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3:00 AM ET, April 18, 2006


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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: Hugh Hewitt, and TalkLeft
Tim Whitmire / Associated Press:
Lawyer: 2 Duke Lacrosse Players Indicted  —  DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A grand jury issued sealed indictments Monday against two members of the Duke University lacrosse team in connection with allegations that a stripper was raped last month at a team party, a defense attorney said.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Duff Wilson / New York Times:
2 Duke Lacrosse Players Indicted in Rape Case  —  DURHAM, N.C., April 17 - A state grand jury issued sealed indictments against two Duke University lacrosse players Monday in a case involving a woman who has accused three team members of raping her at a party last month, Robert C. Ekstrand …
Ezra Klein:
Hunting Slugs  —  I know I'm not supposed to, but I pity Michelle Malkin.  Really, I do.  Punditry is a game of incentives, encouragement, luck.  You write a hundred articles before striking paydirt with one.  That zeitgeisty dispatch activates an eruption of applause and adulation, so you try to repeat it.
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.
James Barron / New York Times:
Media & Advertising … - TECHNOLOGY - SCIENCE - HEALTH - SPORTS - OPINION - ARTS - STYLE - TRAVEL - JOBS - REAL ESTATE - AUTOS  —  Gulf Coast Newspapers Share Pulitzer  —  The devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the continuing war on terror dominated the 2006 Pulitzer Prizes, announced today by Columbia University.
PR Newswire:
90th Annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music  —  NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire/ — The 90th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, were announced today by Columbia University.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Clueless Joe Wilson  —  How did the CIA's special envoy miss Zahawie's trip to Niger?  —  Nobody appears to dispute what I wrote in last week's Slate to the effect that in February 1999, Saddam Hussein dispatched his former envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency …
John Leo /
It turns out Bush was right about Iraq's quest for uranium
Discussion: and Blogs for Bush
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.
Mike Robinson / Associated Press:
Jury Finds Former Ill. Gov. Ryan Guilty
Discussion: SSquirrel
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Changes to Bush Staff Expected Soon  —  Are heads rolling at the White House?  Or just Easter eggs on the South Lawn?  —  President Bush's new chief of staff told White House aides this morning to expect a shakeup and asked anyone who was thinking of leaving to quit now, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Demagogue
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
New Chief Signals White House Shake-Up
Discussion: Billmon
Digby / Hullabaloo:
At The Precipice  —  I find myself feeling a little bit depressed today.  It's not the spectre of war with Iran, although I admit that scares the hell out of me.  It's this: … I would say the US is at the precipice and the rule of law is breathing its last gasp.
Discussion: the talking dog and Mathew Gross
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court grants three cases, acts on asylum issue
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bill Frist: The Howard Dean of the GOP?
Discussion: MyDD, Norwegianity and Daily Kos
Jason Leopold /
State Department Memo: '16 Words' Were False  —  Eleven days before President Bush's January 28, 2003, State of the Union address in which he said that the US learned from British intelligence that Iraq had attempted to acquire uranium from Africa - an explosive claim that helped pave the way to war …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
SADDAM'S ARCHIVES: WE'RE GETTING WARMER  —  As regular readers know, we've been cautious about drawing conclusions from the tiny number of Iraqi documents that have so far been made public under Project Harmony.  But today, jveritas at Free Republic, whose translation efforts we linked to here …
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 …
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