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3:35 PM ET, April 17, 2006

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Haaretz:
Nine killed, dozens hurt in Tel Aviv suicide bombing  —  A Palestinian suicide bomber killed nine people and wounded at least 40 others, six of them seriously, in an explosion near the old central bus station in southern Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon.  —  Two of the victims died after they had arrived at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.
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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 …
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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Justin Rood / TPM Muckraker:   Plame Wasn't Covert? NY Sun Gives It One Last Try
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.
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.
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.
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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 …
Raleigh News & Observer:
No word yet from lacrosse grand jury  —  Masses of reporters came to the Durham County Judicial Building today expecting grand jury indictments in the Duke lacrosse rape scandal.  —  No indictments had been announced by 12:30 p.m., but the anticipation had reporters on a stakeout …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Whitelaw / US News:
Washington Whispers  —  Iranian Nukes?  Hey, What's the Rush?  —  The main lesson that the Senate Intelligence Committee drew from the run-up to the Iraq war was that Washington needs intense scrutiny of intelligence on weapons of mass destruction.  So with all the buzz about nukes in Iran …
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
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.
TKS on National Review Online:
YES, YES, 'THE GOP IS DOOMED IN NOVEMBER.' SOMEHOW I FEEL LIKE I'VE HEARD THIS BEFORE.  —  I don't doubt that the GOP base is cranky and dissatisfied, and that most Democratic voters are as angry as the lovely lady the Washington Post profiled on Saturday.  —  I look at the Post this morning, and I read:
James Carroll / Boston Globe:
Descent into anger and despair  —  LAST WEEK, the rattling of sabers filled the air.  Various published reports, most notably one from Seymour M. Hersh in The New Yorker, indicated that Washington is removing swords from scabbards and heightening the threat aimed at Iran, which refuses to suspend its nuclear project.
 
 
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