whether he'd put 'strict constructionists' on the high court.  —  WASHINGTON — Rudolph W. Giuliani, in an effort to temper his support for abortion rights and his other socially liberal stances …
Omaha World-Herald:
Hagel hasn't tipped his '08 hand  —  A tight-lipped Sen. Chuck Hagel arrived in Omaha from Washington on Sunday afternoon and prepared to make what could be the biggest political announcement of his life.  —  Some Nebraska Republicans speculated that Hagel appeared ready to jump …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama, Clinton Sparring Early  —  CLINTON, Iowa — Standing in front of a large banner that blared "Clinton," surrounded by students in Clinton Community College sweat shirts, Sen. Barack Obama offhandedly mentioned the obvious.  —  "Hillary, you know, she's interesting," Obama said …
 
 
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Robert A. Levy / Washington Post:
A Victory for Self-Defense  —  In the D.C. Gun Law Case …
Discussion: Norwegianity
Political Insider:
Hagel's Statement  —  Statement by U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel on His Political Future
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Associated Press:
Nevadans in New York state of mind with Giuliani, Clinton at top of poll
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Wrangle After Democrats Shun Fox as Debate Platform
Tyler Cowen / Cato Unbound:
The Paradox of Libertarianism  —  Yes: Bigger government.
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
On Screens Soon, Abused Earth Gets Its Revenge
New York Times:
For War's Gravely Injured, Challenge to Find Care
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Doug Elfman / Chicago Sun Times:
Self-proclaimed hustler Eddie Izzard wants to serve dinner, not dessert
Discussion: Instapundit.com
 Earlier Items: 
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Weak Lead-In Programming Takes a Toll on the News Ratings
Discussion: CBS News
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Brian Williams, Anchoring and Hunkering in Iraq
Michael Luo / New York Times:
In Crowded G.O.P. Field, a Lesser-Known Hopes to Capitalize on the Issues
Denis Collins / Washington Post:
My 15 Minutes, All Because of Scooter
Discussion: The Corner
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Terrorists Proving Harder to Profile
New York Times:
New Defense Chief Eases Relations Rumsfeld Bruised
Discussion: The Impolitic
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Who's to Blame for Russia?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Australian:
Native American trackers to hunt bin Laden