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5:20 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 …
The Leaker in Chief?  —  Is he a CEO who stays above the fray?  Or did he give the go-ahead to strike back at critics over prewar intel?  A presidential mystery.  —  Court filings indicate that Libby, right, Cheney's former chief of staff, told a grand jury that Bush, center, had authorized him to leak intelligence information
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
What's Your Definition of Leak?
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Eat it, Scooter
Discussion: JustOneMinute and WTF Is It Now??
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.
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
Helen Thomas / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Want more Bush?  Elect McCain  —  WASHINGTON — In his bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain is moving to the right.  —  The Arizona Republican, who failed to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, is the most visible Republican on television …
Discussion: Decision '08 and
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.
Thirdparty / LamontBlog:
Joe In Windsor: I'll Run as an Independent  —  BranfordBoy at My Left Nutmeg has the scoop on Lieberman's appearance in Windsor this morning: … This is at least the third or fourth time Lieberman has refused to rule out running as an Independent, including the instance …
Discussion: My Left Nutmeg and Eschaton
Jill Abramson / New York Times:
When Will We Stop Saying 'First Woman to _____'?  —  IT was the Platonic ideal of the ladies' lunch.  There was chicken salad, parfait and blue Tiffany gift boxes.  There was the first woman president, her friend Louise and, though we did not know it for certain, the first female solo network news anchor.
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
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 and The Sideshow
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Hersh: Bush Plans On War With Iran UsingTactical Nukes (UPDATED)  —  A new, troubling story in the New Yorker from investigative reporter Seymour Hersh — who has had a pretty good track record in recent years — says President George Bush has already made up his mind to go to war with Iran and to use tactical nuclear weapons.
Washington Post:
U.S. Is Studying Military Strike Options on Iran
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
Hamas condemns 'hasty' aid cuts  —  The Palestinians' new Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniya, has attacked the European Union and United States for cutting direct financial aid.  —  He said the move, taken in protest at Hamas' hardline position on Israel, was "hasty and unjust" and would not serve the interests of the Middle East.
Discussion: normblog and USS Neverdock
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Israeli Strikes Kill 8 Militants in Gaza
Discussion: USS Neverdock
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
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ANDREW SULLIVAN links this story from The Guardian on how prisoners …
The Disgruntled Chemist:
The answer is that you don't know s**t
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New York Times:
Chase Led Man Into Car's Path
Bruce Reed / Slate:
Think Again  —  Look who's winning the battle of ideas.
Brigitte Gabriel / The American Thinker:
Universities, for those of us who lecture on campuses …
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Discussion: First Draft
Gateway Pundit:
London Muslim Thugs Head to Court Over Protest Death Threats
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The Volokh Conspiracy  —  THE JUDAS GOSPEL: Suppose …
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The rise of the Islamist axis
Discussion: ThreatsWatch.Org
John Feehery / Washington Post:
Hammered  —  What I Saw at the Republican Revolution