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10:25 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.
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
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
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 …
Bryan / Hot Air:   Gathering of Eagles  —  Check out that eagle.  He looks annoyed.
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Venezuela to Give Currency New Name and Numbers  —  Of all the startling measures announced by President Hugo Chávez this year, from the nationalization of major utilities to threats of imprisonment for violators of price controls, none have baffled economists quite like his venture into monetary reform.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Matthew Yglesias
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Luisa Valenzuela / New York Times:
What We See in Hugo Chávez  —  THE fervent welcome that greeted President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela during his visit to Argentina a week ago was inexplicable to some Argentines and left others indignant.  Many here tend to mistrust populism and demagoguery, finding them redolent of Peronism.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
canada.com:
'Professor Torture' stands by his famous memo  —  Guantanamo Bay has just marked its fifth anniversary.  John Yoo was instrumental in setting up the prison camp that has been widely condemned.  (The normally solidly pro-American Daily Mail newspaper in England, for example, has called it …
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Marty Lederman / Balkinization:   John Yoo Appears to Confirm CIA Waterboarding
Bill Theobald / Tennessean.com:
Tenn. mine enriched Gore, scarred land  —  No major pollution violations, but threat remains  —  CARTHAGE, Tenn. - Al Gore has profited from zinc mining that has released millions of pounds of potentially toxic substances near his farmstead, but there is no evidence the mine has caused serious damage …
Discussion: TIME and PoliPundit.com
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Tennessean.com:
Tenn. mine enriched Gore, scarred land
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Lawyer Who Wiped Out D.C. Ban Says It's About Liberties, Not Guns  —  Meet the lawyer who conceived the lawsuit that gutted the District's tough gun-control statute this month.  Meet the lawyer who recruited a group of strangers to sue the city and bankrolled their successful litigation out of his own pocket.
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
 
 
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Discussion: Firedoglake
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For My Sister: The Farewell  —  There's an essay that might go here …
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