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3:59 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 …
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.
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
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
Discussion: Needlenose
Jan Crawford Greenburg / ABCNEWS:
E-Mails Show Rove's Role in U.S. Attorney Firings  —  White House Says E-Mails Are Consistent With Its Original Statements on the Controversy  —  New unreleased e-mails from top administration officials show that the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys was raised by White House Deputy Chief …
Discussion: Political Animal
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Email: Most USAs Are "Loyal Bushies"  —  As reported earlier on ABC News, here is the email that shows that the whole U.S. attorney purge scheme originated with Karl Rove.  It was released this evening by the Justice Department.  —  In the email, which has the subject line "Re …
Murray Waas / National Journal:
Internal Affairs  —  Aborted DOJ Probe Probably Would Have Targeted Gonzales  —  Shortly before Attorney General Alberto Gonzales advised President Bush last year on whether to shut down a Justice Department inquiry regarding the administration's warrantless domestic eavesdropping program …
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:   Why is a Political Operative on the Government Payroll?
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Outrageously Misstates Facts on Timing of Targeting of Lam
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and TPMmuckraker
Paul Mirengoff / News Bloggers Blog:
About those fired U.S. Attorneys, Part Two
Discussion: Macsmind
Washington Post:
House Passes Open-Government Bills
New York Times:
Senate Rejects Measure for Iraq Pullout  —  In a largely party-line vote, the Senate today rejected a Democratic resolution aimed at withdrawing most American combat troops from Iraq in 2008.  But Democratic leaders vowed to keep raising the measure to escalate pressure on the Bush Administration …
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
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Panel Keeps Iraq Timeline in Budget Plan
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Officials: Mohammed exaggerated claims  —  WASHINGTON - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's claims that he was responsible for dozens of successful, foiled and imagined attacks in the past 15 years relies on a loose definition of the word "responsible."  Officials say the 9/11 mastermind was key to some plots but a bit player in others.
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Rosie dismisses KSM, says he is not "be all, end all" …
Matt Ortega / The Huffington Post:
Duncan Hunter's Blogger Ethics Problem  —  The campaign staffer for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine, Calif.), founder Nathan Tabor, signed on as the Director of Internet Outreach in mid-February citing the congressman's "commitment to conservative principles."
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Riehl World View
Scott Lilly / Center for American Progress:
"Liberal Idiots"  —  Reality Check for Iraq War Opponents  —  As the result of a concealed camera and the miracle of YouTube, my old boss, Dave Obey (D-WI), roiled the political waters last week by using the term "liberal idiots" during an argument with an Iraq War protestor.
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Matthew Yglesias:
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