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11:30 AM ET, April 11, 2007


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
All Charges Dropped in Duke Lacrosse Case
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Aaron Beard / Associated Press:
Decision in Duke rape case awaited
Discussion: TalkLeft
Dan / Riehl World View:
No Justice At Duke
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: Durham-in-Wonderland
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
Discussion: TAPPED and Lawyers, Guns and Money
Fred Thompson / Fox News:
FORMER SENATOR FRED THOMPSON IN REMISSION FOR LYMPHOMA  —  WASHINGTON — Former Tennessee Republican Sen. Fred Thompson announced Wednesday he's in remission from lymphoma.  —  Thompson, who is considering a run for the White House in 2008, told FOX News that the illness is treatable.
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
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Dean on mission to Denver  —  Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean will fly to Denver today to try and put out a political fire that has led labor groups to threaten to withdraw support from the 2008 Democratic National Convention.  —  In urgent meetings with union leaders …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Dean Fails to Reach Evangelicals
Discussion: The Influence Peddler
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 …
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
PBS shelves film on moderate Muslims  —  A 52-minute documentary film exploring the struggles of moderate American Muslims at the hands of their radical brethren has also become a showcase for the struggles between right and left in the news media.  —  The producers of "Islam vs. Islamists" …
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 …
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
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Imus vs. the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks Chart (language warning)  —  My syndicated column this week: THE CULTURE OF "BITCHES, NIGGAS, AND HOS"  —  Let's stipulate: I have no love for Don Imus, Al Sharpton, or Jesse Jackson.  I repeat: A pox on all their race-baiting houses.
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Martin Stolz / New York Times:
Rare Protests at Brigham Young Over a Planned Cheney Appearance
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
The C.B.C. Stands By Fox
Neil Graves / New York Post:
Woman loses final embryo appeal
John O'Sullivan / Chicago Sun Times:
More downs than ups?  —  Roller-coaster developments leave the British feeling low
Discussion: Neocon Express
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United Nations:
Remembering Rwanda, Ban Ki-moon calls for 'global partnership against genocide'
Discussion: The Belmont Club
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Follows Email Trail
Discussion: The Heretik
Washington Post:
Advertisers Pull Out of Imus Show
David Rose / Times of London:
Diabetics cured by stem-cell treatment
Jesus' General:
Oliphant's Children  —  I'm on the road for the next couple of days … Washington Wire:
A New Prescription to Curb Health-Care Spending
Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
Judge rejects Padilla torture argument
Discussion: NewsHog