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11:46 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 …
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Gonzales feels heat from GOP senators  —  WASHINGTON — Three Republican senators joined Democrats on Sunday in saying that the credibility of Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales had been badly undercut by his confused and seemingly contradictory statements on the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and TIME
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Republican Senators Express Reservations Over Gonzales  —  Three Republican senators voiced fresh concerns on Sunday about Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's handling of the dismissals of eight United States attorneys amid questions about whether the firings were politically motivated.
MSNBC:
Republican support for attorney general erodes
Discussion: TalkLeft
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: LAW.com and Norwegianity
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE I-WORD....Whatever else you can say about him, Robert Novak …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
N.Y. Mayor Is Eyeing '08, Observers Say  —  New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a self-made billionaire, has told friends more than once that his definition of good financial planning is making sure the check to the undertaker bounces when it's finally time to go.
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.
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Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Blair: Iran must free naval prisoners in days
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hot Air
Roger Friedman / Fox News:
HILLARY CLINTON'S $2.6 MILLION HOLLYWOOD HIT  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.  —  Live Earth |  Hugh Hefner's Love  —  Hillary Clinton's $2.6 Million Hollywood Hit  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton hit Hollywood last night at the estate of grocery store mogul Ron Burkle and took home $2.6 million for her presidential campaign.
Discussion: TMZ.com
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Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Hil shakes money tree for $10M
Discussion: New York Times and The Caucus
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 …
Discussion: TAPPED
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
American Sanctions Bite Iran
Discussion: Redstate
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Drop in Ad Revenue Raises Tough Question for Newspapers  —  For newspapers, February was the cruelest month.  So far.  —  Revenue from advertising was in striking decline last month, compared with February a year ago, and were generally weaker than analysts had expected.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Lug Weight of War Toward '08  —  Senator John E. Sununu knows that his political future could hinge on the war in Iraq, try as he might to change the subject.  —  For weeks, Mr. Sununu and Republican colleagues who face re-election next year have trudged through an on-again, off-again Iraq debate in Congress.
Discussion: Washington Times and AMERICAblog
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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: John Fund reports on politicizing …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Online, Churls Gone Vile  —  One of the unique qualities of Internet discourse is its freewheeling, no-holds-barred nature, where passionate arguments are often accompanied by some choice expletives and a virtual finger in the eye.  —  But what happens when the talk turns ugly, racist and violent?
Discussion: FishBowlDC and Romenesko
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The most revealing three-minute You Tube clip ever  —  I want to return to the video clip of the jovial and dismissive discussion of the U.S. attorneys scandal on yesterday's Chris Matthews Show (embedded below).  In one sense, this clip is completely typical of how our national media thinks and talks about political matters.
Discussion: Firedoglake and CorrenteWire
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.
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.
New York Times:
Work can be balm during health crisis  —  When John and Elizabeth Edwards learned Wednesday that Elizabeth Edwards' breast cancer had returned, the presidential campaign, which often seems removed from daily life, suddenly mirrored reality for thousands of American families facing a deadly illness.
 
 
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The Prowler / American Spectator:
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Gary Shapiro / New York Sun:
Obama's View of the Constitution Hinted in Article
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Kirstin Downey / Washington Post:
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Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
Edwards gets key S.C. support
Discussion: TIME and Political Radar
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Hossam el-Hamalawy / 3arabawy:
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Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Clinton Touts Universal Health Care Plan
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Has Chuck Hagel Read The Constitution?
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Terrorist Gets Early Release To Avoid Her Inconvenience
Discussion: Guardian and Betsy's Page
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Hulk Hogan of legal world volunteers to go up against imams
Discussion: Power Line
Kim du Toit / The Other Side of Kim du Toit:
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Discussion: Dean's World
Solomon / Solomonia:
Uncovered Document Shows: Islamic Society of Boston Lawsuit a Sham
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Gore's Faith Is Bad Science
Discussion: protein wisdom
Claudia Joseph / The Mail on Sunday:
Now scientists create a sheep that's 15% human