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12:15 AM ET, April 9, 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
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
Dr. Steven Taylor / PoliBlog (TM):
Sadr Orders Attacks on US Forces
Discussion: NewsHog
Lehigh Valley local news from The Morning Call …:
Speaker Pelosi's adventure in Damascus has cost her a lot of political capital  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria was the liveliest topic inside the Beltway last week.  Three points — one political, one constitutional and one relative to Mrs. Pelosi's job skills — are pertinent.
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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: Hot Air, Gateway Pundit and AMERICAblog
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 and The Belgravia Dispatch
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 …
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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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.
ABCNEWS:
Levin: Senate Won't Withhold Iraq Funds  —  Senate Will Not Stop Paying for Iraq War, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin Says  —  The Senate will not stop paying for the Iraq war nor relent from insisting that President Bush keep pressing the Baghdad government for a negotiated end to the violence …
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
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 …
Zachary Goldfarb / Washington Post:
April 8: Democrats back away from Iraq troops withdrawal demand  —  Also on the Sunday shows: Gingrich says it's best for Gonzales to Go; Huckabee says he's the man to take on Clinton; Thompson lists Iraq principles  —  For the second straight weekend, top Senate Democrats shrunk further away …
Discussion: Think Progress and New Pairodimes
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
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
 
 
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Jacqueline L. Salmon / Washington Post:
For Some, a New Beginning at Easter  —  Large Class of Converts …
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Alexandra Zacharios-Haight / The Huffington Post:
The Helen Mirren Effect: With Notes on the Diane Keaton Scandal
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Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Guess Which One Was Defending Pelosi's Trip?:  Hint: It wasn't Lieberman
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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A Los Angeles ethics agency fines former CBS CEO Les Moonves $15K for misconduct in obtaining confidential police info about a sexual assault claim against him

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Uri Berliner says he is resigning from NPR as he “cannot work in a newsroom where I am disparaged by a new CEO whose divisive views confirm” NPR's problems

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