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4:35 PM ET, April 13, 2007

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Associated Press:
Lawyer: Rove didn't delete e-mails in fired attorneys case … WASHINGTON (AP) — Karl Rove's lawyer on Friday dismissed the notion that President Bush's chief political adviser intentionally deleted his own e-mails from a Republican-sponsored server, saying Rove believed the communications …
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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 …
Nico / Think Progress:
Exclusive: White House Held Meeting To Pressure Reporters …
Discussion: NION and The Carpetbagger Report
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 …
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White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  MS. PERINO: You heard from the President this morning.  The United States strongly condemns the attack on the Iraqi parliament against the democratically elected government of Iraq.
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Nico / Think Progress:
White House Claims Bush Was In The Dark About Iraq Troop Extensions, Fueling Speculation  —  On Tuesday, President Bush addressed the American Legion and accused Congress of forcing U.S. troops to extend their deployments in Iraq: … The very next day, his own Pentagon announced …
Matthew Yglesias:
He Said What Now?  —  Charles Krauthammer offers up his latest entry in his unending campaign for the title of America's Worst Journalist: "The news from Anbar is the most promising.  Only last fall, the Marines' leading intelligence officer there concluded that the United States had essentially lost the fight to al-Qaeda.
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Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
The Worst Person in the World—Continued  —  Solidarity with Karen...Keith Olbermann and I share a beloved high school English teacher—Arthur Naething.  We've done tributes together for the guy.  I love the way Keith writes and thinks.  I love his program.
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Karen Tumulty / TIME: Swampland:
The Worst Person in the World: Me, I'm Told
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Eschaton
Ann Friedman / TAPPED:
CONSERVATIVES DECRY POLITICIZATION OF THE FDA.  Oh, this is rich: The Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America are suing the FDA over the agency's approval of Plan B emergency contraception for over-the-counter sale.  Their complaint?  The FDA's decision was politically motivated.
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Amy Fagan / Washington Times:
Family groups sue FDA over contraceptive
Discussion: Feministing
Washington Post:
In White House Plan, War 'Czar' Would Cut Through Bureaucracy  —  When the commanding general in Iraq needed people for a rule-of-law initiative, he had to send a memo to the U.S. Central Command.  That command forwarded it to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The Joint Chiefs forwarded it to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Discussion: FP Passport and Shakesville
Tim F. / Balloon Juice:
Our Government In A Nutshell  —  Via Drum, a Republican criticizes the current administration: … The scandal du jour involves too much chumminess between universities and the student loan industry, but he could be talking about any regulatory body in today's government.
Discussion: NewsHog and Political Animal
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 …
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Q: When is "denial" not denial  —  A: When it's taking a courageous stand on behalf of sinister conspiracies and the greater truthiness.  From feministing, "You will not shame me": … [all emphases mine]  —  Well, Samhita's right about one thing: we certainly can't shame her anymore than she already shames herself here.
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 …
White House:
President Bush Attends National Catholic Prayer Breakfast  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all; please be seated.  Good morning.  Thank you.  It's good to be with you.  You know how to make a Methodist feel right at home.  (Laughter.)
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Justice Department Doc Dump Comment Thread  —  The House Judiciary Committee has made the new documents available on their website here.  —  We'll be diving in — and looking to see what readers come up with in the comments below.
 
 
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
On Imus  —  I would have fired Don Imus years ago.  Because he's boring.
Jules Crittenden:
AQCLU  —  ACLU expresses concern about the human cost of war …
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ACLU To Defend Nazis Again
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'D.C. madam' names a purported customer
Zogby:
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Tons of Food Spoiled As FEMA Ran Out Of Storage Space
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
The consequences of a religious-right takeover (or lack thereof)
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