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2:35 PM ET, March 14, 2007


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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.
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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: Jon Swift and Hullabaloo
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.
Gonzales Has Few Republican Defenders on Prosecutors (Update1)  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales found few defenders in Congress among fellow Republicans as Democrats escalated demands for his resignation over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.  —  The controversy intensified yesterday …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Trap That Gonzales Fell Into  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has fallen into a tough spot, either through his ignorance or by his own machinations.  Gonzales testified to Congress that the White House had no involvement in the firings of eight US Attorneys, but a series of memos …
Discussion: MyDD and Redstate
New York Times:
'Mistakes' Made on Prosecutors, Gonzales Says
CNN:   Fired attorneys say apologies are in order
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.
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: protein wisdom and Big Lizards
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Gray Lady Uses Skirts To Hide CAIR
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
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
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Fox News can't take a punch  —  The cheese has really fallen off the cracker at Fox News over the Nevada Democratic Party's decision to break its presidential debate partnership with the cable news channel because the outlet is not seen as being fair.  On Saturday night, Beltway Boys co-host …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The president receives "lessons" from his neoconservative tutors  —  Last week, George Bush hosted what he called "a literary luncheon" to honor "historian" Andrew Roberts.  Accounts of that luncheon — which describe the "lessons" the guests taught the President (and they call them "lessons" …
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:
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton and Obama Court Jewish Vote  —  As Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama compete for Jewish donors and voters, Mrs. Clinton is following a tried-and-true rule of hers from New York — support Israel to the last — while Mr. Obama is trying a more delicate strategy that hit some bumps this week.
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