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4:45 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.
BarbinMD / Daily Kos:
An Editorial From The Washington Post
Chuck Simmins / America's North Shore Journal:   Iraqi Poll Surprises
Don Surber:   Iraqis ask: Civil war, what civil war?
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?
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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 …
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 …
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: Redstate and Political Animal
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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.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Sunni Militants Disrupt Plan to Calm Baghdad
Discussion: toohotfortnr and The Corner
Faiz / Think Progress:
Hume Launches New Smear: Plame Lied Under Oath  —  Today on Fox News Sunday, Brit Hume continued his campaign to smear Valerie Plame Wilson.  Previously, he had falsely said that it was "unlikely she was" covert.  —  Instead of apologizing this morning, he launched a new attack against Plame …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Mahablog
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   I was waiting for this: Hume says Plame lied under oath
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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Janet / SCSUScholars:
Update from Washington, D.C.
Discussion: Mind in the Qatar
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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Neal Stephenson / New York Times:
It's All Geek to Me  —  A WEEK ago Friday, moments before an opening-day showing of the movie "300" at Seattle's Cinerama, a 20-something moviegoer rushed to the front of the theater, dropped his shoulders, curled his arms into a mock-Schwarzenegger pose and bellowed out a timeless remark …
Discussion: Instapundit.com
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 …
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
Gore on the Un-Campaign Trail  —  Since the documentary he starred in, "An Inconvenient Truth," won an Academy Award, speculation has only increased about Al Gore's potential entry into the presidential race.  He is not taking any overt steps toward running, and that may be the cleverest strategy of all.
Discussion: Macsmind
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
Ryan Lizza / New York Times:
Nowadays, a Candidate Can Seem Too Experienced  —  RUNNING a credible campaign for president has always required an elusive mixture of star power and experience.  But Barack Obama's strong challenge to Hillary Clinton and Rudolph W. Giuliani's recent surge past Senator John McCain …
Discussion: Sirotablog
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.
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 and Power Line
 
 
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