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12:45 PM ET, April 30, 2007

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Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Maliki's Office Is Seen Behind Purge in Forces  —  A department of the Iraqi prime minister's office is playing a leading role in the arrest and removal of senior Iraqi army and national police officers, some of whom had apparently worked too aggressively to combat violent Shiite militias …
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton's PowerPointer  —  With Data and Slides, a Pollster Guides Campaign Strategy  —  It was fairly simple, Mark J. Penn said calmly to Vice President Al Gore, reporting the findings of an exhaustive survey he had conducted in the early stages of the 2000 presidential campaign.
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Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Watergate reporter demolishes Hillary's career story  —  Drawing on a trove of private papers from Hillary Clinton's best friend, the legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein is to publish a hard-hitting and intimate portrait of the 2008 presidential candidate, which will reveal a number of "discrepancies" in her official story.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP's Base Helps Keep Unity on Iraq  —  With public opinion tilting firmly toward ending U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq, Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest (R-Md.) might have expected praise for his votes that would start to bring the troops home.  Instead, at town hall meetings on the Eastern Shore …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Run, Chuck, Run  —  The 20 percent or so of Americans who still think we're winning in Iraq happen to be the Republican base.  And so the GOP in Congress has to pick between surviving their own primaries, maintaining civility with their own faithful, and potentially getting wiped out in the next election.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Sexual Threats Stifle Some Female Bloggers  —  A female freelance writer who blogged about the pornography industry was threatened with rape.  A single mother who blogged about "the daily ins and outs of being a mom" was threatened by a cyber-stalker who claimed that she beat her son and that he had her under surveillance.
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Maria Aspan / New York Times:
As Blogs Proliferate, a Gadfly With Accreditation at the U.N.
Discussion: Beltway Blogroll
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Quiet Bush Aide Seeks Iraq Czar, Creating a Stir  —  Stephen J. Hadley would be the first to tell you he does not have star power.  But Mr. Hadley, the bespectacled, gray-haired, exceedingly precise Washington lawyer who is President Bush's national security adviser, is in the market for someone who does …
The Blotter:
D.C. Madam Wants Washington Clients to Testify  —  Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz & Justin Rood Report:  —  The woman charged in a federal indictment with running a high-class Washington, D.C. call girl service says she plans to call her prominent clients to testify at her trial.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Pajamas Media
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Brian Ross and the DC Madam scandal
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Clinton and Obama Raiding Donors Who Backed Bush  —  As senators Clinton and Obama crisscross the country seeking the Democratic presidential nomination and sharply criticizing President Bush, they have been collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors who funded one or both of Mr. Bush's campaigns for the White House.
Discussion: The Vanity Press
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Former Political Director at ABC Is Moving to Time Magazine  —  Mark Halperin, who stepped down last month as the political director of ABC News, is moving to Time magazine.  —  Mr. Halperin, a pioneer of online reporting who founded ABCnews.com's political memo, The Note …
Discussion: Think Progress
Simon Barnes / Times of London:
Climate change hits Mars  —  Mars is being hit by rapid climate change and it is happening so fast that the red planet could lose its southern ice cap, writes Jonathan Leake.  —  Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s.  This is similar to the warming experienced …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and QandO
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Hollywood Girls Gone Wild  —  In which Laurie David and Sheryl Crow harangue Karl Rove.  —  The showdown at the White House Correspondents' dinner was more emotional and lasted longer than was first reported.  It started when Laurie David introduced herself to Karl Rove.
Discussion: Althouse and The Heretik
Wall Street Journal:
Companies Shift More Donations To Democrats  —  House Leaders' Coffers  —  Swell as Balance Swings  —  Against Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — For the new Democratic bosses in the House, power has quickly translated into money, as many big companies have shifted more of their campaign contributions …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rules on two patent cases, and on high-speed chase  —  The Supreme Court, in a major victory for Microsoft Corp., ruled by a 7-1 vote on Monday that U.S. patent law does not bar foreign making of copies of digital code to be installed in computers made and sold abroad.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Tenet On Perle Conversation: 'I May Have Been Off By A Couple Of Days But The Encounter Occurred'  —  On 60 Minutes last night, George Tenet claims he ran into Pentagon adviser Richard Perle at the White House on the day after 9/11.  Tenet says Perle was already urging at attack on Iraq:
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
When Talk Isn't Cheap  —  Campaign finance regulators say speech isn't free—it's a form of "contribution."  —  Campaign finance laws are increasingly becoming a tool to suppress political speech, and the courts are finally waking up to the danger.  Last week a unanimous Washington state …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 
 
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Today is Tax Freedom Day®
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
ABC Reveals Big Drops in Circ in Spring 2007
See-Dubya / Hot Air:
London Fertilizer Bombers: GUILTY.  (w/ gigantic slo-mo explosion video link)
MSNBC:
The long reach and ambitions of al-Qaida
Andrew Young / Washington Post:
The Right Man for the World Bank
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Keeping It Between Friends
Discussion: Washington Post
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
CA Dem Convention: Richardson and Dodd
Discussion: Daily Kos and TAPPED
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
A Secret Fax—And an Ethics Slip
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George F. Will / Newsweek:
Fraudulent 'Fairness'  —  Conservatives dominate talk radio …
Pamela Geller Oshry / Atlas Shrugs:
SANDMONKEY SPEAKS! TO ATLAS
Efraim Inbar / Middle East Quarterly:
How Israel Bungled the Second Lebanon War
Discussion: Power Line
Turkishdailynews Headlines:
Anti-government rally fills central Istanbul
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Corner
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Inside the struggle for Iran
Time:
Excerpt: Tenet Strikes Back
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
McCain frets over treatment from press, faces campaign funding woes
 

 
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In Defense of Explaining Things

 
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