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2:50 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: IMAO
Bill Frist, M.D. / Senator Bill Frist:   Fred Thompson Update
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Fred Thompson Says He Has Cancer
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Fred Has Manageable Cancer (Update: Fred's Showing His Hand)
Discussion: Wizbang
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Pariah  —  The Bush administration doesn't quite realize it yet …
Discussion: The RBC
Atrios / Eschaton:
Black People  —  This morning on CNN Howard Kurtz pulled the "what about the rappers! that's where the word ho comes from!" stunt.  What this has to do with Don Imus calling the Rutgers Women's Basketball team whores for no apparent reason other than the crime of being mostly black I do not know.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
HOS AND BITCHES....Now that Don Imus has been universally condemned …
Discussion: Unfogged and Eschaton
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: GraniteGrok and Kesher Talk
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 …
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 …
This Is London:
I'M SORRY FOR SELLING MY STORY, SAYS IRAN HOSTAGE MR BEAN  —  Servicemen have rounded on the sailors who sold their stories of being held captive by Iran.  —  A series of messages on forces' websites ridiculed Arthur Batchelor and Faye Turney, who cashed in after being held prisoner for 13 days.
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.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:   Dean on mission to Denver
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 …
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
Roy Rivenburg / Los Angeles Times:
Punk rocker caught in soap opera  —  The drummer is jailed in O.C. because his bottle of cleanser allegedly contained a drug.  The manufacturer joins the fight.  —  Was a legendary punk rocker arrested for possession of ... soap?  —  That's the question surrounding last week's jailing …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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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
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
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Iacocca: 'Some of us are sick and tired of people who call free speech treason'
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