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7:20 AM ET, March 18, 2007

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Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Veterans, Others Denounce Marchers  —  Counter-Demonstrators Number in Thousands  —  As war protesters marched toward Arlington Memorial Bridge en route to the Pentagon yesterday, they were flanked by long lines of military veterans and others who stood in solidarity with U.S. troops and the Bush administration's cause in Iraq.
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Washington Post:
4 Years After Start of War, Anger Reigns  —  Demonstrators Brave Cold to Carry Message to Pentagon, as Counter-Protesters Battle Back  —  Thousands of demonstrators protesting the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq marched on the Pentagon yesterday, jeered along the way by large numbers of angry counter-protesters.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
New York Times:
In March, Protesters Recall War Anniversaries  —  Thousands of demonstrators marched to the Pentagon on Saturday to mark both the fourth anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq and the 40th anniversary of the march along the same route to protest the Vietnam War.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Baron Bodissey / Gates of Vienna:   Gathering With the Eagles  —  There was another big anti-war …
Gateway Pundit:
Cindy Sheehan: "Stop this BullSh*t!"
Discussion: alphabet city
Marie Colvin / Times of London:
Iraqis: life is getting better  —  MOST Iraqis believe life is better for them now than it was under Saddam Hussein, according to a British opinion poll published today.  —  The survey of more than 5,000 Iraqis found the majority optimistic despite their suffering in sectarian violence since …
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Marie Colvin / Times of London:
Resilient Iraqis ask what civil war?  —  DESPITE sectarian slaughter, ethnic cleansing and suicide bombs, an opinion poll conducted on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq has found a striking resilience and optimism among the inhabitants.
Discussion: Dean's World and Don Surber
TigerHawk:
The paradox of Iraqi optimism  —  The Times of London has written a short article about a poll taken of Iraqis.  A couple of its findings are quite interesting: … Commentary  —  Iraqis seem to believe both that the "surge" is working and that security will improve still further after a withdrawal of the foreign armies.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Sunni Militants Disrupt Plan to Calm Baghdad  —  In January, when President Bush announced his plans to reinforce American troops in Baghdad, Shiite militias were seen as the main worry.  Some analysts predicted that bloody clashes with Shiite militants in the Sadr City district in northeastern Baghdad were all but inevitable.
Discussion: toohotfortnr
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Sameer N. Yacoub / Associated Press:
Chlorine Gas Sickens 356 in Iraq Bombing  —  BAGHDAD (AP) - Three suicide bombers driving chlorine-laden trucks struck in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Anbar province, killing two policemen and forcing about 350 Iraqi civilians and six U.S. troops to seek treatment for exposure to the gas, the military said Saturday.
Omar / IRAQ THE MODEL:
One thing al-Qaeda excels at; making new enemies.
Discussion: Associated Press
Bruce Leshan / WUSA 9:
EXCLUSIVE: Major New Problems At Walter Reed  —  Washington, DC (WUSA) — A major 9NEWS NOW EXCLUSIVE — allegations from a former inspector at Walter Reed of widespread and dangerous problems in nearly all the buildings at the Army's premier hospital.  —  Burst steam pipes near electrical cables …
William J. Fallon / DefenseLINK:
Commander, U.S. Central Command  —  Admiral William J. Fallon was raised in Merchantville, N.J. A 1967 graduate of Villanova University, he received his commission through the Navy ROTC Program and was designated a naval flight officer upon completion of flight training in December 1967.
Discussion: The Corner
Tennessean.com:
Tenn. mine enriched Gore, scarred land  —  Al Gore Jr. received more than $500,000 in royalties from the owners of zinc mines who held mineral leases on his farm near Carthage, Tenn. Now the mines have a new owner and are scheduled to reopen later this year.
Washington Post:
Amid Concerns, FBI Lapses Went On  —  Records Collection Brought Internal Questions But Little Scrutiny  —  FBI counterterrorism officials continued to use flawed procedures to obtain thousands of U.S. telephone records during a two-year period when bureau lawyers and managers …
Discussion: CorrenteWire
Hamil R. Harris / Washington Post:
Nagin Suspects a Plot To Keep Blacks Away  —  New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin has suggested that the slow recovery and rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina — which has prevented many black former residents from returning — is part of a plan to change the racial makeup and political leadership of his and other cities.
Chicago Dyke / CorrenteWire:
Choosing Sides on Our Side: Dissent is Still Good  —  Authoritarians, called "today's Republican party," do one thing really well- they keep dissent among their ranks from public view, when it matters they all seem to be on the same page.  Actually, I think this rule of thumb may not be so much the case …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
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Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:
For My Sister: The Farewell  —  There's an essay that might go here …
Sydney Morning Herald:
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New York Times:
G.O.P. Anger in Swing State Eased Attorney's Exit
Washington Post:
Probe of Al-Qaeda Leader's Handling Sought
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A More Islamic Islam  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. …
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Spencerackerman / toohotfortnr:
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Chlorine Bombs Kill 10, Injure at Least 350 in Iraq
John Tierney / TierneyLab:
The Laugh Gap Explained
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