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8:30 PM ET, March 24, 2007


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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.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and DownWithTyranny!
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."
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
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" …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
With A Defense Like This...  I am agog at the latest plot twist in the Eight Men Out debacle involving Alberto Gonzalez and the eight fired US Attorneys, as reported in the Times: … So far, I am undaunted - I would take for granted that the US Attorney General would know about the plan …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Is That Legal?
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Documents Show Gonzales Approved Firings
Discussion: Big Lizards and News Bloggers Blog
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 …
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:
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 …
Noel Sheppard /
Mock Colorado Jury Finds Man Not Responsible For Global Warming  —  Dr. Cullen and 2 inches.  I caught a bit of one of her specials last week, or so, in which the Florida everglades were the item.  While there was acknowledgement that most of the Everglades had been rather negatively impacted …
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
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 …
The Becket Fund:
Tactics in Case of the Flying Imams Akin to "Legal Terrorism"
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Fars News Agency:
British Marines Were Fully Aware of Presence in Iran's Waters  —  TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- British Marines currently in custody of Iran were fully aware of their presence in the Iranian waters and the recordings by devices in the British vessels confirm the fact.
Discussion: Associated Press and Salon
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 …
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.
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: protein wisdom and TalkLeft
BLUE AMERICA FINALLY WELCOMES CAROL SHEA-PORTER  —  Most people in government are lawyers.  Of the 42 men who have served as president 25 were lawyers.  The 109th Congress included 218 members who said they were attorneys.  There was something very refreshing and unique about speaking with Carol Shea-Porter the other day.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Iraqi VP: Pullout Would Cripple Security
Discussion: Central Sanity
Chicago Tribune:
The not-so-simple story of Barack Obama's youth
Discussion: Political Radar
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Slavoj Zizek / New York Times:
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Discussion: Prairie Weather
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  As a bonus today, our friend Nick Anderson …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Craig S. Smith / New York Times:
French Court Rules for Newspaper That Printed Muhammad Cartoons
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Supreme court ban on liberal party wipes out opposition to Putin