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10:40 PM ET, April 27, 2007

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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
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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.
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 …
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
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Today's Capture Headlines Point Up Bush Lie
Discussion: Liberty Street
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.  —  After his controversial tenure at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Bradley Schlozman was rewarded by being installed as the U.S. attorney for Kansas City.  His time as U.S.A. there, which ended only a week ago …
Discussion: Think Progress
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
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
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 …
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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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!
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Mark Blumenthal / Pollster:
Tag Clouds for the Democratic Debate  —  Janet Harris, a friend and Pollster reader, sends an interesting bit of analysis she did on last night's MSNBC Democratic debate.  Using the free site TagCrowd, she created a set of "tag clouds" that provides a visual depiction of the words used most often last night by each of the candidates.
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and CorrenteWire
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.
Discussion: CorrenteWire and Cliff Schecter
 
 
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Redstate:
Jack Murtha says: United States soldiers are liars!
Alan M. Dershowitz / Front Page Magazine:
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Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
Meet the Congressman  —  He supports public financing for campaigns …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Truth's Consequences  —  Since the Moyers show, I have been thinking …
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Ezra Klein:
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Amanda / Think Progress:
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Daniel Hannan / Telegraph:
Merkel's honesty not the best policy
Discussion: EU Referendum and The Corner
Greg Palast / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: Norwegianity
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