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2:30 PM ET, April 9, 2007

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Call for Manners in the World of Nasty Blogs  —  Is it too late to bring civility to the Web?  —  The conversational free-for-all on the Internet known as the blogosphere can be a prickly and unpleasant place.  Now, a few high-profile figures in high-tech are proposing a blogger code …
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Marty Kaplan / The Huffington Post:   MSM Voluntary Code of Conduct and Badges of Approval
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran Says It's Able to Make Nuclear Fuel  —  NATANZ, Iran — Iran announced Monday that it has begun enriching uranium with 3,000 centrifuges, a dramatic expansion of a nuclear program that has drawn U.N. sanctions and condemnation from the West.  —  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad …
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Bloomberg:
Iran Says Nuclear Enrichment Reaches Industrial Scale (Update4)  —  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran has begun enriching uranium on an industrial scale, stepping up the country's defiance of the United Nations and risking an escalation of tensions over its nuclear program.
Discussion: The Corner
Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Iran announces "industrial" nuclear fuel work
Discussion: The Corner and The Daily Dish
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Iraqis protest to mark Baghdad's fall  —  BAGHDAD - Tens of thousands draped themselves in Iraqi flags and marched peacefully through the streets of two Shiite holy cities Monday to mark the fourth anniversary of Baghdad's fall.  Demonstrators were flanked by two cordons of police as they called …
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Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
GOP-issued laptops now a White House headache  —  Democrats say a private e-mail system was used in violation of federal rules.  —  WASHINGTON — When Karl Rove and his top deputies arrived at the White House in 2001, the Republican National Committee provided them with laptop computers …
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Does Anybody Know Where My Policy Laptop Is?
New York Times:
Another Layer of Scandal  —  As Congress investigates the politicization of the United States attorney offices by the Bush administration, it should review the extraordinary events the other day in a federal courtroom in Wisconsin.  The case involved Georgia Thompson, a state employee sent …
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David Stout / New York Times:
Gingrich Assails Gonzales on Prosecutor Firings  —  Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, today became the latest Republican to criticize Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales for the controversial dismissals of eight United States attorneys and said Mr. Gonzales should consider stepping down.
Mike Baker / charlotteobserver.com:
Elizabeth Edwards afraid of neighbor  —  She has never met `rabid Republican,' but wouldn't be nice  —  RALEIGH —Elizabeth Edwards says she is scared of the "rabid, rabid Republican" who owns property across the street from her Orange County home — and she doesn't want her kids going near the gun-toting neighbor.
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
Pearls Before Breakfast  —  Can one of the nation's great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour?  Let's find out.  —  HE EMERGED FROM THE METRO AT THE L'ENFANT PLAZA STATION AND POSITIONED HIMSELF AGAINST A WALL BESIDE A TRASH BASKET.  By most measures, he was nondescript …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   JOSHUA'S FIDDLE....Have you read Gene Weingarten's cover story …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Mary Katharine Ham defends Michelle on CNN  —  Karol and I and another guest had a mini-birthday party for her on Thursday night in NYC when she told us she was due to be on CNN the next day to tape a segment about harassment of female bloggers.  She swore she was going to give 'em …
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Afghanistan's Karzai Says Taliban, Al Qaeda Have Been 'Defeated'  —  Afghanistan's President Tells ABC News' Diane Sawyer That While His Country Needs More Help, 'The Taliban Is Not Coming Back'  —  Amid reports that thousands of suicide bombers and insurgents were getting ready …
Discussion: The Blotter
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
Faye's amazing hostage story  —  and JULIE MOULT  —  FREED British hostage Faye Turney told last night how she feared she was being measured for her COFFIN by her evil Iranian captors.  —  The sickening charade was an act of mental torture — but to Navy sailor Faye it was terrifyingly real.
Discussion: WSJ.com
USA Today:
Bush's approval rating sits below 40%  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush is reaching levels of consistency that no White House would want.  —  Bush's job-approval rating in a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Monday through Thursday is 38%.  His standing has stayed below 40% for seven consecutive months.
Discussion: The Swamp
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
White House says economic surge robust  —  WASHINGTON (Map, News) - The White House says the economic surge that began five and a half years ago on President Bush's watch is more robust than the much-touted expansion during the Clinton administration.  —  "This is a much stronger expansion …
Joel Barkin / The Huffington Post:
Turning Buildings Green; States Take the Lead  —  A new United Nations report this week, backed by scientists around the world, confirms that not only is global warming real, but its effects are already here and getting worse.  And the hard fact is, the United States consumes far more energy …
 
 
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
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Nukes Now  —  It's a standard move in global warming denial rhetoric …
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Telegraph:
Fury as bishops back Iran
Discussion: Hot Air
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
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