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5:55 PM ET, April 26, 2007

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PBS:
APRIL 25, 2007: "Buying the War"  —  BILL MOYERS: Four years ago this spring the Bush administration took leave of reality and plunged our country into a war so poorly planned it soon turned into a disaster.  The story of how high officials misled the country has been told.
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Brian Montopoli / Public Eye:
Knoller On What Bill Moyers Got Wrong  —  Last night, PBS aired "Buying The War," "a 90-minute documentary that explores the role of the press in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq."  The program, which Tom Shales called "one of the most gripping and important pieces of broadcast journalism so far this year …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Timmeh's Tool Time Redux  —  Everyone has their favorite moment from the Bill Moyers documentary last night, this was mine: … After sitting in the Libby trial with jaw-dropping incredulity as Russert admitted he'd spilled his guts to the FBI when they first contacted him and then later refused …
Discussion: TalkLeft, cab drollery and Taylor Marsh
David Sirota / WorkingForChange:   Washington Reporters In Meltdown, Damage-Control Freak Out Mode
Joe Lieberman / Washington Post:
One Choice in Iraq  —  Last week a series of coordinated suicide bombings killed more than 170 people.  The victims were not soldiers or government officials but civilians — innocent men, women and children indiscriminately murdered on their way home from work and school.
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Paul Begala / The Huffington Post:
David Broder Is a Gasbag  —  One of the few regrets I have in life is that I allowed Ann Devroy of the Washington Post to talk me into apologizing for calling David Broder "a gasbag" in 1995.  My admiration for Devroy trumped my contempt for Broder.  Ann, sadly, is gone, but Broder remains.
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Bob Geiger:
Senate Passes Emergency Supplemental Bill  —  Just moments ago, the Senate followed the lead of the House of Representatives by passing the $124 billion supplemental spending bill containing a provision that mandates a withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by this time next year.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Democrats' Gonzales  —  Here's a Washington political riddle where you fill in the blanks: As Alberto Gonzales is to the Republicans, Blank Blank is to the Democrats — a continuing embarrassment thanks to his amateurish performance.  —  If you answered " Harry Reid," …
Associated Press:
Expectations Game Precedes Debate  —  Prelude To S.C. Democratic Debate Sees Candidates Building Up Their Rivals  —  (AP) For presidential hopefuls, it's called the Expectations Game.  —  Here's how it's played: Before a debate, rival campaigns build up the skills of their opponents …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Dems walk tightrope in S.C. on guns
Discussion: TIME, DonkeyRising and First Read
Financial Times:
Industry caught in carbon 'smokescreen'  —  Companies and individuals rushing to go green have been spending millions on "carbon credit" projects that yield few if any environmental benefits.  —  A Financial Times investigation has uncovered widespread failings in the new markets for greenhouse gases …
MSNBC:
Senate OKs Iraq bill with timetable for pullout  —  President Bush has vowed to veto $124 billion war funding legislation  —  April 26: NBC's Chip Reid reports on the Iraq war spending bill, which includes a timetable for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.  —  Today show  —  INTERACTIVE
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WSJ.com: Washington Wire:   White House Warns of 'P.R. Stunt'
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
DID "DAY BY DAY" JUST JUMP THE SHARK?  —  I love Chris Muir's laconic take on the days events seen through the eyes of two young, hip couples in his Day by Day cartoons.  —  But today's installment may have crossed a line of good taste.  I know many of you will disagree with me, but you decide.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Day By Day: Crossing A Line?
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Political Briefings At Agencies Disclosed  —  White House officials conducted 20 private briefings on Republican electoral prospects in the last midterm election for senior officials in at least 15 government agencies covered by federal restrictions on partisan political activity …
Jihad Unspun:
Islamic State Of Iraq: The Cross Worshippers And Their Henchmen Plans Have Collapsed  —  The Islamic State of Iraq has issued a statement that speaks to the utter collapse of America's so-called "new security plan" and the upheaval that is taking place in the US Congress over how to extract itself from the Iraqi quagmire.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Tom Tomorrow / The Huffington Post:
What They Said  —  I was planning to mark the fourth anniversary of the start of the war by looking back at some of the more remarkable statements pundits made at the time.  But I'm a weekly cartoonist, and this month I just had too many other ideas clamoring for my limited space …
Discussion: Lean Left
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Senate passes Iraq spending bill; Update: Iraqi spokesman criticizes  —  Just across on Fox News.  On to the White House now for the promised veto, although that won't come until next week.  Standby for the roll; it'll probably look almost exactly like this, the roll from the vote a few weeks ago …
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Baghdad's Fissures and Mistrust Keep Political Goals Out of Reach  —  U.S. military commanders say a key goal of the ongoing security offensive is to buy time for Iraq's leaders to reach political benchmarks that can unite its fractured coalition government and persuade insurgents to stop fighting.
 
 
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