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1:45 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 …
William Finn Bennett / North County Times:
Issa: 'Congress was lied to'  —  Calls for ouster of attorney general if involved in providing false information to lawmakers  —  U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa said Wednesday he was "outraged" that executive branch officials recently gave a congressional hearing misleading and inaccurate testimony based …
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 …
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Panel OKs subpoenas in attorney probe
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Suspected Leader of Attacks on 9/11 Is Said to Confess  —  Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, long said to be the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, confessed to them at a military hearing held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Saturday, according to a transcript released by the Pentagon yesterday.
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
9/11 mastermind admits killing reporter
Mike Mount / CNN:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: I beheaded American reporter
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog
The Smoking Gun:
Bin Laden Deputy In Gitmo Confession
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
New York Times:
Clinton Says Some G.I.'s in Iraq Would Stay  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton foresees a "remaining military as well as political mission" in Iraq, and says that if elected president, she would keep a reduced military force there to fight Al Qaeda, deter Iranian aggression, protect the Kurds and possibly support the Iraqi military.
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 Browner Hamlin / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton Lied At The DNC
Discussion: New York Times
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Thinking Through Ending the War
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
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 …
Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Waning momentum  —  It is the subject of increasing backroom discussion among Democratic officials and strategists on Capitol Hill and the party's rank-and-file forces at the grass roots.  The "it" is Sen. Hillary Clinton's questionable electability and whether Democrats will end …
Discussion: The Nation, Redstate and PSoTD
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."
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.
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.
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.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Reports of the GOP's Death . . .  Months before the first votes are cast in the campaign of 2008, some in the media are conducting last rites for the Republicans.  The rush to bury the GOP is as hasty as it is premature.  —  The headline atop Page 1 of Tuesday's New York Times read, "GOP Voters Voice Anxieties on Party's Fate."
Todd Hartman / Rocky Mountain News:
What does it mean?  It depends on what side of issue you're on  —  The polarizing debate over the Iraq war played out with passion at the Colorado legislature Wednesday, but what it accomplished appears open to interpretation.  —  To critics, the Democratic- backed resolution critical …
John McCaslin / Washington Times:
Inside the Beltway  —  Allen angles  —  Inside the Beltway has learned that former Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican, will host a private dinner in Old Town Alexandria in the coming days to discuss whether to seek the Senate seat now held by senior Republican Sen. John W. Warner …
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Sam Harris / Los Angeles Times:
God's dupes  —  Moderate believers give cover to religious fanatics …
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