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4:05 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 …
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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" …
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.
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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
New Libby Material  —  [The UPDATE is a must read for Plamaniacs].
Discussion: Decision '08 and YARGB
and the NIE / The Left Coaster:
Treasongate: Li  —  Josh Gerstein of The New York Sun (h/t Mary) …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Bloomberg:   Bush Approved Leak of Iraq Arms Intelligence, Libby Testified
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.
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John O'Sullivan / The Corner on National Review Online:
A COMPROMISING COMPROMISE
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
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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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.
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Leif Wellington Haase / tpmcafe.com:
Another Massachusetts Miracle?  —  Yesterday, the Massachusetts House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would make the state the first to require all residents to have health insurance coverage.  If signed by Governor Mitt Romney and successfully implemented …
Thomas Friedman / Denver Post:
A high fence and a big gate  —  America today is struggling to find the right balance of policies on immigration.  —  Personally, I favor a very high fence, with a very big gate.  —  So far, neither President Bush's proposal to allow the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants to stay temporarily …
Washington Post:
Arrest of Official Prompts Probe By House Panel Into DHS Hiring  —  The arrest of a Department of Homeland Security deputy press secretary on charges that he used a computer to seduce and send pornography to a child has triggered a congressional inquiry into hiring practices and security clearance policies at the department.
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.
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 …
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 …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
South Park Takes On Islamists, Cowardly Broadcast Executives, And 'Family Guy'  —  Last week, when the raunchy cartoon series South Park killed off Chef after Isaac Hayes complained about the show's religious intolerance, some CQ readers noted that Matt Stone and Trey Parker had never taken on Muslims.
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 …
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 …
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.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Saddam Targeted American Assets For Terrorism (Update)  —  One of the most contentious issues of the Iraq War is whether the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein served as a distraction from the war on terror or as an integral part of the overall war itself.
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.
 
 
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