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7:00 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 …
Richard Blair / All Spin Zone:
Is John McCain Totally Off the Rails?
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
U.S., Iraqi troops fight Shiite militia
Discussion: Hot Air and All Spin Zone
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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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.
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 …
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
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 … 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 …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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 …
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
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
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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Jacqueline L. Salmon / Washington Post:
For Some, a New Beginning at Easter  —  Large Class of Converts …
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
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CNN:
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: Proper Response To Iran's Kidnapping Of Soldiers …
Alexandra Zacharios-Haight / The Huffington Post:
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Crawford Peace House hit by strife
Associated Press:
Pope: 'How much suffering' in the world
Associated Press:
Iranian diplomat says CIA tortured him
Discussion: NION and The Impolitic
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
2 Years After Big Speech, a Lower Key for Obama
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Fred Thompson's Idea of 'Reform'
Discussion: Bob Krumm and The RBC
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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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