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11:35 AM ET, March 22, 2007

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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Edwards and Wife Plan News Conference  —  John Edwards, the North Carolina Democrat making a second bid for the presidency, announced late Wednesday night that he would hold a news conference Thursday, a day after he and his wife, Elizabeth, visited Mrs. Edwards' doctor to assess her health following her recovery from breast cancer.
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New York Times:
Edwards Plans Announcement With His Wife  —  John Edwards, the North Carolina Democrat making a second bid for the presidency, called a news conference for Thursday to discuss the future of his campaign, a day after he and his wife, Elizabeth, visited Mrs. Edwards's doctor to assess her recovery from a bout of breast cancer.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards to Suspend Campaign  —  John Edwards is suspending his campaign for President, and may drop out completely, because his wife has suffered a recurrence of the cancer that sickened her in 2004, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, an Edwards friend told The Politico.
Discussion: Attytood
Anne E. Korblut / Washington Post:
Edwards Sets Announcement On Campaign  —  Former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) and his wife, Elizabeth, have scheduled a news conference for noon today in their home state of North Carolina, in what aides described as a major development in his 2008 presidential bid.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Edwards plans news conference after visiting doctor with his wife  —  Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards accompanied his wife, Elizabeth, who has been treated for breast cancer, on a doctor's visit Wednesday.  His campaign said they would hold a news conference in their hometown Thursday to discuss her health.
Discussion: State of the Day
Nedra Pickler / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards to Discuss Wife's Health
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Edwards Curtails Campaign Trip to Be With Wife
Discussion: TAPPED and Ezra Klein
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Bush loyalist among fired U.S. attorneys  —  Threatened controversy over a poor evaluation of federal prosecutor Kevin Ryan in San Francisco derailed plans to retain him.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The "company man" hired and fired by the Bush administration as U.S. attorney in San Francisco …
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USA Today:
3 fired prosecutors were in top 10 for convictions, federal data show  —  Justice Department spokesman says rankings skewed  —  WASHINGTON — Three of the eight federal prosecutors ousted by the Justice Department as poor performers ranked in the top 10 for prosecutions and convictions …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Mystery creator of anti-Clinton ad ID'd  —  WASHINGTON - The mystery creator of the Orwellian YouTube ad against Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Democratic operative who worked for a digital consulting firm with ties to rival Sen. Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record).
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Who Created "Hillary 1984"? Mystery Solved!
Washington Post:
Political Spectacle  —  THE WHITE HOUSE and congressional Democrats have drawn deep lines in the sand over who will testify, and how, as Congress investigates the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys.  The stubbornness and overheated rhetoric on both sides threaten an unnecessary constitutional crisis …
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Prosecutor Says Bush Appointees Interfered With Tobacco Case  —  The leader of the Justice Department team that prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies said yesterday that Bush administration political appointees repeatedly ordered her to take steps that weakened the government's racketeering case.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
House Democrats Weigh Plan for Iraq Withdrawal  —  Representative Dan Boren is a Democrat, but after visiting Iraq last week he announced a decision that puts him at odds with his party's leaders: he intends to vote against their plan to set a deadline for troops to leave Iraq.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Democrats Undone Over Iraq
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Was She Covert?  —  Republican Rep. Peter Hoekstra could hardly believe what he heard on television Friday as he watched a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.  Rep. Henry Waxman, the Democratic committee chairman, said his statement had been approved by the CIA director, Michael Hayden.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Some Heated Words for Mr. Global Warming
Discussion: Sadly, No! and NewsBusters.org
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
What Bush is hiding  —  In the U.S. attorney scandal, Alberto Gonzales gave orders, but he also took them — from Karl Rove, who plotted to turn the federal criminal justice system into the Republican Holy Office of the Inquisition.  —  Alberto Gonzales, right, and Karl Rove at the Jan. 31 …
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
In Utah, an Opponent of the 'Culture of Obedience'  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Rocky Anderson may not be the most liberal mayor in America.  But here in the most conservative state, he might as well be.  —  Just being himself is enough to galvanize, divide or enrage people who have followed …
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Florida moves to wipe out clout of smaller states with Jan. 29 presidential primary  —  Tallahassee - Hoping to muscle Florida into a pre-eminent role in picking next year's Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, the state House voted Wednesday to leapfrog almost all the other states …
New York Times:
Congress's Challenge on Iraq  —  The House of Representatives now has a chance to lead the nation toward a wiser, more responsible Iraq policy.  It is scheduled to vote this week on whether to impose benchmarks for much-needed political progress on the Iraqi government …
Discussion: Don Surber, TalkLeft and Decision '08
 
 
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