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4:40 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 …
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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" …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Macsmind
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
A key aspect of the U.S. attorney purge that often seems to get overlooked—by those who argue that the firings were business as usual and no different from the removal of USAs at the beginning of a president's term—is the change to the Patriot Act that was quietly inserted by Sen. Arlen Specter at the behest of the Justice Department.
Deacon / Power Line:
THE LATEST ON ALBERTO GONZALES  —  The Washington Post reports on a newly released email showing that Alberto Gonzales attended a meeting with senior aides to review plans to fire U.S. attorneys.  There's nothing wrong with attending such a meeting, of course; indeed, one would hope that Gonzales did review and discuss such plans.
Discussion: News Bloggers Blog
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
DoJ Official Conferred with Others on Law Change
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Gonzales Met With Advisers on Ouster Plan
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gonzales Met With Top Aides On Firings
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 …
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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 …
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The Becket Fund:
Tactics in Case of the Flying Imams Akin to "Legal Terrorism"
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
FLORIDA DENIES JEB BUSH HONORARY DEGREE
Michael Wines / New York Times:
South Africa Lowers Voice on Human Rights  —  Modern South Africa came about, historians agree, in part because of the United Nations' unrelenting stance against apartheid.  The United Nations affirmed that South African racism was not merely an internal political problem, but a threat to southern Africa.
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Alexandra Olson / Associated Press:
Iran's President Cancels U.N. Appearance
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
Flakking Purgegate  —  FLAKKNG PURGEGATE....Brad DeLong flags an email from last night's document dump that was highlighted by one of Josh Marshall's readers.  A White House flak (Catherine Martin) wants to know who's on the purge list and a DOJ flak (Tasia Scolinos) answers.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Arlen Parsa / The Daily Background:   Exclusive: Attorney firing spin proposed by DoJ spokesperson …
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
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 …
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
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
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
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
James C. Moore / Los Angeles Times:
Don't expect the truth from Karl Rove  —  Bush's top political aide has built his career on diverting and deceiving; he'd do the same under oath.  —  CONGRESS WANTS TO hear from Karl Rove, and members want him sworn in.  Rather than accept a politically expedient deal from the White House …
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Reid Says Gonzales to Leave Within Month `One Way or the Other'
Discussion: The Politico and The Raw Story
 
 
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A FINAL WORD ON HILLARY.  For this round of the debate, at least.
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