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1:15 PM ET, March 18, 2007

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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.
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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.
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 …
Cernig / NewsHog:
Lies, Damned Lies, And Headlines
Chuck Simmins / America's North Shore Journal:   Iraqi Poll Surprises
BarbinMD / Daily Kos:
An Editorial From The Washington Post
Discussion: TalkLeft and Pacific Views
TigerHawk:
The paradox of Iraqi optimism
Don Surber:   Iraqis ask: Civil war, what civil war?
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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New York Times:
In March, Protesters Recall War Anniversaries
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
4 Years After Start of War, Anger Reigns
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Baron Bodissey / Gates of Vienna:   Gathering With the Eagles  —  There was another big anti-war …
Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell:
Gathering of Eagles  —  I gotta tell ya, I haven't felt …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Bryan / Hot Air:   Gathering of Eagles  —  Check out that eagle.  He looks annoyed.
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
7 U.S. troops die in Iraq violence  —  BAGHDAD - The U.S. military on Sunday announced the deaths of seven more troops in Iraq, including four killed by a roadside bomb while patrolling western Baghdad — the latest American casualties in a monthlong security crackdown in the capital.
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Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda in Iraq May Not Be Threat Here  —  Intelligence Experts Say Group Is Busy On Its Home Front  —  Al-Qaeda in Iraq is the United States' most formidable enemy in that country.  But unlike Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda organization in Pakistan, U.S. intelligence officials and outside experts believe …
Discussion: Political Animal
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Sunni Militants Disrupt Plan to Calm Baghdad
Discussion: toohotfortnr and The Corner
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Gonzales' plight puts Bush at risk  —  Aides focus on keeping the controversy at Justice from spreading.  —  WASHINGTON — As more Republicans called last week on Alberto R. Gonzales to resign, President Bush's aides began to look beyond the attorney general and focus on preventing …
Discussion: Angry Bear
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Congress's Oversight Offensive  —  Ten weeks into the new Congress, it is clear that revelation, not legislation, is going to be its real product.  —  While President Bush threatens to use his veto pen to stop some bills and Senate Republicans block other measures from even reaching his desk …
Newsweek:
Disorder in King George's Court  —  At highly charged moments, attorney General Alberto Gonzales can seem placid, passive—at times, just plain out of it.  In the summer of 2002, high-level Bush administration officials met to debate secretly a delicate issue: how aggressively could the CIA interrogate terror suspects?
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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, PoliPundit.com and Bill Hobbs
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:   THE TENNESSEAN HAS POSTED ITS PROMISED STORY on Al Gore's zinc mine.
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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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
Joel Mowbray / Opinion Journal:
Television Takeover  —  U.S.-financed Al-Hurra is becoming a platform for terrorists.  —  Fighting to create a secular democracy in Iraq, parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi had come to rely on at least one TV network to help further freedom: U.S. taxpayer-financed Al-Hurra.  —  Now, however, he's concerned.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:   JOEL MOWBRAY REPORTS: TELEVISION TAKEOVER
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 …
 
 
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