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2:05 PM 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.
Associated Press:
U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa meets Syrian president in Damascus  —  DAMASCUS, Syria: A visiting U.S. congressman held talks with President Bashar Assad Thursday, a day after a congressional delegation headed by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sparked controversy by meeting the Syrian leader.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
What We Can Learn From Britain About Iran
Discussion: The Corner
New York Times:
Israel's Protests Are Said to Stall Gulf Arms Sale
Discussion: American Footprints
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
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
New bin Laden Video Expected  —  Marvellous.  Let's hope this is old footage, given a new spin.  As-Sahab has been known to recycle bin Laden's speeches in the past, edited and translated by our own American traitor Adam Gadahn.  —  But if bin Laden's speech does include the recent Arab summit …
Discussion: Hot Air
United States Central Command:
Al-Sahab Expected To Release New Bin Ladin Video
Discussion: Cadillac Tight and PrairiePundit
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Running for Dollars
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Uses Recess to Fill Envoy Post and 2 Others  —  President Bush used the Congressional recess on Wednesday to push through his choice to be ambassador to Belgium and to fill two domestic policy positions, provoking Democratic ire with all three appointments.
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: Moderate Risk and The Jawa Report
Sisyphus Shrugged:
Where's Bill?  —  As you know, Bill Donohue has been busy this week.  —  Generally, though, he's not too busy to have a rapid response to Catholic politicians who take political stances contrary to the teachings of the Church.  —  So it seems odd that he hasn't had anything to say about this
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 …
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Romney calls himself a longtime hunter  —  BOSTON - In boasting about his lifelong experience as a hunter, Mitt Romney may have shot himself in the foot.  —  The Republican presidential contender has told audiences on several occasions, most recently this week in gun-savvy — and early voting …
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.
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