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4:30 PM ET, March 15, 2007


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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Panel OKs subpoenas in attorney probe  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday cleared the way for subpoenas compelling five Justice Department officials and six of the U.S. attorneys they fired to tell the story of the purge that has prompted demands for the ouster of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
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  —  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 …
William Finn Bennett / North County Times:
Issa: 'Congress was lied to'
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 …
Debbie Schlussel:   OUTRAGE: Rosie O'Donnell Feels Bad for 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
The Smoking Gun:
Bin Laden Deputy In Gitmo Confession
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Hot Air
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 …
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
Matt Browner Hamlin / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton Lied At The DNC  —  Last month I attended the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting.  I saw every presidential candidate speak about their vision for America and what they would do if elected president, including Senator Hillary Clinton.  —  Clinton made two major statements about Iraq in her DNC speech.
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.
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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Rocky Mountain News:
Loud and divided on Iraq
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and protein wisdom
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Support for al-Qaida plots on large right-wing blog
Discussion: Fox News and Jules Crittenden
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Panel Keeps Iraq Timeline in Budget Plan
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
CREW: White House Breaking Records Law?
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
In a Test of Capturing Carbon Dioxide, Perhaps a Way to Temper Global Warming
Ian Bishop / New York Post:
Discussion: News Hounds
Lockhart / Curbed:
Morning Reverie in Prospect Lefferts Gardens
EXCLUSIVE: New Video of 2002 Pro-Choice Romney
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Reports of the GOP's Death . . .
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Fighting to Recapture Maverick Spirit of 2000 Bid
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Hugo Chávez Is Tied to Giuliani Firm