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8:50 PM ET, April 5, 2007


 Top Items: 
Washington Post:
Pratfall in Damascus  —  Nancy Pelosi's foolish shuttle diplomacy  —  HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered an excellent demonstration yesterday of why members of Congress should not attempt to supplant the secretary of state when traveling abroad.
Media Matters for America:
CNN's Malveaux asked if Pelosi's trip to Syria is "big wet kiss to President Al-Assad"  —  On the April 4 edition of CNN's The Situation Room, guest host Suzanne Malveaux again asserted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had "no official capacity to negotiate" during her visit to Syria.
Discussion: Think Progress and My Two Sense
Atrios / Eschaton:
Make Some Noise  —  Tell CNN to get the facts right on Pelosi trip  —  For much of the past week, CNN and its White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux have offered a steady stream of inaccurate and incomplete coverage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) trip to the Middle East …
The Columbus Dispatch:
Boehner, Hobson clash on Pelosi trip
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
Jessica Wehrman / Dayton Daily News:
Hobson says Pelosi trip productive despite critics
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Publius / Obsidian Wings:
The Post's Shameful Editorial
Discussion: Eschaton and The Moderate Voice
Newsdesk / The Swamp:
Was Pelosi in Syria unfairly accused?
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Probe Targets GSA Chief  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  Another federal investigation is targeting a Bush administration official, this time for possibly using government resources for partisan political purposes.  —  The Office of Special Counsel confirmed to ABC News it has launched …
Editor and Publisher:
Joe Klein in Tomorrow's TIME: Bush 'Clearly Unfit to Lead'  —  NEW YORK In the upcoming issue of Time magazine, out Friday, columnist Joe Klein considers what he calls the Bush administration's "epic collapse."  He concludes with a statement that may make some wonder if he is hinting that the president ought to be impeached.
Brian Montopoli / Public Eye:
The Public Eye Chat With.Allen Pizzey  —  The Public Eye Chat With...Allen Pizzey  —  It's Thursday, and that means it's time for the Public Eye Chat.  This week's subject is Rome-based CBS News Correspondent Allen Pizzey.  You can read excerpts, and listen to the full interview, below.
Online NewsHour:
Petraeus Cites Areas of Improvement in Baghdad  —  JIM LEHRER: Now to our Newsmaker interview with General David Petraeus, the top U.S. general in Iraq.  I spoke to him this morning from the Green Zone in Baghdad.  —  General, welcome.  —  GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS, Commander, U.S. Forces in Iraq: Thanks very much, Jim.
Michael J. Totten:
An Army, Not a Militia  —  SULEIMANIYA, IRAQ - Iraq is a country with three armies and I'm-not-sure-how-many militias and death squads.  The Iraqi Army is nominally the national army, but it's still being trained, supplied, and augmented by the coalition forces, which is to say the Americans.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Patrick S Lasswell / Moderate Risk:   A Dormant Hell in Iraq
Dan Froomkin / White House Watch:
A Poke in the Eye at Recess
United States Central Command:
Al-Sahab Expected To Release New Bin Ladin Video  —  Terrorism: Al-Sahab Reportedly To Release New Bin Ladin Video Message  —  On 4 April, a jihadist website carried the following posting:  —  "After a long absence by the shaykh of mujahidin, whom we have missed as well as his speeches …
Discussion: Cadillac Tight
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
New bin Laden Video Expected
Discussion: Hot Air
12,000 more Guard troops may be going to Iraq  —  Deployment order planned to lessen 'surge's' strain on stretched-thin Army  —  WASHINGTON - Coming on the heels of a controversial "surge" of 21,000 U.S. troops that has stretched the Army thin, the Defense Department is preparing to send …
Washington Post:
For the Edwards Kids, It's Time for Stump School  —  Two political insiders have joined John and Elizabeth Edwards on the campaign trail this week: Emma Claire, 8, and Jack, 6.  The kids are on spring break, but this fall they'll get a tutor and hit the road.  —  "They love it," said Jennifer Palmieri, a campaign aide.
Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch:
Tomgram: Noam Chomsky on "the Iran Effect"  —  On Tuesday, meeting with the press in the White House Rose Garden, the President responded to a question about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Syria this way: "[P]hoto opportunities and/or meetings with President Assad lead the Assad government …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
White House:
President Bush Visits with the Troops at Fort Irwin, California  —  Fact Sheet: President Bush Meets with Military Personnel and Their Families at Fort Irwin  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all.  (Applause.)  I've been waiting all day to say, Hoo-ah!  —  AUDIENCE: Hoo-ah!
Discussion: First Draft and Think Progress
Fla. governor seeks voting rights for ex-felons  —  Crist's proposal to restore civil rights at odds with fellow Republicans  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Charlie Crist is set to square off with other state officials over his proposal to end the practice of stripping ex-convicts of their civil rights, including the right to vote.
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CIA 'secretly detaining' al-Qa'eda suspects
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Cagle Cartoons / The Moderate Voice:
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Harry / Crooked Timber:
Freaks and Geeks  —  Terry Gross interviewed Jake Kasdan on Fresh Air yesterday.
Discussion: Quick Study
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
The response was underwhelming
Discussion: Reuters and Angry Bear
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Jimmah!  —  It's like the guy watches Munich on an infinite loop …
The Nation:
Making Blogging Pay
Discussion: MyDD, Liberty Street and Eschaton
Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:
New Mexico Bars Drug Charge When Overdose Is Reported
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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