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9:10 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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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 …
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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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
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.
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.
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: Norwegianity
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.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
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Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Battle for Baghdad II, The Three Block War & Iraq Ops
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
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.
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
Michael Rogers / pageoneq.com:
White House changes Easter Egg Roll admit process; LGBT families 'moved from front of the line'  —  After waiting outside overnight to be among the first to enter this year's White House Easter Egg Roll, families in line were surprised to learn that the White House had changed the ticketing policy …
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes and Pam's House Blend
Jerusalem Post:
Olmert: 'We will know how to respond, we know what to do'  —  The prevailing Pessah calm was destroyed shortly after 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon when a suicide bombing rocked Tel Aviv's Neve Sha'anan neighborhood, near the old central bus station.  —  At least seven people were reported killed …
Discussion: Yourish.com and The Moderate Voice
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.
Joseph Kahn / New York Times:
In Candor From China, Efforts to Ease Anxiety  —  BEIJING, April 16 — China and the United States have engaged in public disputes about trade, human rights, military spending and energy security, but for just a moment late last year, their leaders put briefing books aside and agreed to talk privately.
 
 
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