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9:45 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.
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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 …
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 …
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)
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
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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Opinion Journal:
KSM's World War
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Will / Attytood:
KSM, two shoe bombers, and the crash of American Airlines Flight 587
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 …
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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  —  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?
Discussion: Samizdata.net and Chicago Boyz
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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Washington Post:   Townsend, Turning the Page to a New Chapter
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 …
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
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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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Bush 'optimistic' on immigration
Discussion: The Corner
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
Jennifer Skalka / Baltimore Sun:
Death penalty repeal fails
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.8B, MAUs up 14% YoY to 626M, subscribers up 12% YoY to 246M, above est., and €266M operating income; SPOT jumps 12%+

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, and a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023; paying subs were up 38% YoY to 33M but down from 33.5M in Q1

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
BBC plans to lay off 500 more staff by March 2026 and reports a £263M operating deficit in 2023/24, up from £193M in 2022/23, projected to be £492M in 2024/25

 
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