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12:40 PM ET, March 16, 2007

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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 …
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Plame: My Cover Was 'Recklessly' Abused
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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.
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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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.
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Washington Post:
Two Senators Secretly Flew to Cuba for Alleged 9/11 Mastermind's Hearing  —  Two key congressional leaders secretly flew to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Saturday to observe the closed military hearing for al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed, according to Capitol Hill staff members and Pentagon officials.
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 and Law Blog
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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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Americans 3-to-1 Against a Libby Pardon  —  Bush approval rating holds steady  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Last week, former vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby was found guilty of making false statements, perjury, and obstruction of justice in connection with a special prosecutor's investigation …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Donklephant
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Great capital city.  Shame about the awful BBC  —  For someone who has not lived in the city for more than a decade, the occasional trip to London is a reminder of how richly it deserves its new reputation as the world's capital.  —  As my colleague James Harding wrote in times2 this week …
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Frank H. Stewart / New York Times:
The Biased Broadcasting Corporation
Discussion: Biased BBC and NewsBusters.org
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 …
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?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TAPPED
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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Washington Post:   Townsend, Turning the Page to a New Chapter
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  Now that the morning papers have taken a shot interpreting the email released late yesterday, let's take another look.  —  Shortly after the email's release, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters that the email does not show that the idea of firing certain or all U.S. attorneys began with Karl Rove.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Taylor Marsh
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New York Times:
Rove Is Linked to Early Query Over Dismissals
The Raw Story:
45,000-member evangelical group breaks ranks with Bush administration on torture  —  The National Association of Evangelicals, representing roughly 45,000 churches across the U.S. endorsed on Tuesday a declaration against torture put together by Evangelicals for Human Rights …
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.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
With Earlier Primary, Calif. Reshapes Race  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed legislation yesterday moving the state's presidential primary to Feb. 5, 2008, a change that could lead to the earliest and biggest single-day test of candidate strength ever.
Discussion: Simianbrain
 
 
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
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The Politico:
DCCC Wants Meehan's Leftover Funds
Discussion: Daily Kos
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Immense ice deposits found at south pole of Mars
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Edwards: Global poverty is security issue
Discussion: The Caucus and PoliPundit.com
Steve Sailer / The American Conservative:
Obama's Identity Crisis
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Hillary Clinton Backpedals On Gays, Iraq
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
VIP ward at Walter Reed gets scrutiny
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Patrick moves to shore up his staff
 Earlier Items: 
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
For U.S. and Sadr, Wary Cooperation
Discussion: TIME
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
D.C. Vote Bill Sent To House Floor
New York Times:
Immigration Misery  —  A screaming baby girl has been forcibly weaned …
Discussion: Lonewacko
Opinion Journal:
KSM's World War
Discussion: Betsy's Page
New York Times:
A New Face of Jihad Vows Attacks on U.S.
Financial Times:
Rough justice - how Pakistan may be slipping from the grasp of the generals
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Web censorship spreading globally
New York Times:
Senate Rejects Democrats' Call to Pull Troops