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3:30 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 …
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush aides' use of GOP e-mail probed  —  WASHINGTON - The White House said Wednesday it had mishandled Republican Party-sponsored e-mail accounts used by nearly two dozen presidential aides, resulting in the loss of an undetermined number of e-mails concerning official White House business.
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.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: NO QUARTER
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.
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Bombing at Iraqi parliament kills 2  —  BAGHDAD - A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up Thursday in the Iraqi parliament's cafeteria in a stunning assault in the heart of the heavily fortified, U.S.-protected Green Zone, killing at least two lawmakers and wounding 10 other people.
Spencerackerman / toohotfortnr:
STREET BY STREET, BLOCK BY BLOCK, TAKING IT ALL BACK:  —  One of the pleasures of the Green Zone is to walk into the manicured courtyard of the Ocean Cliffs facility, where the press center is located, and linger awhile, free of body armor, on one of the benches next to the fountain.
Brian Bennett / Time:
The Iraq Parliament Attack: Al-Qaeda Sends a Message  —  In an assault apparently aimed at chilling negotiations between the Iraqi government and a faction of the insurgency, the Iraqi Parliament, located in Baghdad's high-security Green Zone, suffered a bomb attack.
Sky News:   Green Zone Bomb Blast
Pajamas Media:
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:   Suicide Bomb Collapses Baghdad Bridge
Dinitia Smith / New York Times:
Kurt Vonnegut, Novelist Who Caught the Imagination of His Age, Is Dead at 84  —  Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision in novels like "Slaughterhouse-Five," "Cat's Cradle" and "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation, died last night in Manhattan.
Elaine Woo / Los Angeles Times:
His popular novels blended social criticism, dark humor
Jesse Walker / Reason Magazine:
Kurt Vonnegut, RIP
Discussion: The Agitator and Cato-at-liberty
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.
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.
Blair blames spate of murders on black culture  —  Patrick Wintour and Vikram Dodd  —  Tony Blair yesterday claimed the spate of knife and gun murders in London was not being caused by poverty, but a distinctive black culture.  His remarks angered community leaders, who accused him of ignorance …
Bill Hobbs:
Suing a Blogger  —  Big, powerful law firms like Nashville's King & Ballow really ought to hire someone with journalistic and new media experience to advise them on how to handle clients who complain about things published by bloggers.  Then they wouldn't do stupid things like issue threats …
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.
New York Times:
Civilian Claims on U.S. Suggest the Toll of War  —  In February 2006, nervous American soldiers in Tikrit killed an Iraqi fisherman on the Tigris River after he leaned over to switch off his engine.  A year earlier, a civilian filling his car and an Iraqi Army officer directing traffic …
A convenient untruth  —  A suicide bomber had rammed a truck into the guard post outside his offices before it exploded, in the first attack in the centre of the country's capital for many years.  Al-Qaida, he told his region-wide Arab audience, was responsible for "this cowardly attack, this rejection of reconciliation".
Discussion: Political Animal and Abu Aardvark
Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
In the Real World of Work and Wages, Trickle-Down Theories Don't Hold Up  —  When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton famously replied, "Because that's where the money is."  The same logic explains the call by John Edwards, the Democratic presidential candidate, for higher taxes …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain and the War
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Juan / Informed Comment:
Bridge Damaged, 9 dead in Truck Bombing;  —  Sadrists …
Discussion: Pacific Views
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Is college using a double standard on 'entanglement' with religion?
David Blum / New York Sun:
Couric in the Eye of Plagiarism Case
Discussion: and Romenesko
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The Barrister / Maggie's Farm:
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Charles H. Brunie / City Journal:
My Friend, Milton Friedman
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Stuart Benjamin / The Volokh Conspiracy: