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10:00 PM ET, March 18, 2007


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MTP Transcript for Mar. 18, 2007  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday, the attorney general of the United States under fire.  Why were eight U.S. attorneys removed?  Did the Bush administration mislead Congress?  With us, from the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York.
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Right-hand man now a scapegoat?  —  Search for answers swirls around Cedar City native  —  WASHINGTON - Kyle Sampson had a hand in shaping some of the Bush administration's most ambitious and contentious policies, such as terrorism surveillance, prisoner detention and picking Supreme Court justices.
Discussion: TBogg
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
I was waiting for this: Hume says Plame lied under oath
Discussion: The Mahablog
Paul Mirengoff / News Bloggers Blog:
Al Gore — phony and wrong
Marie Colvin / Times of London:
Resilient Iraqis ask what civil war?
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: Liberal Values and Macsmind
Bill Theobald /
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 …
Deacon / Power Line:
WHITHER THE WEATHER  —  Jonathan Last takes a look at Al Gore's case on global warming.
The Nation:
Congress, End the War  —  "War is over, if you want it," declared John Lennon in the thick of the Vietnam nightmare.  To the extent that Lennon's "you" referred to the US Congress, he was right, then and now.  The House and Senate have the authority to end the war in Iraq quickly, efficiently and honorably.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Poll: Confidence in Iraq war down sharply … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Americans are starkly less confident and proud of their country's involvement in Iraq, according to poll results released Sunday.  —  However, the poll — results of which were released on the eve of the Iraq war's 4-year anniversary …
Discussion: My Left Wing
Steve Chapman / Real Clear Politics:
Signs of Life in the Second Amendment  —  For nearly 70 years, the Second Amendment has been the Jimmy Hoffa of constitutional provisions — missing, its whereabouts unknown, and presumed dead.  The right to keep and bear arms, though treasured by many Americans, was a complete stranger to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia Routinely Frees Detainees  —  Release of Guantanamo Prisoners Undermines U.S. Claims of Threat, Analysis Says  —  In official documents, Detainee No. 266 was an accused al-Qaeda member who refused to speak to his captors, much less admit or deny terrorism links.
Discussion: the talking dog
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: Multi Medium and
Jerusalem Post:
Report: France urged Israel to hit Syria  —  French President Jacques Chirac told Israel at the start of the war in Lebanon that France would support an Israeli assault on Syria, it was reported on Sunday.  —  Army Radio reported that in the message, which was delivered by Chirac to Israel via …
Stephen Gerlis / Times of London:
Unravelling the confessions of the 9/11 chief  —  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is finally talking to his US captors.Yosri Fouda, the only journalist ever to interview him, knows why  —  In April 2002, as chief investigative reporter on Al-Jazeera, I was taken blindfolded to meet Khalid Sheikh Mohammed at a safe house in Karachi.
Lawrence Lessig / New York Times:
Make Way for Copyright Chaos  —  LAST week, Viacom asked a federal court to order the video-sharing service YouTube to pay it more than $1 billion in damages for some 150,000 videos that Viacom claims it owns and YouTube users have shared.  "YouTube," the complaint alleges …
Nico / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Sestak, Andrews Dominate Debate With Tom DeLay and Richard Perle  —  Today, NBC's Meet the Press featured a panel with retired Navy Admiral Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) and Win Without War director Tom Andrews debating former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) and prominent neocon Richard Perle.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Taylor Marsh
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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Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
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Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
Imagining Otherwise In Egypt
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
DeLay Sees the Reason for His Party's Loss (and, No, It Was Not Him)
Alan Johnston / BBC:
Alan Johnston on the front line
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Iran's holy city isn't what it seems
Discussion: NewsHog
Janny Scott / New York Times:
Different Paths From Vietnam to War in Iraq
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Sharpened Edwards ahead in Iowa
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 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Carr / The Hindu:
The blogosphere — a global echo chamber
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ryan Lizza / New York Times:
Nowadays, a Candidate Can Seem Too Experienced
Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda in Iraq May Not Be Threat Here
Discussion: Redstate and Political Animal
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Congress's Oversight Offensive
Joel Mowbray / Opinion Journal:
Television Takeover  —  U.S.-financed Al-Hurra is becoming a platform for terrorists.
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
7 U.S. troops die in Iraq violence
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Lawyer Who Wiped Out D.C. Ban Says It's About Liberties, Not Guns
'Professor Torture' stands by his famous memo