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10:05 AM ET, April 6, 2007

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R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Hussein's Prewar Ties To Al-Qaeda Discounted  —  Pentagon Report Says Contacts Were Limited  —  Captured Iraqi documents and intelligence interrogations of Saddam Hussein and two former aides "all confirmed" that Hussein's regime was not directly cooperating with al-Qaeda before the U.S. invasion of Iraq …
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RushLimbaugh.com Home:
Interview with Vice President Richard B. Cheney
Discussion: Blogs for Bush and Attytood
Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Pentagon `Undercut' CIA on Pre-War Intelligence, Probe Finds
Discussion: At-Largely and CANNONFIRE
Oliver Willis:
Bill O'Reilly Loses His Damn Mind  —  In the entire, dark, black history of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, this is probably the craziest clip ever.  A young girl was tragically killed by a drunk driver.  But this was not enough for O'Reilly.  Instead, because the criminal was an illegal alien …
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WAVY TV 10:
News conference held in response to Bill O'Reilly's criticism  —  Thursday night the city of Virginia Beach responded to criticism from a national talk show host.  —  Bill O'Reilly took aim at the city of Virginia Beadch on his show Wednesday night.  City officials held a news conference Thursday evening and responded to O'Reilly.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill O'Reilly's head practically explodes as he screams at Geraldo...  We've seen Bill lose it before, but I think this one is the wildest segments I've ever seen.  I really thought Bill was going to haul off an upper cut to Geraldo's jaw.  Geraldo yelled at O'Reilly that the way he used this case was " A SIN!"
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Britain's Humiliation — and Europe's  —  Iran has pulled off a tidy little success with its seizure and release of those 15 British sailors and marines: a pointed humiliation of Britain, with a bonus demonstration of Iran's intention to push back against coalition challenges to its assets in Iraq.
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Joe Klein / Time:
An Administration's Epic Collapse  —  The first three months of the new Democratic Congress have been neither terrible nor transcendent.  A Pew poll had it about right: a substantial majority of the public remains happy the Democrats won in 2006, but neither Nancy Pelosi nor Harry Reid …
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Opinion Journal:
Democrats at War  —  Prime Minister Pelosi and Secretary of State Lantos undermine U.S. foreign policy—and maybe their own party.  —  Democrats took Congress last fall in part by opposing the war in Iraq, but it is becoming clear that they view their election as a mandate for something far more ambitious …
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New York Times:
Federal Official in Student Loans Held Loan Stock  —  A senior official at the federal Education Department sold more than $100,000 in shares in a student loan company even as he was helping oversee lenders in the federal student loan program.  —  The official, Matteo Fontana …
Discussion: The Swamp and The RBC
WCCO-TV:
4 In U.S. Attorney's Office Resign In Protest  —  (WCCO) The four top administrators in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota have resigned their administrative positions.  According to highly placed sources, the administrators have quit in protest over the job being done by Rachel Paulose, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota.
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myfoxtwincities.com:
Exclusive: Shake Up at the U.S. Attorney's Office
New York Times:
Guantánamo Follies  —  There has been much speculation about the Supreme Court's decision not to hear an appeal from a group of Guantánamo Bay inmates until they have exhausted their legal options.  Was the court signaling that the appeal had no merit?
Discussion: TalkLeft and Prairie Weather
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Romney Used His Wealth to Enlist Richest Donors  —  Mitt Romney, the multimillionaire founder of a giant private equity firm, knew he did not need other people's money to mount a presidential campaign.  But as they began planning a campaign more than two years ago, Mr. Romney and his advisers wanted …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Daily Kos
Steve Hargreaves / CNNMoney.com:
And Iraq's big oil contracts go to ...  Companies from China, India and other Asian nations are seen getting the first contracts.  But don't write off Big Oil just yet.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Despite claims by some critics that the Bush administration invaded Iraq to take control of its oil …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Right Voices
Little Green Footballs:
The Protocols of the Daily Kos  —  This one speaks for itself.  —  Daily Kos: Zionism was and remains a racist ideology.  —  (Hat tip: Killgore.)
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C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Dutch Soldiers Stress Restraint in Afghanistan  —  QALA-E-SURKH, Afghanistan — The Dutch infantrymen stood on a ridge near the Baluchi Valley, an area in south-central Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban and tribes opposed to the central government.  —  Whenever they push farther …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Justice Department In New Fight Over Papers on Firings  —  The Justice Department is refusing to release hundreds of pages of additional documents related to the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, setting up a fresh clash with Capitol Hill in a controversy that continues to threaten Attorney …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Rook's Rant
 
 
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