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1:35 PM ET, March 27, 2007


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Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Exclusive: Report Charges Broad White House Efforts to Stifle Climate Research  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  Bush administration officials throughout the government have engaged in White House-directed efforts to stifle, delay or dampen the release of climate change research that casts …
USA Today:
Poll backs subpoenas of Bush aides  —  WASHINGTON — Americans overwhelmingly support a congressional investigation into White House involvement in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, and they say President Bush and his aides should answer questions about it without invoking executive privilege.
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Tests Show Snow's Cancer Has Returned  —  White House press secretary Tony Snow, who has become the face of the Bush presidency over the last year, has cancer again.  —  Snow's deputy, Dana M. Perino, broke into tears at an off-camera briefing this morning as she announced that the cancer has spread to his liver.
Jeff Coen / Chicago Tribune:
Attorney general coming here, expects questions  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is likely to face questions about the allegedly mediocre status of U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald when he arrives here Tuesday for a scheduled round table discussion and press conference.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:   But Will They Be Serving Toast?
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Republicans to Rely on President Bush's Veto to Block Troop Withdrawal Plan  —  As the Senate opened debate Monday on a $122 billion Iraq spending bill, Republicans vowed not to allow Congress to impose a withdrawal date for American troops, but said they would rely on President Bush's veto pen rather …
Washington Post:
Republicans Soften Stance on Pullout Language  —  GOP Senators Willing To Let Bush Confront Iraq Timetable Issue  —  Unwilling to do the White House's heavy lifting on Iraq, Senate Republicans are prepared to step aside to allow language requiring troop withdrawals to reach President Bush …
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Democrat Proposes Making Withdrawal Date Secret  —  Only Congress, White House and Iraqi Government Would Know Plan  —  In one of the more unusual proposals to emerge in the Senate debate on Iraq withdrawal, Sen. Mark Pryor wants to keep any plans for bringing troops home a secret.
Sydney Morning Herald:
US captures car-bombing ring in Iraq  —  The US military has captured the leaders of a car-bombing ring blamed for killing hundreds of Iraqis.  —  The news came as the departing US ambassador said Americans are in ongoing talks with insurgent representatives to try to persuade them to turn against al-Qaeda.
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Insurgents report a split with Al Qaeda in Iraq  —  The U.S. hopes to take advantage of the Sunni rebel schism, which has resulted in combat in some areas.  —  BAGHDAD — Insurgent leaders and Sunni Arab politicians say divisions between insurgent groups and Al Qaeda in Iraq have widened …
Jules Crittenden:
By The Way, It's Official ...  ... we can win in Iraq, we are winning in Iraq, and George Bush's surge strategy is responsible for it.  Not even the AP can ignore it* anymore: … * The AP here grudgingly leaves out the kind of helpful interpretive graphs that usually are added to explain …
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Ryan Sager / New York Sun Politics:
McCain-Feingold: Five Years of Failure  —  Five years ago today, President Bush signed into law the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.  Today, American politics is so clean you could eat off it — except for the mud-slinging, back-scratching, favor-trading, influence-peddling, bald-faced lying, indictments, and convictions.
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William Glaberson / New York Times:
Plea of Guilty From Detainee in Guantánamo  —  In the first conviction of a Guantánamo detainee before a military commission, an Australian who was trained by Al Qaeda pleaded guilty here Monday to providing material support to a terrorist organization.
Charles Hurt / Examiner:
Senate war bill features $20B in pork  —  WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Like their counterparts in the House, the Senate has larded its version of an "emergency" war spending bill with nearly $20 billion in pork-barrel outlays, including $100 million for the two major political parties' 2008 presidential conventions.
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
'Billboard King' Reid Looks to Leave Mark on Senate War Funding Measure
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
Allison Klein / Washington Post:
Webb Aide Tried To Take Gun Into Senate Building, Capitol Police Say  —  A top aide to Sen. James Webb was charged yesterday with trying to carry a loaded pistol and extra ammunition into a Senate office building, U.S. Capitol Police said.  —  The staffer, Phillip Thompson …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Drudge and The Politico — poisonously joined at the hip  —  The new online political magazine, The Politico, is a pernicious new presence in our media landscape.  As I noted the other day, it really is nothing more than the Drudge Report dressed up with the trappings of mainstream media credibility.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama's Back Story  —  While I was whiling away my youth as an insurance investigator — yes, yes, Cohen of Claims — I met the lovely Penny, a wise and beautiful woman who utterly changed my life.  She invited me to her family's summer place at the beach.  The old house had a screened-in porch …
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CBC News:
Charest keeps seat as Liberals cling to power in Quebec
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Gary Kamiya / Salon:
How Bush helped the GOP commit suicide
Hirsi Ali under threat in US
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Is Obama all style and little substance?
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