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8:30 AM ET, March 26, 2007


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Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
A President All Alone  —  Two weeks earlier on Capitol Hill, there was a groundswell of Republican demands — public and private — that President Bush pardon Scooter Libby.  Last week, as Alberto Gonzales came under withering Democratic fire, there were no public GOP declarations …
Discussion: TAPPED
Republican support for attorney general erodes  —  Senators question his truthfulness; firing of prosecutor in GOP case is eyed  —  WASHINGTON - Republican support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales eroded Sunday as three key senators sharply questioned his truthfulness and a Democrat joined …
Discussion: New York Times and TalkLeft
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   THE I-WORD....Whatever else you can say about him, Robert Novak …
Rasmussen Reports:
24% Consider Al Gore Global Warming Expert  —  Former Vice President Al Gore (D) received a warm welcome on Capitol Hill last week for his testimony on the environment and Global Warming.  However, while he is now an Academy Award winner and celebrity activist, just 24% of Americans consider Gore an expert on Global Warming.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Corner
Roger L. Simon:
Deconstructing Al - Gore Hurts Global Warming Cause
Discussion: Ed
Jonathan Chait / Los Angeles Times:
Why the right goes nuclear over global warming
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Iran Feels Pinch As Major Banks Curtail Business  —  More than 40 major international banks and financial institutions have either cut off or cut back business with the Iranian government or private sector as a result of a quiet campaign launched by the Treasury and State departments last September …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
American Sanctions Bite Iran  —  As the UN Security Council voted to incrementally increase the sanctions on Iran this weekend, the efforts by the US to financially blockade Teheran continued to make a large impact on their own.  The Bush administration has systematically locked Iran …
Discussion: Redstate
Victor Comras / Counterterrorism Blog:
The New Iran Sanctions: "Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing"!
Discussion: Redstate
Washington Post:
GSA Chief Is Accused of Playing Politics  —  Doan Denies 'Improper' Use of Agency for GOP  —  Witnesses have told congressional investigators that the chief of the General Services Administration and a deputy in Karl Rove's political affairs office at the White House joined in a videoconference earlier …
Danny Kelly / Times of London:
Iran rebuffs Blair's plea for release of captives  —  Richard Beeston, Diplomatic Editor and James Bone in New York  —  The Iranian Foreign Minister accused a group of captured British servicemen last night of having committed an act of "aggression", only hours after Tony Blair appealed for their release.
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Blair: Iran must free naval prisoners in days
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hot Air
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Earmark Cover-Up  —  The Congressional Research Service is helping its masters hide wasteful spending.  —  Nothing highlighted Congress's spending problem in last year's election more than earmarks, the special projects like Alaska's "Bridge to Nowhere" that members drop …
Glenn Reynolds /
PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: John Fund reports on politicizing …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Max Frankel / New York Times:
The Washington Back Channel  —  I. So there I sat, watching the United States government in all its majesty dragging into court the American press (in all its piety), forcing reporters to betray confidences, rifling their files and notebooks, making them swear to their confused memories …
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:
Max Frankel's Ghost
Discussion: Blogcritics Section and TalkLeft
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Gore's Faith Is Bad Science  —  Al Gore likes to present himself as a tribune of science, warning the world of imminent danger.  But he is more like an Old Testament prophet, calling on us to bewail our wrongful conduct and to go and sin no more.  —  He starts off with the science.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Hulk Hogan of legal world volunteers to go up against imams  —  I wrote last week about the "flying imams"' federal lawsuit, which sets a new low in efforts to intimidate passengers concerned about air travel safety.  Buried in Paragraph 21 of the imams' complaint is a legal landmine …
Discussion: Power Line
Kim du Toit / The Other Side of Kim du Toit:
Wallpaper 03/26/07  —  The Black Horse pub, in Hampshire  —  Oustanding food.  Don't remember the beer—in those days (ie. when this pic was taken, in 1999), I hadn't yet developed a taste for decent bitter, so I might just have ordered the mass-produced stuff like John Smith or Courage.
Discussion: Dean's World
Claudia Joseph / The Mail on Sunday:
Now scientists create a sheep that's 15% human  —  Scientists have created the world's first human-sheep chimera - which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.  —  The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells - and their evolution brings the prospect …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
A Fresh Face Vows to Revive the G.O.P.  —  Amid the sea of square jaws and swept-back gray hair in Congress, Representative Adam H. Putnam, a tousled redhead whose cherubic appearance still causes Capitol police to stop him occasionally, appears a bit out of place.
Discussion: CorrenteWire and TBogg
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Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Myths About Moveon  —  In the heat of the fight around …
Discussion: Eschaton and TalkLeft
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