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8:15 AM ET, March 17, 2007

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CBS News:
Will Gonzales Fall For Attorney Firings?  —  Sources: AG's Ouster Is Inevitable; Fired Attorney Blames Partisan Politics  —  (CBS/AP) One of the eight recently fired U.S. attorneys at the center of a growing political scandal tells CBS News that he lost his job because he "did not play ball" with powerful Republicans.
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Real Cities:
Gonzales apologizes to prosecutors  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales apologized to the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys in a conference call Friday as he tried to hold on to his job amid the scandal over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.  —  In another move to repair …
Discussion: MyDD and Talking Points Memo
Nico / Think Progress:
Gonzales Gave Kyle Sampson New Justice Dept. Office After His Supposed 'Resignation'  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales planned to install his former aide Kyle Sampson as a lawyer in the Justice Department's environment division even after Sampson's "resignation," NPR reported today.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Memo to Gonzales  —  Was it arrogance or ignorance that led …
Discussion: Power Line and CorrenteWire
Nico / Think Progress:   Bush 'Pugnacious,' 'In Deep Denial,' As White House Allies Press …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
White House Backs Off on Miers Scenario
Discussion: TalkLeft and Talking Points Memo
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
White House murky on prosecutor firings
Discussion: All Spin Zone
The Raw Story:
Plame hearing transcript  —  Valerie Plame Wilson, the former CIA officer whose "outing" led to the conviction of a former White House aide, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Friday morning.  —  Highlights from the hearing can be read here, including video of Plame's opening statement.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The BRAD BLOG
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Nico / Think Progress:
CIA Director Hayden: 'Wilson Was Covert'
Discussion: Donklephant
Think Progress:
Top Bush Official Reveals White House Never Investigated Plame Leak
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Stout / New York Times:
Subject of C.I.A. Leak Testifies on Capitol Hill
Discussion: Althouse
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
FBI: Extremists Driving School Buses  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Suspected members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States, counterterror officials said Friday, in a cautionary bulletin to police.  An FBI spokesman said, "Parents and children have nothing to fear."
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Fox News:
FBI PUTS LOCAL OFFICIALS ON NOTICE ABOUT EXTREMISTS TRYING TO SIGN UP TO BE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI has issued an "informational bulletin" to state and local officials saying to watch out for people tied to extremist groups trying to earn licenses to drive school buses.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Confederate Yankee
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
When The Hobby Becomes The Profession  —  Just a little over three and a half years ago, I began this blog as a creative writing outlet and a chance to hone my skills.  When I launched Captain's Quarters, I had no idea how it would grow, that it would attract this wonderful community of readers …
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   The "New" Media Gets Top Blogger As Blog Talk Radio Grows
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
McCain Stumbles on H.I.V. Prevention  —  SOMEWHERE in NORTHERN IOWA — The unthinkable has happened.  Senator John McCain met a question, while sitting with reporters on his bus as it rumbled through Iowa today, that he couldn't - or perhaps wouldn't - answer.
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Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
General seeks another brigade in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — The top US commander in Iraq has requested another Army brigade, in addition to five already on the way, as part of the controversial "surge" of American troops designed to clamp down on sectarian violence and insurgent groups, senior Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Okay, I think I've unearthed the Barack Obama quote that Bill Clinton is criticizing The New York Times for not giving more attention to.  It's from July of 2004.  —  As reported below, Clinton sharply criticized The Times at a private fundraiser the other day.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and New York Post
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Terry McDermott / Los Angeles Times:
Blogs can top the presses  —  New York — IN a third-floor Flower District walkup with bare wooden floors, plain white walls and an excitable toy poodle named Simon, six guys dressed mainly in T-shirts and jeans sit all day in front of computer screens at desks arranged around the oblong room's perimeter …
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
Trump has harsh words for Bush Administration  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Donald Trump has two words for the Bush Administration: "You're fired."  —  The business mogul didn't hold back in criticizing the administration in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Friday, calling President Bush …
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Echidne / ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES:
Hillary-Bashing in the Media
Discussion: TAPPED
Richard Brookhiser / Time:
Conscientious Objectors  —  Congressional Democrats are struggling to find the right formula for ending the war in Iraq.  "This is a campaign," said New York Senator Charles Schumer, looking forward to a series of hearings and resolutions.  "We are going to continue this discussion …
Washington Post:
'Swift Boat' Figure Joins Romney  —  The primary funder of an independent group that raised questions about the résumé of Sen. John F. Kerry during the 2004 presidential election has signed on to raise money for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's GOP presidential campaign.
Nitpicker:
Dance, Foxholes, Dance!  —  In the light of Fox News scrambling to maintain the thinnest veneer of "balance" after Democrats refused to lend them respectability, I thought it might be time to point out something I witnessed first hand as a public affairs sergeant in Afghanistan.  I call it the "Fox News Two Step."
Discussion: Daily Kos and Los Angeles Times
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Keep Off The Hippies  —  Ron Brownstein and Matt Cooper were on Hardball today (a refreshingly excellent show when it's hosted by David Gregory instead of you-know-who) discussing the Plame hearing.  Brownstein is a good reporter who usually gets it right, but today he betrayed a little bit …
Discussion: The Sideshow and Alternate Brain
 
 
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Romney's words grow hard on immigration
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