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9:00 PM ET, April 21, 2006


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Fox News:
CIA Officer Fired for Leaking Classified Info to Media  —  WASHINGTON — A CIA officer has been relieved of his duty after being caught leaking classified information to the media.  —  CIA officials will not reveal the officer's name, assignment, or the information that was leaked.
NBC: CIA officer fired after admitting leak  —  Officer allegedly failed polygraph, admitted giving reporter information … MSNBC TV  —  WASHINGTON - In a rare occurrence, the CIA fired an officer who acknowledged giving classified information to a reporter, NBC News reported on Thursday.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
CIA Fires Employee for Alleged Leak  —  The CIA announced today that it has fired an employee for leaking classified information to the news media.  —  The termination of the unidentified officer was announced to CIA employees yesterday after an internal investigation of the leaks.
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
NSA Leak Investigation Nabs First Criminal  —  *** Welcome Michelle Malkin readers!  Make sure to check out the links coming in to the comments to see what other bloggers are saying on this matter.  Update: Could there be a connection between the CIA firing and and the news …
Discussion: A Blog For All
Confederate Yankee:
CIA Officer Didn't CYA
Discussion: In the Bullpen
New York Post:
'RESPECTFUL' W. HEARS A HU  —  April 21, 2006 — WASHINGTON - President Bush said yesterday that he and Chinese President Hu Jintao are now able to openly discuss their disputes "with respect" - but there was no sign that any of those disputes got resolved at their White House meeting.
Discussion: The Left Coaster
John O'Neil / New York Times:   N.Y. / Region  — WORLD - U.S. - N.Y. / REGION - BUSINESS …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
China and Its President Greeted by a Host of Indignities
CBS News:
A Spy Speaks Out  —  (CBS) A CIA official who had a top role during the run-up to the Iraqi war charges the White House with ignoring intelligence that said there were no weapons of mass destruction or an active nuclear program in Iraq.  —  The former highest ranking CIA officer in Europe …
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Shiites Agree on Pick for Prime Minister  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 21 — Shiite leaders selected Jawad al-Maliki, a hard-line and outspoken Shiite leader, to replace the outgoing prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari.  The move could resolve a two-month-long political deadlock …
Michael J. Totten:
Back to Iraq Part VI - Smuggling My Way Out of Iraq  —  This is the sixth and final installment in a Back to Iraq series which is basically a single long essay.  Don't miss Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and Part Five.  —  ZAKHO, IRAQ - Getting into Iraq was easy.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
True Romance  —  Via Tristram Shandy I see that TIME's in-house faux liberal is at it again, this time giving Hugh Hewitt a private lap dance instead of dancing around the pole for everyone to see: … . And people wonder why liberals are popularly perceived as being cowards.
Discussion: TAPPED and Ezra Klein
John W. Dean / FindLaw's Writ:
If Past Is Prologue, George Bush Is Becoming An Increasingly Dangerous President  —  President George W. Bush's presidency is a disaster - one that's still unfolding.  In a mid-2004 column, I argued that, at that point, Bush had already demonstrated that he possessed the least attractive …
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Court says high school can enforce dress code against anti-gay T-shirt  —  SAN FRANCISCO - A suburban San Diego teenager who was barred from wearing a T-shirt with anti-gay rhetoric to class lost a bid to have his high school's dress code suspended Thursday after a federal appeals court ruled …
Robin Lloyd / Yahoo! News:
Emotional Wiring Different in Men and Women  —  Men and women are actually from the same planet, but scientists now have the first strong evidence that the emotional wiring of the sexes is fundamentally different.  —  An almond-shaped cluster of neurons that processes experiences such as fear …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Disinhibition Nation  —  When blogs rule, we'll all talk like —  Kevin Ray Underwood, the repressed Oklahoma cannibal, kept an Internet "blog" of his compulsions for years before kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old neighbor last week.  On his blog, Kevin wrote a lot about Kevin …
Pajamas Media:
BLOG WEEK IN REVIEW  —  In keeping with Pajamas Media's commitment to provide Internet readers and bloggers with the best of up-to-date blogosphere news and opinion, we humbly yet proudly present our first podcast... BLOG WEEK IN REVIEW.  —  Among this show's topics are the rise of nuclear Iran …
The Majority Report:
KATHERINE HARRIS GIVES EVERYTHING SHE HAS TO YOUNG REPORTER  —  Scribe and friend-of-show Stephen Elliott snapped these photos while traveling with Katherine Harris this week.  Harris is fawning over Justin Richards of the University of Florida, Gainesville student newspaper.
Paul Kiel / TPM Muckraker:
Conrad Burns - Another Earmark to Remember  —  Another Conrad Burns earmark - maybe the best one yet.  —  Burns tried to push $20 million in federal funds to a company in which Ed Buckham, Tom DeLay's former chief of staff and a close associate of Jack Abramoff's, had a financial stake.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Generals' Dangerous Whispers  —  Last time around, the antiwar left did not have a very high opinion of generals.  A popular slogan in the 1960s was "war is too important to be left to the generals."  It was the generals who had advocated attacking Cuba during the missile crisis of October 1962 …
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Molly Moore / Washington Post:
After Job Law Fiasco, France Retreats on Other Fronts
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Daniel Pipes /
CAIR Backs Down from Anti-CAIR
Discussion: Power Line and lgf
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
WHY NOT LET THEM VOTE?  —  Here's an old idea that I've …
George Jones / Telegraph:
BNP set to win seats as support surges
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Walking the Talk  —  At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast …
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Associated Press:
Abbas Nixes Hamas Security-Force Plans
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Rove's New Mission: Survival
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A Midday Feast for Chinese Leader
Discussion: Wonkette and FishBowlDC
Warren P. Strobel / Knight Ridder:
Report documents major increase in terrorist incidents
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Fox News poll poisons the well
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Envoys Remain Split On Plan Against Iran
Thomas B. Edsall / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats Ahead in Cash Race
Noel Sheppard / The American Thinker:
Have you ever considered the peculiar yet convenient amnesia …