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6:55 PM ET, April 12, 2007


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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Countless White House E-Mails Deleted  —  Countless e-mails to and from many key White House staffers have been deleted — lost to history and placed out of reach of congressional subpoenas — due to a brazen violation of internal White House policy that was allowed to continue for more than six years …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Rove Emails Missing from RNC Server  —  In a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asked that the Justice Department retain all emails received or sent to a White House official's RNC-issued email address.
Laurie Kellman /
Leahy Says Bush Aides Lied About E-Mails  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush's aides are lying about White House e-mails sent on a Republican account that might have been lost, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said Thursday, vowing to subpoena those documents if the administration fails to cough them up.
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
Leahy: Missing RNC E-mails are like Nixon's 18-minute gap  —  The top Senate Democrat leading investigations into the dismissal of 8 U.S. Attorneys by the Justice Department is comparing e-mails lost by the Republican National Committee to President Richard Nixon's famous "18-minute" gap in White House tape recordings.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Perino 'Defends' Email Statements: I Didn't Lie, I Just Had No Idea …
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
White House E-mails: Gone, But Not Forgotten?
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush aides' use of GOP e-mail probed
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Go To The Mattresses  —  (Photo of somewhat used prison mattresses via macwagen.)
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
William Finn Bennett / North County Times:
Waxman wants answers on White House contract with MZM
Discussion: Think Progress and The Next Hurrah
Associated Press:
CBS fires Don Imus from radio show  —  Decision comes day after MSNBC drops shock jock's TV simulcast  —  NEW YORK - CBS fired Don Imus from his radio show Thursday, the finale to a stunning fall for one of the nation's most prominent broadcasters.  —  Imus initially was given a two-week suspension …
CBS Radio Fires Don Imus  —  (CBS) NEW YORK BREAKING NEWS: CBS Radio fired Don Imus Thursday, one day after MSNBC discontinued its relationship with his radio show.  —  CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves issued the following statement regarding the decision:
New York Times:
CBS Drops Imus Radio Show Over Racial Remark  —  CBS brought the tumultuous weeklong crisis over racially insensitive remarks by the radio host Don Imus to an end late this afternoon when it canceled the "Imus in the Morning" program, effective immediately.  —  The move came one day after MSNBC …
Discussion: Public Eye and The Radio Equalizer
Washington Post:
Bombing Inside Green Zone Kills Iraqi Lawmakers  —  A bomb struck the Iraqi parliament building inside the well-protected Green Zone today, killing at least two Iraqi lawmakers and demonstrating the vulnerability of even heavily guarded targets despite increased American attempts to secure the capital.
Selcan Hacaoglu / Associated Press:
Turkish Army Seeks OK for Iraq Raids  —  AP Photo ANK104  —  ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's military asked the government Thursday to approve attacks on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, signaling growing frustration over a lack of action against the guerrillas by Iraqi and U.S. forces.
Cernig / NewsHog:
Turkish Army Wants To Invade Iraq
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael Yon:
British Forces at War: As Witnessed by an American  —  Basra, Iraq  —  The explosions from enemy rockets and mortar fire have been constant companions for the small contingent of Coalition forces based at the former Basra Palace, on the banks of Shatt al Arab River.
Ana Marie Cox / Time:
An Imus Guest Says No More  —  Every time I've been on Don Imus' show, he has reminded listeners that he "discovered" me.  It's not exactly hyperbole.  He first invited me on when I was just a foulmouthed blogger who ran the gossipy political site Wonkette.
Michael McAuliff / Mouth of the Potomac:
HILLARY IS HEADING TO RUTGERS  —  A Mouth Exclusive:  —  The Mouth has learned that Hillary Clinton is following up her e-love efforts for the Rutgers women's basketball team with something more tangible — a real-life visit on Monday.  —  The trip to see the Scarlet Knights comes …
Discussion: Right Wing News
New York Times:
In 5-Year Effort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud  —  Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter fraud, the Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections, according to court records and interviews.
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American Prospect:
What Rudy Believes  —  From the May print issue: Gun control?
Little Green Footballs:
Dems Invite Muslim Brotherhood to Speak to Congress
Discussion: Hot Air, protein wisdom and Wizbang
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LAT poll: Rudy 29, Fred! 15, McCain 12
New York Times:
Mr. Giuliani Goes South
Discussion: TAPPED and TIME
Kos / Daily Kos:
Death threats and blogging
Randolph E. Schmid / Associated Press:
Discussion: Pacific Views
Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
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Giuliani's States Rights Dodge Of The Day
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Jay Carney / TIME: Swampland:
Discomfited, Again  —  Yes, if Fred Thompson jumps into the race …
Discussion: Sirotablog and Eschaton
David Stout / New York Times:
World Bank Chief Apologizes for Arranging Job
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain and the War
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Edward B. Driscoll Jr / TCS Daily:
'A Powerfully Corrosive Internal Culture'
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Is college using a double standard on 'entanglement' with religion?
Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
In the Real World of Work and Wages, Trickle-Down Theories Don't Hold Up
Joe Biden / Washington Post:
The Real Surge Story
Blair blames spate of murders on black culture