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9:40 PM ET, April 9, 2007

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Don'T Miss This / MSNBC:
MSNBC, CBS Radio suspend Imus show  —  But charity event will air as scheduled Thursday and Friday  —  NEW YORK - After a career of cranky insults, radio star Don Imus was fighting for his job Monday following one joke that by his own admission went "way too far."
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Call for Manners in the World of Nasty Blogs  —  Is it too late to bring civility to the Web?  —  The conversational free-for-all on the Internet known as the blogosphere can be a prickly and unpleasant place.  Now, a few high-profile figures in high-tech are proposing a blogger code …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Imus and Sharpton Square Off Over Racial Remarks  —  Don Imus got himself into hot water last week after he made racially insensitive remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team.  Today he sat down with Reverend Al Sharpton, who has called for his firing, to talk about the incident.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Hey, Must Be The Money  —  So I make myself some coffee and open my dead tree version of the NY Times this morning only to see a call for blogger ethics on the front page.  How interesting.  Another call for "managed civil speech" (which is claimed to be "freer" than unfettered free speech.)
David Carr / New York Times:
With Imus, They Keep Coming Back  —  "Imus in the Morning" is scheduled to start this morning like any other, with Don Imus and his crew cracking wise about the weekend's events, riffing off the news and chatting with Evan Thomas, one of Newsweek's top guns.
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: Imus on Sharpton; Update: MSNBC suspends Imus for two weeks  —  Freddy's Fashion Mart.  —  Tawana Brawley.  —  Go-to guy to apologize for making racist comments.  What a world.  Don Imus may well be and probably is a bigot, but Rev. Al Sharpton is worse no matter how you look at the situation.
Media Matters for America:   Tom Oliphant to Imus on racial slur controversy: "Solidarity forever, pal"
Maria Newman / New York Times:
Imus Tries to Explain His Remarks Again
Discussion: TAPPED
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Imus' Tone Deafness Nothing New
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Olbypocrisy Confirmed: By Olby!
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Multi-racial Media Critique Coming Together on Imus
Discussion: CorrenteWire
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama Ditches CBC/Fox Debate  —  Barack Obama has chosen not to attend September's Democratic presidential primary debate co-sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and Fox News, an aide said, effectively dooming the event.  —  Obama is the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus running …
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Political Radar:
Obama to Nix Fox Debate  —  ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, will be the second Democratic presidential candidate to boycott a proposed debate to be broadcast by Fox News Channel.  —  "CNN seems to be a more appropriate host," an Obama campaign aide tells ABC News.
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
Pearls Before Breakfast  —  Can one of the nation's great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour?  Let's find out.  —  HE EMERGED FROM THE METRO AT THE L'ENFANT PLAZA STATION AND POSITIONED HIMSELF AGAINST A WALL BESIDE A TRASH BASKET.  By most measures, he was nondescript …
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   JOSHUA'S FIDDLE....Have you read Gene Weingarten's cover story …
Mike Baker / charlotteobserver.com:
Elizabeth Edwards afraid of neighbor  —  She has never met `rabid Republican,' but wouldn't be nice  —  RALEIGH —Elizabeth Edwards says she is scared of the "rabid, rabid Republican" who owns property across the street from her Orange County home — and she doesn't want her kids going near the gun-toting neighbor.
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Shiites Call for U.S. to Leave Iraq  —  BAGHDAD — Tens of thousands of Shiites _ a sea of women in black abayas and men waving Iraqi flags _ rallied Monday to demand that U.S. forces leave their country.  Some ripped apart American flags and tromped across a Stars and Stripes rug.
Discussion: New York Times, Redstate and TAPPED
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Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
Faye's amazing hostage story  —  and JULIE MOULT  —  FREED British hostage Faye Turney told last night how she feared she was being measured for her COFFIN by her evil Iranian captors.  —  The sickening charade was an act of mental torture — but to Navy sailor Faye it was terrifyingly real.
Discussion: Hot Air and WSJ.com
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Guardian:   Military banned from selling stories
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran Says It's Able to Make Nuclear Fuel  —  NATANZ, Iran — Iran announced Monday that it has begun enriching uranium with 3,000 centrifuges, a dramatic expansion of a nuclear program that has drawn U.N. sanctions and condemnation from the West.  —  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad …
Anchorage Daily News:
Frozen bay turns otters into easy prey  —  PORT HEIDEN: Hunger leads animals to seek food on the tundra.  —  By ALEX deMARBAN  —  An extra-cold winter on the Alaska Peninsula has frozen sea otters out of the bay and pushed them onto the tundra near Port Heiden where they're easy prey for wolves, humans and hunger.
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Worse Than Apartheid?  —  BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Hani Hayek, an accountant who is the Christian mayor of the tiny majority-Christian Palestinian village of Beit Sahour, was angry last week as he drove me along the Israeli security wall.  "They are taking our communal lands," he said …
Mark Benjamin / Salon:
Injured troops shipped back into battle  —  WASHINGTON — On March 9, Army Spc. Thomas Smith was ordered to board a plane from Fort Benning, Ga., to deploy back to Iraq, even though he was known to be suffering from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder from a previous tour there.
 
 
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Andrew J. Bacevich / Los Angeles Times:
'Your Iraq plan?' is a pointless question
Discussion: The Corner and The Daily Dish
Dan Markel / PrawfsBlawg:
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Discussion: Crescat Sententia
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
GMA's Champion Joins Leftist Laurie David to Promote Global Warming Tour
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
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