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8:30 AM ET, March 16, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Mark Memmott / On Deadline:
Second Republican suggests Gonzales should go  —  A second Senate Republican stepped forward today to suggest that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should leave his post because of the way the Justice Department handled the firings of eight federal prosecutors, USA TODAY's Kathy Kiely tells us.
Discussion: MyDD and PoliBlog (TM)
CBS News:
Strategist Says Gonzales Is "Finished"  —  Senate Investigation Heats Up Amid Calls For Attorney General Gonzales' Ouster  —  (CBS/AP) Pressure mounted on the White House Thursday to fire Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for the abrupt dismissal of U.S. attorneys.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jan Crawford Greenburg / ABCNEWS:
E-Mails Show Rove's Role in U.S. Attorney Firings
Discussion: Political Animal
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
President Turns to an Insider to Negotiate on Dismissals
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
CBS and NBC Pursue Gonzales and Rove, But ABC Raises Clinton and Lack of Illegality
Discussion: Macsmind
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Why is a Political Operative on the Government Payroll?
Discussion: News Bloggers Blog
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Outrageously Misstates Facts on Timing of Targeting of Lam
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Macsmind
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Senate GOP Turns Back Iraq Pullout Plan  —  The Senate today rejected a binding Democratic-sponsored resolution that would have set a target date a little more than a year from now for the withdrawal of most U.S. combat troops from Iraq.  Senators then approved by large margins …
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William Roberts / Bloomberg:   Senate Rejects Democratic Iraq Troop Withdrawal Plan (Update2)
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 and Maggie's Farm
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Melanie Phillips's Diary:
The 'post-normal' science of climate change
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
What is "Post-Normal" Science?
Discussion: Samizdata.net and Chicago Boyz
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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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
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.
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Betsy's Page
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.
Discussion: CorrenteWire and The Mahablog
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Prairie Weather
Opinion Journal:
KSM's World War  —  What his confession says about our enemy—and us.  —  In Cairo last year, Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Habib told us that the 9/11 attacks were "great crimes," but that he doubted Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were responsible.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 
 
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Frank H. Stewart / New York Times:
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Jennifer Skalka / Baltimore Sun:
Death penalty repeal fails
Financial Times:
Rough justice - how Pakistan may be slipping from the grasp of the generals
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Web censorship spreading globally
Matthew Yglesias:
2nd Amendment  —  Julian Sanchez says the "collective right" …
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Radical Islam at Concordia University - 2002
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Freedom of speech row as talk on Islamic extremists is banned
 

 
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