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4:55 PM ET, April 26, 2006


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Associated Press:
CIA Leak Prosecutor Goes to Grand Jury  —  WASHINGTON - Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald early Wednesday went before a federal grand jury looking into the leak of the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame.  —  It is believed to be only the second session the prosecutor …
Rove testifying before CIA leak grand jury  —  White House aide is expected to address new evidence since last fall … MSNBC TV  —  WASHINGTON - Top White House aide Karl Rove arrived at the federal courthouse Wednesday for his fifth grand jury appearance in the Valerie Plame affair.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: Back in the Grand Jury Saddle This Morning  —  UPDATE: Crooks and Liars has the video of the MSNBC reporting from O'Donnell.  (Thanks, John!)  —  Guess who went back before the Grand Jury this morning, according to the AP?  Yep, it's our boy Fitz.
John Solo / Associated Press:
Source: Rove to Testify in CIA Leak Case  —  WASHINGTON - Top White House aide Karl Rove prepared to testify Wednesday for a fifth time before the federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity, a person familiar with the case said.  —  Rove consulted with his private lawyers …
Jason Leopold /   Target Letter Drives Rove Back to Grand Jury
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Yeah I Got Your Spin Right Here
Snow takes White House job  —  Fox News analyst replaces McClellan as press secretary  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush announced his new White House press secretary on Wednesday: former Fox News host Tony Snow.  —  "As a professional journalist, Tony Snow understands the importance …
White House:
President Announces Tony Snow as Press Secretary  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  I'm here in the briefing room to break some news.  I've asked Tony Snow to serve as my new press secretary.  —  Tony already knows most of you, and he's agreed to take the job anyway.  (Laughter.)
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Fox News Commentator Joins White House  —  WASHINGTON, April 25 — Tony Snow, the Fox News radio and television commentator, has agreed to become the White House press secretary and could be officially named to the post as early as Wednesday, administration officials said on Tuesday.
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Loose lips win Pulitzers  —  Four of the prizes honored Bush-bashing and leaking secrets.  How is that good?  —  ON JUNE 7, 1942, shortly after the Battle of Midway, the Chicago Tribune carried a scoop: "Navy Had Word of Jap Plan to Strike at Sea."  The story, written by a correspondent …
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Senate Panel Considers Hearing on Rumsfeld  —  The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, underscoring lawmakers' concerns about the Iraq war's progress, said yesterday that he may invite testimony from retired generals who have called for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign.
Socialists: Give apes human rights  —  The Spanish Socialist Party will introduce a bill in the Congress of Deputies calling for "the immediate inclusion of (simians) in the category of persons, and that they be given the moral and legal protection that currently are only enjoyed by human beings."
Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
Rather may blog after leaving CBS  —  Last night I had a 5-minute talk with Dan Rather, former CBS News anchor and managing editor.  We covered topics that weren't covered in the 1.5 hour interview with Orville Schell.  Dan Farber of CNET took a picture of us talking.
Theresa Agovino / Associated Press:
Percentage of Uninsured Americans Rising  —  NEW YORK - The percentage of working-age Americans with moderate to middle incomes who lacked health insurance for at least part of the year rose to 41 percent in 2005, a dramatic increase from the 28 percent in 2001 without coverage, a study released on Wednesday found.
Chicago Tribune:
U.S. media response to cartoons skewered  —  As dozens gathered Tuesday night in a University of Chicago lecture hall to discuss the visceral and sometimes violent reaction to cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslim students who had been invited decided to watch a movie across campus instead.
The Prowler / American Spectator:
McCarthy in Denial  —  Outed CIA analyst Mary McCarthy is denying through her lawyers that she was the source for the Washington Post's Dana Priest in revealing the secret prisons that housed terrorists overseas.  McCarthy's lawyers, though, aren't throwing cold water on the notion that McCarthy …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
101st Fighting Keyboarder Uniforms  —  Whenever you visit a rightwing site, you are sure to see "those" tshirts.  I saw an ad for them on the Washington Times the other day.  Now, I know that wingnuts have great sense of humor as you can tell by the huge number of successful comedians and humorists on the right.
Spiegel Online:
German Brothel Removes Muslim Flags Amid Threats  —  It must have seemed like a good idea at the time.  Europe's largest brothel, the Pascha in Cologne, which incidentally claims to be the world's only brothel with a money-back guarantee for dissatisfied customers, attached the flags …
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United Nations Probes Sale of Irreplaceable Stamp Archive
Great to see that someone is keeping tabs on the culture of corruption …
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Kathleen Kerr / Newsday:
FDA grilled about Plan B contraceptive
John / AMERICAblog:
I canceled my appearance on the upcoming panel with Gannon/Guckert …
Dean / Dean's World:
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
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The Big Pharaoh:
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