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9:05 AM ET, April 9, 2007

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New York Times:
Patterns of War Shift Amid U.S. Force Buildup  —  Nearly two months into the new security push in Baghdad, there has been some success in reducing the number of death squad victims found crumpled in the streets each day.  —  And while the overall death rates for all of Iraq have not dropped significantly …
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Chicago Tribune:
Sadr stokes anti-U.S. fervor Thousands head to rally; 10 GIs killed  —  BAGHDAD — Calling the United States the "great evil," powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr on Sunday ordered his militiamen to redouble their effort to oppose American troops and argued that Iraq's army and police force should join him in defeating "your archenemy."
Associated Press:
U.S. announces 10 weekend soldier deaths; cleric wants forces out  —  BAGHDAD (AP) — The powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his militiamen to redouble their battle to oust American forces and argued that Iraq's army and police should join him in defeating "your archenemy."
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 …
CNN:
CNN LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER  —  Interview With Senators Lieberman, Spector; Interview With Cardinal Theodore McCarrick  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  WOLF BLITZER, HOST: This is "Late Edition," the last word in Sunday talk.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right-wing brain in action  —  Michael Ledeen, the Corner, today: … Glenn Reynolds, linking to that post, today: … Glenn Reynolds, November 4, 2006 — a mere 5 months ago: … Yes: "untermenschen" — that, as Reynolds and Ledeen so sincerely lament today, is how "they" think …
Discussion: Unfogged and alicublog
Richard S. Lindzen / Newsweek:
Why So Gloomy?  —  Judging from the media in recent months, the debate over global warming is now over.  There has been a net warming of the earth over the last century and a half, and our greenhouse gas emissions are contributing at some level.  Both of these statements are almost certainly true.
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Jo Revill / Observer:
Tories raise climate stakes
Discussion: NewsHog and Tim Worstall
Edmund Blair / Reuters:
Iran set to announce nuclear plans on Monday  —  TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's president has promised to disclose news about Iran's nuclear program when he visits its uranium enrichment facility on Monday where the West says Iran is mastering the skills needed to make atomic bombs.
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Ynetnews:
Iran to announce installation of 3,000 centrifuges in Natanz plant
Discussion: Hot Air
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
White House says economic surge robust  —  WASHINGTON (Map, News) - The White House says the economic surge that began five and a half years ago on President Bush's watch is more robust than the much-touted expansion during the Clinton administration.  —  "This is a much stronger expansion …
TBlumer / BizzyBlog:
The Tribune Company Sale: An Object Lesson in the Price of Biased Reporting?  —  OVERVIEW: I believe that the sale of The Tribune Company last week to investor Sam Zell is an unrecognized low-water mark in the newspaper publishing business.  In fact, after subtracting the value …
Discussion: theneweditor.com
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Booman Tribune:
Levin Shows the Dems Cards  —  Sorry I don't have better news to report on this Easter Sunday night.  But Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) has shown ALL THE DEMOCRATS' CARDS to the Bush administration and there will be no passage of the Reid-Feingold amendment, and there will be no timetables for withdrawal …
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Zachary Goldfarb / Washington Post:
April 8: Democrats back away from Iraq troops withdrawal demand
Discussion: Think Progress and New Pairodimes
Ben Lynfield / Scotsman:
Palestinians want 1,000 freed in return for one Israeli soldier  —  A LIST of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners wanted in exchange for long-term hostage Corporal Gilad Shalit has been presented to the Israeli government in the biggest sign of progress towards securing his release for nearly a year.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
JSOnline:
State GOP official pushed vote fraud issue  —  The mystery is solved.  —  For weeks, it was unclear who whined to the White House last year that not enough voter fraud cases were being prosecuted in Milwaukee.  —  Now we know.  —  The state Republican Party went straight to the top …
Discussion: Faithful Progressive and Daily Kos
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Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Gonzales Crams for a Senate Grilling
Discussion: Political Animal
New York Times:
Army Is Cracking Down on Deserters  —  Army prosecutions of desertion and other unauthorized absences have risen sharply in the last four years, resulting in thousands more negative discharges and prison time for both junior soldiers and combat-tested veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army records show.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
President Renewing Efforts on Immigration  —  Plan for Overhaul Faces Battle in Divided Congress  —  President Bush will relaunch his push for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws today in Arizona, with a fresh speech on the border and a new congressional leadership that is friendlier to his views …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Michelle Malkin:
Johnny Hart, R.I.P.  —  One of my favorite cartoonists, the brilliant Johnny Hart, died yesterday—Holy Saturday.  He was funny, fierce, and faithful: … Flashback, my syndicated column, April 18, 2001: P.C. vs. B.C. … Here is Hart's B.C. page at Creators.com.  From his bio:
Discussion: BizzyBlog
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Johnny Hart, RIP
Discussion: Associated Press
 
 
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Atrios / Eschaton:
White People  —  Fineman and Imus, a few minutes ago.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: Progress on eliminating the "Road to Nowhere" …
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Ezra Klein / Los Angeles Times:
This time, we want healthcare reform
Discussion: Economist's View
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
We threatened his mother with RAPE?!
Discussion: NION
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Romney: Seldom Needed Hunting License
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Kurtz still looking out for Malkin
 Earlier Items: 
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain: It's 'Fun' When I 'Misspeak' About Progress In Iraq
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and AMERICAblog
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Identity, Progressivism, and American Patriotism
MSNBC:
MTP Transcript for April 8, 2007
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
'World News Tonight' Kicks off Global Warming Series as Record Cold Grips Nation
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Iraqi insurgents recruit among U.S.-held detainees
Discussion: Daily Kos