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1:20 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
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Fred Thompson says he has cancer
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
All Charges Dropped in Duke Lacrosse Case
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
The C.B.C. Stands By Fox  —  Despite the fact that the three top contenders (at this point) for the Democratic nomination say they won't take part in a September debate in Detroit sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus institute and Fox News, the C.B.C. released a statement tonight announcing that it stands by its plan.
Confederate Yankee:
Pelosi Diplomacy: Legitimizing Terrorism
Discussion: Kesher Talk and GraniteGrok
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
Washington Post:
Advertisers Pull Out of Imus Show  —  'I Don't Deserve to Be Fired,' Says the Shock Jock, Under Attack for Slur  —  As skittish advertisers began to pull out and calls for his resignation reverberated, embattled shock jock Don Imus yesterday continued a campaign of contrition over racially …
Jonathan Lemire / NY Daily News:
Rudy, McCain say they forgive and support
CBS News:
Poll: Doubts About McCain's View Of Iraq  —  CBS News Survey: 39% Say GOP Presidential Candidate Paints Too Rosy A Picture Of How War's Going  —  (CBS) John McCain's upbeat view of the war in Iraq isn't shared by many Americans, according to a CBS News poll.
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