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10:45 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.
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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
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Pelosi's Pratfall  —  Nancy Pelosi's amateurish fumble …
Discussion: Macsmind
Donna Abu-Nasr / Associated Press:
House Speaker Pelosi visits Saudi Arabia
Discussion: Guardian and The Moderate Voice
Swaraaj Chauhan / The Moderate Voice:
Syrian Role in Resolving British Hostage Crisis?
Discussion: Associated Press
Nico / Think Progress:
Washington Post Misleads, Contradicts Own Reporting, To Attack Pelosi
Discussion: Washington Post
Telegraph:
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 …
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Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
British navy crew leaves Iran for London
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Jawa Report
Mcq / QandO:   IRAN & BRITIAN: A LOT OF QUESTIONS REMAIN
Daily Mail:
Awkward questions amid the euphoria
Discussion: Britain and America
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
U.S. Helped Free Iranian Diplomat
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Democrats Outraged Over Fox Recess Appointment  —  Senate Democrats are livid over what they view as President Bush's illegal maneuver to bypass the Senate confirmation process and appoint controversial nominee Sam Fox as ambassador to Belgium while Congress is away on recess.
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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 …
en.rian.ru:
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 …
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.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Early '08 Fund-Raising Has Clear Blue Tint
Discussion: The Swamp
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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 …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Associated Press:
Students peacefully protest Cheney's upcoming appearance at BYU  —  PROVO, Utah (AP) — More than 200 demonstrators held a quiet rally Wednesday at Brigham Young University to protest Vice President Dick Cheney's upcoming commencement speech, while his supporters staged a counter-protest.
Discussion: THIS DIVIDED STATE and TalkLeft
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The Huffington Post:
Bryan Young and Steven Greenstreet: Free Speech Closes Early At BYU
Discussion: THIS DIVIDED STATE
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.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Dubious Electoral Idea  —  When it comes to persistence in pursuit of a political goal, no one can beat Birch Bayh.  —  It has been almost 40 years since the former Democratic senator from Indiana became the prime sponsor of a constitutional amendment for direct popular election of the president.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill and eyeon08.com
 
 
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