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8:45 PM ET, March 15, 2007


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Jan Crawford Greenburg / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: E-Mails Show Rove's Role in U.S. Attorney Firings  —  Unreleased E-Mails Contradict White House Assertions That the Firings Originated With Harriet Miers  —  New unreleased e-mails from top administration officials show that the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys was raised …
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 …
Discussion: Needlenose
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 …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
CREW: White House Breaking Records Law?  —  A number of readers have pointed out that Karl Rove's deputy at the White House, Scott Jennings, used an outside domain,, for his emails.  The domain, it turns out, is owned by the Republican National Committee.
Think Progress:
Breaking: New E-Mails Show Rove, Gonzales Had Deeper Role In U.S. Attorney Firings  —  ABC News reports that new emails reveal that the plan for firing U.S. Attorneys originated in the White House.  Both Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales discussed the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys in early January 2005.
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
All roads lead to Rove  —  The Bush administration's first instinct was to shield Karl Rove from scrutiny when Congress began inquiring about the unusual firings of eight U.S. attorneys.  Among the replacements, the proposed new U.S. attorney for Arkansas happened to be one of Rove's most devoted underlings …
Discussion: Think Progress
Mark Memmott / On Deadline:   Second Republican suggests Gonzales should go
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Still Vague: Why Were Prosecutors Fired?
Discussion: CJR Daily
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Rosie dismisses KSM, says he is not "be all, end all" of terrorism Update: Rosie defends KSM; robbed of his "humanity"  —  UPDATE: Rosie defends KSM:  —  In the segment prior to what we originally posted, Rosie defended Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's "humanity", remarking terrorists aren't treated like …
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
9/11 mastermind admits killing reporter  —  WASHINGTON - Suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl and a central role in 30 other attacks and plots in the U.S. and worldwide that killed thousands of victims …
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Officials: Mohammed exaggerated claims  —  WASHINGTON - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's claims that he was responsible for dozens of successful, foiled and imagined attacks in the past 15 years relies on a loose definition of the word "responsible."  Officials say the 9/11 mastermind was key to some plots but a bit player in others.
Debbie Schlussel:
OUTRAGE: Rosie O'Donnell Feels Bad for 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
9/11 "Confession": How Real? (Updated and Bumped)
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Support for al-Qaida plots on large right-wing blog
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy and Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
Senate Rejects Measure for Iraq Pullout  —  In a largely party-line vote, the Senate today rejected a Democratic resolution aimed at withdrawing most American combat troops from Iraq in 2008.  But Democratic leaders vowed to keep raising the measure to escalate pressure on the Bush Administration …
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 and The American Street
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Endorsing Doing Nothing on Iraq
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Panel Keeps Iraq Timeline in Budget Plan  —  WASHINGTON — A Democratic plan to require the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq passed its first test on Thursday as the House Appropriations Committee voted to endorse the proposal, overcoming Republican opposition.
Discussion: Daily Kos
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Senate GOP Turns Back Iraq Pullout Plan
Sen. Clinton dodges question on gays, immorality … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton sidestepped a question about whether she thinks homosexuality is immoral Wednesday, less than two weeks after telling gay-rights activists she was "proud" to stand by their side.
Paul Kedrosky / Opinion Journal:
Viacom v. YouTube  —  The real issue is a consumer rebellion, not intellectual property.  —  Today's Video on Inside the Editorial Page—Paul Gigot & Co. discuss Viacom's lawsuit against Google.  —  One billion dollars.  Viacom's claimed damages in its recently announced copyright …
Discussion: EconLog and Reason Magazine
Rick Ballard / American Thinker:
Serious Questions for Henry Waxman's Show Trial  —  A hearing tomorrow, called by House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, will focus on the purported outing of CIA celebrity agent Valerie Plame by the White House and Office of the Vice-President.
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Stop the Presses, Boys!  Women Claim Space on Op-Ed Pages  —  Whatever other reasons may explain the lack of women's voices on the nation's op-ed pages, the lack of women asking to be there is clearly part of the problem.  Many opinion page editors at major newspapers across the country …
Discussion: and Gawker
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Matthew Yglesias:
If It Ain't Broke  —  I have a combination of lavish praise …
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Outrageously Misstates Facts on Timing of Targeting of Lam
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Time to turn Newt leaf? Ex-ally says no
John Steele / Telegraph:
Freedom of speech row as talk on Islamic extremists is banned
Anne Schroeder / The Politico:
Crab Cakes, The Four Seasons and Puke: Doesn't Get Better Than That
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Daily Show: Serving at the Pleasure of the President
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
At Candidates Forum, Silence About the War Speaks Volumes
Rocky Mountain News:
Loud and divided on Iraq
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 Earlier Items: 
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Hope In Baghdad?
Nat Ives / AdAge:
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The Hill:
2008 and counting: Using praise as a weapon on the trail
Sam Harris / Los Angeles Times:
God's dupes  —  Moderate believers give cover to religious fanatics …
Paul Watson / Los Angeles Times:
As a child, Obama crossed a cultural divide in Indonesia
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Reports of the GOP's Death . . .
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Emanuel tells freshmen to avoid Stephen Colbert