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10:45 PM ET, March 18, 2007


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U.S. attorney's firing may be connected to CIA corruption probe  —  WASHINGTON - Fired San Diego U.S. attorney Carol Lam notified the Justice Department that she intended to execute search warrants on a high-ranking CIA official as part of a corruption probe the day before a Justice Department official sent …
Discussion: MyDD and Multi Medium
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
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Leahy Wants Bush Aides to Testify on Fired Prosecutors  —  The Democratic senator leading the inquiry into the dismissal of federal prosecutors insisted today that Karl Rove and other top aides to President Bush must testify publicly and under oath, setting up a confrontation between Congress …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Tim Lambon / New Statesman:
Observations on Iraq  —  It's hard to describe the noise when a whole cabinet of crockery is emptied on to the floor.  Even harder not to shout in indignation when the American soldier who intentionally tipped it forward, until the plates and dishes slid smashing to the floor, says without regret …
Discussion: Today in Iraq
Siun / Firedoglake:
"The desire for freedom resides in every human heart."
Discussion: Today in Iraq
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
Paul Mirengoff / News Bloggers Blog:
Al Gore — phony and wrong  —  Yesterday, I demonstrated Al Gore's incorrigible phoniness.  This is a man who pledged upon his sister's death from lung cancer to "pour his heart and soul" into taking on the tobacco industry, but then campaigned on his affection for tobacco and took campaign contributions from the industry.
Deacon / Power Line:
WHITHER THE WEATHER  —  Jonathan Last takes a look at Al Gore's case on global warming.  He considers Gore's four core contentions: (1) earth's climate is getting warmer; (2) man is responsible in substantial part for this change; (3) this change will result in net harm; and (4) this change can be reversed by man.
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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DeLay Sees the Reason for His Party's Loss (and, No, It Was Not Him)
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Alan Johnston on the front line
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Iran's holy city isn't what it seems
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Sharpened Edwards ahead in Iowa
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Al-Qaeda in Iraq May Not Be Threat Here
Discussion: Redstate and Political Animal
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Congress's Oversight Offensive
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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