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10:20 AM ET, April 17, 2006

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New York Times:
New Worry Rises After Iran Claims Nuclear Steps  —  Of all the claims that Iran made last week about its nuclear program, a one-sentence assertion by its president has provoked such surprise and concern among international nuclear inspectors they are planning to confront Tehran about it this week.
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Belle Waring / Crooked Timber:
No One Is That Crazy. Right? Ummm...right?
Times of London:
Iran suicide bombers 'ready to hit Britain'
Agence France Presse:
Palestinian militant leaders rally behind Iran  —  TEHRAN (AFP) - Palestinian militant leaders have rallied behind Iran, vowing to resist pressure to recognise Israel and supporting the Islamic republic in its stand-off with the West over its nuclear programme.
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Jerusalem Post:
Olmert: 'We will know how to respond, we know what to do'
Discussion: Yourish.com and The Moderate Voice
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.
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Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Will Democrats Win Control of the House in November?
Discussion: GOP Bloggers and Decision '08
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
Muslims outraged by new cartoon of Prophet in Hell  —  An Italian magazine has infuriated Muslims by publishing a cartoon showing the Prophet Mohammed cut in half and burning in Hell.  —  The drawing appears in Studi Cattolici, a monthly magazine with links to the ultra-conservative Roman Catholic group, Opus Dei.
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Michelle Malkin:
A NEW MOHAMMED CARTOON
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Outrage at Funeral Protests Pushes Lawmakers to Act  —  Members of Westboro Baptist Church demonstrating in February in Anoka, Minn., near the funeral for Cpl. Andrew Kemple, who was killed in Iraq.  People opposed to the church's views carried flags nearby.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
nbc17.com:
Second Dancer At Duke Lacrosse Party Speaks Out  —  DURHAM, N.C. — The woman who has accused members of the Duke University men's lacrosse team of raping her at a party last month "definitely was under some sort of substance" after leaving the party, according to a second woman at the party.
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan and TalkLeft
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Associated Press:
College Sports  — Home - News - Travel …
Time:
Why Newt Is So Much Fun to Watch  —  He's older and wiser, but as refreshingly unorthodox as ever  —  "How many of you have ever used an automatic bank machine overseas?"  Newt Gingrich asks, and since this is a pretty affluent New Hampshire audience, a fair number of people raise their hand.
USA Today:
'Roe v. Wade': The divided states of America  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two hours after South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds signed an abortion ban last month, NARAL Pro-Choice America blasted an e-mail to its supporters: "Is your state next?"  —  The South Dakota legislation and the abortion rights group's warning …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and BrothersJudd Blog
Time:
America's 10 Best Senators  —  Those who make a difference in the U.S. Senate — and five Senators who are falling short  —  By law, just about anyone can be a U.S. Senator.  The Constitution requires only that you have reached your 30th birthday, reside in the state you represent and have held American citizenship for nine years.
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
Donald Greenlees / New York Times:
Asia Pacific  — U.S. - N.Y. / REGION - BUSINESS - TECHNOLOGY - SCIENCE - HEALTH - SPORTS - OPINION - ARTS - STYLE - TRAVEL - JOBS - REAL ESTATE - AUTOS  —  A Non-Swinging Playboy Sets Off a Frenzy in Indonesia  —  Indonesian readers looking over the premiere issue of the local version of Playboy in Jakarta this month.
Discussion: Althouse
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Meet Masood Farivar  —  The Afghan Yale refused to admit.  —  In February, former Yale admissions dean Richard Shaw was explaining why the university had admitted Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi.  Yale once had, as the Times put it, "another foreigner of Rahmatullah's caliber" who applied.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Demonstrations on Immigration Harden a Divide  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 14 — Al and Diane Kitlica have not paid close attention to the immigration debate in Congress.  But when more than 100,000 mostly Hispanic demonstrators marched through Phoenix this week, the Kitlicas noticed.
Bill Crawford / National Review:
Generals, See Progress  —  The struggle to form a unity government in Iraq continues, but signs of hope are emerging.  One of the sticking points continues to be Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, who has so far refused to resign; however, on Sunday the Iraqi Shia Alliance reported it was close to a deal to replace him.
Andrew Buncombe / Independent:
Neil Young sets his sights on Bush  —  He is country rock's biggest icon, and he is angry.  Recorded in secret, his forthcoming album savages the war in Iraq.  One track says it all: 'Impeach the President'  —  It started as a rumour - gossip shared by fans on internet chat sites.
Discussion: Stephen Taylor
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Europe Takes Harder Line With Terror Suspects  —  PARIS, April 16 — As his wristwatch edges toward 3:26 p.m., the 32-year-old Algerian moves his wooden chair closer to the back door.  At 3:30 sharp, his leg needs to be inside his North London house.  The man, whose name, by court order …
Discussion: Power Line and PrairiePundit
Washington Post:
Tax Gimmickry  —  MUCH TO THE chagrin of the White House and the GOP leadership, lawmakers didn't get a new round of tax cuts done in time for tax day today.  But when Congress comes back from its recess, it's expected to take up a deal to extend President Bush's capital gains and dividend tax cuts.
Discussion: Norwegianity
 
 
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Barbara Lewis / Reuters:
Oil hits $70, fears mount over Iran
Discussion: Mathew Gross
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
Missing the Point, Redux
Discussion: News Blog and BuzzMachine
tcsdaily.com:
Dobbs's Disciples  —  Economist Paul Craig Roberts has joined recently …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Instapundit.com
Adam Cohen / New York Times:
A Small-Time Crime With Hints of Big-Time Connections Lights Up the Net
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
Criminalization of Undocumented Immigrants Came from Bush
Kevin Whitelaw / US News:
Washington Whispers  —  Iranian Nukes?  Hey, What's the Rush?
John Leo / Real Clear Politics:
Bush Was Right About Iraq's Quest For Uranium
Nelson Hernandez / Washington Post:
Iraqi Bid To End Impasse Stalls
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Sean Murphy / Associated Press:
Okla. Suspect Wrote of 'Weird' Fantasies
Michael Rogers / pageoneq.com:
White House changes Easter Egg Roll admit process; LGBT families …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Are We There Yet?  —  Following up on my post from Friday …
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