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10:00 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.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush Role in Intelligence Leak Questioned
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and MyDD
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.
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.
Stephanie Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Abortion Ban Foes Petition for a Choice  —  Even some conservative South Dakotans sign a bid to hold a vote on the law, which was meant to spark a Supreme Court test of Roe vs. Wade.  —  STURGIS, S.D. — Volunteers pushing to overturn the nation's most far-reaching abortion ban are surprised …
Discussion: Eschaton
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
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.
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.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Saddam Targeted American Assets For Terrorism: Case Closed  —  A few days ago, I posted a translation of a document culled from the captured Iraqi documents that the US found during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  This particular memo, dated March 17, 2001, comes from a brigadier general …
Discussion: Gina Cobb
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
Gateway Pundit:
Even Liberals Know Harry Reid & Dems Blocked Immigrant Bill  —  President Bush blasted Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid for ruining a compromise on immigration legislation and playing politics with immigration in his weekly radio address today.  —  Harry Reid, of course …
Judith / Kesher Talk:
Iraq Liberation Day: from the narrow places  —  Three years after the end of the Iraq War, Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission encourage the media to mark the anniversary by showing some of the positive results of the war as well as the negative.
Discussion: The Agonist and New York Times
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.
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
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 …
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Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
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Tom Hayden / The Huffington Post:
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
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Larry Ribstein / Ideoblog:
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Brent Baker /
Ben Affleck: Bush 'Can Be Hung' for 'Probably' Leaking Plame's Name
Discussion: Wizbang
National Review:
Has Ahmadinejad Miscalculated?