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9:50 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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hullabaloo
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
Real Cities:
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 …
Discussion: Political Animal
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales: Don't Blame Me, Blame Bush
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
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.
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
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.
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
New Study Offers More Bad News For GOP  —  The midterm elections dispelled for the time being the notion that the Republican Party had established an enduring grip on power — and now a new study sees some dark clouds over the future of the GOP.  —  The analysis of 20 years of polling data …
Discussion: Pollster and DownWithTyranny!
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.
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
Interesting Timing  —  There's some interesting coincidences surrounding the timing of a document that now serves as one basis for the official reason behind Carol Lam's firing.  The document, an anonymous report claiming that the government wasn't prosecuting enough smugglers …
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French Court Rules for Newspaper That Printed Muhammad Cartoons
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Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Pols paying higher taxes, show yourselves
Discussion: Wizbang
Houston Chronicle:
Illegal immigrants allowed at least five strikes
M.E. Sprengelmeyer / Rocky Mountain News:
Tancredo tops $1 million in exploratory presidential bid
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Existing Home Sales Rise 3.9 Percent
Discussion: ParaPundit
Don Surber:
Parliament of fools  —  The headline over the column by Tom Curry …
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Breaux to run if AG says he is qualified
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Ending the National Security State
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