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4:50 PM ET, April 9, 2007

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Media Matters for America:
Imus Has Long Record of Incendiary Remarks  —  Incident is merely the latest in a long string of racial slurs and inflammatory comments documented by Media Matters  —  Washington, DC - Though Don Imus continued to apologize this morning for calling members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team …
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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 …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Imus and Sharpton Square Off Over Racial Remarks
Maria Newman / New York Times:
Imus Tries to Explain His Remarks Again
Discussion: TAPPED
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.
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 Daily Dish and The Corner
Bloomberg:
Iran Says Nuclear Enrichment Reaches Industrial Scale (Update4)
Discussion: The Corner
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 in this week's Washington Post magazine?  Basically, he took a world-class violinist (Joshua Bell) and had him play for about an hour at the entrance to a DC Metro stop to see if anyone would notice.  To a good approximation, no one did.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
GOOD QUESTION: "Under Bush, unemployment dropped to numbers seldom seen — far below the Clinton years.  Clinton's people counter with well, the stock market took off when he was prez.  Wait a second, aren't Republicans supposed to be the Wall Street guys while Democrats are the blue collar guys?"
Discussion: Chicago Boyz, MaxSpeak and Angry Bear
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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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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 …
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.
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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Toby Harnden / Telegraph Blogs:
British humiliation becomes disgrace
Discussion: The Corner and Argghhh!
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Mary Katharine Ham defends Michelle on CNN  —  Karol and I and another guest had a mini-birthday party for her on Thursday night in NYC when she told us she was due to be on CNN the next day to tape a segment about harassment of female bloggers.  She swore she was going to give 'em …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and NION
 
 
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Fury as bishops back Iran
Discussion: Hot Air
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Discussion: The Swamp
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