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7:35 AM ET, April 4, 2007


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Gregory / The Belgravia Dispatch:
DAMASCENE COMEDY  —  Bush, today: … Haaretz: … So let me get this straight.  Bush remonstrates dastardly Nancy for her passage through Damascus, at the very time the Israelis are reportedly using her to pass a message to Bashar Assad to help avoid a possible conflagration with the Syrians.
Aluf Benn / Haaretz:
Israel seeks to reassure Syria: No summer attack  —  Israel's political and military leadership has been preparing in recent weeks for the possibility of a Syrian attack on the Golan Heights that will start as a result of a "miscalculation" on the part of the Syrians, who may assume that Israel intends to attack them.
Little Green Footballs:
Pelosi in a Hijab  —  The modern Democratic leadership. … UPDATE at 4/3/07 12:07:53 pm: … How ... quaint.
Zeina Karam / Associated Press:
Pelosi visits market, mosque in Syria  —  DAMASCUS, Syria - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record) mingled with Syrians in a market and made the sign of the cross at a Christian tomb Tuesday during a visit to pursue dialogue with the country's leader.
Discussion: and GINA COBB
Dave Pidgeon /
Pitts in Syria before Pelosi  —  But county's U.S. rep. draws less criticism  —  Intelligencer Journal  —  LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. - While U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's upcoming visit to Syria has caused the White House to bristle, a little-publicized rendezvous took place Sunday between …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Let's see if all the big news outlets who lavished so much coverage on the White House's attack on Nancy Pelosi for her trip to Syria have any time for this.  —  It's well known by now that even as the White House was slamming Pelosi for her Syria trip GOP House members were making their own trip to Syria.
Zeina Karam / Associated Press:
Pelosi Rebuffs Criticism of Syria Visit
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Wizbang
Breaking News from The Birmingham News:   Alabama congressman was in Syria hours before Pelosi
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Chastened McCain Relaunches Campaign  —  Amid growing internal concern about poor fundraising and the direction of his presidential campaign, Sen. John McCain's top advisers bluntly told backers on Tuesday of plans to overhaul the campaign and delay its formal announcement until after a major speech on Iraq.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
McCain Revamps His Fund-Raising  —  Lagging in fund-raising and under fire for his support of the Iraq war, Senator John McCain is overhauling his campaign finance operation and delaying the official announcement of his candidacy, his aides said Tuesday.  —  They said he would adopt the kind …
Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
McCain Camp Recruits Nixon's Jew-Counter As Finance Co-Chair
Discussion: The Nation and Liberal Values
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain Denies Secret Overture to Kerry  —  Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) has riled both parties by charging that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) approached him about joining the Democratic presidential ticket in 2004.  —  Now, the assertion has drawn a detailed rebuttal by top McCain aides …
William F. Buckley / Real Clear Politics:
Business of Global Warming Feels a Lot Like Inquisition
Discussion: Armavirumque
Seattle Times:
Too much hot air on global warming
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Students Pelt Karl Rove In Protest  —  WASHINGTON — White House Advisor Karl Rove was the target of a protest on the American University campus Tuesday night, NBC 4 reported.  —  Rove was on the campus to talk to the College Republicans, but when he got outside more than a dozen students …
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Mormon Base a Mixed Blessing for Romney  —  It is the rare presidential candidate who comes to Idaho to raise money, but there was Mitt Romney last month, packing more than 100 people, at up to $2,300 a head, into the Crystal Ballroom in Boise.  —  "Nearly every seat was filled.
The Blotter:
ABC News Exclusive: The Secret War Against Iran  —  Brian Ross and Christopher Isham Report:  —  A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Internal Combustion  —  Can you hear all the heads exploding on the right this evening?  How hard it must be for them to reconcile their knee-jerk assumptions in a world more complicated than their little games of Risk and super-hero comics prepared them for.
Rick Maze / Military Times HOME:
No more GWOT, House committee decrees  —  The House Armed Services Committee is banishing the global war on terror from the 2008 defense budget.  —  This is not because the war has been won, lost or even called off, but because the committee's Democratic leadership doesn't like the phrase.
This Cat's old hat  —  Unless you live in Whoville, which is tucked in the mountains and doesn't get much news, you know that Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a best-selling classic.  2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the book's publication.  By now, it's an icon as much as a funny story and one of the most-loved titles of all time.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rudy Won't Commit To Playing In Ames Straw Poll  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, — Making his campaign debut in this first-in-the-nation state, Rudy Giuliani sounded a note of uncertainty when he was asked about his plans for the important Ames Straw Poll.  —  "We'll have to take a look at that," …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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