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11:55 PM ET, April 11, 2007


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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama: Fire Imus  —  Obama First White House Contender to Call for Imus' Firing Over Racial Slur  —  In an interview with ABC News Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., called for the firing of talk radio host Don Imus.  Obama said he would never again appear on Imus' show …
Crystal Patterson /
Hillary: No To Imus  —  Hillary has spoken out about radio host Don Imus: "I've never wanted to go on his show and I certainly don't ever intend to go on his show, and I felt that way before his latest outrageous, hateful, hurtful comments."  —  UPDATE: As I posted in response to a comment below …
Marcia Kramer / WCBS-TV:
Edwards On Imus Spat: 'I Believe In Forgiveness'  —  Presidential Candidate Stays Mum On Future Imus Appearances  —  (CBS) MAMARONECK, N.Y. Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards' spoke exclusively to CBS 2 on Wednesday morning about the Don Imus and Rutgers University controversy …
Jonathan Lemire / NY Daily News:
Rudy, McCain say they forgive and support
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
HOS AND BITCHES....Now that Don Imus has been universally condemned for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos," the conversation is moving on, as conversations do, to broader questions.  In the LA Times today, civil rights attorney Constance Rice joins in the condemnation …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Imus, MSNBC Cancels Simulcast, Nappy-Headed Hos, Rutgers, Media Matters  —  ONE DOWN  —  I-Man Loses TV, Libs Now Call Him "Conservative"  —  *** See main page and scroll down for more Imus coverage ***  —  With Don Imus now officially booted from MSNBC and word on the fate …
Discussion: Redstate
Atrios / Eschaton:
Black People  —  This morning on CNN Howard Kurtz pulled the …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
McCain: I Blame Rumsfeld For Iraq  —  I took part in a blogger conference on my lunchbreak today with Senator John McCain on the topic of Iraq.  McCain, who gave a speech on Iraq at the Virginia Military Institute earlier today, wanted to reach out to New Media sources for his perspective …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
John McCain VMI Speech on Iraq War
Hindrocket / Power Line:
McCain Unbound  —  Earlier today, John McCain delivered a speech …
Discussion: The Caucus
Associated Press:
A.G.'s Statement Dropping Duke Rape Case  —  Statement from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper on the Duke University lacrosse rape case.  —  Good afternoon, everyone.  —  On Jan. 13 of this year, I accepted the request of the Durham district attorney to take over three Durham cases.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Who's Behind the Pelosi Smear?  —  Oh the irony.  From Jim Lobe: … That would be the same Elliot Abrams who was indicted for (and pled guilty to) lying to Congress (no wonder members of the Bush junta have no fear of doing so) and who, in the 80s, led a very similar campaing to discredit …
Discussion: The Sideshow and The Mahablog
Nico / Think Progress:   Group Now Smearing Pelosi Was Led By Swift Boat Funder Sam Fox
Randian / Daily Kos:   Libby supporters in Republican Jewish Coalition attack Pelosi
Deacon / Power Line:
FRED THOMPSON HEALTH UPDATE  —  Fred Thompson is on with Sean Hannity right now.  He's discussing his lymphoma.  It is not among the severe kinds.  His doctors tell him it's better to have what he has than to have diabetes.  —  Thompson received the diagnosis two and half years ago during a check-up.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Josh White / Washington Post:
Gates Announces Longer Tours for Active-Duty Army Soldiers  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced this afternoon that all active-duty Army soldiers currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan could serve extended tours of up to 15 months in combat, meaning more than 100,000 troops …
David Stout / New York Times:
Pentagon Orders Longer Tours for Soldiers in Iraq
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Google puts the spotlight on Darfur  —  News blog: next stop - deleting Bolivia?  —  Google Earth, the search engine's online mapping service, has updated its images of the Darfur region in Sudan in an attempt to draw attention to the plight of people living there.
Racist Literature Distributed in Berkeley  —  A study in hate, the left/right convergence, and media spin  —  During the first few days of April, 2007, racist literature was distributed in several Berkeley, California neighborhoods by members of an out-of-town white supremacist group.
Ana Marie Cox /
Regarding Imus  —  I'll have some more fleshed-out thoughts on the matter in the magazine this week, but for now, since many people have asked: No, I won't be going on Imus anymore.  Having said that, it's not like they'll be inviting me back.
Real Cities:
Government lawyers' membership in GOP group seen as inappropriate  —  WASHINGTON - In his day job, Christian Adams writes legal briefs for the voting rights section of the Justice Department, a job that requires a nonpartisan approach.  —  Off the clock, Adams belongs to the Republican …
Fouad Ajami / Opinion Journal:
Iraq in the Balance  —  In Washington, panic.  In Baghdad, cautious optimism.  —  BAGHDAD—For 35 years the sun did not shine here," said a man on the grounds of the great Shia shrine of al-Kadhimiyyah, on the outskirts of Baghdad.  I had come to the shrine at night, in the company of the Shia politician Ahmed Chalabi.
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
McCain falling behind with GOP voters  —  He ranks after Giuliani and Thompson in his worst showing yet in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  Clinton leads among Democrats.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, once considered the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination …
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Iacocca: 'Some of us are sick and tired of people who call free speech treason'