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1:25 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 …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and TPMmuckraker
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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 …
Lincoln Caplan / Slate:
Hyper Hacks  —  WHAT'S REALLY WRONG WITH THE BUSH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.  —  Our system of government tries to limit the sway of partisan politics over the law by giving life tenure to federal judges.  But it doesn't do the same for the attorney general or the lawyers who work for him.
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.
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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 …
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.
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Thinking Through Ending the War
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
Matt Browner Hamlin / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton Lied At The DNC
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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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 …
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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."
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Hope In Baghdad?  —  We shouldn't rule it out.  There's solid data on a real drop in bombings and murders in Baghdad since Plus Up began.  It's almost solely because the Shiite militias are just lying low.  But it's still a good thing.  Money quote: … This isn't normality; the carnage is still awful.
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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."
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 …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
TimesSelect Free for College Students — and Graduates?  —  The Loophole in an NYT Plan to Offer Access to the Enrolled  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — 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 …
Discussion: Unfogged and Eschaton
 
 
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CBN.com:
EXCLUSIVE: New Video of 2002 Pro-Choice Romney
Discussion: Redstate and The Right Angle
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
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
The Actual Text of the E-mails Provides Further Support That the …
Oyster / Your Right Hand Thief:
Crony lawyer defends crony capitalists
Discussion: First Draft
Donald J. Boudreaux / Christian Science Monitor:
Statistics can mislead as easily as they can enlighten
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
New York Times:
Iraqis' Progress Lags Behind Pace Set by Bush Plan
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Sean O'Neill / Times of London:
University is accused of censoring anti-Semitic Islam lecture
Discussion: Kesher Talk, TigerHawk and normblog
Sam Harris / Los Angeles Times:
God's dupes  —  Moderate believers give cover to religious fanatics …
Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Big 'negatives' knocked her off Kerry's list
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
The Wrath Of Tom DeLay
Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Waning momentum  —  It is the subject of increasing backroom …
Discussion: The Nation, Redstate and PSoTD
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Hugo Chávez Is Tied to Giuliani Firm