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1:45 PM ET, April 19, 2006


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Fox News:
FOX News' Tony Snow Among Possible White House Spokesman Candidates  —  WASHINGTON — With a few personnel shifts going on in the White House, there's speculation that presidential spokesman Scott McClellan may be looking to step down.  —  One of the people the White House has approached …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
McClellan Leaves White House Press Office  —  WASHINGTON - White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Wednesday he is resigning, continuing a shakeup in President Bush's administration that has already yielded a new chief of staff and could lead to a change in the Cabinet.
John O'Neil / New York Times:
Staff Overhaul Continues at White House  —  The overhaul of the White House staff continued today as Scott McClellan stepped down as the president's chief spokesman and Karl Rove gave up his portfolio as senior policy coordinator to concentrate more on politics and November's midterm Congressional elections.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Moving to the Right  —  Brit Hume's Path Took Him From Liberal Outsider to The Low-Key Voice of Conservatism on Fox News  —  It was a different era, a different administration and a very different Brit Hume.  —  Thirty-six years ago, as a long-haired reporter for columnist Jack Anderson …
White House shakeup touches McClellan, Rove  —  Press secretary McClellan: 'Change can be helpful'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A shakeup in President Bush's administration widened Wednesday as White House press secretary Scott McClellan announced his resignation and a senior administration official …
Jason Reed / MSNBC:
Bush changes: Rove shifts, press chief quits  —  Top aide to focus on midterm elections; McClellan parried tough questions  —  White House Deputy Chief of Staff and presidential advisor Karl Rove gestures to hush the crowd as he prepares to speak during the Republican National Committee 2006.
Discussion: In The Pink Texas and Daily Kos
Hotline On Call:
Who Replaces Scott?  —  As first reported by CNN yesterday …
Discussion: Wonkette
New York Times:   Ex-Congressman Is Tapped for Budget Post
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Here's Donny!  In His Defense, a Show Is Born  —  WASHINGTON, April 18 — It has become a daily ritual, the defense of the defense secretary, complete with praise from serving generals, tributes from the president and, from the man on the spot, doses of charm, combativeness and even some humility.
Washington Post:
Why Are They Speaking Up Now?  —  The retired general officers who have recently called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld want to convince the public that civilian control has silenced military wisdom regarding the war in Iraq.  They have chafed at Rumsfeld's authoritarian style …
John Batiste / Washington Post:
A Case for Accountability  —  We have the best military in the world, hands down.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:
Kill us, but you won't enslave us.  —  Last week we stopped writing for a while and we apologized to our readers saying that we lost a close friend but we didn't want to give more details as we were overwhelmed by an exceptional situation and a huge shock.  We also were afraid from writing …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
F.B.I. Is Seeking to Search Papers of Dead Reporter  —  WASHINGTON, April 18 — The F.B.I. is seeking to go through the files of the late newspaper columnist Jack Anderson to remove classified material he may have accumulated in four decades of muckraking Washington journalism.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
FBI Rebuffed on Reporter's Files
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
CIA mines 'rich' content from blogs  —  President Bush and U.S. policy-makers are receiving more intelligence from open sources such as Internet blogs and foreign newspapers than they previously did, senior intelligence officials said.  —  The new Open Source Center (OSC) …
Wall Street Journal:
Bush's Approval Remains Low, Pessimism Grows, Poll Shows  —  President Bush's job-approval rating slipped for the third consecutive month and remains near the lowest mark of his presidency, according to a new Harris Interactive poll.  —  Thirty-five percent of 1,008 U.S. adults surveyed …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
China's Rising Need for Oil Is High on U.S. Agenda  —  WASHINGTON, April 18 — The competition for access to oil is emerging high on the agenda for President Hu Jintao's visit to the White House this week.  President Bush has called China's growing demand for oil one reason for rising prices …
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Associated Press:
Appeals court denies rehearing on terror indictments
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VA apologizes to nurse who wrote letter
National Review:
Politicized Pulitzers  —  By sheer coincidence, the winners …
Discussion: JunkYardBlog and PrairiePundit
David Johnston / New York Times:
News Organizations Try to Block Subpoenas for Notes in Leak Case
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Hamiltonian Democrats  —  It's come to this: The chief project …
Tom Doggett / Reuters:
Senator rips ex Exxon CEO's retirement package
Discussion: YARGB and Dealbook
Glenn Reynolds /
Albany Times Union:
Abortion debate shuns prevention
Discussion: GOP Bloggers and Feministing
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Collegians Smoking Hookahs ... Filled With Tobacco
Discussion: Althouse
Baghdad teachers beheaded in front of students
THE SITUATION ROOM  —  President Bush Defends Rumsfeld …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
GAO Faults Agencies' Sharing of Terror Data
Jill McGivering / BBC:
China 'selling prisoners' organs'
Mark Stevenson / Associated Press:
Mexico Harsh to Undocumented Migrants
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Life Sucks When You're Bush's Favorite Democrat
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
British brigadier attacks America's John Wayne generals
Discussion: QandO and