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3:30 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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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.
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 …
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
Dahlia Lithwick / Washington Post:
Justice's Holy Hires  —  Monica Goodling had a problem.  As senior counsel to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and Justice Department liaison to the White House, she no longer seemed to know what the truth was.  She also must have been increasingly unclear about who her superiors were.
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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 …
Discussion: Political Animal
Associated Press:
Gingrich: Gonzales should consider resigning … WASHINGTON (AP) — Joining a growing list of Republicans, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should consider resigning.  The possible presidential candidate said the botched firing of U.S. attorneys …
Michael J.W. Stickings / The Reaction:
Jesus Camp for law students
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Telegraph:
Buoyant Teheran warns of further kidnappings  —  Hardliners in the Iranian regime have warned that the seizure of British naval personnel demonstrates that they can make trouble for the West whenever they want to and do so with impunity.  —  The bullish reaction from Teheran will reinforce …
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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Mother Of All Blunders
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 …
Detroit News:
Plug it in, fire it up, Mr. President  —  Credit Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally with saving the leader of the free world from self-immolation.  —  Mulally told journalists at the New York auto show that he intervened to prevent President Bush from plugging an electrical cord into the hydrogen tank …
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."
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Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:   Guess Which One Was Defending Pelosi's Trip?:  Hint: It wasn't Lieberman
Associated Press:
Pope: 'How much suffering' in the world … VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI decried suffering in much of the world in his Easter Sunday message, lamenting that "nothing positive" is happening in Iraq and voicing worry over unrest and instability in Afghanistan and bloodshed in parts of Africa and Asia.
Tim Watkin / Washington Post:
Self-Help's Slimy 'Secret'  —  It's the publishing phenomenon of the year so far, a small book with a parchment-brown cover engraved with the image of a red wax seal.  —  "The Secret," its title proclaims matter-of-factly, as if the slim volume held the answer to life's deepest mysteries.
Discussion: Hot Air and Blue Crab Boulevard
CNN:
THIS WEEK AT WAR  —  Week's War-Related Events Recounted  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  JOHN ROBERTS, CNN ANCHOR, THIS WEEK AT WAR: Iran releases its hostages.  Syria's president sits down with the speaker of the House.
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Iran's bluff humbles Britain  —  Watching Tottenham Hotspur fans taking on the Spanish constabulary at a European soccer match the other night, I found myself idly speculating on what might have happened had those Iranian kidnappers made the mistake of seizing 15 hard-boiled football yobs …
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Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Politics Collide With Iraq Realities  —  There are two Iraq wars being waged, according to military officers on the ground and defense experts: the one fought in the streets of Baghdad, and the war as it is perceived in Washington.  —  Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who took over as the top U.S. commander …
 
 
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no, glenn . . .  . . . he's in Nashville.  —  Nashvillians …
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