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10:30 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."
BBC:   Iraqi Shias protest in holy city
Associated Press:   U.S. announces 10 weekend soldier deaths; cleric wants forces out
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Does The Blogosphere Need A Speech Code?
Discussion: QandO
Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
GOP-issued laptops now a White House headache  —  Democrats say a private e-mail system was used in violation of federal rules.  —  WASHINGTON — When Karl Rove and his top deputies arrived at the White House in 2001, the Republican National Committee provided them with laptop computers …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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 …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right-wing brain in action  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  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 …
Discussion: Unfogged and alicublog
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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Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Guantanamo detainees resume hunger strike  —  Prisoners protest a move into a harsher facility, according to their lawyers.  —  MIAMI — Terrorism suspects at a maximum-security prison at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have resumed a mass hunger strike to protest the conditions …
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Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
WHY IS "WALTER MURPHY" ON THE NO-FLY LIST?:  Over at Balkinization, Mark Graber posts a story from Walter Murphy, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at Princeton (and the author of one of my favorite books, Wiretapping on Trial), about having his name appear on the No-Fly List.
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USA Today:
Bush's approval rating sits below 40%  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush is reaching levels of consistency that no White House would want.  —  Bush's job-approval rating in a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Monday through Thursday is 38%.  His standing has stayed below 40% for seven consecutive months.
Discussion: The Swamp
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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Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
For Thompson, Delay Is Costly  —  Money, Support Head  —  To Declared Candidates  —  In Run for White House  —  WASHINGTON — If Fred Thompson decides to run for president, he will have some powerful supporters: The self-described "Tennessee Mafia," a group of Republican politicians …
CBS News:
Huckabee Takes A Shot At Romney's Hunting  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Says American People Just Want To Hear The Truth  —  (CBS/AP) GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was wrong to suggest he was a lifelong hunter even though he never took out a license, campaign rival Mike Huckabee said Sunday on Face The Nation.
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Another Layer of Scandal  —  As Congress investigates the politicization of the United States attorney offices by the Bush administration, it should review the extraordinary events the other day in a federal courtroom in Wisconsin.  The case involved Georgia Thompson, a state employee sent …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Pajamas Media
 
 
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Telegraph:
Fury as bishops back Iran
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
For the Chief Justice, a Dissent and a Line in the Sand
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balkinization
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
This Thing of Ours, It's Over
Richard Wolffe / Newsweek:
The End of Inevitability  —  The Clinton camp pressed donors to give only to Hillary.
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
Most '08 candidates lack military record
Kenneth Woodward / New York Times:
The Presidency's Mormon Moment
Judy Mathewson / Bloomberg:
Levin Says Democrats May Compromise on War Funding (Update1)
 Earlier Items: 
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Democrats Seek to Lead the Way in Tax Overhaul
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Oliver Kamm / Guardian:
A parody of democracy  —  Error-strewn, insular and parasitic …
Discussion: normblog, Tim Worstall and NewsHog
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: Progress on eliminating the "Road to Nowhere" …
Discussion: Don Surber
Ben Lynfield / Scotsman:
Palestinians want 1,000 freed in return for one Israeli soldier
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
We threatened his mother with RAPE?!
Discussion: NION
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain: It's 'Fun' When I 'Misspeak' About Progress In Iraq
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and AMERICAblog