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10:25 PM ET, April 26, 2006


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Washington Post:
Rove Testifies for 5th Time in CIA Leak Case  —  Top presidential adviser Karl Rove testified today before a federal grand jury investigating the 2003 leak of a CIA operative's identity, appearing "voluntarily and unconditionally" at the request of the chief federal prosecutor, Rove's attorney said.
John King / CNN:
Rove testifies again in CIA leak case  —  Bush political adviser appears before grand jury for 5th time  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Karl Rove, President Bush's top political adviser, testified Wednesday for a fifth time before a grand jury in the CIA leak investigation, Rove's attorney said Wednesday.
Jason Leopold /
Target Letter Drives Rove Back to Grand Jury  —  Karl Rove's appearance before a grand jury in the CIA leak case Wednesday comes on the heels of a "target letter" sent to his attorney recently by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, signaling that the Deputy White House Chief of Staff …
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.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Yeah I Got Your Spin Right Here
John Solo / Associated Press:   Source: Rove to Testify in CIA Leak Case
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   MSNBC Reports: Rove to testify
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
A Great Day For Karl Rove!
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Picks Fox Commentator as Spokesman  —  WASHINGTON, April 26 — President Bush today named Tony Snow, the Fox News radio and television commentator, as the new White House press secretary, despite Mr. Snow's past criticisms of his policies.  —  Mr. Bush, while praising Mr. Snow's long experience …
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.)
Germanm / TheWorldNewser:
George Stephanopoulos: Snow Day
David Espo / Associated Press:
Privately, Bush Says He Favors Citizenship  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush generally favors plans to give millions of illegal immigrants a chance at U.S. citizenship without leaving the country, but does not want to be more publicly supportive because of opposition among conservative House Republicans …
Michelle Malkin:
Dglover / Beltway Blogroll:
House Passes Bill To Protect Phone Numbers
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and NewsHog
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.
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.
Art Brodsky /
Net Neutrality Defeated — Telcos and Cable Win  —  A House Committee sold out the Internet.  —  A couple of days ago, I wrote about an amendment in the House Commerce Committee that will go a long way to determining the future of the Internet.  —  The vote is over, and the amendment from Rep. Ed Markey …
Discussion: The Agonist
Matt Stoller / MyDD:   A Letter to the Verizon/AT&T Five  —  I've been asked for background, so here goes.
Kathleen Kerr / Newsday:
FDA grilled about Plan B contraceptive  —  Attorneys for a New York women's group plan to grill Food and Drug Administration officials this week about their failure to decide whether an emergency contraceptive pill called Plan B may be sold without a prescription.
Sinai hit by fresh bomb attacks  —  Two suicide bombers attacked security personnel and foreign peacekeepers in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, but did not cause any injuries to their targets.  —  The first bomber blew himself up as members of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) were passing in a car.
Fox News:
United Nations Probes Sale of Irreplaceable Stamp Archive  —  Amid the many scandals at the United Nations, a new mystery now looms.  What happened to the world organization's unique and valuable postal archive — in effect, the U.N.'s own stamp collection, one of the crown jewels of its past …
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.
Mike Allen /
How far can you drive on a bushel of corn?  —  Crunching the numbers on alternative fuels.  —  Lead Photograph by Christian Patterson  —  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next  —  Prairie power: The East Kansas Agri-Energy plant in Garnett, Kan., turns corn into ethanol.
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Demographics of Democratic Blog Activists  —  As Jerome indicated in Breaking Blue, yes, the new Blogads readers surveys have indeed made my day.  I am pouring over the results as I type.  —  Before going over the results, the first caveat I would like to note is that this is not a scientific survey …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
SENATOR FRIST SPEAKS  —  Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist squeezed me into his schedule for a 15-minute interview this morning; I stretched it to 30 minutes while his staff desperately tried to reach him and get him off the phone.  Following the interview, the senator's assistant emailed me his media schedule this morning:
Roger Friedman / Fox News:
Neil Young: Exclusive 'Impeach the President' Lyrics  —  'Law & Order' |  Odds 'n' Ends  —  Neil Young: Exlusive 'Impeach the President' Lyrics  —  Neil Young's new album, Living with War, is an incendiary, moving, totally American document of peaceful protest that is going to make a lot of people crazy one way or another.
Great to see that someone is keeping tabs on the culture of corruption on the other side of the aisle as well.  —  Keep up the good work Michelle!  —  No way Mollohan could be a part of the "Culture of Corruption" after all, he is a democrat.  We all know democrats are honest, not like across the aisle.
Discussion: Peaktalk
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