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10:20 AM ET, March 16, 2007

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New York Times:
Phony Fraud Charges  —  In its fumbling attempts to explain the purge of United States attorneys, the Bush administration has argued that the fired prosecutors were not aggressive enough about addressing voter fraud.  It is a phony argument; there is no evidence that any of them ignored real instances of voter fraud.
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 …
New York Times:
Rove Is Linked to Early Query Over Dismissals  —  Karl Rove, the senior presidential adviser, inquired about firing United States attorneys in January 2005, e-mail messages released Thursday show.  The request prompted a Justice Department aide to respond that Alberto R. Gonzales …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
President Turns to an Insider to Negotiate on Dismissals  —  It was hardly a social call when Fred F. Fielding, the new White House counsel, turned up Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill.  —  He had come to negotiate with Democrats, who are investigating whether politics played a role …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Jan Crawford Greenburg / ABCNEWS:
E-Mails Show Rove's Role in U.S. Attorney Firings
Discussion: FP Passport and Political Animal
Mark Memmott / On Deadline:
Second Republican suggests Gonzales should go
Discussion: MyDD and PoliBlog (TM)
Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
CBS and NBC Pursue Gonzales and Rove, But ABC Raises Clinton and Lack of Illegality
Discussion: Macsmind
UPI:
Danish scientist: Global warming is a myth  —  A Danish scientist said the idea of a "global temperature" and global warming is more political than scientific.  —  University of Copenhagen Professor Bjarne Andresen has analyzed the topic in collaboration with Canadian Professors Christopher Essex …
Discussion: QandO, GINA COBB and Maggie's Farm
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New York Times:
Senate Rejects Democrats' Call to Pull Troops  —  The Senate on Thursday rejected a Democratic resolution to withdraw most American combat troops from Iraq in 2008, but a similar measure advanced in the House, and Democratic leaders vowed to keep challenging President Bush to change course in Iraq.
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William Roberts / Bloomberg:   Senate Rejects Democratic Iraq Troop Withdrawal Plan (Update2)
Washington Post:
Valerie Plame, the Spy Who's Ready to Speak for Herself  —  Years of Silence Will End Today With Capitol Hill Testimony  —  She has been silent nearly four years.  Today, the CIA officer whose unmasking fueled a political uproar and criminal probe that reached into the White House is poised …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Diagnosis: Cheney  —  "What is wrong with Dick Cheney?" asks Michelle Cottle in the inaugural issue of the newly relaunched New Republic.  She then spends the next 1,900 words marshaling evidence suggesting that his cardiac disease has left him demented and mentally disordered.
Washington Post:
The Reliable Source  —  The Education of a Senator, Day Two: Yesterday we told you about Chuck Schumer's early years on the "It's Academic" team in high school.  Now we've learned that the brainy New Yorker (high school valedictorian, 1600 SAT score) is still steamed about the grade he got on his college thesis.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Joseph Kahn / New York Times:
China Approves Property Law, Strengthening Its Middle Class  —  After more than a quarter-century of market-oriented economic policies and record-setting growth, China on Friday enacted its first law to protect private property explicitly.  —  The measure, which was delayed …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Confession at Guantánamo by 9/11 Mastermind May Aid Other Qaeda Defendants  —  The admissions made by the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks illuminated and transformed the cases against him and the 13 other Qaeda leaders transferred last year from C.I.A. prisons to the Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Far From Inevitable, McCain Retunes '08 Engine  —  Senator John McCain of Arizona worked hard for years to make himself the all-but-inevitable 2008 Republican presidential nominee, assembling a formidable machine of advisers and contributors, repairing his relationship with the Bush White House …
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
D.C. Vote Bill Sent To House Floor  —  Supporters Hoping For Momentum to Sway Leery Senate  —  A bill granting the District its first full-fledged seat in the House of Representatives passed the Judiciary Committee yesterday, clearing the final hurdle before a vote by the entire House, expected next week.
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Patrick moves to shore up his staff  —  2 State House veterans tapped to add stability  —  After two months of escalating political setbacks, Governor Deval Patrick brought in two State House veterans yesterday to help stabilize his new administration and announced the resignation …
New York Times:
A New Face of Jihad Vows Attacks on U.S.  —  TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Deep in a violent and lawless slum just north of this coastal city, 12 men whose faces were shrouded by scarves drilled with Kalashnikovs.  —  In unison, they lunged in one direction, turned and lunged in another.
 
 
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