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5:05 AM ET, March 25, 2007


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New York Times:
For Gonzales, More Records, and Questions  —  An accumulating body of evidence is at odds with the statements of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales that he played little role in the deliberations over the dismissal of eight United States attorneys.  —  Mr. Gonzales has said he did not take part …
Discussion: GINA COBB and TalkLeft
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Inserting Politics Into Justice  —  The senator vigorously rejected the president's claim of executive privilege.  "I find this extraordinary and troublesome," he said, "and I think it will ultimately be damaging to the president. . . . This is an attempt to stonewall our committee, and the public will be outraged."
Robert Kuttner / Boston Globe:
Gonzales should be impeached  —  THE HOUSE of Representatives should begin impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.  —  Gonzales, the nation's highest legal officer, has been point man for serial assaults against the rule of law, most recently in the crude attempt to politicize criminal prosecutions.
Crooks and Liars:
A Decision The President Alone Must Justify  —  Update: I wanted to welcome Anonymous Liberal to C&L. He blogged with Glenn Greenwald and will offer us some solid legal opinions from time to time... John Amato  —  President Bush is in a real bind.  The circumstances surrounding the firing …
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Documents Show Gonzales Approved Firings
Discussion: Big Lizards and News Bloggers Blog
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
With A Defense Like This...  I am agog at the latest plot twist …
Times of London:
Iran 'to try Britons for espionage'  —  FIFTEEN British sailors and marines arrested by Iran's Revolutionary Guards off the coast of Iraq may be charged with spying.  —  A website run by associates of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, reported last night that the Britons would be put before a court and indicted.
Brian Brady / Scotsman:
Blair convenes Cobra team as crisis in Iran escalates  —  THE official notification, delivered in secure calls yesterday morning to senior Whitehall figures, was the latest dramatic behind-the-scenes move to get to grips with a crisis that is now engulfing the government.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Fars News Agency:
British Marines Were Fully Aware of Presence in Iran's Waters
Discussion: Associated Press and Salon
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
N.Y. Police Spied Broadly Before G.O.P. Convention  —  For at least a year before the 2004 Republican National Convention, teams of undercover New York City police officers traveled to cities across the country, Canada and Europe to conduct covert observations of people who planned to protest …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Spying For Bush: Bloomberg Used NYPD To Surveil Protesters
Alison Leigh Cowan / New York Times:
Play About Iraq War Divides a Connecticut School  —  Student productions at Wilton High School range from splashy musicals like last year's "West Side Story," performed in the state-of-the-art, $10 million auditorium, to weightier works like Arthur Miller's "Crucible," on stage last fall in the school's smaller theater.
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Wilton High School  —  Photo by Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times  —  Good on ya, kids: … There's a very good account in this article of all the ways the kids tried to amend the play's content to make it acceptable to the Lieberman voters who killed the production …
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Washington Post:
Terrorized by 'War on Terror'  —  How a Three-Word Mantra Has Undermined America  —  The "war on terror" has created a culture of fear in America.  The Bush administration's elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact …
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
MoveOn moves in with Pelosi  —  The netroots group's support proved crucial to passage of the Democrats' Iraq spending plan.  But antiwar activists say MoveOn has been co-opted by its access to power.  —  When Eli Pariser, the executive director of, looks at the Iraq spending bill …
Discussion: The Mahablog and
Bill Bennett  • Mike Gallagher  • Dennis Prager  • Michael Medved  • Hugh Hewitt  —  Partisans in the quarrel of Bush vs. Congress have the satisfaction of knowing that weighty arguments can be made in behalf of either position.  Presidential immunity respecting …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Macsmind
Hotline On Call:
McCain: We Won't Meet Fundraising Goals  —  GRAFTON CO., NH — Sen. John McCain said his presidential campaign would not meet its fundraising goals this quarter, and his campaign advisers acknowledged that ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney may wind up raising more.  —  "We're going to pay a price …
Discussion: Don Surber and The Right's Field
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.
Arlen Parsa / The Daily Background:   Exclusive: Attorney firing spin proposed by DoJ spokesperson …
Brian Skoloff / Associated Press:
Cheney says House doesn't support troops  —  MANALAPAN, Fla. - Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday accused the Democrat-led House of not supporting troops in Iraq and of sending a message to terrorists that America will retreat in the face danger.  —  "They're not supporting the troops.
Discussion: PoliticalSports and CorrenteWire
Matthew Yglesias:
Entitlement  —  Garance put up a post yesterday evening that I thought was a bit of a low blow, suggesting that Sam Rosenfeld, Ezra Klein, and I all just don't like Hillary Clinton because we're men.  I don't want to get into that, but I think it's a good entry into what I think is the very most crucial part …
Discussion: American Prospect
Garance Franke-Ruta / TAPPED:
A FINAL WORD ON HILLARY.  For this round of the debate, at least.
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
SEIU/CAP/UNLV Presidential Healthcare Forum Thread  —  This coverage is sponsored by SEIU, the fastest-growing union in North America, with 1.8 million members in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  —  LAS VEGAS — The SEIU/CAP presidential forum on healthcare at UNLV has begun.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Ezra Klein
Ezra Klein:
Arguing Health Care
Think Progress:
WATCH LIVE: New Leadership On Health Care 2008 Presidential Forum
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
Hypocrisy on the Hill  —  WASHINGTONIANS probably could live …
Discussion: protein wisdom and TalkLeft
Associated Press:
Jeb Bush Denied Honor at U. of Florida