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9:55 PM ET, April 8, 2007

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Saad Abdul Kadir / Associated Press:
al-Sadr calls for attacks on U.S. troops  —  BAGHDAD - The renegade cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged Iraqi forces to stop cooperating with the United States and told his guerrilla fighters to concentrate their attacks on American troops rather than Iraqis, according to a statement issued Sunday.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Sadr: It's On  —  Moqtada al-Sadr has decided to finally acknowledge that the surge strategy in Baghdad will undermine the basis of his power in Iraq, and has ordered the Mahdi Army to resist American and Iraqi forces trying to put him out of business.  In a missive to his forces today …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
John McCain / Washington Post:
The War You're Not Reading About  —  I just returned from my fifth visit to Iraq since 2003 — and my first since Gen. David Petraeus's new strategy has started taking effect.  For the first time, our delegation was able to drive, not use helicopters, from the airport to downtown Baghdad.
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
It's Working!  —  Captain Ed: … Remember now …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
U.S., Iraqi troops fight Shiite militia
Discussion: Hot Air and All Spin Zone
Dr. Steven Taylor / PoliBlog (TM):   Sadr Orders Attacks on US Forces
Nico / Think Progress:
Lieberman Says Pelosi Syria Visit Was 'Bad For America,' Suggests Syria Was Behind 9/11  —  Today on CNN, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said he "strongly disagrees" with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) bipartisan delegation to Syria, calling it a "mistake" and "bad for the United States of America."
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Rahall: Pelosi Personally Told Bush Of Syria Trip And He Did Not Object  —  Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), who traveled last week with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as part of her delegation to the Middle East, said this morning on C-Span that Pelosi told Bush of the trip to Syria a day before they left, and Bush did not object.
Discussion: The RBC
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Guess Which One Was Defending Pelosi's Trip?:  Hint: It wasn't Lieberman
Telegraph:
Hero's tale is 'too positive' for the BBC  —  Amid the deaths and the grim daily struggle bravely borne by Britain's forces in southern Iraq, one tale of heroism stands out.  —  Private Johnson Beharry's courage in rescuing an ambushed foot patrol then, in a second act …
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Scandal puts spotlight on Christian law school  —  Grads influential in Justice Dept.  —  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The title of the course was Constitutional Law, but the subject was sin.  Before any casebooks were opened, a student led his classmates in a 10-minute devotional talk …
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Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Gonzales Crams for a Senate Grilling  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has virtually wiped his public schedule clean to bone up for his long-awaited April 17 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee—a session widely seen as a crucial test as to whether he will survive the U.S. attorney mess.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Associated Press:
Gingrich: Gonzales should consider resigning
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Identity, Progressivism, and American Patriotism  —  Ever since I started working full-time in politics about three or four years ago, I noticed something about myself that had not always been clear when I was a younger man: I really, really love America.  I don't just mean this is the sense …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Iraqi insurgents recruit among U.S.-held detainees  —  Former inmates say radicals operate with impunity in prison camps.  —  BAGHDAD — U.S.-run detention camps in Iraq have become a breeding ground for extremists where Islamic militants recruit and train supporters, and use violence …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Times of London
MSNBC:
MTP Transcript for April 8, 2007  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Easter Sunday: The president and congressional Democrats square off on Iraq.  —  The attorney general prepares to testify under oath about the eight dismissed U.S. attorneys.  —  And the presidential candidates raise big money for a very long campaign.
Discussion: TalkLeft and THE CUNNING REALIST
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
'World News Tonight' Kicks off Global Warming Series as Record Cold Grips Nation  —  This is really hysterical, and requires all sharp objects, food and drinking vessels to be properly stowed before proceeding.  —  On Saturday evening, ABC's "World News Tonight" kicked off its series …
Mark Graber / Balkinization:
Another Enemy of the People?  —  I am posting the below with the permission of Professor Walter F. Murphy, emeritus of Princeton University.  For those who do not know, Professor Murphy is easily the most distinguished scholar of public law in political science.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
 
 
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Zachary Goldfarb / Washington Post:
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Jacqueline L. Salmon / Washington Post:
For Some, a New Beginning at Easter  —  Large Class of Converts …
Discussion: Blogs for Bush
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
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Kristol: Proper Response To Iran's Kidnapping Of Soldiers …
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

 
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