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11:30 PM ET, March 24, 2007


 Top Items: 
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Sailors held as bargaining chips for Iranians captured by U.S. in Irbil?  Update: U.S. warned UK of Iran reprisals after Irbil raid  —  Big news if true.  The report comes from Asharq al-Awsat, which you'll recall had scoop after scoop about the Iranian general who disappeared last month.
Fars News Agency:
British Marines Were Fully Aware of Presence in Iran's Waters
Discussion: Associated Press and Salon
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
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.
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Documents Show Gonzales Approved Firings
Discussion: News Bloggers Blog and Big Lizards
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
With A Defense Like This...  I am agog at the latest plot twist …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Is That Legal?
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Did Gonzales Lie About His Involvement?
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.
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
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
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.
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 sold legal opinions from time to time... John Amato  —  President Bush is in a real bind.  The circumstances surrounding the firing …
Arlen Parsa / The Daily Background:   Exclusive: Attorney firing spin proposed by DoJ spokesperson …
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: Prairie Weather
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Spying For Bush: Bloomberg Used NYPD To Surveil Protesters
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 …
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 …
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
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, Ezra Klein and Bloomberg
Think Progress:
WATCH LIVE: New Leadership On Health Care 2008 Presidential Forum
Discussion: Liberal Values
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
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
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 …
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
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Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
Why the Administration is Legally "Constrained" …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Iraq Supplemental: "Where Do We Go From Here?"
Michael Wines / New York Times:
South Africa Lowers Voice on Human Rights
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Portland Anarchists Burning US Soldier in Effigy
Attaturk / Rising Hegemon:
Bill Maher New Rules 3/23
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Iraqi VP: Pullout Would Cripple Security
Discussion: Central Sanity
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Jeb Bush Denied Honor at U. of Florida
Chicago Tribune:
The not-so-simple story of Barack Obama's youth
Discussion: Political Radar
Slavoj Zizek / New York Times:
Knight of the Living Dead
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  As a bonus today, our friend Nick Anderson …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Supreme court ban on liberal party wipes out opposition to Putin