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4:20 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
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
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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BBC:
Pressure grows on World Bank boss
Krishna Guha / Financial Times:
World Bank pledges action on Wolfowitz
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 …
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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.
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
TerryMoran:
DON'T FEEL TOO SORRY FOR THE DUKIES  —  Mike Nifong, the North Carolina prosecutor who pursued a case of rape and kidnapping against three Duke University lacrosse players, has been found to have been reckless and deceitful in the discharge of his duties according to the state's attorney general.
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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Jules Crittenden:
AQCLU  —  ACLU expresses concern about the human cost of war …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
South Park and Imus
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
ACLU To Defend Nazis Again
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CNN:
'D.C. madam' names a purported customer
Zogby:
Zogby Poll: Giuliani, Clinton Hold Wide Leads in Nevada
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
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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