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11:25 PM ET, March 16, 2007

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Editor and Publisher:
White House Security Chief Reveals — No Probe of Plame Leak There  —  NEW YORK Dr. James Knodell, director of the Office of Security at the White House, told a congressional committee today that he was aware of no internal investigation or report into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Gavel, Macsmind and NewsHog
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Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Hearing on Disclosure of CIA Identity:No White House Investigation  —  No White House Investigation  —  The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is holding a hearing on whether White House officials followed appropriate procedures for safeguarding the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson.
Faiz / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Valerie Plame Confirms Her Covert Status Prior To Novak Leak  —  This morning, in her testimony under oath before the House Government and Oversight Committee, Valerie Plame Wilson asserted that she was in fact a covert officer at the time that columnist Robert Novak revealed her employment at the CIA.
David Stout / New York Times:
Subject of C.I.A. Leak Testifies on Capitol Hill
Discussion: Althouse
The Nation:
Valerie Plame Speaks—Finally—About CIA Leak Case
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Booman Tribune
The Raw Story:
Plame hearing transcript
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
CBS News:
Will Gonzales Fall For Attorney Firings?  —  Sources: AG's Ouster Is Inevitable; Fired Attorney Blames Partisan Politics  —  (CBS/AP) One of the eight recently fired U.S. attorneys at the center of a growing political scandal tells CBS News that he lost his job because he "did not play ball" with powerful Republicans.
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Nico / Think Progress:
Gonzales Gave Kyle Sampson New Justice Dept. Office After His Supposed 'Resignation'  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales planned to install his former aide Kyle Sampson as a lawyer in the Justice Department's environment division even after Sampson's "resignation," NPR reported today.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
White House Backs Off on Miers Scenario
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
White House murky on prosecutor firings
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
FBI: Extremists Driving School Buses  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Suspected members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States, counterterror officials said Friday, in a cautionary bulletin to police.  An FBI spokesman said, "Parents and children have nothing to fear."
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Fox News:
FBI PUTS LOCAL OFFICIALS ON NOTICE ABOUT EXTREMISTS TRYING TO SIGN UP TO BE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI has issued an "informational bulletin" to state and local officials saying to watch out for people tied to extremist groups trying to earn licenses to drive school buses.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Confederate Yankee
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
Fox hounded  —  How the Democrats are turning on Fox News.  —  In the history of capitalism has any company had more success with just a wink and a nod than the Fox News Channel?  And can Democrats be successful in the 2008 campaign by refusing to wink or nod back?
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Nitpicker:
Dance, Foxholes, Dance!  —  In the light of Fox News scrambling to maintain the thinnest veneer of "balance" after Democrats refused to lend them respectability, I thought it might be time to point out something I witnessed first hand as a public affairs sergeant in Afghanistan.  I call it the "Fox News Two Step."
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
McCain Stumbles on H.I.V. Prevention  —  SOMEWHERE in NORTHERN IOWA — The unthinkable has happened.  Senator John McCain met a question, while sitting with reporters on his bus as it rumbled through Iowa today, that he couldn't - or perhaps wouldn't - answer.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Eric Pianin / Campaign Trail:
McCain is stumped on the stump  —  It's not often that a reporter stumps John McCain.  But it happened Friday, and it was a telling moment for the Republican presidential contender.  —  The bus had been rolling for a half-hour and McCain was holding court on everything from Iraq to college basketball.
New York Post:
BILL RIPS TIMES' HILL BASHING  —  THE long love affair between Bill and Hillary Clinton and The New York Times seems to be over.  —  At a fund-raiser Tuesday night at the Trump World Tower apartment of mortgage mogul Keith Kantrowitz, the former president spoke for two hours to a select group …
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Okay, I think I've unearthed the Barack Obama quote that Bill Clinton …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
General seeks another brigade in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — The top US commander in Iraq has requested another Army brigade, in addition to five already on the way, as part of the controversial "surge" of American troops designed to clamp down on sectarian violence and insurgent groups, senior Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
When The Hobby Becomes The Profession  —  Just a little over three and a half years ago, I began this blog as a creative writing outlet and a chance to hone my skills.  When I launched Captain's Quarters, I had no idea how it would grow, that it would attract this wonderful community of readers …
William Kristol / Time:
Newt's Disappointing Admission  —  Who cares whom Newt Gingrich was sleeping with when?  James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, cares.  He thinks we should all care.  He asked Gingrich about it recently on his radio show.  —  Did Gingrich object to Dobson's effrontery?  Au contraire.
 
 
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Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
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Discussion: The Sideshow
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
Trump has harsh words for Bush Administration
Discussion: The Swamp and DownWithTyranny!
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney's words grow hard on immigration
Discussion: The Caucus and The Swamp
Josh Funk / Business Week:
Union Pacific wins contraceptive ruling
Discussion: TAPPED and Feministing
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Discussion: Harry's Place and Sirotablog
Lara Setrakian / ABCNEWS:
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David Charter / Times of London:
Central fingerprint database plan draws fire from all over EU
Discussion: Samizdata.net and Tim Worstall
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Immense ice deposits found at south pole of Mars