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Sampson Grilled by Senators on U.S. Attorney Firings: Says Gonzales Made False Statements  —  NEW YORK We will keep an eye all day on the testimony, and grilling, of former Justice Department official Kyle Sampson at a U.S. Senate hearing today.  —  He offered his written testimony this morning …
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.
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Kennedy: Justice firings are keyed to '08 vote
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
GOP freezes 'Attorneygate' hearing in the middle of Republican's statement
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Ex-aide: Gonzales played role in firings
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Kyle Sampson Testimony, Part II
Faiz / Think Progress:
Schumer Forces Sampson To Admit Gonzales Lied
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.
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 …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
A 'Law & Order' Presidential Candidate?  —  "Law & Order" star and former U.S. senator Fred Dalton Thompson is considering a bid for the White House that would test whether Hollywood can once again launch a Republican to the world's premier political stage.  —  His interest, confirmed …
Zogby Poll: "America's Mayor" Top Pick of Iowa Republicans  —  McCain retains second spot; Fred Thompson shows potential  —  Rudy Giuliani of New York leads the field at 25% in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in Iowa, where GOP caucus-goers next January will start …
Discussion: Pollster
EXCLUSIVE: Rudy Giuliani 'Couldn't Have A Better Adviser' Than Wife Judith  —  Judith and Rudy Giuliani Talk to Barbara Walters About Their Controversial Relationship and His Presidential Campaign  —  In an interview with Barbara Walters, former New York City Mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani …
Discussion: On Politics
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Senate OKs war bill with Iraq timeline  —  WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats ignored a veto threat and pushed through a bill Thursday requiring President Bush to start withdrawing troops from "the civil war in Iraq," dealing a rare, sharp rebuke to a wartime commander in chief.
N.Z. / Victory Caucus:   Senate Passes Cut-and-Run Supplemental; Cuts-and-Runs Home for Spring Break
White House:
President Bush Attends Radio and Television Correspondents' Annual Dinner  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Brian.  Laura and I are happy to be here.  I'd like to thank the Radio and TV Correspondents Association for providing dinner tonight.  And I'd like to thank Senator Webb for providing security.
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Media Blog
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
Discussion: Pollster and On Politics
Jay Carney / Time:
Poll: A Surprising G.O.P. Edge for '08
Discussion: Political Radar
Claus Christian Malzahn / Spiegel Online:
Evil Americans, Poor Mullahs  —  Forty-eight percent of Germans think the United States is more dangerous than Iran, a new survey shows, with only 31 percent believing the opposite.  Germans' fundamental hypocrisy about the US suggests that it's high time for a new bout of re-education.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
It's Safer To Hate Us
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Democrats Are Building on Unity Over Iraq Pullout  —  No one has seemed more surprised by the Democrats' success in pushing an exit strategy for Iraq than the Democrats.  —  Their aggressiveness and unity on a major foreign-policy challenge to the president is a striking change for a party that has …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Culture Of Corruption, Democrat Style  —  The new Congress has barely made it past its start before a new face has been put on lobbyist influence.  Dianne Feinstein, the senior Senator from California, has resigned her leadership position on a subcommittee which put billions of dollars into her family's business (via QandO):
Hindrocket / Power Line:
MCCAIN STANDS IN THE GAP  —  Let's put aside for a moment McCain/Feingold and the right's other grievances against John McCain.  When it comes to the war on terror, is he the Lincoln of our time?  McCain has now launched a petition drive, under the name Surrender Is Not an Option.  McCain says:
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 …
Johanna Neuman / Los Angeles Times:
Gore climate event turned away from D.C.  —  GOP senator says the proposed 'Live Earth' concert is partisan and shouldn't be at the Capitol.  —  WASHINGTON — When former Vice President Al Gore testified before Congress last week, his appearance was viewed as the triumph of environmentalists …
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USA Today:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Neoconservative radicalism has reshaped our political spectrum
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
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