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9:05 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 …
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 …
Nico / Think Progress:
Conservatives shut down Sampson hearing?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
Discussion: Pollster
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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: EU Referendum and Dr. Sanity
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
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 …
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 …
Glenn Reynolds /
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.
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?
Hassan M. Fattah / New York Times:
U.S. Iraq Role Is Called Illegal by Saudi King  —  King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia told Arab leaders on Wednesday that the American occupation of Iraq was illegal and warned that unless Arab governments settled their differences, foreign powers like the United States would continue to dictate the region's politics.
Discussion: Wake up America
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
The "Readers' Representative" Responds: L.A. Times Readers Won't Be Told that the Central Premise of a Previous Article Was Dead Wrong  —  The editors of the L.A. Times know that fired U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins disputes the central premise of an article they published, about whether his dismissal was tied to a political investigation.
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FEAR, FEAR, FEAR....In the LA Times today, L.J. Williamson writes …
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