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2:05 AM ET, April 28, 2007

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Times of London:
7/7 'mastermind' is seized in Iraq  —  The al-Qaeda leader who is thought to have devised the plan for the July 7 suicide bombings in London and an array of terrorist plots against Britain has been captured by the Americans.  —  Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former major in Saddam Hussein's army …
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MSNBC:
Al-Qaida official seen as major catch for U.S.  —  Close confidant to bin Laden, al-Zawahiri headed for Guantanamo Bay  —  WASHINGTON - A senior al-Qaida commander who was handed over to U.S. custody this week is believed to be a close confidant of Osama bin Laden who has provided U.S. intelligence officials …
Discussion: War and Piece
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon: Al-Qaida operative captured  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon announced Friday the capture of one of al-Qaida's most senior and most experienced operatives, an Iraqi who was trying to return to his native country when he was captured.  —  Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, said the captive is Abdul al-Hadi al-Iraqi.
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:   CIA Held Al-Qaeda Suspect Secretly
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Today's Capture Headlines Point Up Bush Lie
Discussion: Liberty Street
Thomas Joscelyn:
Questions For Another Baathist Turned Al Qaeda Bigwig
Discussion: The Corner and PoliPundit.com
CNN:
Pentagon: Top al Qaeda leader taken to Guantanamo
Discussion: The Huffington Post
The Blotter:
Senior Official Linked to Escort Service Resigns  —  Brian Ross and Justin Rood Report:  —  Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias submitted his resignation Friday, one day after confirming to ABC News that he had been a customer of a Washington, D.C. escort service whose owner …
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Sean McCormack / US Department of State:   Resignation of Ambassador Randall Tobias
Real Cities:
Justice Dept official resigns over investigation connected with Abramoff  —  WASHINGTON - A senior Justice Department official has resigned after coming under scrutiny in the Department's expanding investigation of convicted super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to a Justice Department official with knowledge of the case.
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Real Cities:
Administration considered firing at least 12 U.S. attorneys but cut list down  —  WASHINGTON - Congressional sources who have seen unedited internal documents say the Bush administration considered firing at least a dozen U.S. attorneys before paring down its list to eight late last year.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Controversial U.S. Attorney Heads Back to D.C.
Discussion: Think Progress
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Oh, man.  You just have to listen to these caricatures of black pols that Rush Limbaugh is pushing right now.  They're quite — how should we put this — "racially charged."  —  You may already have heard the "Barack the Magic Negro" shtick that Rush sang on his show the other day (more on that in a bit).
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
BREAKING: Limbaugh's "Barack the Magic Negro," on-air song has workers up in arms  —  UPDATED: Rush Limbaugh has angered many black employees over this parody song called "Barack the Magic Negro" This isn't the first or the last time that Limbaugh will go after Obama's race:  —  Download (3067) |
al.com:
Militia raid targets weapons  —  Explosives, ammo found; 6 men arrested  —  Simultaneous raids carried out in four Alabama counties Thursday turned up truckloads of explosives and weapons, including 130 grenades, an improvised rocket launcher and 2,500 rounds of ammunition belonging to the small …
Alan M. Dershowitz / Front Page Magazine:
The Real Jimmy Carter  —  I have known Jimmy Carter for years.  I first met him in the spring of 1976 when, as a relatively unknown candidate for president, he sent me a handwritten letter asking for my help in his campaign on issues of crime and justice.  I had just published an article …
Zuzu / Feministe:
The terrorism that dare not speak its name  —  Why is it that the media and the government never calls the "pro-life" groups who plant bombs at women's clinics what they are: terrorists?  —  From the AP article, entitled "Explosive found at Austin women's clinic": … Actually, I shouldn't say "from" the AP article.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Truth's Consequences  —  Since the Moyers show, I have been thinking of many things that happened during that intense period in 2002 and 2003 when the political and media establishment seemed to lose its collective mind (again) and took this country into an inexplicable and unnecessary war.
Discussion: Norwegianity
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Oversight Committee Invites Former CIA Director to Testify  —  A letter (pdf): … On Wednesday the Oversight Committee approved a subpoena for testimony from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice regarding the assertion that Iraq sought to import uranium from Niger.
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill's Pundit Blog:
Chairman Waxman Calls: George Tenet Book Tour Will Be Under Oath!
Josh Marshall / TPMmuckraker:
DOJ Document Dump Muckraking Thread  —  A big new bundle of documents just got dumped by the Department of Justice.  Here's a link to the documents in PDF form at the House Judiciary Committee website.  As per our routine in recent document dumps, if you'd like to help us cull through the mails and reports …
Real Cities:
Terror attacks up 29%, report says  —  WASHINGTON - A State Department report on terrorism due out next week will show a nearly 30 percent increase in terrorist attacks worldwide in 2006 to more than 14,000, almost all of the boost due to growing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Friday.
 
 
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Redstate:
Jack Murtha says: United States soldiers are liars!
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
Meet the Congressman  —  He supports public financing for campaigns …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Todd Hollingshead / Salt Lake Tribune:
Satan behind illegal immigration, Utah County Republican claims
Ezra Klein:
The Worst Op-Ed I've Read In A Long Time
Discussion: MyDD, TAPPED and Daily Kos
Think Progress:
Boehner Voted For Somalia Withdrawal, Now Claims We Can't Leave Iraq …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
BLASTING THE BRASS....Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, one of the officers …
New York Times:
The Democrats' First 2008 Presidential Debate
Amanda / Think Progress:
White House Excuses Partisan Briefings With False 'Clinton Did It Too' Defense
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
Fired U.S. Attorneys Will Meet in Seattle
Daniel Hannan / Telegraph:
Merkel's honesty not the best policy
Discussion: EU Referendum and The Corner
Greg Palast / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. media have lost the will to dig deep
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Playing on the Senate Floor Is a Dirty Business, Children
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster:
Tag Clouds for the Democratic Debate
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Dean at M.I.T. Resigns, Ending a 28-Year Lie
 

 
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