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3:40 PM ET, March 15, 2007


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Murray Waas / National Journal:
Internal Affairs  —  Aborted DOJ Probe Probably Would Have Targeted Gonzales  —  Shortly before Attorney General Alberto Gonzales advised President Bush last year on whether to shut down a Justice Department inquiry regarding the administration's warrantless domestic eavesdropping program …
Subpoenas target Justice; White House could be next … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he doesn't care what the White House and Justice Department think of his subpoenas — he wants answers.  —  The committee Thursday authorized the use of subpoenas …
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:   All roads lead to Rove
Mike Mount / CNN:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: I beheaded American reporter … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told a U.S. military tribunal he personally beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, the Pentagon revealed Thursday.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Suspected Leader of Attacks on 9/11 Is Said to Confess
The Smoking Gun:
Bin Laden Deputy In Gitmo Confession
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Ian Bishop / New York Post:
OBAMA SURGING  —  WIPES OUT HILL'S 19-POINT LEAD IN POLL  —  Soaring Democratic 2008 contender Barack Obama has erased Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-sizable lead and dramatically closed the gap to single digits, a stunning new Time magazine poll shows.  —  Obama's dramatic surge …
Discussion: News Hounds
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Thinking Through Ending the War
Scott Lilly / Center for American Progress:
"Liberal Idiots"  —  Reality Check for Iraq War Opponents  —  As the result of a concealed camera and the miracle of YouTube, my old boss, Dave Obey (D-WI), roiled the political waters last week by using the term "liberal idiots" during an argument with an Iraq War protestor.
Discussion: Sirotablog
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Endorsing Doing Nothing on Iraq  —  David Sirota, (David responds to me here) of all people, is recommending a column that seems to endorse doing nothing to end the war in Iraq: … So there you have it, we "idiots" can do and should do nothing.  Boy, aren't you glad you voted for Dems in 2006 in order to end the war in Iraq?
The Hill:
2008 and counting: Using praise as a weapon on the trail  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) slipped in a compliment — of sorts — about a fellow 2008 hopeful during his appearances on the Iowa stump last weekend.  —  "I want to wait and hear what John Edwards has to say, he's kind of good-looking …
Washington Post:
Dozens in GOP Turn Against Bush's Prized 'No Child' Act  —  More than 50 GOP members of the House and Senate — including the House's second-ranking Republican — will introduce legislation today that could severely undercut President Bush's signature domestic achievement, the No Child Left Behind Act …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
YET MORE NCLB....There's just no getting away from NCLB.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Emanuel tells freshmen to avoid Stephen Colbert  —  Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the Democratic Caucus chairman, has told new Democratic members of Congress to steer clear of Stephen Colbert, or at least his satirical Comedy Central program, "The Colbert Report."
Sam Harris / Los Angeles Times:
God's dupes  —  Moderate believers give cover to religious fanatics — and are every bit as delusional.  —  PETE STARK, a California Democrat, appears to be the first congressman in U.S. history to acknowledge that he doesn't believe in God.  In a country in which 83% of the population thinks …
Paul Watson / Los Angeles Times:
As a child, Obama crossed a cultural divide in Indonesia  —  JAKARTA, INDONESIA — As a boy in Indonesia, Barack Obama crisscrossed the religious divide.  At the local primary school, he prayed in thanks to a Catholic saint.  In the neighborhood mosque, he bowed to Allah.
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The real target of the 6 imams' 'discrimination' suit  —  The "flying imams' " federal lawsuit, filed this week in Minneapolis, has made headlines around the country.  The imams are demanding unspecified damages from US Airways and the Metropolitan Airports Commission, both with deep pockets.
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Hugo Chávez Is Tied to Giuliani Firm  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani's law firm has lobbied for years on behalf of an oil company controlled by the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, a strident critic of President Bush and American-style capitalism.  —  Bracewell & Giuliani …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Fighting to Recapture Maverick Spirit of 2000 Bid  —  In the seven years since John McCain and his "Straight Talk Express" nearly derailed George W. Bush's White House ambitions, the blunt-spoken senator from Arizona has become the very picture of the highly managed presidential candidate he once scorned.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
TimesSelect Free for College Students — and Graduates?  —  The Loophole in an NYT Plan to Offer Access to the Enrolled  —  NEW YORK ( — The New York Times decided earlier this week to give free TimesSelect access to college students and faculty with ".edu" in their e-mail addresses …
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Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Panel Keeps Iraq Timeline in Budget Plan
Discussion: Daily Kos
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
In a Test of Capturing Carbon Dioxide, Perhaps a Way to Temper Global Warming
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Morning Reverie in Prospect Lefferts Gardens
EXCLUSIVE: New Video of 2002 Pro-Choice Romney
David Wasserman / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS  —  Looking at the Big Picture in the House
Discussion: Club for Growth
Karen Tumulty / Time:
How The Right Went Wrong
John McCaslin / Washington Times:
Inside the Beltway
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Jeri Clausing / Denver Post:
War of words grips statehouse
Oyster / Your Right Hand Thief:
Crony lawyer defends crony capitalists
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and First Draft
Donald J. Boudreaux / Christian Science Monitor:
Statistics can mislead as easily as they can enlighten
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Sen. Clinton dodges question on gays, immorality
Discussion: AMERICAblog, MyDD, Pandagon and Macsmind
Sean O'Neill / Times of London:
University is accused of censoring anti-Semitic Islam lecture
Discussion: Kesher Talk, normblog and TigerHawk
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Reports of the GOP's Death . . .