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9:15 PM ET, March 13, 2007


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Gonzales: 'Mistakes were made' in U.S. attorneys' firings … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday that "mistakes were made" regarding the firing of eight U.S. attorneys and he accepts responsibility for the ordeal.  —  "My pledge to the American people is to find out what went wrong here," he said.
Bill Brubaker / Washington Post:
Gonzales Accepts Responsibility for 'Mistakes'  —  Schumer Warns Sampson's Resignation Does Not Absolve Attorney General  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said today he does not regret firing eight federal prosecutors last year, but he accepts responsibility for "mistakes" …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales: I'm "Dismayed"  —  We just watched Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' press conference here.  The gist: Gonzales said that he accepts responsibility for the "mistakes" made at the Justice Department... but argued that he is not "aware" of "all decisions" at the Justice Department.
Jay Carney /
Where Credit Is Due  —  Twelve days ago, after David Iglesias went public, I said that if there turned out to be a broad conspiracy behind the firing of the U.S. Attorneys, "I will take my hat off to Marshall and others in the blogosphere and congratulate them for having been right …
TRex / Firedoglake:
That's All, Folks!
Discussion: TalkLeft and Needlenose
Andrew Cohen / CBS News:
Gonzales & The White House: The Plot Thickens
Top general: Remarks on gays were 'personal moral views' … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The top U.S. military officer, Gen. Peter Pace, said Tuesday he should have focused more on military policy and less on his own opinion when he told a newspaper homosexual acts are immoral.
Aamer Madhani / Chicago Tribune:
Don't drop `don't ask, don't tell,' Pace says  —  Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday that he supports the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving in the military because homosexual acts "are immoral," akin to a member of the armed forces conducting …
Discussion: At-Largely and Donklephant
Mark Green / The Politico:
Air America's Invitation  —  Tweaking the Fox News Channel, the president of liberal Air America Radio this morning sent a letter to the chairmen of four state Republican parties, offering to host and broadcast the state parties' upcoming presidential debates.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Pelosi hears boos at AIPAC  —  Members of the main pro-Israel lobbying group offered scattered boos to a statement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that the Iraq war has been a failure on several scores.  —  The boos, mixed with some polite applause, stood in stark contrast …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
List of Blue Dog Saboteurs  —  From a source close to the House Democratic caucus, here's a list of Blue Dogs that don't want to vote for this bill because it has a certain date for withdrawal.  —  Michael Arcuri (NY-24)  —  John Barrow (GA-12)  —  Melissa Bean (IL-08)  —  Dan Boren (OK-02)
Michael Yon / Fox News:
ERNIE IS DEAD: WEB CORRESPONDENT MICHAEL YON REPORTS FROM IRAQ  —  Michael Yon is an independent writer, photographer and former Green Beret who was embedded in Iraq for nine months in 2005.  He has returned to Iraq for 2007 to continue reporting on the war.  Here is a portion of his first dispatch for
Discussion: Confederate Yankee and Media Blog
The Blotter:
Exclusive: Curveball, the Defector Whose Lies Led to War  —  Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz Report:  —  The Iraqi defector known as Curveball, whose fabricated stories of "mobile biological weapons labs" helped lead the U.S. to war four years ago, is still being protected by the German intelligence service …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Adviser Regrets Pushing Edwards on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was skeptical about voting for the Iraq war resolution and was pushed into it by advisers looking out for his political future, according to an upcoming book by one of his former consultants.
Discussion: Hot Air and TigerHawk
Associated Press:
Lange: May cut social service funds to pass budget  —  HELENA - The Republican House leader said he is prepared to strip $2 billion in federal money out of the social services budget if that's what it takes to advance the GOP budget bills.  —  The announcement comes as the House gets ready …
Discussion: Sirotablog and Left in the West
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MN Senate Poll: Coleman 46% Franken 36%
John Tierney / New York Times:
What's So Funny? Well, Maybe Nothing
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justices to Hear Landmark Free-Speech Case
Discussion: The BLT, Lean Left and SCOTUSblog
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Dan Rather: Journalism has 'lost its guts'
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

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