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6:10 AM ET, March 24, 2007


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Documents: Gonzales OK'd firing attorneys  —  Attorney general had been said not to have been closely involved  —  Politicians in both major parties have called for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation amid the furor over the firings of U.S. attorneys.
New York Times:
Gonzales Met With Advisers on Ouster Plan  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and senior advisers discussed the plan to remove seven United States attorneys at a meeting last Nov. 27, 10 days before the dismissals were carried out, according to a Justice Department calendar entry disclosed Friday.
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Reid Says Gonzales to Leave Within Month `One Way or the Other'  —  March 23 (Bloomberg) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he doesn't expect Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to survive the uproar over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys and predicted he will be gone in a month, ``one way or the other.''
Discussion: The Raw Story
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gonzales Met With Top Aides On Firings  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales met with senior aides on Nov. 27 to review a plan to fire a group of U.S. attorneys, according to documents released last night, a disclosure that contradicts Gonzales's previous statement that he was not involved in "any discussions" about the dismissals.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales: Don't Blame Me, Blame Bush
Discussion: Prairie Weather
White House:
President Bush Discusses Iraq War Emergency Supplemental  —  THE PRESIDENT: Today I'm joined here at the White House by veterans, family members of people serving in combat, family members of those who have sacrificed.  I am honored that they have joined me here today.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
House OKs Timetable for Troops in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided House voted Friday to order President Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq next year, a victory for Democrats in an epic war-powers struggle and Congress' boldest challenge yet to the administration's policy.
House approves 2008 deadline for war pullout
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Hoffmania!
Beth Nolan / Washington Post:
Executive Overreach  —  The White House Is Taking Privilege Too Far  —  The Framers of our Constitution envisioned that in the exercise of their authorities, the two political branches would assert their prerogatives against each other.  A process of negotiation and accommodation between the branches is what one would expect.
John W. Dean / FindLaw's Writ:
New Developments in the U.S. Attorney Controversy:  —  Why Bush Refuses to Allow Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to Testify Before Congress, and What Role New White House Counsel Fred Fielding May Play  —  At the outset of this column — which discusses Bush's new White House Counsel …
Giles Smith / Times of London:
Hostage fears over troops seized by Iran  —  Richard Beeston, Diplomatic Editor, and James Bone in New York  —  Britain's crisis with Iran deepened last night after Tehran justified seizing 15 British servicemen by claiming that they had strayed into Iranian territorial waters "illegally".
Discussion: Jay Currie and GINA COBB
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE MYTH OF THE PERMANENT MAJORITY....The Pew survey I linked to yesterday showed some pretty stunning reversals for the Republican Party, and I think it's worth taking a minute to deconstruct what the numbers show.  The party ID catastrophe, in which Republicans have plummeted from a 43-43 tie …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
New Study Offers More Bad News For GOP
Discussion: Pollster and DownWithTyranny!
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE LAB RAT THEORY....I have a theory that the combination of Romenesko, who pioneered 24/7 media navel gazing, and the rise of the blogosphere, which amplifies every jaywalking ticket into Murder 1, has turned American journalists into quivering masses of jelly.
Alexandra Olson / Associated Press:
Iran's President Cancels U.N. Appearance  —  UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has canceled his trip to New York to address the U.N. Security Council before a vote on whether to impose further sanctions against his country for refusing to stop enriching uranium, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.
Real Cities:
Justice's new U.S. attorneys have partisan records  —  WASHINGTON - Under President Bush, the Justice Department has backed tougher state voter identification laws and steered U.S. attorneys toward investigating voter fraud _ policies that critics say have been intended to suppress Democratic votes.
Mary Katharine Ham /
HamNation: Better Living Through Lefty Activism  —  Today, an instructional video on how to love the earth the lefty way.  You know, through high-volume carbon offsets and killing polar bears.  And, what with Gore in town refusing to take any binding Earth-saving pledges, it's a good week for this lesson.
Ed Anderson / Times-Picayune Updates:
Breaux to run if AG says he is qualified  —  BATON ROUGE — Former U.S. Sen. John Breaux said Friday that he will run for governor this fall if an opinion from state Attorney General Charles Foti says he meets the legal qualifications to do so.  —  Breaux, a Democrat, said he will be a candidate …
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M.E. Sprengelmeyer / Rocky Mountain News:
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Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Existing Home Sales Rise 3.9 Percent
Discussion: ParaPundit
Washington Post:
Ready for Another Tough Campaign
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
Interesting Timing  —  There's some interesting coincidences …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Ending the National Security State
Discussion: The Agonist and CorrenteWire
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Karl Rove's Permanent Minority
Rasmussen Reports:
Thompson Tied with Clinton, Trails Obama
Peter Beinart / Time:
Why the Dems Should Go for It  —  Since the Democrats won control …
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
FEC Democrats Say Bush Violated Limits