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12:00 PM ET, April 13, 2007


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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Missing E-Mail May Be Related to Prosecutors  —  The White House said Thursday that missing e-mail messages sent on Republican Party accounts may include some relating to the firing of eight United States attorneys.  —  The disclosure became a fresh political problem for the White House …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Bush administration's terrible luck with finding documents  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  I feel — in this vaguely intuitive sort of way — as though there is some kind of a pattern buried within this set of facts, but as much as I search, I just can't quite figure out what it might be:
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Rove E-Mail Sought by Congress May Be Missing  —  RNC Took Away His Access to Delete Files in 2005  —  A lawyer for the Republican National Committee told congressional staff members yesterday that the RNC is missing at least four years' worth of e-mail from White House senior adviser Karl Rove …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
White House Tells Democrats No Deal on Rove Testimony or E-mails  —  White House Counsel Fred Fielding, in a letter today, told Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, that the White House has not budged in its refusal …
Los Angeles Times:
Controversy escalates over missing e-mails  —  GOP officials say they're still searching for messages related to investigations of the Bush administration.  Democrats focus on Karl Rove's role.  —  WASHINGTON — The growing controversy over White House record-keeping and disclosure swirled …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Vaporware  —  It seems as though the firing of eight federal …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Overplaying their hand  —  I think the White House has finally gone a bridge too far.
Steve Connor / The Independent:
The prospect of all-female conception  —  Women might soon be able to produce sperm in a development that could allow lesbian couples to have their own biological daughters, according to a pioneering study published today.  —  Scientists are seeking ethical permission to produce synthetic sperm cells …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Byrd Doggedly Expresses His Love for Man's Best Friend  —  A bomb had struck the Iraqi parliament earlier in the day, but it would take more than that to bring the United States Senate to heel.  —  "For many in America, pets are more than just companions — they are members of the family …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Don Surber:   7 for Friday  —  Seven shiny objects that drew my attention:
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic politicians lose a soapbox with Imus  —  His show gave many of them a way to reach a national audience of white males — a crucial voting bloc.  —  WASHINGTON — They came by the hundreds that hot August day in tiny Johnson City, Tenn., gathering on an asphalt parking lot to meet …
Digby / Hullabaloo:   They Were Warned  —  As the media elite and various political …
Financial Times:
Wolfowitz must be told to resign now  —  The president of the World Bank has one asset: his credibility.  The Bank's capacity to make a difference lies not in its money and ideas but in its ability to be the world's voice for development.  This includes, as Paul Wolfowitz, the current president …
Krishna Guha / Financial Times:
World Bank pledges action on Wolfowitz
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
Statement by Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank Group
Discussion: and FP Passport
'I am plotting a new Russian revolution'  —  London exile Berezovsky says force necessary to bring down President Putin  —  The Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has told the Guardian he is plotting the violent overthrow of President Putin from his base in Britain after forging close contacts with members of Russia's ruling elite.
Dale Franks / QandO:
IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN...  ...E  —  xcept for when it isn't.  But, I'll get to that in a minute.  —  So, Don Imus, after a 40-year broadcast career, is now off the air, because of a single bad one-liner, insensitive as it might've been.  What do we learn from this episode?
Discussion: baldilocks
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama says he still supports 'shorter leash' for Bush on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama told the Sun-Times Thursday he never suggested that Democrats should send President Bush an Iraq war funding bill without a timeline for withdrawing troops if Bush vetoes legislation with deadlines.
Discussion: Daily Kos and TIME: Swampland
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Top Dem urges colleagues to push on Iraq
Discussion: Redstate and Crooks and Liars
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Fireworks on the Factor with Michelle hosting?  Update: Video added  —  The show's starting now; comment below if you're watching.  I'm reliably informed that one guest lobs a sexist insult at Michelle — but a "good," progressive kind of sexist insult, not a retrograde conservative one.
Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
Important Guest Post: Modern Foreign Policy Execution  —  Mark Safranski, the ZenPundit of 4GW (fourth generation warfare), has earned quite a deserved reputation for his studies.  This, of course, is an essential subject - indeed, critical to the accomplishment of U.S. foreign policy in an asymmetrical warfare world.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Surge: First Fruits  —  By the day, the debate at home about Iraq becomes increasingly disconnected from the realities of the war on the ground.  The Democrats in Congress are so consumed with negotiating among their factions the most clever linguistic device to legislatively ensure …
Net reaches out to final frontier  —  A programme to kick-start the use of internet communications in space has been announced by the US government.  —  The Department of Defense's Iris project will put an internet router in space by the start of 2009.  —  It will allow voice …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Romney Plays Down Role in Health Law  —  Massachusetts Legislation Is Widely Lauded, but Not by Conservative Republicans  —  As Mitt Romney aggressively courts conservatives in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, landmark health-care legislation that the former Massachusetts governor signed …
Discussion: First Read and TIME
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Immigration Debate Sours for Illegals  —  AP Photo CASP102  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The terms of the immigration debate have turned less friendly for illegal immigrants as lawmakers and the Bush administration struggle to reach a deal in the next few weeks.  —  The landscape for an immigration overhaul …
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Mark Henderson / Times of London:
'Fat' gene found by scientists
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Melissa McEwan / Shakesville:
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Max Boot / contentions:
The Military's Media Problem
Discussion: The Corner
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Early Verdict on Whitehouse Favorable
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Sean Braisted / Nashville for the 21st Century:
1 outta 2 ain't bad  —  Yesterday the United States Senate …
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Suicide Bomber at Parliament Kills 8 Iraqis
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
ACLU Releases Files on Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq
Richard Miniter / Pajamas Media: