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7:25 PM ET, April 7, 2007


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Cain Burdeau / Associated Press:
Forecaster Blasts Gore on Global Warming  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A top hurricane forecaster called Al Gore "a gross alarmist" Friday for making an Oscar-winning documentary about global warming.  —  "He's one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
MEDIA BIAS: HOW IT WORKS  —  Sometimes media bias is blatant and grotesque; it can extend to flat misrepresentations, use of fake documents, etc.  Much more often, it is relatively subtle, as reporters push their version of a story in small ways, day after day.  Here is a textbook example, via Power Line News.
Los Angeles Times:
Earth faces a grim future if global warming isn't slowed, U.N. report says
Discussion: The Poor Man
Gulf Times:
Iraqi, US forces sweep through volatile city, fight Sadr backers  —  DIWANIYA, Iraq: Iraqi and US forces clashed with Shia militia loyal to the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr yesterday in a dawn operation aimed at returning the volatile city of Diwaniya to government control.
Discussion: Informed Comment
Atrios / Eschaton:
Journamalism  —  Ah, we remember it well.  The EFPs which COULD ONLY HAVE BEEN MADE IN IRAN.  Much like the anthrax which COULD HAVE ONLY BEEN MADE IN IRAQ  —  Front page NYT story, 2/20/07: … Except, you know, not. … Burrrp burrp!  Does not compute!  Does not compute!
U.S. air strike hits volatile Iraqi city  —  DIWANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. forces launched an air strike in Diwaniya on Saturday as U.S. and Iraqi troops fought for a second day to overcome Shi'ite militias and bring the city back under government control.
Discussion: The Sideshow
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:   EFPs  —  Gulf Times, via Juan Cole: … What?
New York Times:
As One Syria Trip Draws Fire, Others Draw Silence  —  Ever since 1952, when a Republican senator, Arthur H. Vandenberg, coined the phrase, it has been said that in American foreign affairs, politics should stop at the water's edge.  Now, with President Bush confronting an opposition party …
Discussion: Redstate and Gateway Pundit
Maha / The Mahablog:
Pelosi: Bushies Threw "Tantrum"
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Pelosi Abroad  —  The new speaker stumbles in Syria.
Detroit News:
An iPod for every kid?  Are they !#$!ing idiots?  —  We have come to the conclusion that the crisis Michigan faces is not a shortage of revenue, but an excess of idiocy.  Facing a budget deficit that has passed the $1 billion mark, House Democrats Thursday offered a spending plan that would buy …
Betsy / Betsy's Page:   I sure hope that Michigan voters are happy
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
I Want an iPod … The Democrats in Michigan seem to have lost, well, their sanity.
Discussion: The Impolitic
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Seeks to Regain Footing After a Bad Week  —  In short order, John McCain has gone from Republican presidential front-runner to political death watch.  On Wednesday, the Arizona senator kicks off a month of high-profile events, seeking a resurrection of sorts.  —  He badly needs it.
Bill Brubaker / Washington Post:
Bush: Democrats Jeopardizing Service Members' Safety  —  President Says Democrats Using Spending Bill as Way to Oppose War  —  President Bush used his Easter weekend radio address to suggest that while Americans are "blessed" to have so many brave, volunteer military service members …
New York Times:
North Koreans Arm Ethiopians as U.S. Assents  —  Three months after the United States successfully pressed the United Nations to impose strict sanctions on North Korea because of the country's nuclear test, Bush administration officials allowed Ethiopia to complete a secret arms purchase from the North …
The Pirates of Tehran  —  Oil prices fell.  The stock market rose.  Video images of smiling British soldiers with Iranian President Ahmadinejad were everywhere.  So were pictures of the 15 freed hostages embracing family members back home.  The relief over the return of the Brits was so tremendous …
Discussion: The Corner
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Mother Of All Blunders  —  On any given day, one isn't likely to find common cause with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  He's a dangerous, lying, Holocaust- denying, Jew-hating cutthroat thug — not to put too fine a point on it.  —  But he was dead-on when he wondered why a once-great power …
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  And here's another Walt Handelsman animation that pokes fun at the Clinton-Obama rivalry for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.  (Apologies in advance to any Hillary Clinton supporters who are offended, but my blogger "focus group" thought this was funny.)
James Hider / Times of London:
Insurgents transform US military jails into 'terror training camps'  —  America's high-security prisons in Iraq have become "terrorist academies" for the most dangerous militant groups, according to former inmates and Iraqi government officials.  —  Inmates are left largely to run their blocks, which are segregated on sectarian lines.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Moderate Voice
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Justice official is expected to help U.S. attorney's office  —  John Kelly had tried to resolve differences with three attorneys who left management posts.  —  A Justice Department official in Washington is expected to return to Minneapolis next week to help run the U.S. attorney's office in Minnesota …
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John Kenney / Los Angeles Times:
Baghdad in the Midwest cornfields
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Rocky Mountain News:
Let the hero tribute stand
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
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None Dare Call It Impeachment
William Douglas / Real Cities:
Is there any truth to 'the enemy would follow us here?'
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Edwards Drops From Second Fox News Channel Debate
Brian R / Press Association:
Bill Bennett  • Mike Gallagher …
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Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
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John Hinderaker / News Bloggers Blog:
Malpractice or Malice?  —  Yesterday the Washington Post reported …
Discussion: Think Progress and Power Line
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
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