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7:50 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 …
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.
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...)
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 …
Washington Post:
Immigration Legislation Compromise Announced
Discussion: Legal Fiction
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
Associated Press:   Bush defends domestic spying program
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.
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 …
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 …
David Barstow / New York Times:
Report Faults Video Reports Shown as News
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.
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 …
Taxing wire transfers, and the fraudulent arguments about illegal immigration  —  Whatever your stand on the question of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans who wire money home to their family, this is an idiotic proposal: … It is hard to imagine how this legislation would work without offending …
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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