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5:00 PM ET, April 28, 2006


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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 …
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.
Bill Brubaker / Washington Post:
Bush Says Anthem Should Be Sung in English
Michelle Malkin:
Discussion: Wizbang and PunditGuy
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.
Elise Labott / CNN:
Report: Extremists push for terror haven in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sunni and Shiite extremist groups are working inside Iraq to create a terrorist haven, where foreign fighters can operate, a U.S. State Department report said Friday.  —  Militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda …
Terrorists Killed More Than 14,500 People in 2005, Report Says  —  April 28 (Bloomberg) — Terrorists killed more than 14,500 people in 11,000 attacks across the globe last year, the U.S. State Department said in its annual report on terrorism.  —  Fifty-six of those killed were Americans, the report said.
Discussion: PunditGuy and The Strata-Sphere
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Sen. Specter Threatens to Block NSA Funds  —  WASHINGTON - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said Thursday he is considering legislation to cut off funding for the Bush administration's secret domestic wiretapping program until he gets satisfactory answers about it from the White House.
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
United Flight 93  —  Update: Ads will be pruchased on liberal blgos now.  Thank you.  I will watch the move on Sunday and post a review.  —  It appears that the new movie, United Flight 93, is getting some good reviews.  When I first saw a trailer for the movie, I must say that I was overcome with a wave of emotions.
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 …
White House scribe asks for the remote
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Live-blogging the Bloggership conference!  —  I'm here, in the nerdy front row, and I'll be live-blogging all day.  —  Here's the link if you want to listen.  No video, so you'll just have to picture a bunch of lawproffy types in a cavernous auditorium at Harvard Law School.
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?
'Separate laws for Muslims' idea slammed  —  Sweden's largest Muslim organisation has demanded that Sweden introduce separate laws for Muslims, according to Swedish television.  Sweden's equality minister Jens Orback called the proposals "completely unacceptable".
Crooks and Liars:
Colbert shakes up Bill Kristol over PNAC ties  —  Colbert shakes up Bill Kristol over PNAC ties  —  Bill Kristol, who is one of the major players in the group called PNAC, joined the set of the "Colbert Report," and I think was taken off guard right at the outset of the show …
Discussion: Firedoglake, QandO and State of the Day
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.
Thomas Joscelyn:
Guantanamo Detainee Caught At The Border  —  As the nation continues to debate what to do about our southern border, I thought I would point out a piece of informaton I found in a cache of documents released by the Pentagon in early March.  In connection with a lawsuit brought by the Associated Press …
Andrew Samwick / Vox Baby:
The End of Personal Saving?  —  Today's GDP report gives some very good news in the top line number—a real growth rate of 4.8 percent in the first quarter of 2006.  As this is the advance report, we'll expect revisions to the number at the end of May with the preliminary report and at the end of June with the final report.
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.
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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Eric Boehlert / The Huffington Post:
Wired Magazine Owes Al Gore An Apology
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David Weigel / Hit and Run:
Roger Waters for president!
Associated Press:
11 House members to sue over budget bill
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Congress Members Arrested at Sudan Protest
Vital Perspective:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Peter Brown / Real Clear Politics:
May Day March Likely to Backfire on Protesters
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Blogs: Good or Evil?  —  I write again today about blogging …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Using generalizations to describe political groups
Wesley J. Smith / National Review:
Death by Ethics Committee
Jay Cost / Real Clear Politics:
Wilentz the Buff  —  Rolling Stone has a splashy cover story …