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12:45 AM ET, April 5, 2007


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White House:
Personnel Announcement  —  President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate ten individuals, appoint twelve individuals, recess appoint four individuals and designate one individual to serve in his Administration.  The President today also announced that he has appointed one individual to serve in his Administration.
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Defies Democrats With 3 Appointments  —  President Bush used Congress's Easter break today to defy Democratic lawmakers and appoint three officials who have already drawn heavy criticism on Capitol Hill.  —  The president used recess appointments to install Sam Fox …
Bob Geiger:
Bush To Recess-Appoint Swift-Boat Scumbag Fox  —  In a move that should disgust all and surprise nobody, the White House announced today that George W. Bush will recess-appoint Sam Fox, who gave $50,000 to the Swift Boat Liars to help finance their 2004 smear of John Kerry, to be the new U.S. Ambassador to Belgium.
Associated Press:
Bush Bypasses Dems to Name Ambassador  —  President Bush named Republican fundraiser Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium on Wednesday, using a maneuver that allowed him to bypass Congress where Democrats had derailed Fox's nomination.  —  Democrats had denounced Fox for his 2004 donation to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Democrats Outraged Over Fox Recess Appointment
Discussion: Riehl World View
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
Bush recess appoints major Swift Boat Vets donor
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Joe Lieberman's BFF, Swiftboatin' Sam, Gets Recess Appointment
Clarification from the Prime Minister's Bureau  —  Following quotes attributed to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, during her visit to Damascus, the Prime Minister's Bureau wishes to clarify the following:  —  During Mrs. Pelosi's meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, before her visit to Syria …
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
PMO denies peace message to Assad
PMO: Pelosi did not carry any message to Assad
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama Bests Clinton in Primary Fundraising  —  Newcomer Obama Raises More Primary Cash than Clinton  —  ABC News has learned that the $23.5 million Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., raised for his presidential campaign for use in the primaries is more than that raised by the Democratic frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.
Discussion: The RBC, AMERICAblog and MyDD
Zogby:   UPDATED - Zogby: Three-Way Race as Hillary Holds Narrow Dem Lead in New Hampshire
Daily Mail:
Freed British sailors to fly home in time for Easter  —  The President of Iran shook hands with the British hostages this afternoon after announcing he was freeing them.  —  The sailors will leave Tehran early Thursday and arrive at London's Heathrow airport around 1200 GMT, said Robin Air, father of Royal Marine Capt. Chris Air.
Discussion: The Corner and Riehl World View
Iranians release British sailors
Discussion: Fox News and digg
Iran president to free UK sailors
Scott Horton / Harper's:
A Hostage Swap?  —  Yesterday I spoke with a British diplomat …
Discussion: Political Animal
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
Giuliani stands by support of publicly-funded abortions  —  TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNN) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CNN Wednesday he supports public funding for some abortions, a position he advocated as mayor and one that will likely put the GOP presidential candidate at odds with social conservatives in his party.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
A Video Clip Rudy is Bound to Regret
Discussion: Redstate
Andrew Mangino / Yale Daily News:
At Law School, Koh is liberal lion  —  This is the first part of a two-part profile.  —  Fate brought Harold Hongju Koh to the Yale Law School deanship.  He was six years old at the time.  —  The year was 1961, and Eugene V. Rostow — outspoken, energetic and controversial — was dean.
John Holusha / New York Times:
Three Yale Students Arrested for Flag Burning  —  Three Yale University students were arrested early Tuesday morning for burning an American flag on a pole attached to a house in New Haven, the Yale Daily News reported today.  —  The three men, all of foreign origin, were charged …
Charlotte Martin / Yale Daily News:   One of three students released on bail after flag-burning arrests
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Newsweek: Agency to Investigate Iglesias Firing  —  It's almost too perfect.  —  When Justice Department official William Moschella was asked why the Department had fired U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, he told Congress that "Iglesias had delegated to his first assistant the overall running of the office.
Docked for Duty?  —  The Justice Department called David Iglesias …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Michelle Malkin:
Land of the lost: Left-wing blogs get punked  —  Take a close look at this photo—focus on the folder tucked under Karl Rove's arm and keep a mental note of what's on the TV monitor (big hat tips to Gid and Ace):  —  Now, look at all the heavy breathing from left-wing blogs about the name on the folder, "Coptix:"
Michael Davis / Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Morphing a conspiracy?  —  'Honor system does not work on the Web'
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and CorrenteWire
Little Thom / Little Thom's Blog:
The Logic of Over-the-Top Suspicion  —  Watch this video of one more Bush supporter and a few more lies, via Rachel Maddow.  Another day, another couple of lies.  This one about Carol Lam, former U.S. Attorney General [d'oh!] based in Sand Diego, who was fired in the recent USAt.  [edited] firing scandal.
New York Sun:
Cheney's Chance  —  For all the talk about potential candidates who haven't entered the 2008 presidential race — from Mayor Bloomberg to Vice President Gore to Senator Thompson and Speaker Gingrich — the one that who would bring the most to the race is Vice President Cheney.
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Two Soldiers Likely Killed by 'Friendly Fire' — Contrary to Press Reports — And One Was Not Fully Trained  —  WASHINGTON Two soldiers killed in Iraq in February may have died as a result of friendly fire, Army officials said Wednesday, not from enemy fire, as the press reported.
Discussion: Attytood, Nitpicker and AMERICAblog
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STRANGE BEDFELLOWS....In the years since 9/11, al-Qaeda …
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President Pelosi?
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A few (more) fringe actors
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Liberal group targets GOP vulnerables
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Trust in short supply
Discussion: Hullabaloo, TalkLeft and NO QUARTER
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Edwards Provides Lesson in E-Campaigning 101
The White House:
What is an Earmark?  —  Earmarks are funds provided by the Congress …