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1:25 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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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 and Sweetness & Light
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Andrew Cohen / Bench Conference:
Part IV: The Case for Attorney General Patrick Fitzgerald  —  If the first three parts of this series have made a reasonable if not airtight case for the resignation or firing of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general, and with his legal and political failings becoming clearer by the day …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: New York Times and Taylor Marsh
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:
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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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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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?
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 …
Steve Sailer / The American Conservative:
Obama's Identity Crisis  —  Although he presents himself as a healer of differences, the presidential candidate's own racial struggle paints a conflicted portrait.  —  When Charles de Gaulle paid his first visit to embattled French Algeria after taking power in 1958, he stepped up to the microphone …
 
 
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Edwards And Obama: A MyDD - Dailykos Generation Gap?
Discussion: Daily Kos and CorrenteWire
John S. Adams / Missoulia Independent:
Slow down  —  Montana Senate moves to kill "fast track"
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
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Hillary Clinton Backpedals On Gays, Iraq
Gregg Zoroya / USA Today:
VIP ward at Walter Reed gets scrutiny
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
With Earlier Primary, Calif. Reshapes Race
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 Earlier Items: 
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
They're Scared  —  Donate to the Wilson's Defense Trust.
Discussion: MyDD and TIME: Swampland
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Patrick moves to shore up his staff
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
D.C. Vote Bill Sent To House Floor
Discussion: The Right Angle
New York Times:
Immigration Misery  —  A screaming baby girl has been forcibly weaned …
Discussion: Lonewacko
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Great capital city. Shame about the awful BBC
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