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12:15 PM ET, March 25, 2007


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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.
Pajamas Media:
BREAKING: US HOLDS 300 PRISONERS LINKED TO IRAN  —  American forces in Iraq now hold some 300 prisoners tied to Iran's intelligence agencies, Pajamas Media learned from both diplomatic and military sources.  —  This is believed, by both sources, to be a record number of prisoners tied to Iran.
Intelligence chiefs told of Iran's reprisal threat  —  Gethin Chamberlain, Tim Shipman and Kay Biouki in Teheran, Sunday Telegraph  —  British Intelligence chiefs were warned in January to expect reprisal attacks from Iran after America detained five suspected Iranian intelligence officers in Iraq.
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Brian Brady / Scotsman:
Blair convenes Cobra team as crisis in Iran escalates
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Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:   Iran: UK Troops Illegally Entered Waters
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Iran To Violate The Geneva Convention
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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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Alberto Gonzales And The Sports Team Tribalism Of American Politics  —  The continued controversies breaking around Attorney General Alberto Gonzales underscore one fact: partisanship that has morphed into a kind of sports team loyalty and tribalism is what has helped keep him in office.
Katherine Kersten / Opinion Journal:
Shariah in Minnesota?  —  Radical Muslim activists go fishing in troubled waters.  —  MINNEAPOLIS—The land of 10,000 lakes and that welcoming attitude we call "Minnesota Nice"—is becoming a window on America's potential future.  Here in Minneapolis, one of the nation's most livable cities …
Lee H. Hamilton / Washington Post:
A Partnership on Iraq  —  President Bush staked out his position on Iraq in January, and the House has now staked out its own.  Deep divisions between these positions signal a stalemate among our political leaders.  There is no unity of effort.  Yet the president and the Democratic majorities …
Discussion: TalkLeft
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Anger Is All The Rage  —  During the divisive War of 1812, a livid woman famous for her long hair rode to the White House, stood in her carriage, let down her tresses and proclaimed that she would gladly be shorn of them if they would be used to hang President James Madison.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Rice Hints at U.S. Peace Push on Mideast  —  In making her fourth trip to the Middle East in four months to try to breathe life into dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has opened the door to the possibility that the United States might offer …
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
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Eyebrows Are Raised in Mich. Over Reasons for Prosecutor's Firing  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In the aftermath of the surprise firing of U.S. Attorney Margaret M. Chiara, questions outnumber answers.  Was she dismissed for political reasons?  For poor performance?  To make way for someone else?
Dissing the Disgruntled!  Grazer-Gate Update: A summary of the L.A.Times' second-time-farce scandal is here.  The most recent at-bats ...  ** P.S.: It's not clear why the Times would need to recruit "guest editors"—they already more or less have them!  In a relatively short period they'v …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
In the Hospital, Mrs. Edwards Set Campaign's Fate  —  As the nurse fumbled to find the vein in her arm last Wednesday and Elizabeth Edwards was bracing for the worst possible news, her decision about her husband's presidential campaign was sealed.  —  A doctor had already told …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Terror Database Has Quadrupled In Four Years  —  U.S. Watch Lists Are Drawn From Massive Clearinghouse  —  Each day, thousands of pieces of intelligence information from around the world — field reports, captured documents, news from foreign allies and sometimes idle gossip …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and TalkLeft
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
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