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11:30 AM ET, April 5, 2007


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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.
Dugald McConnell / CNN:
Carter backs Pelosi's trip, despite Bush's rebuke … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former President Jimmy Carter expressed his support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria, rejecting White House criticism of the visit.  —  "I was glad that she went," Carter said Wednesday.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Nico / Think Progress:
Washington Post Misleads, Contradicts Own Reporting, To Attack Pelosi  —  The Washington Post editorial page today published a vicious editorial attacking Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), calling her "ludicrous" and describing her bipartisan trip to Syria as an "attempt to establish a shadow presidency."
Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
Editor's note: Listen to audio of terrorists endorsing Nancy Pelosi's visit by clicking here.  —  JERUSALEM - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit today to Syria - in which she called for dialogue with Damascus - was "brave" and "very appreciated" and could bring about "important changes" …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Betsy's Page
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Pelosi's Pratfall  —  Nancy Pelosi's amateurish fumble …
Discussion: Macsmind
Swaraaj Chauhan / The Moderate Voice:
Syrian Role in Resolving British Hostage Crisis?
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Donna Abu-Nasr / Associated Press:
House Speaker Pelosi visits Saudi Arabia
Discussion: Guardian and The Moderate Voice
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Money talks for Obama  —  $25 million haul shows just how powerful a candidate he really is  —  In a first test of political strength, Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama outraised chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton during the first three months of the year for money to use …
Discussion: The Caucus
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Early '08 Fund-Raising Has Clear Blue Tint
Discussion: The Swamp
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Defies Democrats With 3 Appointments
Belgium to impose tax on barbequing to fight global warming  —  The government of Belgium's French-speaking region of Wallonia, which has a population of about 4 million, has approved a tax on barbequing, local media reported.  —  Experts said that between 50 and 100 grams of CO2 …
They're free, but Britain has been humiliated  —  Relief at the freeing of the British sailors and Marines in Iran is tempered with dismay at the humiliation to which they and the country they serve have been subjected.  —  The 14 men and one woman are due to return to Britain today …
Daily Mail:
Awkward questions amid the euphoria
Discussion: Britain and America
Washington Post:
Gonzales Prepares to Fight for His Job in Testimony  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has retreated from public view this week in an intensive effort to save his job, spending hours practicing testimony and phoning lawmakers for support in preparation for pivotal appearances in the Senate this month …
Diplomacy or a deal - how the standoff ended  —  Julian Borger, Michael Howard in Baghdad, Robert Tait in Tehran  —  The release of the 15 Britons was a "gift" to the British people to celebrate the birth of the prophet Muhammad and Easter, according to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Discussion: News Bloggers Blog and TAPPED
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
British navy crew leaves Iran for London
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Jawa Report
Opinion Journal:
Iraq's Real 'Civil War'  —  Sunni tribes battle al Qaeda terrorists in the insurgency's stronghold.  —  ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq—Last fall, President Bush, citing the violence in Baghdad, said that the U.S. strategy in Iraq was "slowly failing."  At that time, though, more Americans were dying …
Francis Fukuyama / DO NOT WRITE HERE …:
The history at the end of history  —  Condoleezza Rice wants to bring democracy to the Middle East.  Ms. Rice, an expert on what is now an obsolete subject, the Soviet Union, believes this can be done the way the United States brought democracy to Chile or Iran or Afghanistan - that is, by violently overthrowing governments.
Zogby: Romney Rockets!  —  Latest New Hampshire telephone poll shows Romney's support nearly doubles to 25% to tie McCain; Giuliani trails at 19%  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has rocketed to the top of the field of contenders for the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary crown …
Jim Geraghty / New York Sun:
Thompson Bid May Fill a Void for the GOP Base  —  When George Allen fell to Jim Webb in the Virginia Senate race, it opened up a slot in the upcoming Republican presidential primary: the role of the reliable longtime lawmaker who has no serious disagreements with the conservatives who make up the party's base.
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
Injured in Iraq, a Soldier Is Shattered at Home  —  DUNBAR, Pa. — Blinded and disabled on the 54th day of the war in Iraq, Sam Ross returned home to a rousing parade that outdid anything this small, depressed Appalachian town had ever seen.  "Sam's parade put Dunbar on the map," his grandfather said.
Arnold Tsunga / Washington Post:
Mugabe's Enablers  —  When the heads of state of the Southern African Development Community convened last week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to discuss the political situation in Zimbabwe, hopes among the Zimbabwean people ran high.  President Robert Mugabe had recently extended his brutal efforts …
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