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9:35 AM ET, April 18, 2006


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Michelle Malkin:
THE MOONBATS STRIKE BACK  —  The anti-troops brigade at UC Santa Cruz has now called in the left-wing blogosphere's kings of hate to attack me.  For what?  For linking to a Students Against War press release bragging about booting military recruiters off campus and for re-posting publicly …
Michelle Malkin:
MORE THUGGERY IN SANTA CRUZ  —  Look what the moonbats in Santa Cruz are up to now (via Santa Cruz Sentinel/hat tip - Brian Maloney): … While we're on the subject of unhinged Santa Cruz students, the anti-troops brigade is whining about my post last week in which I pointed to a Students …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Two arrests made in Duke lacrosse case  —  Duke University lacrosse players Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty were charged today with first degree forcible rape, first degree sexual offense and kidnapping in connection with a reported rape at a Duke University lacrosse party, according to George Naylor, director of the jail.
Tim Whitmire / Associated Press:   2 Duke Lacrosse Players Are Arrested
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 …
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 …
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.
Gulf Coast papers win Pulitzer Prizes
Discussion: Firedoglake and TBogg
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
New Chief of Staff Sends Message: The White House Exits Are Open  —  WASHINGTON, April 17 — The new White House chief of staff put the West Wing and official Washington on notice on Monday about potentially substantial changes in the way the White House is staffed and operates.
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.
Agence France Presse:
Gay parents quietly crash White House Easter party
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
New York Times:   Suicide Bombing in Israel Kills 9; Hamas Approves
Washington Post:
The Generals' Revolt  —  There are many reasons for Donald Rumsfeld to leave.  Finger-pointing by retired officers shouldn't be one.  —  PRESIDENT BUSH'S stubborn support for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has compounded U.S. troubles in Iraq, prevented a remedy for the criminal mistreatment …
Discussion:, and MaxSpeak
Warren Hoge / New York Times:
U.S. Envoy to Expose 4 Sudanese in U.N. Debate About Darfur  —  UNITED NATIONS, April 17 — John R. Bolton, the United States ambassador, said Monday that he intended to offer a Security Council resolution on Tuesday that would publicly identify four Sudanese individuals responsible for atrocities …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Edward N. Luttwak / Commentary:
Three Reasons Not to Bomb Iran—Yet  —  I know of no reputable expert in the United States or in Europe who trusts the constantly repeated promise of Iran's rulers that their nuclear program will be entirely peaceful and is meant only to produce electricity.  The question is what to do about this.
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Ruined Treasures in Babylon Await an Iraq Without Fighting  —  A Polish helicopter flies over excavated parts of Babylon.  Over the years, colonial powers took artifacts and Saddam Hussein built on Nebuchadnezzar's palace.  Then, the occupation.  —  BABYLON, Iraq — In this ancient city …
Michael J. Totten:
Back to Iraq Part V - By Force of Sheer Will  —  This is the fifth installment in a Back to Iraq series which is basically a single long essay.  Don't miss Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four.  —  Photo copyright Sean LaFreniere  —  DOHOK, IRAQ - Sean and I walked up to the front steps …
Amy Doolittle / Washington Times:
Ticketing in Chevy Chase draws fire  —  Chevy Chase residents say they are getting more than they bargained for now that the Metropolitan Police Department is providing steady, overnight patrols in their Northwest neighborhood.  They say officers are ticketing their vehicles for everything …
Discussion: and Demagogue
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Richard Morin:
Pink Is the New Red  —  As President Bush's Popularity Falls …
Associated Press:
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William J. Kole / Associated Press:
Terrorists Recruiting 'White Muslims'
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Oil Futures Close Above $70
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Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
Join Us to Stop Bush and Rumsfeld on Iran
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Ex-governor guilty of racketeering
David Whitney / Sacramento Bee:
Doolittle hired lawyer for advice on Abramoff
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
At The Precipice  —  I find myself feeling a little bit depressed today.
Glenn Reynolds /
FREE SPEECH UPDATE: A reader sends an email to the campus …
Illegal-alien activists target Lou Dobbs
David Neiwert / Orcinus:
Reconquista! … ___  —  The Messkins are coming!  The Messkins are coming!

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