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9:20 AM ET, March 27, 2007


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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gonzales's Senior Counselor Refuses to Testify  —  The senior counselor to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales will refuse to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the unfolding U.S. attorneys scandal, invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, her attorneys said today.
Jan Crawford Greenburg / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Official Ignored White House Guidance  —  Testimony Contradicted Gonzales in U.S. Attorney Matter, Sparked Controversy  —  The firestorm over the fired U.S. attorneys was sparked last month when a top Justice Department official ignored guidance from the White House …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The Right To Remain Silent...Or Not  —  (Photo via Morgan Tepsic.)  —  Guess which story just sprouted a hundred new legs, all of them connected to media types within the Beltway that sat up and discovered it with one giant whiff of the Fifth Amendment yesterday:
New York Times:
Aide to Gonzales Won't Testify About Dismissals
Discussion: The RBC
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:   Craziness Concealing Revisionism
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Ann Althouse loses it...
David Neiwert / Orcinus:   'Unbelievably nasty'  —  You all remember how Ann Althouse …
Mark Coultan / Sydney Morning Herald:
Hicks pleads guilty  —  An artist's impression of David Hicks, left, who sits with his defence counsel in the US military courtroom in Guantanamo Bay.  —  David Hicks has pleaded guilty to one count of supporting a terrorist organisation.  —  The plea to a late night specially convened …
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.
Discussion: The RBC and TalkLeft
Hicks pleads guilty at Guantanamo
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Tapscott's Copy Desk  —  ‹‹ More From this Blog … Five years ago today President Bush signed into law the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, the main sponsors of which were Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, and Sen. Russ Feingold, D-WI.  Bush signed the bill despite having …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Associated Press:
Webb Aide Arrested for Gun Possession  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - An aide to Sen. Jim Webb was arrested Monday when he entered a Senate office building with a loaded pistol, Capitol Police said.  —  Spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said the aide was charged with carrying a pistol without …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senator's Aide Held on Gun Charge  —  A close aide to Senator Jim Webb, Democrat of Virginia, was arrested on Monday and jailed after trying to take a loaded handgun into a Senate office building, officials said.  —  The aide, identified by Mr. Webb's office as Phillip Thompson, 45 …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Mindful of Past, Clinton Cultivates the Military  —  Of all the early problems Bill Clinton faced as president, few stand out to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as more frustrating and avoidable than his rocky relationship with the military, her advisers say.
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Clinton Opens Up About Attorney Firings
Discussion: Flopping Aces
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
An Antiwar Tide on The Rise  —  Within three weeks, the United States could face a constitutional crisis over President Bush's war policy in Iraq.  The president and his allies seem to want this fight.  Yet insisting upon a confrontation will be another mistake in a long line of bad judgments …
Discussion: Political Animal and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Republicans Soften Stance on Pullout Language
Discussion: TIME and All Spin Zone
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
In the front line of Putin's secret war  —  Crouching behind bushes left bare by the winter, the camouflaged fighters waited in tense expectation on the bleak Caucasian mountain side.  —  Casually flicking his cigarette into the mud, the Chechen loyalist commander raised his radio towards his mouth and barked an order.
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Romney offers student fundraisers money  —  BOSTON - A millionaire thanks to his work as a venture capitalist, Mitt Romney is acutely aware of the motivating power of money.  His presidential campaign hopes it will have a similar effect on college students, which is why it's offering them a cut of their fundraising.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Run, Elizabeth, run  —  Many presidents have lived with the ill health of loved ones.  Can we stop asking John Edwards when he's dropping out of the presidential race?  —  A screen shot of Elizabeth and John Edwards on "60 Minutes" on Sunday.  —  What made the comeback so withering …
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Heat Invades Cool Heights Over Arizona Desert  —  SUMMERHAVEN, Ariz. — High above the desert floor, this little alpine town has long served as a natural air-conditioned retreat for people in Tucson, one of the so-called sky islands of southern Arizona.  When it is 105 degrees in the city …
Discussion: and The Agonist
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 …
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Fred Thompson: More Than Flirting With Presidential Bid
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Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
Senate 2008: As Dems Expand Field, GOP Admits Concerns
Associated Press:
leaders of Iraq car-bombing ring nabbed
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