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8:40 AM ET, April 9, 2006


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Washington Post:
A 'Concerted Effort' to Discredit Bush Critic  —  Prosecutor Describes Cheney, Libby as Key Voices Pitching Iraq-Niger Story  —  As he drew back the curtain this week on the evidence against Vice President Cheney's former top aide, Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald for the first time described a …
New York Times:
Intelligence Leaked by Aide to Cheney Was in Dispute  —  WASHINGTON, April 8 — When President Bush authorized Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff to reveal previously classified intelligence to a reporter about Saddam Hussein's efforts to obtain uranium, that information was already …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Loosening Noose, II  —  Barton Gellman and Dafna Linzer of the WaPo tell us that Dick Cheney was the real star of the most recent Fitzgerald filing (39 page .pdf), review the 16 Word debacle (breaking news in the process, I think), and repeat a misrepresentation of the Fitzgerald filing that the WaPo hyped before.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
With Coverage This Slanted, Bush May As Well Resign
Discussion: TalkLeft
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   IF I Had To Spin Up An Innocent Explanation...
Mark Pazniokas /
Perplexing No-Show By Joe
Washington Post:
U.S. Is Studying Military Strike Options on Iran  —  Any Mix of Tact, Threats Alarms Critics  —  The Bush administration is studying options for military strikes against Iran as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to pressure Tehran to abandon its alleged nuclear development program …
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Bush 'is planning nuclear strikes on Iran's secret sites'  —  The Bush administration is planning to use nuclear weapons against Iran, to prevent it acquiring its own atomic warheads, claims an investigative writer with high-level Pentagon and intelligence contacts.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Going Nuclear - So Much For Progress  —  Think Progress headlines: … And the AP follows suit: … Neither of those pieces manufactured from the original Hersh story objectively depict the story.  The story indicates there is a potential for a limited use of tactical nuclear weapons …
Caroline B. Glick /
The rise of the Islamist axis  —  On Monday, Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported that part of Ukraine's Soviet-era nuclear arsenal may well have found its way to Iran.  With the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainians agreed to transfer the Soviet nuclear arsenal that remained in Ukraine after its independence to Russia.
Discussion: ThreatsWatch.Org
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Israeli Strikes Kill 8 Militants in Gaza
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Hamas condemns 'hasty' aid cuts
Discussion: normblog and USS Neverdock
Investor's Business Daily:
More Damning Documents On Saddam  —  Origins Of War: The latest in a stream of eye-opening Iraqi documents shows Saddam Hussein's regime was planning suicide attacks on U.S. interests six months before 9-11.  Why won't Washington get the word out?  —  Last month the Pentagon began releasing …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Saddam Targeted American Assets For Terrorism: Case Closed
Discussion: Gina Cobb
Jack Hitt / New York Times:
Pro-Life Nation  —  It was a sunny midafternoon in a shiny new global-economy mall in San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador, and a young woman I was hoping to meet appeared to be getting cold feet.  She had agreed to rendezvous with a go-between not far from the Payless shoe store and then come to a nearby hotel to talk to me.
Michael Smith / Times of London:
'Forgers' of key Iraq war contract named  —  TWO employees of the Niger embassy in Rome were responsible for the forgery of a notorious set of documents used to help justify the Iraq war, an official investigation has allegedly found.  —  According to Nato sources, the investigation …
Slacker Friday  —  I've got a new Think Again column here.  It's called: "Deconstructing the Attack on Jill Carroll."  —  From the Benton Foundation: … Christianity Today publishes a long, scholarly article on the "incoherence" of Hannah Arendt?  I dunno.  Someone read this and tell us if we need to pay attention.
Anthony Tommasini / New York Times:
Condoleezza Rice on Piano  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, center, with her chamber group; from left, Soye Kim, Joshua Klein, Robert Battey and Lawrence Wallace.  The group plays as often as every other week.  —  WASHINGTON — Two weeks ago on Sunday, Condoleezza Rice got up at 4 …
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
Agence France Presse:
Bigs bunny: monster rabbit devours English veggie plots  —  LONDON (AFP) - In a tale reminiscent of the last Wallace and Gromit movie, furious villagers in northeast England have hired armed guards to protect their beloved communal vegetable gardens from a suspected monster rabbit.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
John Feehery / Washington Post:
Hammered  —  What I Saw at the Republican Revolution  —  It was my first week as Tom DeLay's communications director in late 1995.  And we were already in crisis.  —  On the House floor, DeLay had gotten into a shoving match with a Wisconsin Democrat named Dave Obey.  I had no idea what had happened.
Samuel Freedman / Jerusalem Post:
Diaspora Voice: Those undesirable immigrants  —  She never wanted to come to America.  She only did it to make money, enough money to bring over her five brothers and sisters.  She waited 16 years before bothering to become a citizen, and took the step mostly to avoid being deported.
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Making It Ashore, but Still Chasing U.S. Dream  —  They all journeyed to America on the Golden Venture, a rusty freighter crammed with 286 Chinese immigrants when it ran aground off Queens on the night of June 6, 1993.  —  But a father of three who was seeking asylum from China's one-child policy …
Dr. Steven Taylor / PoliBlog:
The Same Subject Continued  —  Here's some more via the NYT: For President, First a Leak; Now, a Jam … Well, sure, there is a rather radical difference between "authorized" and "unauthorized."  However, that isn't really the issue.  —  If I understand the timeline correctly …
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The Volokh Conspiracy  —  THE JUDAS GOSPEL: Suppose …
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Daniels Plans to Drop Out of Governor's Race
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Envoy Warns of Possible Civil War in Iraq
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
THE IMMIGRATION TWO-STEP....So what happened on the immigration bill?
Tom Hayden / The Huffington Post:
Kerry Steps Up...Who Will Respond?
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
"I will tell you, nowhere in there, nowhere, not in one page …
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Ribstein / Ideoblog:
Is Disney about to be reversed?  —  The Delaware supreme court …
Brent Baker /
Ben Affleck: Bush 'Can Be Hung' for 'Probably' Leaking Plame's Name
Discussion: Wizbang
National Review:
Has Ahmadinejad Miscalculated?
White House:
President's Radio Address
Discussion: MyDD, Dohiyi Mir and Blogs for Bush
David S. Broder / Washington Post: > Live Discussions
Discussion: Riehl World View
New York Times:
U.S. Study Paints Somber Portrait of Iraqi Discord
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Lobbying Cases Shine Spotlight on Family Ties