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11:40 AM ET, March 16, 2007

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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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New York Times:
Rove Is Linked to Early Query Over Dismissals
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Taylor Marsh
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: GINA COBB, QandO and Maggie's Farm
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Melanie Phillips's Diary:
The 'post-normal' science of climate change  —  From the horse's mouth — climate change theory has nothing to do with the truth.  In a remarkable column in today's Guardian Mike Hulme, professor in the school of environmental sciences at the University of East Anglia and the founding director …
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
What is "Post-Normal" Science?
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
SCANDAL HYSTERIA GRIPS THE CAPITOL
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 …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Web censorship spreading globally  —  Internet censorship is spreading rapidly, being practised by about two dozen countries and applied to a far wider range of online information and applications, according to research by a transatlantic group of academics.  —  This file requires Macromedia Flash Player 7 or higher
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
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Randall Parker / ParaPundit:   International Trend Toward Internet Censorship
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
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 …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Hillary Clinton Backpedals On Gays, Iraq  —  Wednesday on Good Morning America, Senator Hillary Clinton was asked about her thoughts on the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy and the statement by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace that homosexuality is immoral.
Discussion: Informed Comment and CorrenteWire
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Ian Bishop / New York Post:
HILL REDRAWING HER BATTLE LINE
Discussion: New York Times, The Swamp and TIME
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.
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 …
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Edwards: Global poverty is security issue  —  GOFFSTOWN - Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards proposed yesterday that the United States spend $5 billion annually to lead a worldwide effort to end global poverty through education and health-care initiatives.
Discussion: The Caucus and PoliPundit.com
 
 
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The Raw Story:
45,000-member evangelical group breaks ranks with Bush administration on torture
Steve Sailer / The American Conservative:
Obama's Identity Crisis
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
VIP ward at Walter Reed gets scrutiny
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
With Earlier Primary, Calif. Reshapes Race
Discussion: Simianbrain
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They're Scared  —  Donate to the Wilson's Defense Trust.
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Patrick moves to shore up his staff
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Americans 3-to-1 Against a Libby Pardon
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
For U.S. and Sadr, Wary Cooperation
Discussion: TIME and FP Passport
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jennifer Skalka / Baltimore Sun:
Death penalty repeal fails
Financial Times:
Rough justice - how Pakistan may be slipping from the grasp of the generals
New York Times:
Senate Rejects Democrats' Call to Pull Troops
Matthew Yglesias:
2nd Amendment  —  Julian Sanchez says the "collective right" …
 

 
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
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Mia Sato / The Verge:
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
In preliminary findings, the EU says Apple's anti-steering developer rules breach the DMA; the EU is also probing if Apple's developer fees comply with EU rules

 
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