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8:55 AM ET, March 15, 2007


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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Suspected Leader of Attacks on 9/11 Is Said to Confess  —  Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, long said to be the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, confessed to them at a military hearing held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Saturday, according to a transcript released by the Pentagon yesterday.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
KSM confesses to Gitmo tribunal: I planned 9/11 "from A to Z"; Update: Full transcript added; Update: KSM confesses to Daniel Pearl's murder  —  And much, much more. … The Beeb says he also admitted to plots against Big Ben and Heathrow.  —  Looking for the transcript.  Standby.
9/11 planner admits Bali bombing
The Blotter:   Confessions of a Terrorist: I'm Guilty of 3,000+ Murders
Fred W. Baker III / DefenseLINK:   Al Qaeda Operative Admits to Masterminding 9/11 Attacks
Jules Crittenden:   "We Are Jackals Fighting In The Nights"
New York Times:
Clinton Sees Some Troops Staying in Iraq if She Is Elected  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton foresees a "remaining military as well as political mission" in Iraq, and says that if elected president, she would keep a reduced but significant military force there to fight Al Qaeda …
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Clinton, Obama skirt queries on gays in the military  —  WASHINGTON — If gays and lesbians were looking for a champion to dispute Gen. Peter Pace's claim that homosexuality is immoral, they might have expected Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama to leap forward.  —  Not quite.
Real Cities:
Justice Dept. distances White House from firings of U.S. attorneys  —  WASHINGTON - The Justice Department said Wednesday that revisions in the USA Patriot Act that gave the administration unprecedented powers to replace ousted U.S. attorneys were designed by a mid-level department lawyer without …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Criticizes Handling of Prosecutors' Dismissals
Discussion: MyDD and
David Bowermaster / Seattle Times:
GOP chair called McKay about '04 election
Discussion: Sound Politics
Los Angeles Times:
Bush 'not happy' with handling of fired attorneys
Discussion: Washington Post
Zogby Poll: Voters Believe Media Bias is Very Real  —  Institute for Politics, Democracy, and the Internet/Zogby Poll shows American voters are skeptical political motivation may be behind blogs run by mainstream news organizations  —  The vast majority of American voters believe media bias …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Zogby Poll: Public Overwhelmingly Think Media Is Biased
James Rucker / The Huffington Post:
Fox Attacks: Black America  —  When I found out that the Congressional Black Caucus Institute was considering partnering with Fox News to host presidential debates, I was shocked.  I was already disgusted by Fox's sustained attacks and smears on Barack Obama, and I knew that it was part of a larger problem.
Discussion: News Hounds and Booman Tribune
N.Z. / Victory Caucus:
The House Emergency Supplemental: Micro-managing The War  —  The Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives has decided to micro-manage the war effort by loading the funding bill required to authorize continued operations in Iraq with conditions and provisions designed to force …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Cut And Run 3.0 On Display At The Victory Caucus
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Emanuel tells freshmen to avoid Stephen Colbert  —  Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the Democratic Caucus chairman, has told new Democratic members of Congress to steer clear of Stephen Colbert, or at least his satirical Comedy Central program, "The Colbert Report."
Discussion: The Swamp, My Left Wing and Wizbang
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Popeye Strategy For Iraq  —  ... or perhaps a better title for this post could be, "Vegetarian Pork To Fight Radical Islamists".  The Democratic leadership in Congress has had to add some farm subsidies to the supplemental for our troops in Iraq in order to convince their caucus to support them.
Discussion: Redstate
Liz Mair /   Democrats to GOPers: support the troops or be fiscally conservative?
Matthew Tostevin / Reuters:
Taste for Guinness wanes in changing Ireland  —  How about a glass of wine to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in Dublin?  —  That might not sit well on the stomach of many residents of Ireland's capital this Saturday as they mark the year's biggest party with copious quantities of Guinness …
Discussion: QandO, The Impolitic and Angry Bear
The Hill:
Out of Iraq Caucus starts to split  —  Once-ignored members of the Out of Iraq Caucus are now some of the most sought-after votes in the House as Democratic leaders search for the support they need to pass a carefully crafted Iraq supplemental budget.  —  And the caucus membership has started …
Discussion: The Hoya Zone
John O. McGinnis / Opinion Journal:
Coming to Order  —  How the Supreme Court really works.  —  To read certain accounts of the Supreme Court, you would think that it is a place where politicians in robes push the laws and policies they personally prefer, thwart the ones they dislike and look around for some legal reasoning to justify what they have done.
Brownback Sends Letter in Support of General Pace  —  Commends Pace's leadership, personal commitment to moral principles  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today circulated a letter among his Senate colleagues for signature that will be sent to President Bush in support of General Peter Pace …
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