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12:55 PM ET, March 19, 2007


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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Republicans and U.S. attorneys — then and now  —  The fundamental difference between (a) a new administration replacing all U.S. attorneys (as multiple Presidents have done — including Clinton, Reagan and even Bush 41) and (b) cherry-picking ones for firing in the middle of an administration, has been amply documented.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  It's becoming one of the central rules of the U.S. attorney purge scandal: whatever "performance related" complaint the administration claims as the justification for a U.S. attorney's firing, it's actually an area of performance for which that U.S. attorney was lauded.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Senator Insists Bush Aides Testify Publicly
Atrios / Eschaton:
Massacre  —  I'd been meaning to take a look at real-time reaction …
Discussion: MyDD
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Voices From Iraq 2007: Ebbing Hope in a Landscape of Loss  —  National Survey of Iraq  —  A new national survey paints a devastating portrait of life in Iraq: widespread violence, torn lives, displaced families, emotional damage, collapsing services, an ever starker sectarian chasm …
Iraq — Washington Post Continuing Coverage:
Poll Shows Iraqis Feel Quality of Life Has Plunged  —  More than six in 10 Iraqis now say that their lives are going badly — double the percentage who said so in late 2005 — and about half say that increasing U.S. forces in the country will make the security situation worse …
Karen DeYoung / Iraq:
Iraq War's Statistics Prove Fleeting  —  The U.S. war in Iraq enters its fifth year today.  That, and 3,197 U.S. military deaths reported by the Pentagon as of 10 a.m. Friday, are among the few numerical certainties in a conflict characterized from the start by confusion and misuse of key data.
Discussion: The Heretik
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
News media and politics: an uneasy union  —  Some prominent journalists have mates who work for a presidential candidate.  They approach this potential conflict in different ways.  —  Some of America's most prominent political journalists are, quite literally, wedded to the 2008 presidential race …
Discussion: Public Eye, Romenesko and FishBowlDC
George Packer / New Yorker:
BETRAYED  —  The Iraqis who trusted America the most.  —  Text Size: … On a cold, wet night in January, I met two young Iraqi men in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel, in central Baghdad.  A few Arabic television studios had rooms on the upper floors of the building, but the hotel was otherwise vacant.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Military Is Ill-Prepared For Other Conflicts  —  Four years after the invasion of Iraq, the high and growing demand for U.S. troops there and in Afghanistan has left ground forces in the United States short of the training, personnel and equipment that would be vital to fight …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Wonkette
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:   Pentagon acts to crack down on recruiter misconduct
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
The Blame-America-First Crowd  —  "They always blame America first."  That was Jeane Kirkpatrick, describing the "San Francisco Democrats" in 1984.  But it could be said about a lot of Americans, especially highly educated Americans, today.  —  In their assessment of what is going on in the world …
David Ehrenstein / Los Angeles Times:
Obama the 'Magic Negro'  —  The Illinois senator lends himself to white America's idealized, less-than-real black man.  —  AS EVERY CARBON-BASED life form on this planet surely knows, Barack Obama, the junior Democratic senator from Illinois, is running for president.
Discussion: Polimom Says
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Another Silly Obama Meme
Discussion: politburo diktat 2.0
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Christian right favors actor-pol Thompson over top three GOP candidates  —  Actor-politician Fred Thompson's unexpected expression of interest in seeking the Republican presidential nomination has attracted an equally unexpected favorable reaction, especially among social conservatives.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Case For Fred Thompson
Discussion: The Caucus and Ezra Klein
Nico / Think Progress:
Tony Snow 'Defensive' On Iraq Anniversary, Tells CNN's Ed Henry To 'Zip It'  —  President Bush will address the fourth anniversary of the Iraq invasion in a speech today at the White House.  —  During this morning's press gaggle, Tony Snow told reporters that Bush will use the speech to attack …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and BlondeSense
John McCain Rips the Club For Growth  —  John McCain has taken some hits for not attending certain conservative events.  With CPAC, he says it was a simple schedueling conflict.  But he will not be speaking at the upcoming conservative Club For Growth meeting either.  Why not?
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
In '08 Race, Web Tactics Are Even More Integral  —  Handicapping Field  —  Is a Bigger Chore  —  As Goals Diverge  —  WASHINGTON — John Edwards topped the field of Democratic presidential contenders in the liberal blog DailyKos's latest straw poll.  But Barack Obama has the most "friends" on MySpace.
Discussion: Wonkette
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Whose Ox Is Gored?  —  The media discover the former vice president's environmental exaggerations and hypocrisy.  —  The media are finally catching up with Al Gore.  Criticism of his anti-global-warming franchise and his personal environmental record has gone beyond ankle-biting bloggers.
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Smithsonian Documents Detail Chief's Expenses  —  Invoices Include Work on Home of Secretary Small  —  Internal Smithsonian documents offer a glimpse into what one senator called the "Dom Perignon" lifestyle of the taxpayer-supported institution's chief official, who turned in a $15,000 receipt …
Discussion: TIME: Swampland and On Deadline
Shaun Mullen / Kiko's House:
Vietnam, Iraq & A Tale of Two Marches  —  Marches on the Pentagon: October 1967 (top) and March 2007 … In October 1967, I covered an anti-Vietnam War protest March on the Pentagon for my college newspaper.  That historic event, considered a turning point in opposition to the war …
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Elizabeth Wurtzel / Opinion Journal:
Trash Talk  —  Some lawyers-to-be should exercise their right to remain silent.
Discussion: Althouse and Freakonomics Blog
Tantor / Conservative Propaganda:
Vietnam Vets Face Down The Moonbats
Sandra Forester / Sports:
BSU student flier angers some Hispanics
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
"I haven't opened up a law review in years. …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Guest Post: Rep. Duncan Hunter
Discussion: Beltway Blogroll
Sara Corbett / New York Times:
The Women's War  —  On the morning of Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 …
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David Carr / New York Times:
All the World's a Story  —  Journalism has always been a product of networks.
 Earlier Items: 
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Official Alerted F.B.I. to Rules Abuse 2 Years Ago, Lawyer Says
Times of London:
We can do more than beg, says new finance chief for Palestinians
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Ward / BBC:
Vehicle warning system trialled
Four Years In  —  Four years in.  An inch of time.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Russell Berman / New York Sun:
Schumer Faulted on Probe
Audrey Gillan / Guardian:
The regrets of the man who brought down Saddam
Business Week:
Another Inconvenient Truth