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4:45 PM ET, April 17, 2006

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Jerusalem Post:
Police increase security across country after attack  —  Police will increase security in populated areas throughout the country Monday following the suicide bombing that rocked Tel Aviv's Neve Sha'anan neighborhood at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.  —  At least nine people were reported killed …
Belle Waring / Crooked Timber:
No One Is That Crazy.  Right?  Ummm...right?  —  One thing that strikes me as funny about this whole "let's invade Iran" thing...wait, did I actually just type that?  I'm looking at the desk and I don't see any glass tube with burnt-up brillo pad in it, so I probably didn't just smoke a glittering rock of yeyo.
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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
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?
Discussion: MyDD and Norwegianity
Raleigh News & Observer:
No indictments in Duke lacrosse case  —  DURHAM — A Durham grand jury issued a list of indictments this afternoon that did not include members of the Duke University lacrosse team.  —  District Attorney Mike Nifong had been widely anticipated to seek charges today from the grand jury …
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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 and Hugh Hewitt
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.
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.
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
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and TalkLeft
Sean Aqui / Midtopia:
How to manage illegal immigration  —  Watching the furor over immigration policy during the past week, I felt strangely uninvolved.  I heard the arguments on both sides, I saw the protesters, I read the commentary.  But up here in Minnesota it's not a burning issue, so I've never had to resolve …
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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.
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
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.
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.
JDZ / Never Yet Melted:
Cartoon Jihad Strikes Down Nashville Blogger  —  Nashville, Tennessee's Bill Hobbs, the Volunteer State's second best known conservative blogger, lost his job at Belmont University for publishing a cartoon featuring Mohammed, alluding to the Danish cartoons which have created an international uproar.
Media Matters for America:
Post ombudsman defended editorial's falsehoods as a difference in "views" … In an April 16 column purportedly explaining the inconsistencies between The Washington Post's April 9 editorial titled "A Good Leak" and an article published the same day by staff writers Barton Gellman and Dafna Linzer …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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 …
 
 
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Vice Squad  —  They terrorize other government officials …
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Associated Press:
Bush's new chief of staff invites aides to leave before shake-up
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