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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
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.
Bush irked by 'mistakes' in attorney firings … WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush said Wednesday he is "not happy" about mistakes surrounding the decision to fire eight U.S. attorneys, but his faith in his attorney general is unwavering.  —  "I do have confidence in AG Al Gonzales," …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Trap That Gonzales Fell Into
Discussion: MyDD
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Senate Passes Bill Containing Proposals of 9/11 Panel
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and The BLT
CNN:   Fired attorneys say apologies are in order
New York Times:
'Mistakes' Made on Prosecutors, Gonzales Says
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The president receives "lessons" from his neoconservative tutors  —  (updated below - updated again)  —  On February 28, George Bush hosted what he called "a literary luncheon" to honor "historian" Andrew Roberts.  Accounts of that luncheon — which describe the "lessons" …
Scott McConnell / The American Conservative:
Bloggers vs. the Lobby
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
Karl / protein wisdom:   Scrutiny Increases for the Council on American-Islamic Relations...
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
MORE NCLB....Matt Yglesias thinks I'm being paranoid when I say that some of NCLB's supporters view it as a clever Trojan horse designed to officially label public schools as failures: … Let me make several points in response.  You can all decide whether they're fair ones:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
'No Child' Target Is Called Out of Reach
Discussion: and The Sideshow
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 …
MIL-IRAQ-US SOLDIERS  —  Baghdad security crackdown seriously curbs killings of US soldiers  —  The rate of killings of US troops in Iraq has been on the decline, down by 60 percent, since the launch of the new security measures in Baghdad, according to statistics revealed …
Discussion: Attytood and Hang Right Politics
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:
Nicolette Hahn Niman / New York Times:
Pig Out  —  WITH some fanfare, the world's largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, recently announced that it intended to phase out certain cages for its breeding females.  Called gestation crates, the cages virtually immobilize pigs during their pregnancies in metal stalls so narrow they are unable to turn around.
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