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5:25 PM ET, April 13, 2006


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Michelle Malkin:
"DO THE RIGHT THING!  SHOW MOHAMMED"  —  ***Update: Stephen Spruiell reports at The Media Blog..."I just got off the phone with a Comedy Central spokesman.  I asked him about last night's episode of South Park in which, at a moment right before the prophet Mohammed was supposed to make a cameo …
Media Blog on National Review Online:
Comedy Central Censored Mohammed  —  I'm not sure if it's been reported yet, but for what it's worth, I just got off the phone with a Comedy Central spokesman.  I asked him about last night's episode of South Park in which, at a moment right before the prophet Mohammed was supposed to make a cameo …
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
DID COMEDY CENTRAL CENSOR SOUTH PARK?  Did Comedy Central censor tonight's episode of South Park?  The answer would appear to be YES.  —  [UPDATE: In response to my inquiries whether the statement aired on South Park on Wednesday night was accurate, early this morning an official …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
'South Park' Creators Skewer Own Network  —  NEW YORK — Banned by Comedy Central from showing an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, the creators of "South Park" skewered their own network for hypocrisy in the cartoon's most recent episode.  —  The comedy _ in an episode aired during Holy Week …
Washington Post:
Iran's Nuclear Progress  —  MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD continues to help the Bush administration's effort to convince the U.N. Security Council that more concerted action is needed to stop Iran's nuclear program.  His loud announcement yesterday that Iran had succeeded in enriching uranium confirmed recent warnings …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Iran's Defiance Narrows U.S. Options for Response
Gerard Baker / Real Clear Politics:
US Faces Coalition of Unwilling on Iran
Discussion: FP Passport
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
White House Decries Report on Iraqi Trailers  —  The Bush administration yesterday denounced a Washington Post report that questioned the handling of postwar intelligence on alleged Iraqi biological weapons labs.  A White House spokesman acknowledged that President Bush's assertions …
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
The slow-motion trap  —  His presidency was built on secrecy and, we now know, on lies.  The more Bush struggles to free himself, the more his past deceptions bind him.  —  Print EmailFont: S / S+ / S++  —  At a press conference in the White House on Oct. 6, 2003, President Bush …
Opinion Journal:
The Minority Maker  —  The clever GOP strategy for defeat in November.  —  If Republicans lose control of Congress in November, they might want to look back at last Thursday as the day it was lost.  That's when the big spenders among House Republicans blew up a deal between the leadership …
Wade Zirkle / Washington Post:
Troops in Support Of the War  —  Earlier this year there was a town hall meeting on the Iraq war, sponsored by Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), with the participation of such antiwar organizations as CodePink and  The event also featured Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a former Marine who had become an outspoken critic of the war.
Washington Post:
At Trial, Flight 93 Myth Finally Becomes Reality  —  It began with a muted series of thumps from a sharp knife or maybe clenched fists.  The sounds were muffled but unmistakable, one body blow after another, ending with a squishy thud.  —  "No, no, no, no, no. No," came the high-pitched voice …
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
Librarians Win as U.S. Relents on Secrecy Law  —  After fighting ferociously for months, federal prosecutors relented yesterday and agreed to allow a Connecticut library group to identify itself as the recipient of a secret F.B.I. demand for records in a counterterrorism investigation.
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Pakistan Strikes at High Value Target  —  Yesterday's helicopter attack in North Waziristan is directed at Mohsin Matawalli Atwa, one of the architechs of the 1998 attacks on the U.S. Embassies in Eastern Africa  —  Yesterday's assault on a suspected Taliban/al-Qaeda position in North Waziristan …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
At the Immigration Rally  —  Having an open heart doesn't mean supporting open borders.  —  I love immigrants.  That's not important or relevant, but it's where I start.  I love them so much I often have the impulse to kiss their hands.  I am not kidding.  I love them because they are brave.
Protests backfire!  —  Zogby poll: National demonstrations by illegal aliens have negative impact  —  Recent images of seas of illegal aliens marching in cities across the U.S. are having a far greater negative than positive impact on the foreigners' cause, according to a new poll.
Rachel Tuinstra / Seattle Times:
Anger, apology over "Condoleezza" quiz  —  Bellevue Community College President Jean Floten apologized Wednesday at an emotional open-campus meeting called after students complained about what they said was a racially offensive math question used on a practice test.
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek:
America's Secret Police?  —  Intelligence experts warn that a proposal to merge two Pentagon intelligence units could create an ominous new agency.  —  April 12, 2006 - A threatened turf grab by a controversial Pentagon intelligence unit is causing concern among both privacy experts and some of the Defense Department's own personnel.
Coalition Launches 'Operation Mountain Lion' in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON, April 12, 2006 - Coalition forces, in cooperation with the Afghan National Army, began "Operation Mountain Lion" yesterday to establish security, deter the re-emergence of terrorism, and enhance the sovereignty of Afghanistan, military officials reported today.
CBS News:
Poll: Sinking Perceptions Of Islam  —  (CBS) Although Americans believe they are better informed about Islam than they were five years ago, a new CBS News poll finds fewer than one in five say their impression of the religion is favorable.  —  Forty-five percent of respondents queried April 6 …
Washington Post:
Terrorists' Web Chatter Shows Concern About Internet Privacy  —  Groups Advise Members on Anonymity, Avoiding Intercepts  —  Terrorist groups, which for years have used the Internet and its various tools to organize and communicate, are paying more attention to addressing security …
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Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
The Closet McCain  —  Psst ... he's not really a conservative.
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The rancid radicalism of William Sloane Coffin
New York Times:
Documents Show Link Between AT&T and Agency in Eavesdropping Case
Discussion: Wired News and Amygdala
Drudge Report:
WILL SHE BE IMPEACHED?  —  ABC is preparing to dismiss …
Times of London:
Herceptin ruling will stop patients getting potentially lifesaving drugs
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Hit and Run
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National Review:
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
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New York Times:
Lenient Rule Set for Rebuilding in New Orleans
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Democrats Face Uphill Battle to Retake House
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Doubts About Taking On Tehran