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11:15 AM ET, April 6, 2006


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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 …
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.
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Senate GOP Deal on Immigration Bill Likely
Michelle Malkin:
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Washington Post:
Tilting Maryland's Vote
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hyscience
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
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 …
Chris Hansen / MSNBC:
'To Catch a Predator' III  —  Dateline's ongoing hidden camera investigation into computer sex predators—grown men, trolling the Web for sex with minors.  This time, police are making arrests  —  Nbc  —  Mugshots: 50 men were arrested after the latest installment of the "Dateline" report.
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 …
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 and Bring it On!
Tammy Bruce:
John McCain Thinks Americans Are French  —  Pfc. Jonathan Dixon provides perimeter security in Iraq on 3/31/06.  Wait a minute!  This is a hard, dirty, underpaid job—how did they find Jon?  President Bush and Senator McCain told me Americans won't do these types of jobs!
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 …
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Francis Harris / Telegraph:
'Big-mouth' bin Laden angered his lieutenants
Discussion: In the Bullpen
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In Bid to Rebuild Razed Bridge, Recovery and War Vie in Iraq
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Academic still links Africans to crime
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
9,000-Year-Old Dental Drill Is Found
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Tiktaalik makes another gap
Jack Shafer / Slate:
I'm Canceling My Times Subscription
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Berkeley blogger finds his voice and fends off success