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11:00 AM ET, April 28, 2007

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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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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rice Deputy Quits After Query Over Escort Service  —  Randall Tobias Oversaw U.S. Foreign Aid Programs  —  Randall L. Tobias, the deputy secretary of state responsible for U.S. foreign aid, abruptly resigned yesterday after he was asked about an upscale escort service allegedly involved in prostitution, U.S. government sources said.
Discussion: Norwegianity and Roger Ailes
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.
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.
Sean McCormack / US Department of State:   Resignation of Ambassador Randall Tobias
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
TERRORISM UPDATE....This year's report on global terrorism …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
US Raids Capture AQI Terrorists, Iranian Weapons  —  A day after the Pentagon announced the capture of al-Qaeda mastermind Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, US forces in Iraq captured a number of AQI terrorists in a series of raids.  They also found and detonated a truck bomb and discovered a cache of Iranian arms south of Baghdad:
Discussion: Hyscience
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Whiskey Fire
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
NO LIGHT IN THE TUNNEL....Is it a surge or an escalation?
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
AcademicElephant / Redstate:
Special Events  —  A TRUE SOURCE OF INSPIRATION  —  Most of the socializing goes on around here late in the evening out in the smoking pit—a somewhat dicey collection of old office chairs and plastic pool furniture outside the renovated parking garage that is our home.
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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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bulletproof?  —  I hear from John at Crooks and Liars that old Rush …
Discussion: theGarance.com and Horses Mouth
Dani Rodrik / Dani Rodrik's weblog:
Does Free Trade Bring Lower Prices?  —  Daniel Drezner has some nice things to say about me and my blog, but then takes me to task for understating the gains from free trade in a recent entry.  He writes: … Since Drezner's point reflects a common misunderstanding about the effects of trade, it is worth some explication.
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog and Angry Bear
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 …
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
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DOJ Document Dump Muckraking Thread
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Truth's Consequences  —  Since the Moyers show, I have been thinking …
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Satan behind illegal immigration, Utah County Republican claims
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The Worst Op-Ed I've Read In A Long Time
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Justice Dept official resigns over investigation connected with Abramoff
 

 
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