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10:45 AM ET, April 1, 2006


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John / AMERICAblog:
NOW and NAACP make fools of themselves defending wackjob Rep. McKinney's ridiculous racial complaint  —  Good God.  If you ever needed proof of how irrelevant the big-monied liberal advocacy groups have become, we got a lovely demonstration today when the NAACP and the National Organization …
Allahpundit / Michelle Malkin:
MCKINNEY PLAYS THE RACE CARD  —  (Updated below with video)  —  (Updated below with link to Glover/Belafonte video)  —  You knew it was coming.  Ace certainly did.  —  She alleges, through her lawyer, that her real crime was "being in Congress while black."
Scott Lindlaw / Associated Press:
Howard Dean accuses Bush, GOP of exploiting immigration issue  —  OAKLAND, Calif. - Democratic Party chief Howard Dean accused President Bush and the Republican Party on Friday of exploiting the immigration issue for political gain by scapegoating Hispanics.  —  Dean and Bush agree on the legislation at the heart of the debate.
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
John Dean Blasts Warrantless Eavesdropping  —  WASHINGTON - John W. Dean, Richard Nixon's White House lawyer, told senators Friday that President Bush's domestic spying exceeds the wrongdoing that toppled his former boss.  —  Bush, Dean told the Senate Judiciary Committee, should be censured and possibly impeached.
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush Quiet on Immigration Bill Veto
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Washington Post:
Tuning In to Anger on Immigration
Discussion: Demagogue
Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Jill Carroll forced to make propaganda video as price of freedom  —  CAIRO - The night before journalist Jill Carroll's release, her captors said they had one final demand as the price of her freedom: She would have to make a video praising her captors and attacking the United States, according to Jim Carroll.
Debbie Schlussel:
More Big Hints on Jill Carroll's Extremist Views; Endorses Iraqi Islamic Party  —  Hmmm . . . more curious things about Jill Carroll and those who are "elated" about her release.  We've already commented about her anti-American views.  What a "coincidence" that all of these groups share one thing in common …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Good Enough Explanation For Me  —  After the extraordinary release …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
WSJ Fails to Credit Online Reporter Who Broke Story  —  The Wall Street Journal today published article by Brody Mullins on Michael Scanlon and his former fiance Emily Miller.  It fails to credit investigative journalist Jason Leopold who broke the story in January.
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Behind Unraveling Of DeLay's Team, A Jilted Fiancée  —  Breakup of Ex-Aides Shook  —  Group Tied to Abramoff;  —  The Prosecutors Move In  —  Ms. Miller's Tearful Apology  —  WASHINGTON — The engagement of Emily Miller and Michael Scanlon was supposed to mark the coming out of a new Washington power couple.
Washington Post:
Ex-DeLay Aide Pleads Guilty  —  Deal Protects Tony C. Rudy From Additional Charges  —  A former top aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) pleaded guilty to conspiracy today and promised to aid a wide-ranging federal investigation into corrupt lobbying practices.
Scott Whitlock /
Cranky Franken's 'Today' Appearance: Tells Conservative Guest To "Screw You"  —  A very tired and very cranky Al Franken appeared on the March 31 edition of the Today show.  The segment, which aired at 7:12AM EST, saw Franken respond to a barb from fellow radio talk show host Michael Smerconish with this witty barb: "Screw you."
Discussion: Althouse
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Cranky Al Franken, Matt Lauer, NBC's Today Show, Michael Smercomish
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Claudia Rosett / Opinion Journal:
'I Am Not Running Away'  —  Meet Benon Sevan, the man at the center of the Oil for Food scandal.  —  NICOSIA, Cyprus—"Medium or sweet?" asks Benon Sevan.  He is inquiring how much sugar I would like in the Turkish coffee he's boiling up for us on his kitchen stove, and I am torn between thanking …
Jyoti Thottam / Time:
New Poll: Americans Favor a Guest Worker Plan  —  79% say illegal immigrants should have the chance to work here, but most want tougher enforcement too  —  Americans polled by TIME magazine show strong support for a guest-worker program and a process for undocumented workers to become citizens …
David Burge / iowahawk:
OPERATION STEEL GAZELLE: A SMART, MULTI-SLIDE PLAN FOR TOUGHENING AMERICAN SECURITY WITH SMARTNESS  —  Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)  —  HARRY: Hello, I'm Harry Reid, leader of the Democrats in the United States Senate.  —  NANCY: And me Nancy Pelosi.
Senator Russ Feingold /
The GOP's Stake In Checking The President  —  Russ Feingold is a U.S. senator from Wisconsin.  —  During the Watergate hearings, then-Senator Howard Baker, a Republican, showed tremendous courage, and a deep sense of Congress's duty to hold President Nixon accountable …
Rosa Brooks / Los Angeles Times:
Mommy wars — a false battle  —  IN HER MUCH-DISCUSSED new book, "Mommy Wars," Leslie Morgan Steiner likens the tensions between working mothers and stay-at-home mothers to "a catfight."  Personally, I think it's more like dueling roosters: a cockfight.  —  In a classic ethnographic essay on Bali …
03.31.06 - Democrat Ethics Breakdown: News For The Week Of March 27th  —  03.31.06 - RNC Releases New Web Ad Entitled, "Censure?  Impeachment?"  —  In November 2000 Mark Kennedy defeated a four term incumbent to earn the honor for representing the sixth district of Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Joe Conason / Salon:
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Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Ethics charges heat up N.J. Senate race
Discussion: MyDD
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Jay / Stop The ACLU:
ACLU's Hypocritical Approach To Church And State
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
RWN's First Mention On The Rush Limbaugh Show
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Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
JADED?....As Bob Somerby and Peter Daou and Media Matters …
The New York Observer Media Mob:
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Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
As France Approves Labor Law, Students Block Roads and Rails
Discussion: Peaktalk and Big Lizards