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Iranian Parliamentary Elections
AP photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Iran’s Parliamentary Election Turnout Lags

Political observers in Iran are estimating that turnout for Friday’s parliamentary elections may break the country’s 2004 record low of 51 percent. The government’s ruling religious conservative faction is accused of barring many opposition reformist candidates and depressing electoral participation.

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Capitol Closed Doors
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Congress Holds Sensory-Deprived Session

At the request of House Republicans, Congress on Thursday held a closed-door session to debate the FISA warrantless eavesdropping bill. The last time a closed-door session occurred was in 1983, when lawmakers convened in secret to discuss clandestine U.S. support of Contra paramilitaries in Nicaragua.

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Ex-Treasurer of GOP Accused of Pocketing Money

The former treasurer of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Christopher J. Ward, is alleged to have funneled as much as $1 million from committee funds into his private bank accounts.

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news.bbc.co.uk

Inside a CIA Black Site

A Yemeni man has told Amnesty International that he was abducted and tortured and spent nearly three years in secret prisons at the hands of the CIA. Khaled al-Maqtari says that without charge, legal representation or even a word to his family he was shuttled from one prison to another and ultimately dumped into Yemeni custody, once the U.S. had finished with him.

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Clinton and Obama
nytimes.com

Dems to Debate Again and (Maybe) Again

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have agreed to participate in another debate, their 21st, to be held in mid-April in Philadelphia. Obama has also agreed to a 22nd debate a few days later, but the Clinton camp hasn’t yet responded.

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Taylor
news.bbc.co.uk

Cannibalism Charge at Hague Trial

Gruesome details are emerging from the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor (above, right), the former president of Liberia. The leader of one of Taylor’s death squads has testified that the president ordered his militias to cannibalize their enemies, including African and U.N. peacekeepers.

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Clinton at NNPA
AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

Ferraro Resigns, Clinton Apologizes

After a good 48 hours or so of pandemonium triggered by her racially charged comments about Barack Obama’s candidacy, a still-not-sorry Geraldine Ferraro resigned Wednesday from her post as “Honorary New York Leadership Council Chair” for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Meanwhile, Clinton herself said she did regret Ferraro’s comments ... and then some.

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capital building
aoc.gov

Back to Work

All three presidential candidates are scheduled to be back in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. A Republican senator has proposed a yearlong ban on earmarks and, shocking though it may seem, John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are apparently on board with the idea. Their colleagues in the Senate, however, are somewhat less enthusiastic.

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McCain
AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Americans Want a Democrat ... or McCain

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, Americans want the next president to be a Democrat, by a whopping 13-point margin. But when asked about the candidates by name, John McCain pulls into a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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Merkel’s Israel Trip Off to a Rocky Start

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to speak before the Israeli Knesset to underscore her country’s strong ties with Israel, but at least one aspect of her visit is already causing controversy. Merkel will address the Israeli parliament in German.

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