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11:30 PM ET, March 29, 2007

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Associated Press:
Blair: Britain Won't Negotiate With Iran  —  LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday that Britain would not negotiate over British sailors and marines held hostage by Iran.  In an interview with ITV News, Blair again called for the unconditional return of the 15 Royal Navy personnel …
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Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
Britain takes case against Iran to U.N.  —  UNITED NATIONS - Britain took its case to free its 15 sailors and marines held by Iran to the United Nations on Thursday, asking the Security Council to support a statement that would "deplore" Tehran's action and demand their immediate release.
Dominic Kennedy / Times of London:
How Britons were conned by Iranian gunboat trick  —  The speed and cunning shown by the Revolutionary Guards suggests that their action was premeditated  —  The British sailors and marines being held by Iran were ambushed at their most vulnerable moment, while climbing down the ladder …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Hostage update: Blair threatens to bring out the big gun — a UN resolution; Update: Iran airs footage of sailors' arrests; Update: New hostage letter calls for withdrawal from Iraq  —  My, things certainly are getting tense now.  Yawn. … There was a report of some total awesomeness outside …
New York Times:
Ex-Aide Says Gonzales Was Involved in Firings  —  The former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales testified today that contrary to Mr. Gonzales's earlier assertions, the attorney general was involved in discussions to fire United States attorneys.
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Nico / Think Progress:
Conservatives shut down Sampson hearing?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Washington Post:
Ex-Aide Contradicts Gonzales on Firings
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
GOP freezes 'Attorneygate' hearing in the middle of Republican's statement
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Gunmen Go On Rampage In Iraqi City  —  Killings Are Revenge For Blasts in Tall Afar  —  A day after twin truck bombings laid waste to predominantly Shiite neighborhoods in the northern Iraqi city of Tall Afar, marauding Shiite gunmen and police executed dozens of Sunnis in retaliatory attacks …
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Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
70 Killed in Wave of Revenge in Northern Iraq
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
TAL AFAR....Last year, it seemed as if half the reporters …
Discussion: Think Progress
Rebecca Traister / Salon:
Fox's Ann Coulter 2.0  —  Conserva-babe and star-in-the-making Rachel Marsden has a, um, colorful past.  What was Fox thinking?  —  "Maybe [Pakistani cricket fans] should focus less on cricket and a little more on hygiene," opined Rachel Marsden on a recent episode of Fox News' middle-of-the-night talk oddity "Red Eye."
Discussion: Firedoglake, Gawker and Cliff Schecter
Associated Press:
Giuliani, wife discuss White House roles  —  WASHINGTON - Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani says if elected, he'd be open to his wife attending Cabinet meetings on issues in which she's interested.  —  In an interview with Barbara Walters to air Friday on ABC News' "20/20," …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Kelly Thornton / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Chastized head of local FBI office anounces retirement  —  SAN DIEGO - San Diego FBI chief Dan Dzwilewski, who was rebuked by superiors for publicly defending ousted U.S. Attorney Carol Lam, has announced his retirement.  —  Dzwilewski, who has been at the helm of the San Diego office since July 2003 …
Pew Research Center:
Democrats Fail to Impress in First 100 Days  —  Government Faulted on Vets' Care, Military Ratings Slip Post-Walter Reed  —  Summary of Findings  —  Also inside...  Reps see McCain, Giuliani and Romney as more moderate than "self"  —  Hillary and Obama Backers differ little on Iraq
Joseph D. Rich / Los Angeles Times:
Bush's long history of tilting Justice  —  The administration began skewing federal law enforcement before the current U.S. attorney scandal, says a former Department of Justice lawyer.  —  THE SCANDAL unfolding around the firing of eight U.S. attorneys compels the conclusion …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
FEAR, FEAR, FEAR....In the LA Times today, L.J. Williamson writes about one of my all-time pet peeves: the insane fear that modern suburban parents have of sexual predators: … "Huh" indeed.  As Williamson says, child abduction by strangers is very, very rare.  About as likely as being hit by lightning.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Sampson Suggested Removing Fitzgerald  —  Here's Kyle Sampson's testimony about suggesting to White House counsel Harriet Miers and deputy White House counsel Bill Kelley that they remove U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.  —  Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) asks if Fitzgerald was ever considered for removal?
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Rosie melts down on "The View"  —  I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is the video against which all future Rosie clips will be compared.  Never has so much useful idiocy about so many subjects been compressed into so little time.  —  It's her finest hour.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
THE JIM WEBB / PHILLIP THOMPSON GUN ARREST STORY has had the salutary effect of bringing more attention to the District of Columbia's silly gun laws.  The Washington Post headlines its story this way: You Can Bring Gun to Capitol, But Not Through D.C. and observes: … Jeez.
 
 
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