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10:05 PM ET, March 14, 2007

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New York Times:
Bush Defends Gonzales in Firing of Prosecutors  —  President Bush defended Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today amid the furor over the firing of federal prosecutors, but he said he was troubled over the clumsy handling of the dismissals.  —  "I do have confidence in Attorney General Al Gonzales …
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White House:
President Bush and President Calderón Participate in a Joint Press Availability  —  PRESIDENT CALDERÓN: (As translated.)  Good morning, Mr. President, dear friends from the media.  I thank you for being here in this press conference.  I would like to thank …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and First Draft
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bush defends Gonzales: Just some confusion and mismanagement is all....  Update: (second video added) George Bush was questioned about Alberto Gonzales' role in the firing of US Attorneys in Mexico today.  He wasn't too happy about it.  He used the "pleasure of the President" talking point-called it a problem of "mismanagement."
Stuart M. Gerson / Washington Post:
Inside the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys Controversy
Los Angeles Times:   Bush 'not happy' with handling of fired attorneys
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush Falsely Claims His Prosecutor Purge Is 'A Customary Practice By Presidents'
Discussion: ArchPundit and The Mahablog
Andrew Zajac / Chicago Tribune:
Fitzgerald: Rove tried to limit choice  —  WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.) said Tuesday that White House political adviser Karl Rove told him in the spring of 2001 that he should limit his choice for U.S. attorney in Chicago to someone from Illinois.
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Bloomberg:
Giuliani Law Firm Lobbies in Texas for Chavez-Controlled Citgo  —  Rudolph Giuliani's law firm lobbies for Citgo Petroleum Corp., a unit of the state-owned oil company controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the U.S.'s chief antagonist in the Western Hemisphere.
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NY Daily News:   Giuliani firm on payroll of Prez Chavez oil company
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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kuna.net.kw:
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 …
Robert F. Moore / NY Daily News:
No deal, Kerik says to plea offer & prison time  —  Disgraced former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik borrowed a line from a popular game show after federal prosecutors made him a plea offer that would have required him to do time:  —  No deal.  —  "He rejected the plea deal because he paid …
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Zzaki / Political Punch:
Senator Clinton, unplugged  —  This morning on Good Morning, America, we ran an interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, in which she called for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's head.  —  "The buck should stop somewhere," Clinton said (CLICK HERE FOR MORE) "and the Attorney General …
Lolita C. Baldor / ABCNEWS:
9/11 Mastermind Confesses in Guantanamo  —  9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Confesses in Guantanamo, According to Transcripts  —  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, confessed to that attack and a string of others during a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay …
Discussion: Hot Air, TalkLeft and Pajamas Media
Associated Press:
French High Court Rejects Gay Marriage  —  PARIS (AP) - France's highest court Tuesday rejected as unlawful the first marriage by a gay couple in France, annulling the union of the two men.  —  Stephane Charpin and Bertrand Charpentier were married in a civil ceremony on June 5, 2004 …
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: Angry Bear
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.
Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
Legislators Aim At a New Misdeed On the Road: DWT  —  'Driving While Texting'  —  Is Email Junkies' Woe,  —  Linked to Accidents  —  OLYMPIA, Wash. — During the morning rush hour on Dec. 5, the 53-year-old driver of a blue Dodge Caravan was traveling north on Interstate 5 outside Seattle …
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Some progress may mean hope for Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD - Bomb deaths have gone down 30 percent in Baghdad since the U.S.-led security crackdown began a month ago.  Execution-style slayings are down by nearly half.  The once frequent sound of weapons has been reduced to episodic …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Blue Dog Supplemental Saboteur List, Updated
Discussion: TalkLeft
Lipris / the albany project:
Where Do You Stand, Kirsten Gillibrand? UPDATED
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Call Joe Sestak About Iraq
Discussion: TalkLeft and Booman Tribune
Megan McArdle / Instapundit.com:
ON GLOBAL WARMING Let me clarify a little my position.
Bob Geiger:
Biden To Bush: "You're leading us off a cliff. Stop!"
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate Budget Would Expand Health Care
Discussion: Angry Bear and Cato-at-liberty
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
A Debt of Gratitude  —  WHY IS BUSH SO OBSESSED WITH UNGRATEFUL FOREIGNERS?
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
House presses on open government agenda
Richard Miniter / Pajamas Media:
FLASH: US IN DISARMAMENT DISCUSSIONS WITH ELEMENTS OF AL-SADR'S MAHDI ARMY IN IRAQ
Ynetnews:
London report: Senior Iranian officer 'disappears'