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1:35 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.
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 …
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."
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 …
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.
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: Hullabaloo
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Trap That Gonzales Fell Into
Discussion: MyDD and Redstate
EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton Calls for Gonzales' Resignation
CNN:   Fired attorneys say apologies are in order
Washington Wire:
Gonzales: It's Up to President Bush
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
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: Big Lizards
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Gray Lady Uses Skirts To Hide CAIR
Karl / protein wisdom:   Scrutiny Increases for the Council on American-Islamic Relations...
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.
Matt Stoller / The Politico:
Republican Propaganda Is Not News  —  Over the past three weeks or so, the progressive movement - bloggers,, grassroots activists, filmmakers - pressured the Nevada Democratic Party to drop Fox News as the host of a presidential debate in August.  In pursuing this short campaign …
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:
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 …
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" …
Bob Ivry / Bloomberg:
Foreclosures May Hit 1.5 Million in U.S. Housing Bust (Update3)  —  Hold on to your assets.  The deepest housing decline in 16 years is about to get worse.  —  As many as 1.5 million more Americans may lose their homes, another 100,000 people in housing-related industries could be fired …
Discussion: The Agonist and The Impolitic
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Not what we do, but how we do it  —  Issues come and go …
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