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9:35 PM ET, April 6, 2006


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Murray Waas / National Journal:
Libby Says Bush Authorized Leaks  —  Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff has testified that President Bush authorized him to disclose the contents of a highly classified intelligence assessment to the media to defend the Bush administration's decision to go to war with Iraq …
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" …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
New Libby Material  —  [The UPDATE is a must read for Plamaniacs, and I have a new post evolving here].  —  We have a new 13 page opinion [and the HTML version].  The subject is the ex parte submissions by Fitzgerald (I have read just one page and dinner calls...)
New York Times:
In Court Filings, Cheney Aide Says Bush Approved Leak  —  WASHINGTON, April 6 — President Bush authorized Vice President Dick Cheney in July 2003 to permit Mr. Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., to leak key portions of a classified prewar intelligence estimate on Iraq, according to Mr. Libby's grand jury testimony.
and the NIE / The Left Coaster:
Treasongate: Li  —  Josh Gerstein of The New York Sun (h/t Mary) …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
04/06/06 FOX Poll: Views on Illegal Immigration, Bush Job Rating Down  —  NEW YORK — Although a clear majority of Americans believe illegal immigration is a very serious problem for the country, many think it is somebody else's problem — as fewer than one in four say it is a very serious problem …
New York Times:
Senate Focuses on Immigration Compromise  —  WASHINGTON, April 6 — With a Republican compromise in hand, the Senate appeared headed today toward an agreement on the volatile subject of illegal immigration.  —  The action came after the Senate rejected by a decisive margin a plan to advance a bill approved by Judiciary Committee.
John O'Sullivan / The Corner on National Review Online:
A COMPROMISING COMPROMISE  —  If this is a compromise, what on earth would a surrender look like?  —  Details of the latest bi-partisan version of the Senate immigration bill are still coming out, but early reports suggest that any illegal immigrant who has been in the U.S. for five …
Working Towards a Border Security Solution
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt
White House:
President Discusses Global War on Terror  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  Firoz, thanks a lot.  So I said, that's an interesting name.  He said, I've lived in seven countries.  But he also said he's proud to be an American.  And we're proud you're an American.  Thank you very much for inviting me.
Discussion: Bring it On! and State of the Day
Associated Press:
Bush defends domestic spying program  —  Man tells president he should be ashamed of policies  —  CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — President Bush defended the government's eavesdropping program Thursday and said he would not apologize for monitoring the phone and e-mail conversations …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
McKinney Apologizes for Incident With Cop  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., expressed "sincere regret" Thursday for her altercation with a Capitol police officer, and offered an apology to the House.  —  "There should not have been any physical contact in this incident," McKinney said in brief remarks on the House floor.
Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed  —  A multimedia report on television newsrooms' use of material provided by PR firms on behalf of paying clients  —  Diane Farsetta and Daniel Price, Center for Media and Democracy  — Video footage of the 36 video news releases documented in this report …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems to pursue new strategy on abortion  —  The Senate Democratic leadership says it has found a wedge issue to strengthen the party's position on abortion rights, which top strategists think has become a liability in recent years.  —  The wedge is legislation expanding access …
New York Times:
'Gospel of Judas' Surfaces After 1,700 Years  —  An early Christian manuscript, including the only known text of what is known as the Gospel of Judas, has surfaced after 1,700 years.  The text gives new insights into the relationship of Jesus and the disciple who betrayed him, scholars reported today.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Climate Researchers Feeling Heat From White House  —  Scientists doing climate research for the federal government say the Bush administration has made it hard for them to speak forthrightly to the public about global warming.  The result, the researchers say, is a danger that Americans …
Mary Katharine Ham / Hugh Hewitt:
It's 'Take An American Flag to Work' Day  —  Read about it, here.  —  Michelle has an American flag photo gallery up.  —  I've always liked this painting.  —  Both of my grandfathers were career military— one Army and one Air Force.  My parents grew up on bases all over the world …
White House:
Press Gaggle by Scott McClellan  —  MR. McCLELLAN: All right.  Good morning, everyone.  The President had his usual briefing this morning before we departed.  And we will be going to Charlotte, where the President will be speaking before members of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte …
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