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2:05 PM ET, April 6, 2006

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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" …
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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 …
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Papers: Cheney Aide Says Bush OK'd Leak  —  WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide told prosecutors President Bush authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence information about Iraq, according to court papers filed by prosecutors in the CIA leak case.
Discussion: The Left Coaster and War and Piece
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Bush Authorized Libby NIE Release to Press  —  From left to right: Stephen Hadley, Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney, George Bush.  —  The latest filing in the Libby case is a doozy, according to the NYSun this morning.  If Libby was being truthful in his testimony about this …
Bloomberg:   Bush Approved Leak of Iraq Arms Intelligence, Libby Testified
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
New Libby Material  —  [The UPDATE is a must read for Plamaniacs].
Discussion: YARGB
and the NIE / The Left Coaster:
Treasongate: Li  —  Josh Gerstein of The New York Sun (h/t Mary) …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Senate GOP to filibuster alien bill  —  Senate Republicans will filibuster their own immigration bill today in the face of steadfast refusal by Democrats to allow amendments to the bill that many conservatives view as granting amnesty to illegal aliens.  —  As an alternative …
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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.
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 …
CNN:
McKinney apologizes for scuffle with officer  —  Grand jury to hear testimony on incident, sources say  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Cynthia McKinney apologized on the House floor Thursday for a confrontation with a Capitol Police officer last week.  —  "There should not have been any physical contact …
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Eileen McNamara / Boston Globe:
Promises to watch  —  Trust but verify.  —  Proponents of universal healthcare should adopt that Reagan-era maxim as they celebrate legislative approval of a bill to expand access to medical coverage to most of the uninsured in Massachusetts.  —  Maybe the plan approved by the House …
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
On national stage, potential gains and pitfalls for Romney  —  The first-of-its-kind healthcare plan passed by the Legislature provides Governor Mitt Romney valuable political capital, but it is also fraught with potential perils as he aims to make the top tier of Republican presidential contenders.
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 …
 
 
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