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2:50 AM ET, April 16, 2006

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New York Times:
A Bad Leak  —  President Bush says he declassified portions of the prewar intelligence assessment on Iraq because he "wanted people to see the truth" about Iraq's weapons programs and to understand why he kept accusing Saddam Hussein of stockpiling weapons that turned out not to exist.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and Daily Kos
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Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Two Views of the Libby Leak Case  —  The lead editorial and a front-page story last Sunday on the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby leak case left many Post readers confused.  —  The front-page story by reporters Barton Gellman and Dafna Linzer, drawing on legal papers filed by Special Prosecutor …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Deborah Howell and Fred Hiatt: Fact Free and Loving It  —  I go back and forth on the Deborah Howell conundrum — ignorant or craven?  I always find myself touching down on the Upton Sinclair quote: … And so we find ourselves with Lil' Debbie, failing to disappoint with this week's excuses about last week's Fred Hiatt column:
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Who Leaked The Report First?  —  Murray Waas wrote …
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Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Mistaking caricature and generalization for journalism  —  (updated below)  —  The Washington Post published yet another article today — this one entitled The Left, Online and Outraged, by David Finkel — seeking to depict the liberal blogosphere as being nothing more than the venting ground …
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:
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
"Generals defend Rumsfeld"  —  From The Washington Times: … That last bit is, of course, telling.  —  Our Constitution calls for a civilian run military—and many career military personnel, particularly those who have done the necessary diplomatic work to make it to the rank of general …
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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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Ron Brynaert / rawstory.com:
Retired colonel claims U.S. military operations are already 'underway' in Iran
Discussion: NewsHog and Majikthise
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Social Issues Top GOP Pre-Election Agenda  —  WASHINGTON - Protection of marriage amendment?  Check.  Anti-flag burning legislation?  Check.  New abortion limits?  Check.  —  Between now and the November elections, Republicans are penciling in plans to take action on social issues important …
Discussion: MyDD, Daily Kos and Preemptive Karma
Roger A. / Flank Two Position:
The Strange Case of William Howard Hobbs  —  NOTE: This post has been updated.  See below.  —  What to make of all this Bill Hobbs/Mike Kopp/John Spragens/rest of the world junk?  Should I even chime in at all?  I've been asked to and, after sleeping on it, I've decided to.
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James Loney / Toronto Star:
From the tomb  —  Very early, on the first day of the week, just after sunrise they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb?"  Mark 16: 2,3  —  For 118 days we lay in a tomb — Norman Kember, Harmeet Sooden and me.
Discussion: Flopping Aces and lgf
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!" …
brusselsjournal.com:
Kyoto: An Open Letter to the European Governments and the European Commission  —  Last week 60 accredited experts in climate and related scientific disciplines wrote an open letter to the Canadian Prime Minister.  They wrote to propose that balanced, comprehensive public-consultation sessions …
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.
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Michelle Malkin:
SAVING A TRADITION  —  Weekly steak dinners for wounded troops …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
 
 
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CORRECTED AND UPDATED …
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McCain softens ethanol position
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The Islamic Center of Raleigh
New York Post:
IRAN: WHAT W SHOULD DO  —  April 14, 2006 — IT appears that …
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt and Decision '08
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Iran issues stark military warning to United States
 

 
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