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1:35 AM ET, March 24, 2007


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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  —  Bush calls it 'political theater' and vows to veto bill  —  WASHINGTON - A sharply divided House voted Friday to order President Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq next year, but the president reiterated his vow to veto the bill …
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Hoffmania!
William Branigin / Washington Post:
House OKs Timetable for Troops in Iraq  —  $124B Emergency Bill Sets Binding Benchmarks for Progress in Iraq  —  The House of Representatives today passed a $124 billion emergency spending bill that sets binding benchmarks for progress in Iraq, establishes tough readiness standards …
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.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:   Gonzales Aide to Senate Staff: Nothing to See Here
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales: Don't Blame Me, Blame Bush
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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.
Paul Mirengoff / News Bloggers Blog:   The president strikes the right balance
U.K. says 15 soldiers detained by Iranian navy  —  Ministry summons Iranian ambassador, seeks immediate return of troops  —  The HMS Cornwall on patrol in the North Arabian Gulf earlier this month.  —  NBC VIDEO  —  March 23: Fifteen British sailors have been detained by Iranian vessels.
Giles Smith / Times of London:
Hostage fears over troops seized by Iran
Discussion: Associated Press and GINA COBB
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
White House Spokesman to Undergo Surgery  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Presidential spokesman Tony Snow is undergoing surgery Monday to remove a growth in his lower abdomen, a procedure he said was being done "out of an aggressive sense of caution" because he had colon cancer two years ago.
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and All Spin Zone
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post: Goofs on Headline  —  Technical Glitch Leads to 51-Second Edwards Error  —  Well, The Washington Post's Web site screwed up the John Edwards story, too.  —  For 51 seconds.  —  And it was an accident, of the cringe-inducing variety.  —  The Democratic presidential candidate …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   THE LAB RAT THEORY....I have a theory that the combination of Romenesko …
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.
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Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
Interesting Timing  —  There's some interesting coincidences …
Discussion: Pacific Views
Ed Anderson / Times-Picayune Updates:
Breaux to run if AG says he is qualified
Yeas & Nays: Friday, Mar. 23
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
As '08 Candidate, Giuliani Strikes a New Tone on Guns
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Karl Rove's Permanent Minority
Rasmussen Reports:
Thompson Tied with Clinton, Trails Obama
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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
Henry C. Jackson / Associated Press:
Vilsack to endorse Clinton for president
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
From Obama's Past: An Old Classmate, A Surprising Call
Washington Post:
My National Security Letter Gag Order