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11:15 AM ET, April 9, 2007

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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."
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Edward Wong / New York Times:   Iraqis Protest U.S. Occupation of Iraq
BBC:   Iraqi Shias protest in holy city
Associated Press:
U.S. announces 10 weekend soldier deaths; cleric wants forces out
Discussion: Brian Beutler
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 …
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Edmund Blair / Reuters:
Iran set to announce nuclear plans on Monday
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Pajamas Media
David Stout / New York Times:
Gingrich Assails Gonzales on Prosecutor Firings  —  Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, today became the latest Republican to criticize Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales for the controversial dismissals of eight United States attorneys and said Mr. Gonzales should consider stepping down.
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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 …
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 and CorrenteWire
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:   Does Anybody Know Where My Policy Laptop Is?
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Afghanistan's Karzai Says Taliban, Al Qaeda Have Been 'Defeated'  —  Afghanistan's President Tells ABC News' Diane Sawyer That While His Country Needs More Help, 'The Taliban Is Not Coming Back'  —  Amid reports that thousands of suicide bombers and insurgents were getting ready …
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
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Europe's Problems Color U.S. Plans to Curb Carbon Gases  —  Wout Kusters, director of a manufacturing plant in the Dutch lowlands, knows something the U.S. Congress needs to know.  So does Gervais Pruvost, a laborer in a small cement plant in northern France.  So does just about every German homeowner.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Tim Golden / New York Times:
Hunger Strike Breaks Out at Guantánamo  —  A new, long-term hunger strike has broken out at the American detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, with more than a dozen detainees subjecting themselves to daily force-feeding to protest their treatment, military officials and lawyers for the detainees said.
Discussion: Firedoglake and On Deadline
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Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:   Guantanamo detainees resume hunger strike
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
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 …
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.
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
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
 
 
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Mike Baker / charlotteobserver.com:
Elizabeth Edwards afraid of neighbor
Discussion: Hot Air and The Corner
Belle Waring / Crooked Timber:
Nukes Now  —  It's a standard move in global warming denial rhetoric …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Dr. Helen:
At Least Google Listens
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
WHY IS "WALTER MURPHY" ON THE NO-FLY LIST?:  Over at Balkinization …
Discussion: Balkinization and The RBC
Kenneth Woodward / New York Times:
The Presidency's Mormon Moment
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Democrats Seek to Lead the Way in Tax Overhaul
Oliver Kamm / Guardian:
A parody of democracy  —  Error-strewn, insular and parasitic …
Discussion: normblog, Tim Worstall and NewsHog
Ben Lynfield / Scotsman:
Palestinians want 1,000 freed in return for one Israeli soldier
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
TBlumer / BizzyBlog:
The Tribune Company Sale: An Object Lesson in the Price of Biased Reporting?
CNN:
CNN LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER