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9:20 AM ET, April 6, 2006


 Top Items: 
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Senate Republicans Strike Immigration Deal  —  WASHINGTON, April 5 — A group of Senate Republicans reached agreement Wednesday night on a compromise proposal that they hope can garner bipartisan support and bring passage of a bill on the future of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.
Discovered: the missing link that solves a mystery of evolution  —  Scientists have made one of the most important fossil finds in history: a missing link between fish and land animals, showing how creatures first walked out of the water and on to dry land more than 375m years ago.
Discussion: Dean's World
John Noble Wilford / New York Times:
Scientists Call Fish Fossil the 'Missing Link'
Discussion: The Liberal Avenger
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.
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Iraqi's Blog Chronicles Daily Life of a Nation in Turmoil  —  In the first bloody hours after insurgents destroyed a revered Shiite shrine in Iraq in February, Baghdad dentist Zeyad A. watched his Sunni neighbors grab machine guns and cobble together roadblocks to keep out marauding Shiite gunmen.
Discussion: Power Line
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   Zeyad, blogger and journalist
Thomas B. Edsall / Washington Post:
Campaign Finance Measure Approved  —  House Bill Would Cap '527' Donations, Used Largely by Democrats  —  The House approved campaign finance legislation last night that would benefit Republicans by placing strict caps on contributions to nonprofit committees that spent heavily in the last election …
Diana Jean Schemo / New York Times:
Program on Vouchers Draws Minority Support  —  WASHINGTON, April 5 — As a student at Shaw Junior High School here, Amie Fuwa strained to shut out the distractions of friends cutting up.  She struggled through math, and used photocopies or the library when textbooks were scarce.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Anchor's Chair Was an Irresistible Lure for Couric  —  In the midst of the widely publicized negotiations over her future career in network television, Katie Couric called a family meeting, with her parents and two young daughters around the dinner table.  —  Laying out her options …
Discussion: ScrappleFace and
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Poll at Odds With Katie Couric Move
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Iraqi Says Visit by Two Diplomats Backfired  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 5 — A top adviser to Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Wednesday that the visit this week by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw of Britain had backfired, prolonging a deadlock …
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Bush Said to Have Cleared Early Release of Iraq Intelligence to Times  —  New York Sun Web Exclusive  —  A former White House aide under indictment for obstructing a leak probe, I. Lewis Libby, testified to a grand jury that he gave information from a closely-guarded "National Intelligence Estimate" …
The Anchoress:
South Park - honest, brave, honorable  —  I can't believe I'm writing those words.  In the beginning, I wouldn't let my kids watch the show.  —  Tonight's episode was brilliant.  And brave.  Basically Matt Stone and Trey Parker took all of their creative capital and threw down a gauntlet …
Discussion: TBogg - "
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
South Park Takes On Islamists, Cowardly Broadcast Executives, And 'Family Guy'
Discussion: Hyscience
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.
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.
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 …
Josh White / Washington Post:
Rumsfeld Challenges Rice on 'Tactical Errors' in Iraq  —  Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he did not know what Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was talking about when she said last week that the United States had made thousands of "tactical errors" in handling the war in Iraq …
Discussion: Sadly, No! and
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Benzene Levels in Soft Drinks Above Limit  —  WASHINGTON - Cancer-causing benzene has been found in soft drinks at levels above the limit considered safe for drinking water, the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged Wednesday.  —  Even so, the FDA still believes there are no safety concerns …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Air America, CEO Danny Goldberg, Party Politics, New York, Los Angeles  —  TOP DOG JUMPING SHIP … By Brian Maloney  —  After just over a year at the helm of financially troubled liberal radio network Air America, CEO Danny Goldberg is on his way out.  Still unclear is who, if anyone, will replace him as top dog.
Discussion: and Power Line
Ralph Vartabedian / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. Rolls Out Nuclear Plan  —  The administration's proposal would modernize the nation's complex of laboratories and factories as well as produce new bombs.  —  The Bush administration Wednesday unveiled a blueprint for rebuilding the nation's decrepit nuclear weapons complex …
Discussion: Air America Radio
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TN Gov.: Bryson's Last-Minute Entry Gives GOP Some Hope
Noah Shachtman / New York Times:
Like to Tinker? NASA's Looking for You
Discussion: Defense Tech and Amygdala
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Climate Researchers Feeling Heat From White House
Discussion: Mathew Gross
Francis Harris / Telegraph:
'Big-mouth' bin Laden angered his lieutenants
Discussion: In the Bullpen
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
In Bid to Rebuild Razed Bridge, Recovery and War Vie in Iraq
Natalie Kerris / Apple:
Apple Introduces Boot Camp
Bill Scanlon / Rocky Mountain News:
Waving the peace flag
Greg Roberts /
Academic still links Africans to crime
 Earlier Items: 
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
9,000-Year-Old Dental Drill Is Found
Jack Shafer / Slate:
I'm Canceling My Times Subscription
Deacon / Power Line:
AND THE WINNER IS  —  Congratulations to our friend Ed "Michael" …
Mark Patten /
An Evening with Ann Coulter: Opening Statement
Tammy Bruce:
John McCain Thinks Americans Are French
Chris Hansen / MSNBC:
'To Catch a Predator' III
Steven Waldman / Slate:
The Religious Left
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Sestak's battles — naval, familial and political