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1:50 AM ET, March 21, 2007


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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Bush Warns Dems to Take Offer in Firings  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush warned Democrats Tuesday to accept his offer to allow top aides to testify about the firings of federal prosecutors only privately and not under oath, or risk a constitutional showdown from which he would not back down.
Satyam / Think Progress:
FACT CHECK: There Is No Precedent Barring White House Aides From Testifying To Congress  —  Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) has called on Karl Rove and other top White House aides to testify under oath in front of Congress concerning their role in the U.S. attorney purge.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The president's oh-so-noble reliance on "executive privilege"  —  There are several important facts to note about the President's vow at this afternoon's Press Conference to resist attempts to compel Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to testify to Congress, under oath, with regard to the firing of the U.S. attorneys.
White House:
President Bush Addresses Resignations of U.S. Attorneys  —  White House Counsel's Letter Regarding U.S. Attorneys  —  THE PRESIDENT: Earlier today, my staff met with congressional leaders about the resignations of U.S. attorneys.  As you know, I have broad discretion to replace political …
Associated Press:
Senate limits Gonzales' hiring authority  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end the Bush administration's ability to unilaterally fill U.S. attorney vacancies as a backlash to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' firing of eight federal prosecutors.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Clashes With Congress on Prosecutors  —  President Bush and Congress clashed Tuesday over an inquiry into the firing of federal prosecutors and appeared headed toward a constitutional showdown over demands from Capitol Hill for internal White House documents and testimony from top advisers to the president.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Reid Statement  —  On Abu G and the gang: … This is correct.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hullabaloo
Stephen Handwerk / The Daily Advertiser:
Blanco: 'I will not seek re-election'; see photo gallery of the governor in action  —  BATON ROUGE — Gov. Kathleen Blanco has made it official: she will not run for re-election.  —  "I am choosing to do what I believe to be what is best for the state," the governor said in a statewide television broadcast.
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Blanco won't seek second term
Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:
Congress Job Approval Back Down Again This Month  —  January and February uptick appears to have dissipated  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The modest uptick in approval of the job being done by Congress has dissipated for the most part after only two months.  Congress job approval had risen …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Public to Congress: Move on Bush, Iraq
Discussion: TalkLeft
David C. Iglesias / New York Times:
Why I Was Fired  —  WITH this week's release of more than 3,000 Justice Department e-mail messages about the dismissal of eight federal prosecutors, it seems clear that politics played a role in the ousters.  —  Of course, as one of the eight, I've felt this way for some time.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Cliff Schecter
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
John W. Backus, 82, Fortran Developer, Dies  —  John W. Backus, who assembled and led the I.B.M. team that created Fortran, the first widely used programming language, which helped open the door to modern computing, died on Saturday at his home in Ashland, Ore. He was 82.
Agence France Presse:
Iraq insurgents used children in car bombing: general  —  Insurgents in Iraq detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle with two children in the back seat after US soldiers let it through a Baghdad checkpoint over the weekend, a senior US military official said Tuesday.
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
Soldier's dad tells Bush, `This war is wrong'  —  The two-page letter is signed from the "proud father of a fallen soldier."  —  A little more than six weeks ago, his soul a cauldron of grief and rage, Richard Landeck, 56, of Wheaton addressed and mailed it to President Bush.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Democrats Split on Iraq Bill  —  Even Vote Counters Aren't Lined Up Behind Spending Measure  —  One of the Democrats' chief designated vote counters, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), is actively working against the Iraq war spending bill.  The leadership's senior chief deputy whip …
Discussion: Redstate, TalkLeft and Hot Air
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
Far From Iraq, A Demonstration Of a War Zone  —  There's a lot of weirdness every day in the capital city, but this one pushed the envelope: 13 Iraq war veterans in full desert camo going on "patrol" from Union Station to Arlington National Cemetery.  They carried imaginary assault rifles …
Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
'We want this baby polar bear dead' say animal rights lobby  —  Tiny, fluffy and adorable, Knut the baby polar bear became an animal superstar after he was abandoned by his mother.  —  He rapidly became the symbol of Berlin Zoo, whose staff bottle-fed him and handed out cuddles in between
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