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1:50 PM ET, April 11, 2007


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Washington Post:
3 Generals Spurn the Position of War 'Czar'  —  Bush Seeks Overseer For Iraq, Afghanistan  —  The White House wants to appoint a high-powered czar to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with authority to issue directions to the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
OUT OF GAS....The Washington Post reports that the White House is casting about for a "high-powered czar" who would have authority over both military and civilian operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Only problem is, no one wants the job: … Sheesh.  Even Keane doesn't want the job …
Amanda / Think Progress:   White House Unable To Find A 'War Czar' To Own Bush's Iraq Failures
What You Need To Know  —  We have all seen the courageous battle that Elizabeth and John Edwards are fighting, and there are so many others.  Fortunately, there are an increasing number of good stories because of the medical advances that have been made.  I have friends in politics …
Discussion: Wizbang and Ace of Spades HQ
Bill Frist, M.D. / Senator Bill Frist:
Fred Thompson Update  —  Issues: 2008 Elections  —  This morning Fred Thompson, my good friend and colleague of many years, made it known that he has slow-growing marginal zone lymphoma - a disease that has never made him physically ill and for which he has a good prognosis, according to his doctor.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Fred Has Manageable Cancer (Update: Fred's Showing His Hand)
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:   Fred Thompson says he has cancer
Phillip Rawls / Associated Press:
Republican candidate off the mark on cost of milk, bread  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani hasn't done a lot of grocery shopping lately — at least based on his answers about the cost of milk and bread.  —  Campaigning in Alabama on Tuesday …
Washington Post:
Advertisers Pull Out of Imus Show
Jonathan Lemire / NY Daily News:
Rudy, McCain say they forgive and support
Lara Setrakian / ABCNEWS:
Duke Lacrosse Case Charges to Be Dropped  —  Three Players Were Facing Charges of First Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Forcible Sexual Offense  —  ABC News Law & Justice Unit  —  The office of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will announce that he is dismissing all charges …
Aaron Beard / Associated Press:
Decision in Duke rape case awaited
Discussion: TalkLeft
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
'Katie's Notebook' Item Cribbed From W.S. Journal  —  Katie Couric did a one-minute commentary last week on the joys of getting her first library card, but the thoughts were less than original.  The piece was substantially lifted from a Wall Street Journal column.
Associated Press:
Iran may be helping Iraqis build bombs  —  BAGHDAD - Iranian intelligence operatives have been training Iraqi fighters inside Iran on how to use and assemble deadly roadside bombs known as EFPs, the U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday.  —  Commanders of a splinter group inside …
Martin Stolz / New York Times:
Rare Protests at Brigham Young Over a Planned Cheney Appearance  —  The invitation extended to Vice President Dick Cheney to be the commencement speaker at Brigham Young University has set off a rare, continuing protest at the Mormon university, one of the nation's most conservative.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Dean Fails to Reach Evangelicals  —  Two recent press releases from the Democratic National Committee reflect the party's continuous struggle to understand evangelicals in America.  —  A March 30 press release entitled "DNC Offers Passover Greetings" included a joint statement by Chairman Howard Dean and DNC Vice Chair Susan Turnbull.
Discussion: The Influence Peddler
Ian Swanson / The Hill:   Dean on mission to Denver
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon Considers Extended Tours for All Soldiers  —  ABC News Has Learned New Plan Would Accommodate Bush Troop Surge  —  ABC News has learned that the Pentagon is considering extending the tours of duty for every active duty soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Discussion: NION, TIME: Swampland and The Gavel
Fester / NewsHog:   Extending Deployment Cycles
Confederate Yankee:
Pelosi Diplomacy: Legitimizing Terrorism  —  When Democrat Presidential candidates Clinton, Obama and Edwards dropped out of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute debate that was going to be co-sponsored by Fox News, many liberals crowed over the decision.
Discussion: Kesher Talk and GraniteGrok
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
The C.B.C. Stands By Fox
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Panel Said to Alter Finding on Voter Fraud  —  A federal panel responsible for conducting election research played down the findings of experts who concluded last year that there was little voter fraud around the nation, according to a review of the original report obtained by The New York Times.
New York Times:
Some in G.O.P. Express Worry Over '08 Hopes  —  Republican leaders across the country say they are growing increasingly anxious about their party's chances of holding the White House, citing public dissatisfaction with President Bush, the political fallout from the war in Iraq and the problems …
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Most say Gonzales should quit over fired prosecutors  —  An even larger percentage believe White House aides should testify about the matter under oath, poll finds.  —  WASHINGTON — Most Americans believe Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales should resign because of the controversy …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and TalkLeft
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CBS News:
Poll: Doubts About McCain's View Of Iraq
Tarek Heggy / Winds of Change.NET:
Two Historic Choices.  —  On September 1, 1939, the Second World War broke out.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
This Is London:
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Political Candidates Have Invaded the Web And Tamed the Blogs
Kristin M. Hall / Associated Press:
Fire destroys longtime Johnny Cash home
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Iacocca: 'Some of us are sick and tired of people who call free speech treason'
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Richardson: "I Would Have No Residual Force Whatsoever"
Meteor Blades / Daily Kos:
After the Veto? Resurrect Murtha Plan #2
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Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
PBS shelves film on moderate Muslims
John O'Sullivan / Chicago Sun Times:
More downs than ups?  —  Roller-coaster developments leave the British feeling low
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Follows Email Trail
David Rose / Times of London:
Diabetics cured by stem-cell treatment

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A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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