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1:40 PM ET, April 28, 2006


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Charles Krauthammer:
Say It With Me: Supply and Demand  —  If you thought the Dubai port deal marked a record high in Washington cynicism, think again.  Nothing can match the spectacle of politicians scrambling for cover during a spike in gasoline prices.  And this time the panderfest has gone all the way to the Oval Office.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Hurry to Quell Furor Over Gas  —  WASHINGTON, April 27 — Senate Republicans tried on Thursday to get the upper hand in the escalating political battle over high gasoline prices by proposing a $100 rebate for taxpayers and by suggesting that they might increase taxes on oil-industry profits.
H. Josef Hebert / Associated Press:
Congress Struggles to Act on Gas Prices
Discussion: Donklephant
Dean Calbreath / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Co-conspirator's possible links to prostitutes eyed  —  Federal prosecutors are reviewing records of two Washington, D.C., hotels where Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes rented suites as part of their investigation into whether prostitutes were involved as he tried to curry favor with lawmakers and CIA officials.
Sex Pistols  —  I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the possibility (from Harper's via TPM Muckraker) that Porter Goss, director of the CIA, may be implicated in a hooker service for corrupt (and horny) congressmen paid for by defense contractors and run out of — you really gotta love this part — the Watergate Hotel.
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Red Lights on Capitol Hill?
White House scribe asks for the remote  —  Press corps asks to watch CNN on Air Force One  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — It wasn't the price of gasoline, Darfur or the rebuilding effort in New Orleans that preoccupied the White House press corps Thursday aboard a flight on Air Force One.
Washington Post:
Balanced Crowd at Fox's Bash  —  There was a buzz when Dick Cheney walked into the "Fox News Sunday" 10th anniversary bash Wednesday night, but it was another guest — arriving fashionably late — who really got heads turning. … "Having the clear frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination show …
Michelle Malkin:
EXCLUSIVE: ILLEGAL ALIEN DAY PLANNING  —  ***scroll for updates...Mexican govt supports the strike...***  —  Courtesy of an inside tipster at the LA Unified School District, I've obtained documents showing the public school teachers and officials' plans in advance of the Monday illegal alien boycott.
Laura Wides-Munoz / Associated Press:
Spanish 'Star-Spangled Banner' Draws Ire
Michelle Malkin:
BLOGS DOWN: HACK ATTACK  —  ***scroll for updates...1230pm EDT Looks like the problem may be resolved, though several blogs still down...Glenn Reynolds confirms the attack originated in Saudi Arabia, as I suspected...Mary Katherine Ham of downed blog is guest-blogging over at Wizbang...***
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Using generalizations to describe political groups  —  Whenever I write a post about the tactics and behaviors of Bush defenders, some pro-Bush bloggers invariably write responses accusing me of unfairly generalizing, trafficking in stereotypes and prejudices, and exhibiting anti-Bush fanticism.
George Jahn / Associated Press:
Iran 'Won't Give a Damn' About Resolution  —  VIENNA, Austria - Iran "won't give a damn" about any U.N. resolutions concerning its nuclear program, its president said Friday, hours before an expected finding that Tehran has failed to meet a Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment.
Sci Fi Wire:
SCI FI Announces Caprica  —  NEW YORK—SCI FI Channel announced the development of Caprica, a spinoff prequel of its hit Battlestar Galactica, in presentations to advertisers in New York on April 26.  Caprica would come from Galactica executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick …
Pamela Anderson / Opinion Journal:
No Way to Treat a Relative  —  Chimps shouldn't be forced to live like me.  —  King Kong is my hero.  He's big, muscular, sensitive, a terrific actor—and he's not real.  The use of computer-generated imagery has really taken off in Hollywood.  So why has Madison Avenue suddenly gone bananas for real apes?
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Blogs: Good or Evil?  —  I write again today about blogging because I believe it has become the most vibrant, innovative and controversial form of information delivery in the media world today.  —  Also, I was stuck for a column.  —  The old parameters for this discussion seem pretty stale.
To be or not to be Hillary Clinton  —  Poll: Use of maiden name changes way public feels about senator  —  (CNN) — Who would make a better candidate, Hillary Clinton or Hillary Rodham Clinton?  If you're thinking it doesn't matter, you're probably a Democrat.
Clooney, senators urge action on Darfur  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Oscar winner George Clooney Friday joined two senators, Republican Sam Brownback of Kansas and Democrat Barack Obama, to appeal for greater action to address what is being described as genocide in Sudan's Darfur region.
Thomas Wagner / Associated Press:
U.S. Forces Kill a Key Insurgent in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. forces killed a local al-Qaida in Iraq leader and two other insurgents in a raid north of Baghdad on Friday, and roadside bombs killed an American soldier and an Iraqi policeman, officials said.
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