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8:55 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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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 …
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."
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
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Republican says Gonzales should be fired  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. John Sununu (news, bio, voting record) of New Hampshire on Wednesday became the first Republican in Congress to call for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' dismissal, hours after President Bush expressed confidence in his embattled Cabinet officer.
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.
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush Defends Gonzales's Decision
Stuart M. Gerson / Washington Post:
Inside the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys Controversy
Nico / Think Progress:
Leahy Says He'll Subpoena Rove, Discusses Potential Crimes Involved …
Discussion: White House
CNN:   Fired attorneys say apologies are in order
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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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
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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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.
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
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:
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 …
 
 
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
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Call Joe Sestak About Iraq
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Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Some progress may mean hope for Baghdad
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Senate Budget Would Expand Health Care
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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
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FLASH: US IN DISARMAMENT DISCUSSIONS WITH ELEMENTS OF AL-SADR'S MAHDI ARMY IN IRAQ
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I DON'T KNOW THAT THIS IS AIMED AT ME, because frankly I doubt …
Nicolette Hahn Niman / New York Times:
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Ahmed Rasheed / Reuters:
U.S. says car bombs a concern despite Baghdad plan
Discussion: Power Line and Gateway Pundit
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Colorado Has Song in Its Heart, and Not Drugs on Its Mind
Ynetnews:
London report: Senior Iranian officer 'disappears'
Alan K. Simpson / Washington Post:
Bigotry That Hurts Our Military
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