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4:18 AM ET, March 19, 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 …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Prosecutor's Firing Was Urged During Probe  —  The U.S. attorney in San Diego notified the Justice Department of search warrants in a Republican bribery scandal last May 10, one day before the attorney general's chief of staff warned the White House of "a real problem" with her, a Democratic senator said yesterday.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Recognized Prosecutor's Work on Election Fraud Before His Firing  —  One of the U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration after Republican complaints that he neglected to prosecute voter fraud had been heralded for his expertise in that area by the Justice Department …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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 …
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?
Discussion: TBogg
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 and Jules Crittenden
Siun / Firedoglake:
"The desire for freedom resides in every human heart."
Discussion: Today in Iraq
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Uproar Over Power Broker's Unpaid Utility Bills  —  Everybody has to pay the light bill, an unpleasant maxim lately made even more so here, knowing the powerful do not always observe it.  —  Month after month, Memphis Light, Gas and Water allowed City Councilman Edmund Ford to forgo paying thousands …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
HOW OFTEN SHOULD JUDGES CITE LAW REVIEW ARTICLES?:  In the New York Times, Adam Liptak has a very interesting article on the apparent decline in citations to law review articles in judicial opinions over the law few decades.  You should read the whole thing, but here's an excerpt:
Audrey Gillan / Guardian:
The regrets of the man who brought down Saddam  —  His hands were bleeding and his eyes filled with tears as, four years ago, he slammed a sledgehammer into the tiled plinth that held a 20ft bronze statue of Saddam Hussein.  Then Kadhim al-Jubouri spoke of his joy at being the leader …
Discussion: and Cliff Schecter
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Evolution of a Feminist Daughter  —  REBECCA WALKER — the daughter of Alice Walker, the author of "The Color Purple," and Mel Leventhal, a civil rights lawyer — was a nascent feminist when she laid bare the details of her freewheeling, lonely adolescence in her 2001 book, "Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self."
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Feministe
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
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Congress's Oversight Offensive
Discussion: The Sideshow and Booman Tribune
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Insurgents Resilient!  —  The AP's Stephen R. Hurst proclaims …
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WashPost Promotes 'Peace' Marchers to Pentagon on Front Page …
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WHITHER THE WEATHER  —  Jonathan Last takes a look at Al Gore's case on global warming.
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Signs of Life in the Second Amendment
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Iran's holy city isn't what it seems
Discussion: NewsHog
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia Routinely Frees Detainees
Discussion: the talking dog
Lawrence Lessig / New York Times:
Make Way for Copyright Chaos  —  LAST week, Viacom asked …
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
Gore on the Un-Campaign Trail
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It's All Geek to Me  —  A WEEK ago Friday, moments before an opening …