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2:30 PM ET, April 13, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Nico / Think Progress:
Exclusive: White House Held Meeting To Pressure Reporters …
Discussion: The Carpetbagger Report and NION
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: Firedoglake and indict dick cheney
Washington Post:
Wolfowitz Apologizes For 'Mistake'  —  At World Bank, Boos Over Pay for Girlfriend  —  World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz publicly apologized yesterday for the "mistake" of personally orchestrating a high-paying job and guaranteed promotions for a bank employee with whom he is romantically involved …
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BBC:
Pressure grows on World Bank boss  —  The executive board of the World Bank has said it did not approve a hefty pay rise ordered by its president Paul Wolfowitz for his partner.  —  Mr Wolfowitz has faced calls to resign after admitting he helped Shaha Riza win a promotion to a high-paying job at the international lender.
Krishna Guha / Financial Times:
World Bank pledges action on Wolfowitz
web.worldbank.org:
Statement by Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank Group
Discussion: WSJ.com and FP Passport
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Lynn Sweet:
Sweet blog special: Obama on CNN's "The Situation Room" …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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
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 …
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Matthew Yglesias:
He Said What Now?  —  Charles Krauthammer offers up his latest entry …
Discussion: 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 …
Zogby:
Zogby Poll: Giuliani, Clinton Hold Wide Leads in Nevada  —  Giuliani leads Republicans with 37% support and Clinton tops Democrat rivals at 35% as other major candidates lag behind  —  Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has surged to a double-digit lead over his Republican rivals …
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.
Discussion: TAPPED
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.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Tons of Food Spoiled As FEMA Ran Out Of Storage Space  —  As many as 6 million prepared meals stockpiled near potential victims of the 2006 hurricane season spoiled in the Gulf Coast heat last summer when the Federal Emergency Management Agency ran short of warehouse and refrigeration space, according to agency officials.
Discussion: First Draft and Think Progress
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
Guardian:
'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.
 
 
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Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Top Dem urges colleagues to push on Iraq
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Immigration Debate Sours for Illegals