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1:55 PM ET, April 28, 2007

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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.
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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 …
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Federal Official Resigns in Escort Service Inquiry
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   As noted below, the 'DC Madam' scandal has now brought …
Redstate:
Tobias downed by OPP...
Discussion: Greatscat!
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Former C.I.A. Chief's Memoir Irritates Some High-Ranking Readers  —  In January 2002, George J. Tenet, the man who oversaw all American spy agencies, was asked by a visiting Italian intelligence official what he knew about United States officials making contact with exiled Iranian opposition figures.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A genuine political sea change?  —  There were two seemingly unrelated incidents this week which, taken together, reflect some extremely important political developments.  —  First was the amazing letter to The Washington Post jointly sent by all 50 Democratic Senators other than Harry Reid …
Discussion: Eschaton and NewsBusters.org
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Tenet Details Efforts to Justify Invading Iraq  —  Former CIA Director Says White House Focused on the Idea Long Before 9/11  —  White House and Pentagon officials, and particularly Vice President Cheney, were determined to attack Iraq from the first days of the Bush administration …
New York Times:   C.I.A. Held Qaeda Leader in Secret Jail for Months
Washington Post:
Mr. Obama's Worldview  —  BARACK OBAMA, who has been chided for failing to supplement his inspiring rhetoric as a presidential candidate with substantive stands on issues, took an important step this week toward correcting the deficiency.  In a 40-minute address to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Clinton Campaign Tries to Keep Heat on Obama Over Debate Response  —  The first Democratic presidential debate did little to change the shape of the 2008 race, but it provided a post-debate flash point Friday between the campaigns of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
NO LIGHT IN THE TUNNEL....Is it a surge or an escalation?
Discussion: TalkLeft
Washington Post:
Political Appointees No Longer to Pick Justice Interns  —  The Justice Department is removing political appointees from the hiring process for rookie lawyers and summer interns, amid allegations that the Bush administration had rigged the programs in favor of candidates with connections …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
The Sandmonkey / Rantings of a Sandmonkey:
Done  —  Today is going to be the day that I've been dreading for quite sometime now.  Today is the day I walk away from this blog.  Done.  Finished.  —  There are many reasons, each would take a post to list, and I just do not have the energy to list them.
Washington Post:
U.S. Proposal Would Allow Oil Drilling Off Virginia  —  Five-Year Plan Would Also Open Alaskan, Gulf Waters  —  The Interior Department will announce a proposal Monday to allow oil and gas drilling in federal waters near Virginia that are currently off-limits and permit new exploration …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Financial Times:
Defra in storm over discredited EU carbon plan  —  The government department spearheading Britain's effort to reduce carbon output is driving companies and individuals towards paying for emissions cuts that do not take place.  —  The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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.
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
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
Hindrocket / Power Line:
TRIFECTA  —  Yesterday's British newspapers had more information on the capture of Abd al-Hadi.  Among other things, al-Hadi is credited with planning the London subway bombings of two summers ago.  From the London Times: … So al-Hadi, a former Iraqi soldier who became a top al Qaeda operative …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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