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2:45 PM ET, March 24, 2007


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Documents highlight Gonzales' role in the firings  —  WASHINGTON - Internal Bush administration e-mails suggest that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales may have played a bigger role than he has acknowledged in the plan to fire several U.S. attorneys.  —  The e-mails, delivered to Congress Friday night …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Did Gonzales Lie About His Involvement?  —  The termination of eight federal prosecutors has been compared by supporters of the Bush administration to the abrupt dismissal of all 93 US Attorneys by Bill Clinton in 1993.  Today, they may be comparing Alberto Gonzales' use of the word "involved" …
Deacon / Power Line:
Discussion: News Bloggers Blog
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gonzales Met With Top Aides On Firings
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Reid Says Gonzales to Leave Within Month `One Way or the Other'
Discussion: The Raw Story
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Public Takes Up Pros and Cons of Edwards Bid  —  Important policy debates about the course of the nation in the next presidential election are still out there and will no doubt return.  But for one day, many people all over the country seemed able to pause and reflect on something deeper …
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Hill bill protects flying public  —  House Republicans are pushing legislation to protect airline passengers from lawsuits for reporting suspicious behavior that might be linked to a terrorist attack.  —  Rep. Steve Pearce, New Mexico Republican, introduced the Protecting Americans Fighting Terrorism Act …
The Becket Fund:
Tactics in Case of the Flying Imams Akin to "Legal Terrorism"
Discussion: Power Line
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Supreme court ban on liberal party wipes out opposition to Putin  —  Russia's next parliament is likely to have no genuine opposition after a court in Moscow yesterday banned a leading liberal party from standing in elections.  —  Russia's supreme court announced that it had liquidated …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:   Tsar Putin Without Opposition
Anna Mulrine / US News:
Exclusive: Iranians Had Showdown With U.S. Forces  —  As the British government demanded the immediate release of 15 of its sailors whose boats were seized by Iranian naval vessels in the Persian Gulf on Friday, U.S. News has learned that this is not the first showdown that coalition forces have had with the Iranian military.
Pajamas Media:
Discussion: Guardian and Associated Press
Associated Press:
Jeb Bush Denied Honor at U. of Florida  —  GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - University of Florida President Bernie Machen said Friday he was "tremendously disappointed" with the school's Faculty Senate vote to deny former Gov. Jeb Bush an honorary degree.  —  The Senate voted 38-28 Thursday …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Washington Post:
Hypocrisy on the Hill  —  WASHINGTONIANS probably could live with Republicans' sabotaging their latest chance at congressional representation; that's nothing new.  More galling are those Republicans too gutless to admit their true position.  —  Take, for example, the condescending statement …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Chicago Tribune:
The not-so-simple story of Barack Obama's youth  —  Shaped by different worlds, an outsider found ways to fit in  —  HONOLULU — The life stories, when the presidential candidate tells them, have a common theme: the quest to belong.  —  A boy wants to find his place in a family …
Discussion: Political Radar
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  As a bonus today, our friend Nick Anderson of the Houston Chronicle, who is also the President-elect of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, tips us to a great collection of his cartoons related to the Iraq war that he has posted on his web site.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Slavoj Zizek / New York Times:
Knight of the Living Dead  —  SINCE the release of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's dramatic confessions, moral outrage at the extent of his crimes has been mixed with doubts.  Can his claims be trusted?  What if he confessed to more than he really did, either because of a vain desire to be remembered …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Think Progress:
WATCH LIVE: New Leadership On Health Care 2008 Presidential Forum  —  The Democratic presidential candidates are in Las Vegas today for the New Leadership on Health Care 2008 Presidential Forum.  ThinkProgress is featuring exclusive streaming video.  Watch it live at 9am PT/noon ET:
Discussion: MyDD
Rudeness mars peace message  —  If the cause of peace is worth supporting — and we believe it is — then peace protesters must demonstrate the values they promote.  The vast majority of the estimated 15,000 protesters who took part in a peace march Sunday in downtown Portland did just that.
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What's the matter with Colorado?
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French Court Rules for Newspaper That Printed Muhammad Cartoons
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Pols paying higher taxes, show yourselves
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Alexandra Olson / Associated Press:
Iran's President Cancels U.N. Appearance
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE LAB RAT THEORY....I have a theory that the combination of Romenesko …
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