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10:25 AM ET, April 28, 2007

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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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
As noted below, the 'DC Madam' scandal has now brought down its first big-name DC political figure: Randall Tobias, until about four o'clock this afternoon the head of the US Agency for International Development and Director of US Foreign Assistance at the State Department.
Glenn Kessler / MSNBC:
Sources: Aid chief quits over call-girl link  —  High State Department official Tobias reportedly tied to 'D.C. madam' probe  —  Randall Tobias resigned Friday.  The State Department cited "personal reasons."  —  More on washingtonpost.com  —  washingtonpost.com  —  Today's front page
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Sean McCormack / US Department of State:   Resignation of Ambassador Randall Tobias
Amanda / Think Progress:   Senior Bush official linked to escort service resigns.
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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Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
CIA Held Al-Qaeda Suspect Secretly  —  Officials Disclose That Use of Overseas Prisons Resumed  —  An Iraqi man accused of being a key aide to Osama bin Laden and a top leader of al-Qaeda was arrested late last year on his way to Iraq and handed over to the CIA, the Pentagon announced yesterday …
New York Times:
C.I.A. Held Qaeda Leader in Secret Jail for Months  —  The Central Intelligence Agency held a captured Qaeda leader in a secret prison since last fall and transferred him last week to the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Friday.
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Jimmy Carter, Arab Front Man  —  Alan Dershowitz has often infuriated conservatives with his liberal ideology and sharp-witted speech.  He drew insults by the bucketload for defending OJ Simpson in the mid-90s, when it appeared OJ would require a strong team for an appeal …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
The White House Scales Back Talk of Iraq Progress  —  The Bush administration will not try to assess whether the troop increase in Iraq is producing signs of political progress or greater security until September, and many of Mr. Bush's top advisers now anticipate that any gains by then will be limited …
Real Cities:
Annual terrorism report will show 29% rise in attacks  —  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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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
TERRORISM UPDATE....This year's report on global terrorism …
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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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 (6314) |
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Sue Major Holmes / Associated Press:
N.M. Guard Unit Complains Over Searches  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The commander of New Mexico's National Guard is demanding an apology from the Army brass after dozens of his soldiers in a mostly Hispanic unit were ordered to strip to their gym shorts and searched for gang tattoos while on duty in Kuwait.
Washington Post:
Sen. Reid's Fine Leadership  —  We, the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, contest the attack on Sen. Harry Reid's leadership by David S. Broder in his April 26 column, "The Democrats' Gonzales."  —  In contrast to Mr. Broder's insinuations, we believe Mr. Reid is an extraordinary leader …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
We're Scaring Our Children to Death  —  Duck-and-cover drills were never this frightening.  —  This week saw a small and telling controversy involving a mural on the walls of Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles.  The mural is big—400 feet long, 18 feet high at its peak—and eye-catching …
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