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5:00 AM ET, April 9, 2006


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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 …
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
THE IRAN PLANS  —  Would President Bush go to war to stop Tehran from getting the bomb?  —  The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack.
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.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Dan / Riehl World View:
Going Nuclear - So Much For Progress
Discussion: Liberty Street
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 …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and War and Piece
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:   IF I Had To Spin Up An Innocent Explanation...
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
With Coverage This Slanted, Bush May As Well Resign
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Study Paints Somber Portrait of Iraqi Discord  —  WASHINGTON, April 8 — An internal staff report by the United States Embassy and the military command in Baghdad provides a sobering province-by-province snapshot of Iraq's political, economic and security situation …
Mark Pazniokas /
Perplexing No-Show By Joe  —  Lieberman Reacts With Silence After Report Ties Leaks To Bush  —  News of President Bush authorizing leaks of intelligence reports to discredit critics of the Iraq war broke before noon Thursday.  Democrats quickly lined up to demand a public accounting.
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.
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Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Making It Ashore, but Still Chasing U.S. Dream
Caroline B. Glick /
The rise of the Islamist axis
Discussion: ThreatsWatch.Org
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 …
Larry Ribstein / Ideoblog:
Is Disney about to be reversed?  —  The Delaware supreme court …
 Earlier Items: 
Brent Baker /
Ben Affleck: Bush 'Can Be Hung' for 'Probably' Leaking Plame's Name
Discussion: Wizbang
Empty Wheel / The Next Hurrah:
The January 24 Document … I read Fitzgerald's latest response …
Christine Hurt / Conglomerate Blog:
The Joe Jamail Video
White House:
President's Radio Address
Discussion: MyDD, Blogs for Bush and Dohiyi Mir
David S. Broder / Washington Post: > Live Discussions
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Lobbying Cases Shine Spotlight on Family Ties
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Frist's Southern Hospitality