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1:05 PM 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
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.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Federal Official Resigns in Escort Service Inquiry
Discussion: TalkLeft and Roger Ailes
Redstate:
Tobias downed by OPP...
Discussion: Greatscat!
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 …
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
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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.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Atrios / Eschaton:
More Broder  —  We normally think of "High Broderism" as the worship of bipartisanship for its own sake, combined with a fake "pox on both their houses" attitude.  But in reality this is just the cover Broder uses for his real agenda, the defense of what he perceives to be "the establishment" at all costs.
Discussion: CorrenteWire
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 …
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
NO LIGHT IN THE TUNNEL....Is it a surge or an escalation?
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
TRIFECTA  —  Yesterday's British newspapers had more information …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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
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
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
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
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  All cartoons are posted with the artists' express permission to BobGeiger.com.  Please visit the following sites to see more work from these fine cartoonists:  —  Nick Anderson, Houston Chronicle  —  Tony Auth, The Philadelphia Inquirer  —  Justin Bilicki, City Pulse
Discussion: Firedoglake
 
 
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