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12:50 PM ET, March 14, 2007


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New York Times:
'Mistakes' Made on Prosecutors, Gonzales Says  —  Under criticism from lawmakers of both parties for the dismissals of federal prosecutors, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales insisted Tuesday that he would not resign but said, "I acknowledge that mistakes were made here."
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
WHY HAVEN'T WE WRITTEN ABOUT THE US ATTORNEYS' STORY?:  In an unrelated comment thread, anonymous commenter "CrazyTrain" writes: … First, I would like to clear up something: Of course we are all political hacks!  Our secret trick is that we alternate which side to spin …
Real Cities:
Current situation is distinct from Clinton firings of U.S. attorneys  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration and its defenders like to point out that President Bush isn't the first president to fire U.S. attorneys and replace them with loyalists.  —  While that's true, the current case is different.
Opinion Journal:
The Hubbell Standard  —  Hillary Clinton knows all about sacking U.S. Attorneys.  —  Congressional Democrats are in full cry over the news this week that the Administration's decision to fire eight U.S. Attorneys originated from—gasp—the White House.  Senator Hillary Clinton joined the fun yesterday …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Grand Elusion  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced the cameras for all of nine minutes yesterday, but he managed to contradict himself at least four times as he fought off calls to resign over the firing of U.S. attorneys.  —  "Mistakes were made," he said in fluent scandalese, but "I think it was the right decision."
Washington Post:
Gonzales:'Mistakes Were Made'  —  But Attorney Genera Defends Firings ofEight U.S. Attorneys  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales took responsibility yesterday for "mistakes" related to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year but rejected calls for his resignation from Democrats who accuse him of misleading Congress.
EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton Calls for Gonzales' Resignation  —  Senator Tells ABC News 'Buck Should Stop Somewhere' Over Issue of Fired Attorneys  —  In an exclusive interview to air Wednesday morning, March 14, on "Good Morning America," Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., the front-runner …
White House:
Press Briefing by Dan Bartlett, Counselor to the President  —  MR. BARTLETT: Good afternoon, everyone.  I'll start with a few brief comments, before I take your questions.  —  The two Presidents are concluding their lunch pretty much as we speak, in which they — is on the heels …
New York Times:
Politics, Pure and Cynical  —  We wish we'd been surprised to learn that the White House was deeply involved in the politically motivated firing of eight United States attorneys, but the news had the unmistakable whiff of inevitability.  This disaster is just part of the Bush administration's sordid history …
Editor and Publisher:
Editorial Pages Call for Axing Attorney General  —  NEW YORK The New York Times got the editorial ball rolling on Monday, calling for the firing of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales due largely, if not completely, to the burgeoning scandal involving the forced departure of eight U.S. attorneys.
Discussion: Redstate and Hullabaloo
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   The Trap That Gonzales Fell Into
CNN:   Fired attorneys say apologies are in order
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Senate Passes Bill Containing Proposals of 9/11 Panel
Washington Post:
White House Finds Trouble Harder to Shrug Off
Discussion: All Spin Zone
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Group Advocating for Muslims in U.S. Gets More Scrutiny  —  With violence across the Middle East fixing Islam smack at the center of the American political debate, an organization partly financed by donors closely identified with wealthy Persian Gulf governments has emerged as the most vocal advocate …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Big Lizards
Karl / protein wisdom:   Scrutiny Increases for the Council on American-Islamic Relations...
Financial Times:
Fresh selling sweeps through global markets  —  World equity markets continued to tumble on Wednesday as fears over the growing crisis in the US subprime mortgage market triggered fresh selling.  —  After Wall Street tumbled overnight, Asian and European bourses were hit hard as investors headed …
Discussion: Blogs for Bush and Balloon Juice
Hans Greimel / Associated Press:
Asian, European stocks plunge
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Sasha Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
DECONSTRUCTIONISM AND CONSERVATIVE ACTIVISM: The Critical Legal Studies movement is heavily influenced by the deconstruction movement.  Jack Balkin explains how deconstruction as a literary and philosophical tool migrated into the law, in his 2005 Cardozo Law Review article Deconstruction's Legal Career:
Alan K. Simpson / Washington Post:
Bigotry That Hurts Our Military  —  As a lifelong Republican who served in the Army in Germany, I believe it is critical that we review — and overturn — the ban on gay service in the military.  I voted for "don't ask, don't tell."  But much has changed since 1993.
London report: Senior Iranian officer 'disappears'  —  Tehran has lost contact with a senior Iranian officer serving in Iraq, according to London-based Arabic newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat.  Iranian source speculates that he may have been taken into custody by Americans  —  Roee Nahmias
Cain Burdeau / Associated Press:
Corps placed faulty pumps in New Orleans  —  NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers, rushing to meet President Bush's promise to protect New Orleans by the start of the 2006 hurricane season, installed defective flood-control pumps last year despite warnings from its own expert that the equipment …
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Paul Silver / The Moderate Voice:
Not what we do, but how we do it  —  Issues come and go …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The president receives "lessons" from his neoconservative tutors
Simon Cameron-Moore / Reuters:
Ire grows in Pakistan over judge's removal
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Global warming: The climate has changed
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Rocky Mountain News:
Johnson: 'Get Out of Iraq' measure's author taking some blows
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Global warming story hits critical mass
Washington Post:
The Right to Serve  —  GEN. PETER PACE, chairman of the Joint Chiefs …
 Earlier Items: 
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Arrests Energize Zimbabwe Opposition
Bob Ivry / Bloomberg:
Foreclosures May Hit 1.5 Million in U.S. Housing Bust (Update3)
Discussion: The Agonist and The Impolitic
New York Times:
The Purse Isn't Congress's Only Weapon
Discussion: Left in the West
Washington Post:
Iraq Intensifies Efforts to Expel Iranian Group
Matt Stoller / The Politico:
Republican Propaganda Is Not News
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
'No Child' Target Is Called Out of Reach
Real Cities:
U.S. allies in Africa may have engaged in secret prisoner renditions
Discussion: At-Largely
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama's Jewish Problem