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4:35 AM ET, March 20, 2007


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
White House Seeking Gonzales Replacements  —  Republican officials operating at the behest of the White House have begun seeking a possible successor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose support among GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill has collapsed, according to party sources familiar with the discussions.
Real Cities:
Support for Gonzales appears to collapse  —  WASHINGTON - The White House began floating the names of possible replacements for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Monday as the Justice Department prepared to release more internal documents related the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year.
More E-Mails in Fired U.S. Attorneys Controversy  —  Justice Department E-Mails Detail Conversations About Targeted Attorneys  —  New e-mails released this evening by the Justice Department reveal the depth of White House involvement in the discussions to fire eight U.S. attorneys last year.
Los Angeles Times:
Justice Dept. worked to contain U.S. attorney fallout  —  Documents show that officials scrambled to curb bad publicity over the widening scandal.  —  WASHINGTON — As the scandal over the firing of a select group of U.S. attorneys was building two weeks ago, the No. 2 official …
Washington Post:
Fitzgerald Ranked During Leak Case  —  U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald was ranked among prosecutors who had "not distinguished themselves" on a Justice Department chart sent to the White House in March 2005, when he was in the midst of leading the CIA leak investigation that resulted …
The Prowler / American Spectator:
Watch Your Back  —  LEAKING AND PLOTTING  —  As another Department of Justice paper dump related to the botched firings of eight U.S. Attorneys takes place on Capitol Hill today, it is becoming increasingly clear that Department of Justice insiders have been using the controversy to perpetrate …
US News:
Exclusive: E-mail Shows Internal Rift At Justice Over Firings  —  U.S. News's Chitra Ragavan has learned that one day after Justice Department Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty testified on Capitol Hill about the reasons eight U.S. attorneys were summarily fired, a Justice Department spokesman …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Jill Zuckman / Chicago Tribune:
Pelosi calls for new attorney general
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Russia Gives Iran Ultimatum on Enrichment  —  Russia has informed Iran that it will withhold nuclear fuel for Iran's nearly completed Bushehr power plant unless Iran suspends its uranium enrichment as demanded by the United Nations Security Council, European, American and Iranian officials said.
Cathy's World:
In hospital  —  As earlier mentioned in the comments section, my mother is in the hospital.  The doctor says that right now they're just making her comfortable.  She's sedated, with painkillers among other things.  Lungs collapsed so right now we just want to make sure she has dignity and is not in pain.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Bush Warns U.S. Security Will Suffer if Troops Withdraw From Iraq  —  Asserting that the war in Iraq "can be won" with U.S. resolve, President Bush appealed to the American people today for patience as he pursues a plan to tamp down violence in Baghdad, and he warned that national security would suffer a …
Michael Kinsley /
There Oughta Be A Law  —  We'll see what this next round of documents reveals, but the ball-moving development of today in the US Attorneys story is Adam Cohen's piece on the Times Editorial Page.  It plugs a big hole in the argument that this is a big deal story and not just …
"U.S. Out of Iraq Now" Anti-War Rally  —  These photos were taken by zombie at the "U.S. Out of Iraq Now" anti-war rally sponsored by ANSWER in San Francisco on Sunday, March 18, 2007.  —  The rally — which started at the Embarcardero and continued down Market Street to Civic Center …
Steven Thomma / Real Cities:
Obama more liberal than Kucinich, analysis reveals  —  WASHINGTON - The most liberal member of Congress running for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination isn't Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.  —  It's Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.  —  And the Republican candidate who's grown less conservative over his years in Congress?
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
TPM Needs YOU to Comb Through Thousands of Pages  —  Josh and I were just discussing how in the world we are ever going to make our way through 3,000 pages when it hit us: we don't have to.  Our readers can help.  —  So here's what we're going to do.  This comment thread will be our HQ for sorting through tonight's document dump.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
So, Mr. Hitchens, Weren't You Wrong About Iraq?  —  HARD QUESTIONS, FOUR YEARS LATER.  —  Four years after the first coalition soldiers crossed the Iraqi border, one can attract pitying looks (at best) if one does not take the view that the whole engagement could have been and should have been avoided.
Little Green Footballs:
Leftists Supporting the Troops  —  Discovered by a reader at Indymedia, this was the scene yesterday in Portland, Oregon, as "anti-war" demonstrators burned not only a US flag, but a US soldier in effigy.  —  UPDATE at 3/19/07 6:42:26 pm:  —  Another one from Portland:
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Gateway Pundit
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Sen. Specter plans to seek 6th term
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Edward Luce / MSNBC:
Bush demands 'no strings' backing for Iraq war
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Howard Kurtz, Michael Barone & Argument by Anecdote
Michael J. Totten:
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Associated Press:
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