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2:45 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 …
Arutz Sheva:
Iran Threatens to Destroy Israel, Elected to UN Commission
Discussion: Hyscience
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
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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Justin Rood / TPM Muckraker:   Plame Wasn't Covert? NY Sun Gives It One Last Try
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
Robert Dreyfuss / American Prospect:
Vice Squad  —  They terrorize other government officials, and they're so secretive that their names aren't even revealed to a harmless federal employee directory.  And they've helped ruin the country.  Meet Dick Cheney's staff.  —  Bad heart, errant shotgun, and Halliburton stock options in tow …
 
 
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Independent:
The great betrayal: Pro-hunting Japanese seize control of whaling commission
Bill Crawford / National Review:
Generals, See Progress  —  The struggle to form a unity government …
New York Times:
New Worry Rises After Iran Claims Nuclear Steps
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Jack Queen / Reuters:
A jury convicts Ozy Media and its founder Carlos Watson of fraud, in a case accusing them of lying to investors about the startup's finances and sham deals

Annie Gilbertson / Proof:
Investigation: Apple, Nvidia, Anthropic, and others trained their AI on a dataset that contained YouTube video transcripts, including from the WSJ, NPR, and BBC

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough says that he was “surprised” and “disappointed” after NBC leadership pulled his show on Monday

 
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