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12:55 PM ET, March 16, 2007

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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.
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Plame: My Cover Was 'Recklessly' Abused  —  WASHINGTON — Valerie Plame, the CIA operative at the heart of a political scandal, told Congress Friday that senior officials at the White House and State Department "carelessly and recklessly" blew her cover to discredit her diplomat-husband.
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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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.
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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 …
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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
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?
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 …
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 …
John S. Adams / Missoulia Independent:
Slow down  —  Montana Senate moves to kill "fast track"  —  Montana Sen. Jim Elliott says he's tired of seeing international trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) undercut Montana farmers, take away Montana jobs and usurp states' rights.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Edwards And Obama: A MyDD - Dailykos Generation Gap?  —  This week, both Dailykos and MyDD held our monthly straw polls.  You can see the results for Dailykos here, and the results for MyDD here.  For both websites, it was the first straw poll taken without Clark as an option.
Discussion: Daily Kos and CorrenteWire
 
 
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John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Edwards: Global poverty is security issue
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Steve Sailer / The American Conservative:
Obama's Identity Crisis
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Hillary Clinton Backpedals On Gays, Iraq
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KSM's World War
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A New Face of Jihad Vows Attacks on U.S.
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Web censorship spreading globally
 

 
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