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1:15 AM ET, March 27, 2007


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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gonzales's Senior Counselor Refuses to Testify  —  The senior counselor to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales will refuse to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the unfolding U.S. attorneys scandal, invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, her attorneys said today.
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Gonzales aide to invoke Fifth Amendment  —  WASHINGTON - Monica Goodling, a Justice Department official involved in the firings of federal prosecutors, will refuse to answer questions at upcoming Senate hearings, citing Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, her lawyer said Monday.
Pete Williams / MSNBC:
Gonzales: Firings were not improper  —  The attorney general talks to NBC's Pete Williams in an exclusive interview … Pete Williams: Mr. Attorney General, what is it that you would like people to know about this controversy?  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: Let me begin with the attacks …
Jan Crawford Greenburg / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Official Ignored White House Guidance
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Chitra Ragavan / US News:   Former Top Justice Official to Contradict Gonzales Statements
Capitol Police: Webb Aide Arrested With Handgun  —  WASHINGTON — An aide to U.S. Sen. Jim Webb was arrested Monday after a loaded 9-millimeter handgun allegedly was found in his possession, authorities said.  —  Capitol police said the aide was arrested during a security check upon entering …
Discussion: Wonkette and Washington Wire
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senator's Aide Held on Gun Charge  —  A close aide to Senator Jim Webb, Democrat of Virginia, was arrested on Monday and jailed after trying to take a loaded handgun into a Senate office building, officials said.  —  The aide, identified by Mr. Webb's office as Phillip Thompson, 45 …
Taylor Marsh:
Webb's Gun  —  If you didn't see Fox "News" earlier this afternoon with Bush's boy Brit you missed a doozy.  Brit was tripping all over himself trying to discuss Webb's aide being taken into custody after being found with what was first described as an unregistered firearm, with unregistered ammunition in a bag.
Webb staffer arrested with loaded pistol
Discussion: Redstate and Right Wing News
Associated Press:
Webb Aide Arrested for Gun Possession
Discussion: Blogs for Bush
Pew Research Center:
Solid Majority Favors Congressional Troop Deadline  —  36% Think Surge Will Work  —  Summary of Findings  —  A solid majority of Americans say they want their congressional representative to support a bill calling for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by August 2008.
Charles Hack / Everything Jersey:   Bigoted emails from Army recruiter outrage gay man
Sldn / The Frontlines:   A Recruiter's Offensive Emails
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Follow-up to this morning's post re: Chris Matthews Show  —  There are several items to note as a result of various responses to my post this morning regarding the media's discussion of the U.S. attorney scandal on The Chris Matthews Show:  —  (1) Steve Benen provides a transcript …
USA Today:
Americans back Edwardses' choice  —  WASHINGTON — Americans by 2-1 support the decision of former North Carolina senator John Edwards to stay in the Democratic presidential race even though his wife, Elizabeth, has been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer.
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Lethal Levels of Peroxide and Petulance  —  ("Mad as a Wet Cat", starring Winston from Fourfour.)  —  Hoooo, lordy.  Ann Althouse may need to talk to her doctor about the strength of her hormone replacement patches.  She just about took poor Garance Franke-Ruta's head off in this bloggingheads-tv interview.
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Death threats against bloggers are NOT "protected speech" (why I cancelled my ETech presentations)  —  As I type this, I am supposed to be in San Diego, delivering a workshop at the ETech conference.  But I'm not.  I'm at home, with the doors locked, terrified.
Discussion: Feministe and Majikthise
New York Times:
U.S. Long Worried Iran Supplied Weapons in Iraq  —  More than 20 months ago, the United States secretly sent Iran a diplomatic protest charging that Tehran was supplying lethal roadside explosive devices to Shiite extremists in Iraq, according to American officials familiar with the message.
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Howard Witt / Chicago Tribune:
Texas reviews scandal-plagued juvenile prison system
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Mindful of Past, Clinton Cultivates the Military
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Important reminder when watching the Senate's Iraq debate
Discussion: TalkLeft
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Little Green Footballs:
Banned UN Speech: "Human Rights Nightmare"
New York Times:
Citigroup Plans to Shed Thousands of Jobs
Charlotte Gill / Daily Mail:
Why feminism 'could be bad for your health'
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Crooked Timber:
How do I sleep?  —  Alexander Cockburn wants to know, and it's sweet of him to ask.
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McCain on the House Iraq Supplemental
Discussion: Wizbang
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Poor Behavior Is Linked to Time in Day Care
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Aged, Frail and Denied Care by Their Insurers
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Online, Churls Gone Vile