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5:45 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" …
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, 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...)
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan, Decision '08 and YARGB
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 …
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New York Times:
Senate Focuses on Immigration Compromise
Discussion: TAPPED
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.
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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 …
Lawhawk / A Blog For All:
Better Late Than Never
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: State of the Day
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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 …
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
On national stage, potential gains and pitfalls for Romney
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 …
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.
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.
Marc Perelman / Forward:
U.S. Officials Are Mulling Iran Strikes, Experts Say  —  Plans Stepped Up as Tehran Tests Weapons  —  Key players in the Bush administration think a military confrontation with Iran is an unavoidable, leading to stepped up military planning for such a prospect, according to several experts …
 
 
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New York Times:
At Moussaoui Trial, Giuliani Recalls Horror of 9/11 Attacks
prwatch.org:
Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed
White House:
Press Gaggle by Scott McClellan
Discussion: Think Progress and Mia Culpa
DavidNYC / Swing State Project:
PA-07: Curt Weldon a Moonie Cultist
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
A.C.L.U. Says Ethnic Bias Steered Georgia Drug Sting
Sky News:
Terror Attack Thwarted
Discussion: Plus + Ultra
TigerHawk:
Taxing wire transfers, and the fraudulent arguments about illegal immigration
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A high fence and a big gate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems to pursue new strategy on abortion
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Climate Researchers Feeling Heat From White House
Josh White / Washington Post:
Rumsfeld Challenges Rice on 'Tactical Errors' in Iraq
Diana Jean Schemo / New York Times:
Program on Vouchers Draws Minority Support