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8:45 PM ET, April 17, 2006

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ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Guard Who Saw Alleged Duke Victim Says No Sign or Mention of Rape  —  Sealed Indictments Handed Down by Grand Jury  —  April 17, 2006 — The grand jury considering the Duke lacrosse team rape allegations has adjourned for the day and has handed down indictments, all of which are sealed.
Discussion: heraldsun.com, Hugh Hewitt and TalkLeft
Raleigh News & Observer:
No word yet from lacrosse grand jury
Discussion: TalkLeft
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Widen The Net  —  Jason Leopold, writing in TruthOut, and Josh Gerstein of the NY Sun both break news in the Plame investigation.  Evidently the State Department was quite casual about Ms. Plame's CIA role, describing her in one set of notes as "CIA WMD managerial type and the wife of Amb.
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Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
No Hint Seen in Memo that Plame's Role Was Secret  —  Contrary to published reports, a State Department memorandum at the center of the investigation into the leak of the name of a CIA operative, Valerie Plame, appears to offer no particular indication that Ms. Plame's role at the agency was classified or covert.
John Leo / Townhall.com:
It turns out Bush was right about Iraq's quest for uranium
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and Blogs for Bush
Michelle Malkin:
TERROR IN TEL AVIV  —  Don't turn away:  —  Source: Yahoo! News  —  Getty Images caption: Tel Aviv, ISRAEL: An Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Zaka volunteer picks out pieces of flesh from the scene where a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up, in the southern Neveh Sha'anan district …
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Chicago Tribune:
Ryan found guilty on all counts  —  Co-defendant Warner also guilty  —  A federal jury convicted former Gov. George Ryan today on all charges that as secretary of state he steered state business to cronies in return for vacations, gifts and other benefits for himself and his family.
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Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
Jury Finds Former Ill. Gov. Ryan Guilty
Discussion: SSquirrel
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Washington Post Wins Four Pulitzers  —  The Washington Post won four Pulitzer Prizes today, including awards for breaking open the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal and disclosing the existence of secret CIA prisons overseas, while two newspapers whose regions were devastated by Hurricane Katrina shared the prize for public service.
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Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
Blame Builds More Barriers in Immigration Debate  —  Does chutzpah translate into Spanish?  —  It's a reasonable question after the joint statement House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) issued last week about the impasse blocking congressional action …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bill Frist: The Howard Dean of the GOP?  —  In politics, as in life, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  —  During the 2004 Democratic presidential primary campaign, a little known former governor named Howard Dean went from also-ran to frontrunner thanks in large part …
Discussion: MyDD, Norwegianity and Daily Kos
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Congress Approval at 12-Year Low  —  Rating slipped four percentage points since March  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Public approval of the job Congress is doing has dipped to its lowest level of 2006, and is now the worst Gallup has recorded since the closing days of the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.
Adam Cohen / New York Times:
A Small-Time Crime With Hints of Big-Time Connections Lights Up the Net  —  The Internet is a great breeding ground for political conspiracies, and there is a new one lighting up computer monitors across the country.  Bloggers are fascinated by what they see as eerie parallels between Watergate …
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Anger at Bush May Hurt GOP At Polls  —  Intense and widespread opposition to President Bush is likely to be a sharp spur driving voters to the polls in this fall's midterm elections, according to strategists in both parties, a phenomenon that could give Democrats a turnout advantage over Republicans for the first time in recent years.
George Moneo / Babalu Blog:
April 17, 1961 (Updated)  —  The invasion that could have saved Latin America  —  Introduction  —  My father in law was a member of La Brigada 2506 and fought in the Bay of Pigs in what was called Operation Mongoose by the US Government.  He has a million stories to tell …
Discussion: Dean's World
James Carroll / Boston Globe:
Descent into anger and despair  —  LAST WEEK, the rattling of sabers filled the air.  Various published reports, most notably one from Seymour M. Hersh in The New Yorker, indicated that Washington is removing swords from scabbards and heightening the threat aimed at Iran, which refuses to suspend its nuclear project.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Reporters In Glass Houses  —  From Washington, Page Six Is Just a Stone's Throw Away  —  They traffic in whispered gossip, charming the big shots, working the party circuit.  They gravitate toward boldface names who make good copy.  They reward sources who cooperate and can be rougher on those who don't play the game.
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
Robert Dreyfuss / American Prospect:
Vice Squad  —  They terrorize other government officials, and they're so secretive that their names aren't even revealed to a harmless federal employee directory.  And they've helped ruin the country.  Meet Dick Cheney's staff.  —  Bad heart, errant shotgun, and Halliburton stock options in tow …
 
 
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