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9:15 AM ET, March 26, 2007


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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Has Chuck Hagel Read The Constitution?  —  Chuck Hagel floated the I-word yesterday during his appearance on ABC's "This Week".  He warned that George Bush could face impeachment unless he adopted a policy on Iraq more to the liking of Congress.  Hagel, who wants to run for the Republican nomination …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Republican Senators Express Reservations Over Gonzales
Republican support for attorney general erodes
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE I-WORD....Whatever else you can say about him, Robert Novak …
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
Glenn Reynolds /
PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: John Fund reports on politicizing …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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
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
Discussion: Redstate
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
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: First Read and Political Radar
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.
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 …
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Lug Weight of War Toward '08
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Hillary's War  —  Print subscribers receive all digital benefits …
Taliban 'invite' 10,000 Uzbeks to Helmand
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Terrorist Gets Early Release To Avoid Her Inconvenience
Discussion: Guardian and Betsy's Page
Solomon / Solomonia:
Uncovered Document Shows: Islamic Society of Boston Lawsuit a Sham
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
City Asks Court Not to Unseal Police Spy Files
Discussion: Daily Kos
Arthur Herman / Commentary:
How to Win in Iraq—and How to Lose
The Independent:
And they call it peace: Inside Iraq, four years on
 Earlier Items: 
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
William "the Bloody" Kristol makes our point for us...
Discussion: The Reaction
Beldar /
Beldar on Goldberg and Beinart on whether Democrats have paid …
Cernig / NewsHog:
Neocons Would Sacrifice 15 UK Seamen For '79 Do-Over
Roger Alford /
Bicentennial of the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Nikki Finke / Deadline Hollywood Daily:
EXCLUSIVE: LA Times Publisher's Friend And Tribune Co Ex-Director …
Michael Hedges / Houston Chronicle:
Conservatives quit board over DeLay appointment
CBS News:
Exclusive: John And Elizabeth Edwards
Hagel says Bush too dismissive of Congress on Iraq