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10:15 AM ET, April 6, 2006


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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.
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" …
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Poll Finds Steele May Be Magnet for Black Voters  —  Candidate's Ties to President Bush Judged a Potential Vulnerability  —  An internal document prepared by a top Democratic strategist warns that a majority of African American voters in Maryland are open to supporting Republican Senate …
Washington Post:
Tilting Maryland's Vote
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
Nowhere Man  —  Here are two serious links and one very serious piece of news.  The first serious link is an analysis of Iraq casualty numbers by Myelectionanalysis (hat tip: Mudville Gazette) … Myelectionanalysis expected to find the reverse of the actual numbers, as you would be led …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
Laura Heinauer / Austin American-Statesman:
Professor's population speeches unnerve some  —  He says he's issuing warning, but others see talk of pandemics as a threat.  —  University of Texas professor Eric Pianka's enemies say he advocates wiping out 90 percent of the population and that his seemingly giddy obsession with death …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Feministe and Daily Kos
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Discussion: Mathew Gross
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Discussion: In the Bullpen
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I'm Canceling My Times Subscription
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
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Steven Waldman / Slate:
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