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4:20 PM ET, April 9, 2006


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Washington Post:
A Good Leak  —  President Bush declassified some of the intelligence he used to decide on war in Iraq.  Is that a scandal?  —  PRESIDENT BUSH was right to approve the declassification of parts of a National Intelligence Estimate about Iraq three years ago in order to make clear why he had believed …
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Controversy May Sap Bush's Credibility  —  His alleged role in the scandal might hurt his image and erode public support for the Iraq war.  —  WASHINGTON — Ever since he began running for president, George W. Bush has told Americans that he is a "plain-spoken man," a leader who would never play games with words.
Eriposte / The Left Coaster:
A Washington Post Editor Caught Brazenly Lying: When is this going to stop?  —  The Washington Post has a deeply fraudulent editorial defending Bush's involvement in the NIE leak.  It's not just that they get the facts wrong, but by a fair accounting this editorial involves deliberate lying …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Eat it, Scooter  —  Did you have one of those moms who hung you out to dry on your own excesses?  You know, as in "No, Mom, I didn't feed the broccoli to the dog.  I'd never do that, you know how much I love broccoli."  And suddenly you find yourself stuck at the table until you finish a whole plate of it.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
What's Your Definition of Leak?
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush Role in Intelligence Leak Questioned
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and MyDD
White House: Bush did not flip-flop on leaks
Discussion: Bring it On! and Big Lizards
Judd / Think Progress:
Washington Post Defends Bush Leak, Mangles Facts
Discussion: The Mahablog
Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
JOHN KERRY AND JESUS:  —  Continuing his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, John F. Kerry addressed (by telephone) a conference convened by that racist hustler and prevaricator Al Sharpton who won, if I'm not mistaken, exactly one delegate at the party convention in 2004.
Discussion: Decision '08
Oliver North / Washington Times:
Recipe for disaster  —  Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, insists on proving that he can't be trusted.  He made his political debut in 1970, joining the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, then accused American troops of war crimes in Vietnam — and tried to deny he had done so.
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
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 …
Lieut. General Greg Newbold / Time:
"Why I Think Rumsfeld Must Go"  —  A military insider sounds off against the war and the "zealots" who pushed it … In 1971, the rock group The Who released the antiwar anthem Won't Get Fooled Again.  To most in my generation, the song conveyed a sense of betrayal by the nation's leaders …
Discussion: NewsHog and Dependable Renegade
Garry Wills / New York Times:
Christ Among the Partisans  —  THERE is no such thing as a "Christian politics."  If it is a politics, it cannot be Christian.  Jesus told Pilate: "My reign is not of this present order.  If my reign were of this present order, my supporters would have fought against my being turned over to the Jews.
Anne Hull / Washington Post:
CALL TO DUTY  —  In a Community Where Many Roads Lead to the Military, Deciding Whether to Enlist Becomes a Turning Point  —  Blake Johnson is almost 18.  Tan and muscular, he plays third base for the Clarkdale High School Bulldogs.  He is a B student who says "Yes, sir" when his coach corrects his batting stance.
Discussion: Rantingprofs and Liberty Street
New York Post:
DOES IRAN WANT WAR  —  April 9, 2006 — THE most dangerous error we could make in our sharpening confronta tion with Iran is to con vince ourselves that its leaders will act rationally.  Few wars are rooted in dispassionate analysis.  Self-delusion sparks most such catastrophes.
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
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
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.
Berlusconi in re-election battle  —  Italians are voting in general elections, with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi facing a strong challenge from centre-left leader Romano Prodi.  —  The polls remain open all day on Sunday and close at 1500 (1300 GMT) on Monday.
Discussion: MyDD and The Agonist
Brigitte Gabriel / The American Thinker:
Universities, for those of us who lecture on campuses, are the battleground for the heart and soul of the next generation of leaders.  They are the battleground where we must fight to win back the opinions and allegiance of American college students.  This is made harder when Islamists …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and In the Bullpen
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Amanda / Think Progress:
Boehner: 'Iraq is Improving,' Insurgents Only in a 'Handful of Places'
BranfordBoy / My Left Nutmeg:
Lieberman Refuses To Rule Out Independent Run
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ANDREW SULLIVAN links this story from The Guardian on how prisoners …
The Democrats' Plan for Enduring National Security
New York Times:
Chase Led Man Into Car's Path
Bruce Reed / Slate:
Think Again  —  Look who's winning the battle of ideas.
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
Ask McClellan: Will Bush Start A Nuclear War?
Discussion: First Draft
Gateway Pundit:
London Muslim Thugs Head to Court Over Protest Death Threats
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David Kopel /
The Volokh Conspiracy  —  THE JUDAS GOSPEL: Suppose …
Joe Katzman / Winds of Change.NET:
Discussion: A Blog For All
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Israeli Strikes Kill 8 Militants in Gaza
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Samuel Freedman / Jerusalem Post:
Diaspora Voice: Those undesirable immigrants
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
Michael Smith / Times of London:
'Forgers' of key Iraq war contract named