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1:55 PM ET, April 9, 2007

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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 …
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Marty Kaplan / The Huffington Post:   MSM Voluntary Code of Conduct and Badges of Approval
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Iraqis protest to mark Baghdad's fall  —  BAGHDAD - Tens of thousands draped themselves in Iraqi flags and marched peacefully through the streets of two Shiite holy cities Monday to mark the fourth anniversary of Baghdad's fall.  Demonstrators were flanked by two cordons of police as they called …
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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."
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Iraqis Protest U.S. Occupation of Iraq
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Gateway Pundit
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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Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Iran announces "industrial" nuclear fuel work
Discussion: The Corner and The Daily Dish
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 …
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Does Anybody Know Where My Policy Laptop Is?
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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Bush To Launch Immigration Campaign Today
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: WSJ.com
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This Is London:
OUTRAGE AS IRAN CAPTIVES CASH IN
Discussion: protein wisdom
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
The Google Primary II: Buy Your Rivals  —  Yesterday I managed to get a whole post out of the observation that most, but not all, of the top tier candidates are buying up their own names on Google AdWords.  In this post, I'll try to get some mileage out of reporting something more interesting:
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CBS News:
Huckabee Takes A Shot At Romney's Hunting
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: The Blotter
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.
Joel Barkin / The Huffington Post:
Turning Buildings Green; States Take the Lead  —  A new United Nations report this week, backed by scientists around the world, confirms that not only is global warming real, but its effects are already here and getting worse.  And the hard fact is, the United States consumes far more energy …
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 …
Media Matters for America:
Fineman to pal Imus: Racist comments aren't OK any more like they used to be  —  Discussing host Don Imus' April 4 comments on MSNBC's Imus in the Morning — in which Imus referred to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy headed hos" — and the controversy that ensued …
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
Levin: Senate Will Keep Paying for War
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek:
Giuliani: More Trouble for Kerik
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The unresolved story of ABC News's false Saddam-anthrax reports
Discussion: Eschaton
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The Very Model...  Okay, sure, it's Isikoff.  So there is certainly …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Is Pat Robertson's law school changing America?
Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
S.C. Democrat to raise funds for Edwards
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
Pearls Before Breakfast
Ian Bishop / New York Post:
N.Y.'S BARACK $TARS
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Europe's Problems Color U.S. Plans to Curb Carbon Gases
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Telegraph:
Fury as bishops back Iran
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
For Thompson, Delay Is Costly
Tim Golden / New York Times:
Hunger Strike Breaks Out at Guantánamo
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right-wing brain in action
Discussion: Unfogged and alicublog
Richard S. Lindzen / Newsweek:
Why So Gloomy?  —  Judging from the media in recent months …