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2:50 PM ET, April 9, 2007

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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
Bloomberg:
Iran Says Nuclear Enrichment Reaches Industrial Scale (Update4)
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Multi-racial Media Critique Coming Together on Imus  —  The National Association of Black Journalists is spear-heading a campaign against MSNBC and Imus for his racist comment and his legacy of racism, backed by Essence's Editor in Chief, Angela Burt-Murray.
Discussion: CorrenteWire
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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 …
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
WSJ.com: Washington Wire:
Wolfowitz Responds to Controversy Over Staffer  —  World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, in a memo to the bank's staff, responded today to the growing controversy surrounding the salary paid to a staffer with whom he is romantically linked after she was detailed to work at the U.S. State Department in September 2005.
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Hugh S. Bailey / The Connecticut Post Online:
Iraq finally looking up — again and again
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ABCNEWS:
Levin: Senate Will Keep Paying for War
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Turning Buildings Green; States Take the Lead
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Giuliani: More Trouble for Kerik
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The unresolved story of ABC News's false Saddam-anthrax reports
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Europe's Problems Color U.S. Plans to Curb Carbon Gases
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Belle Waring / Crooked Timber:
Nukes Now  —  It's a standard move in global warming denial rhetoric …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Democrats Seek to Lead the Way in Tax Overhaul
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
President Renewing Efforts on Immigration
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right-wing brain in action
Discussion: Unfogged and alicublog