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12:15 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 …
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.
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:
DoJ Official Conferred with Others on Law Change  —  Yet another lie.  —  One central aspect of the U.S. attorneys firing is that the Justice Department (via a staffer for then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA)) was able to slip in a provision to the Patriot Act Reauthorization bill …
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Reid Says Gonzales to Leave Within Month `One Way or the Other'
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Did Gonzales Lie About His Involvement?
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales: Don't Blame Me, Blame Bush
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Real Cities:
Justice's new U.S. attorneys have partisan records
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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
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
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.
Giles Smith / Times of London:
Hostage fears over troops seized by Iran
Discussion: Jay Currie
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
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.
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.
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 …
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