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12:45 PM 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: Kesher Talk, Think Progress and TAPPED
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Gonzales feels heat from GOP senators
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and TIME
MSNBC:
Republican support for attorney general erodes
Discussion: TalkLeft
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE I-WORD....Whatever else you can say about him, Robert Novak …
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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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.
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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Pam / Pam's House Blend:
Beyond the pale: anti-gay, racist emails from Army recruiter … Is this the General Peter Pace policy at work?  —  Corey Andrew had his profile and resume posted at Careerbuilder.com, and it caught the eye of Army recruiter Marcia Ramode, who contacted him.
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 …
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: The Caucus
Kirstin Downey / Washington Post:
Foreclosure Wave Bears Down on Immigrants  —  Economic Success Story Turns Sour as Thousands May Face Losing Homes  —  Immigrants are emerging as among the first victims of a growing wave of home foreclosures in the Washington area as mortgage lending problems multiply locally and across the country.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and On Deadline
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Chicago Dyke / CorrenteWire:
Smoke and Mirrors of the Middle Class: Credit is Slavery
Discussion: The Agonist and Suburban Guerrilla
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
If New Mexico Builds It, Will Space Travelers Come?  —  Voters to Decide on Plan for Commercial Spaceport  —  LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Come April 3, the voters of this sun-baked area near the Mexican border will have an unusual question to answer: Are they happy enough as home to some hardy cotton …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and The Corner
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.
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 …
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
Lehigh Valley local news from The Morning Call …:
Moore, Gore...and now Santorum?  —  Former GOP senator says he plans to make documentaries to counter left-wing films.  —  | Michael Moore, look out.  Rick Santorum is getting into the documentary filmmaking business and he's out to tell ''the other side of the story.''
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.
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Aged, Frail and Denied Care by Their Insurers  —  CONRAD, Mont. — Mary Rose Derks was a 65-year-old widow in 1990, when she began preparing for the day she could no longer care for herself.  Every month, out of her grocery fund, she scrimped together about $100 for an insurance policy …
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
 
 
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USA Today:
Senate fight on Iraq withdrawal looms
Lara Setrakian / ABCNEWS:
Obama: Investigate Duke Lacrosse DA Nifong
Discussion: News Bloggers Blog
David Carr / New York Times:
The Circular Firing Squad in California
Los Angeles Times:
Three fired U.S. attorneys balked at seeking death penalty
The Prowler / American Spectator:
Schumer's Mole  —  INSIDER GAMES  —  According to Democratic …
Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
Edwards gets key S.C. support
Discussion: TIME and Political Radar
David Kelly / Los Angeles Times:
The Southland's hidden Third World slums
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Clinton Touts Universal Health Care Plan
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Has Chuck Hagel Read The Constitution?
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Earmark Cover-Up  —  The Congressional Research Service …
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Hulk Hogan of legal world volunteers to go up against imams
Discussion: Power Line
Solomon / Solomonia:
Uncovered Document Shows: Islamic Society of Boston Lawsuit a Sham
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Gore's Faith Is Bad Science
Discussion: protein wisdom
Rasmussen Reports:
24% Consider Al Gore Global Warming Expert
Claudia Joseph / The Mail on Sunday:
Now scientists create a sheep that's 15% human