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10:20 PM ET, April 17, 2006


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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:, Hugh Hewitt and TalkLeft
Tim Whitmire / Associated Press:
Lawyer: 2 Duke Lacrosse Players Indicted  —  DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A grand jury issued sealed indictments Monday against two members of the Duke University lacrosse team in connection with allegations that a stripper was raped last month at a team party, a defense attorney said.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Duff Wilson / New York Times:   2 Duke Lacrosse Players Indicted in Rape Case
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Kesher Talk
John Leo /
It turns out Bush was right about Iraq's quest for uranium
Discussion: and Blogs for Bush
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.
James Barron / New York Times:
Media & Advertising … - TECHNOLOGY - SCIENCE - HEALTH - SPORTS - OPINION - ARTS - STYLE - TRAVEL - JOBS - REAL ESTATE - AUTOS  —  Gulf Coast Newspapers Share Pulitzer  —  The devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the continuing war on terror dominated the 2006 Pulitzer Prizes, announced today by Columbia University.
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.
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bill Frist: The Howard Dean of the GOP?
Discussion: MyDD, Norwegianity and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: Demagogue
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
New Chief Signals White House Shake-Up
Discussion: Billmon
George Moneo / Babalu Blog:
April 17, 1961 (Updated)  —  The invasion that could have saved Latin America  —  Introduction  —  My father in law was a member of La Brigada 2506 and fought in the Bay of Pigs in what was called Operation Mongoose by the US Government.  He has a million stories to tell …
Ezra Klein:
Future Imperfect  —  I know I'm not supposed to, but I pity Michelle Malkin.  Really, I do.  Punditry is a game of incentives, encouragement, luck.  You write a hundred articles before striking paydirt with one.  That zeitgeisty dispatch activates an eruption of applause and adulation, so you try to repeat it.
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.
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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TRUST BUT VERIFY  —  From Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor's …
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
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Post ombudsman defended editorial's falsehoods as a difference in "views"
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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