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6:30 PM ET, April 15, 2006

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David Finkel / Washington Post:
The Left, Online and Outraged  —  Liberal Blogger Finds an Outlet and a Community  —  SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. — In the angry life of Maryscott O'Connor, the rage begins as soon as she opens her eyes and realizes that her president is still George W. Bush.  The sun has yet to rise and her family …
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Maryscott O'Connor / My Left Wing:
Washington Post Article About A Blogger  —  A couple months ago I got a cryptic email from someone claiming to be a reporter from the Washington Post; he asked me to call him in regard to a story he wanted to write.  —  I looked him up on the Internet... turns out David Finkel …
Discussion: BlondeSense and Decision '08
Betsy / Betsy's Page:
If you're at all like me, you just don't have time in your day to check out the lefty blogosphere.  I can see what they're talking about through various aggregratfors and by what the MSM chooses to focus on without having to wade through all that venom and Bush Derangement Syndrome.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Fever Swamps, Exposed  —  Today's Washington Post reports on our more extreme left-wing counterparts of the blogosphere and the measured tones of debate they promote.  The David Finkel piece focuses on Maryscott O'Connor, whose life provides an example of the balance and stability so evident in the fever swamps:
Discussion: Norwegianity
Maha / The Mahablog:   Our Left Wing  —  Sister blogger Maryscott O'Connor of My Left Wing …
Washington Post:
Bush Speaks Out for Rumsfeld  —  President Bush interrupted his Easter vacation yesterday to offer an unequivocal vote of confidence in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, in a move aimed at countering a growing wave of criticism from retired generals calling for the Pentagon chief to resign over his leadership of the Iraq war.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Retired Generals Defend Rumsfeld  —  And now, at least one media outlet brings us the other side of the Rumsfeld debate.  The Washington Times reports on three now-retired generals who worked closely with Donald Rumsfeld during the war on terror and who support his continued tenure as Secretary of Defense:
Gateway Pundit:
Judge Rumsfeld by His Successes And Failures
Discussion: protein wisdom and Dadmanly
Donald Rumsfeld News:
Rumsfeld Gets Robust Defense From President
Discussion: Eschaton and Think Progress
John Spragens / nashvillescene.com:
A Political Web  —  One local blogger's crude cartoon, posing as principle, betrays little more than tackiness  —  If, as the saying goes, all politics is local, then what do you make of a medium that allows people to broadcast their most provincial, reactive and often vile thoughts to millions …
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Roger A. / Flank Two Position:
The Strange Case of William Howard Hobbs
Discussion: NashvilleFiles Blog
Smantix / Six Meat Buffet:
Conservative Blogger Canned Over a Mohammed Cartoon
Discussion: Riehl World View and Plus + Ultra
CNN:
YOUR WORLD TODAY  —  Top Iranian Government Officials Speak Out Against the West; Sectarian Attacks Drive Iraqis From Their Homes; Calls for Rumsfeld's Resignation  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  JIM CLANCY, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Bush's Secret War
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Fran O'Brien's Loses Lease  —  Steakhouse Caters to Walter Reed Patients  —  The steaks are great, of course.  —  But it isn't the T-bones, the porterhouses or the rib-eyes that will be sorely, even painfully, missed when Fran O'Brien's Stadium Steakhouse loses its lease and closes its doors this month.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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BREITBART.COM:
Iran issues stark military warning to United States  —  Iran said it could defeat any American military action over its controversial nuclear drive, in one of the Islamic regime's boldest challenges yet to the United States.  —  "You can start a war but it won't be you who finishes it," …
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Law to Segregate Omaha Schools Divides Nebraska  —  OMAHA, April 14 — Ernie Chambers is Nebraska's only African-American state senator, a man who has fought for causes including the abolition of capital punishment and the end of apartheid in South Africa.  A magazine writer once described him as the "angriest black man in Nebraska."
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Who Leaked The Report First?  —  Murray Waas wrote a rather sensational story for the National Journal yesterday about the Scooter Libby case in which he alleges that Dick Cheney told Libby to leak a classified report to the press.  Again, as with so much in this case, the truth of the matter depends …
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Once Again, Scalia's the Talk of the Town  —  Justice Renders Frank Out-of-Court Opinions on 2000 Presidential Election, 'Sicilian' Gesture  —  Justice Antonin Scalia is at it again.  —  "For Pete's sake, if you can't trust your Supreme Court justice more than that, get a life!" …
Thomas B. Edsall / Washington Post:
E-Mails Tie Former GSA Official to Abramoff  —  Safavian Attorney Objects to Disclosure  —  Federal prosecutors last night released hundreds of e-mails documenting the business and personal ties between former White House aide David H. Safavian, lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and a network of congressional representatives and staffers.
Discussion: The Stakeholder
Charles J. Hanley / Associated Press:
U.S. Building Massive Embassy in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The fortress-like compound rising beside the Tigris River here will be the largest of its kind in the world, the size of Vatican City, with the population of a small town, its own defense force, self-contained power and water …
 
 
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