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9:35 AM ET, March 18, 2007

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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
Washington Post:
Lessons of War  —  TOMORROW MARKS the fourth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, as appropriate a moment as any to take stock.  What matters most is finding the best policy now — doing whatever can be done to help Iraq and safeguard U.S. interests in a vital region.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Chuck Simmins / America's North Shore Journal:
Iraqi Poll Surprises  —  Don't let your neighborhood loony lib read this.  His head might explode.  —  ORB … From the final tables [pdf file]:  — President George Bush has announced that he will be sending 20,000+ troops to Iraq in the coming months?  Why do you think he is doing this?
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
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: The Belmont Club and Chicago Boyz
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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Michelle Malkin:
Blogburst: Gathering of Eagles—30,000 strong  —  ***Update: Kit at Gathering of Eagles reports on the National Park Service estimate of the GoE turnout: 30,000 strong.  The silent majority no more.  ***Update March 18, 2007 1:30am: The NYTimes lies...***  —  Pure bullcrap.
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
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Baron Bodissey / Gates of Vienna:   Gathering With the Eagles  —  There was another big anti-war …
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
Tom Watson / The latest from newcritics:
Green Beer and English: The Actors and Poets of St. Patrick  —  The recent news that the Irish and the English come from the same ancient genetic stock, by and large, should be no shock to anyone who contemplates the greatest contribution of the cultural Irish diaspora: the language of their sometime enemies across the narrow Irish Sea.
Omar / IRAQ THE MODEL:
One thing al-Qaeda excels at; making new enemies.  —  With this series of dirty chemical bombings a war between al-Qaeda and the tribes in Anbar is no longer a possibility.  It just became a fact.  —  I've read at least two very optimistic reports from al-Almada in the last week …
Discussion: Associated Press
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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.
 
 
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Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  We have an added treat today …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Bush Turns the Other Cheek
Discussion: GINA COBB and The Impolitic
Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:
For My Sister: The Farewell  —  There's an essay that might go here …
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FBI file links Kennedy to Monroe's death
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