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5:40 AM ET, April 6, 2006


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Sean /
Numbers  —  What are these numbers?  This week's Powerball winners?  A safe deposit combo?  New numbers to torment those poor b*stards stranded on the island in Lost?  —  No, they're the number of troops that have died in hostile actions in Iraq for each of the past six months.
John Noble Wilford / New York Times:
Scientists Call Fish Fossil the 'Missing Link'  —  Scientists have discovered fossils of a 375 million-year-old fish, a large scaly creature not seen before, that they say is a long-sought "missing link" in the evolution of some fishes from water to a life walking on four limbs on land.
Jonah Goldberg /
Bar the door - it's Katie  —  It looks like Katie Couric, that apple of America's eye, will be the next anchor of "CBS Evening News," arguably the most prestigious job in television journalism.  Not only will Couric be following in the footsteps of Murrow, Cronkite and Dan "Fake But Accurate" …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Anchor's Chair Was an Irresistible Lure for Couric
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Poll at Odds With Katie Couric Move
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Sestak's battles — naval, familial and political  —  Sitting in the oncology ward at Children's National Medical Center on Jan. 19, retired Adm. Joe Sestak and his wife, Susan, awaited the doctors' verdict about the condition of their 5-year-old daughter, Alexandra.
Discussion: Young Philly Politics
Michelle Malkin:
NASCAR SMACKS DOWN NBC  —  I spoke this afternoon with Ramsey Poston, managing director of corporate communications at NASCAR.  He's on his way down to Texas for the NASCAR race this weekend, and he responded to NBC Dateline's undercover Muslim stings, which I first reported on yesterday morning.
Porn Sting Nabs Federal Official  —  LAKELAND - When he wasn't sending pornographic movies to and asking for explicit photos from a teenage girl in Polk County, a Maryland man was bragging about his job as a spokesman at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, law enforcement officers said.
Sources: McKinney case heading to grand jury  —  Federal prosecutors could have a decision by next week  —  (CNN) — No more he-grabbed-she-slapped — whether U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney should be charged over a confrontation with Capitol Police last week will be decided by a grand jury …
Chris Hansen / MSNBC:
'To Catch a Predator' III  —  Dateline's ongoing hidden camera investigation into computer sex predators—grown men, trolling the Web for sex with minors.  This time, police are making arrests  —  Nbc  —  Mugshots: 50 men were arrested after the latest installment of the "Dateline" report.
Caroline Daniel / MSNBC:
Rubin's economic group to chart course for Democrats  —  Robert Rubin, the former Treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton and most influential Democratic economic adviser, launched an initiative on Wednesday aimed at influencing the economic policy debate and charting a course …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Berkeley blogger finds his voice and fends off success  —  Three years ago, 50 friends and family members were the only ones reading Markos Moulitsas Zuniga's liberal blog  Now that 600,000 politics junkies are alighting daily on what's become the nation's most popular political blog, the inevitable is happening.
Steven Waldman / Slate:
The Religious Left  —  It is fruitful and has multiplied.  —  Lo and behold, there is a religious left.  The Catholic Church is helping to lead the fight against immigration restrictions.  A week doesn't seem to pass without some group convening a conference on religion and liberalism.
Deacon / Power Line:
AND THE WINNER IS  —  Congratulations to our friend Ed "Michael" Morrissey who was named blogger of the year by The Week Magazine at their gala banquet tonight (our friend Michelle Malkin was also nominated).  Ed's coverage of Canadian politics alone justifies his selection …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
On Awards, the Spineless Press, and Ann Coulter's Legs
Discussion: Power Line and Riehl World View
Harry Shearer / The Huffington Post:
Found Object: DeLay on Hardball  —  To see just how grateful Chris Matthews was for getting the Tom DeLay scoop, and what DeLay may think of Hillary Clinton, go here.  Thanks to the usual source gods.  —  Player not working?  Download the quicktime video here.
Natalie Kerris / Apple:
Apple Introduces Boot Camp  —  Public Beta Software Enables Intel-based Macs to Run Windows XP  —  CUPERTINO, California—April 5, 2006—Apple® today introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP.  Available as a download beginning today …
Mark Patten /
An Evening with Ann Coulter: Opening Statement  —  COULTER DEBATE OPENING STATEMENT - UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM  —  Thank you.  First of all, I know I join Ann in thanking the University of Judaism for hosting this event.  We've had an opportunity to spend some time with President Wexler …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Kennedy book blasts Bush, 'preventive war'  —  WASHINGTON — In a forthcoming book, Senator Edward M. Kennedy invokes the leadership of his brothers during the Cuban missile crisis to launch a sharp new attack on President Bush, declaring that Bush should have followed the example …
Jack Shafer / Slate:
I'm Canceling My Times Subscription  —  Why you should, too.  —  Hello, New York Times?  I'd like to cancel my subscription today.  No, I'm not protesting your Middle East coverage, your treatment of any ethnic minority or weird religion, and I am certainly not upset about some petty delivery problem.
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Criminal alien exception blocked  —  Senate Democrats refused to allow consideration of an amendment yesterday that would bar illegal aliens convicted of felonies from obtaining U.S. citizenship.  —  Democrats said the amendment would "gut" the immigration bill under consideration in the Senate and refused to allow a vote on it.
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Iran Threat Rhetoric Grows
Benjamin Niolet / Raleigh News & Observer:
Authorities reveal e-mail message
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
McCAIN AND THE BASE....Jon Stewart grilled John McCain last night …
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