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11:30 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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Austin Bay Blog:
Pork for Defeat: Now the President must veto it  —  The House has passed its pro-defeat (and pro-pork) bill, 218 to 212.  Now the President needs to veto it.  —  The Democratic House leaders are a laughingstock of a shameful sort.  They have dug two holes, a "pork" hole and a "defeat" hole.
Don Surber:
Parliament of fools  —  The headline over the column by Tom Curry …
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
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The Becket Fund:
Tactics in Case of the Flying Imams Akin to "Legal Terrorism"
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Bill Clinton Raises $70,000 Without Breaking a Sweat
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
What's the matter with Colorado?
Craig S. Smith / New York Times:
French Court Rules for Newspaper That Printed Muhammad Cartoons
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Pols paying higher taxes, show yourselves
Discussion: Wizbang
Houston Chronicle:
Illegal immigrants allowed at least five strikes
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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
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
Interesting Timing  —  There's some interesting coincidences …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE LAB RAT THEORY....I have a theory that the combination of Romenesko …
Discussion: Washington Post
Ed Anderson / Times-Picayune Updates:
Breaux to run if AG says he is qualified
Beth Nolan / Washington Post:
Executive Overreach  —  The White House Is Taking Privilege Too Far