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8:50 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 …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Rove E-Mail Sought by Congress May Be Missing
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 …
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Don't blame Bush; he just works there
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.
Phoenix Woman / Firedoglake:
Buh-Bye, Abu Gonzales (with Update)
Discussion: TPMmuckraker, TalkLeft and Hullabaloo
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Saying No to Fox News  —  I have this mischievous suspicion that Roger Ailes, the creator and chairman of Fox News, secretly admires the bloggers and other activists working to keep Democratic presidential candidates from debating on his cable network.  —  To be sure, Ailes will never say this.
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic politicians lose a soapbox with Imus
IPS Inter Press Service:
Wolfowitz Contradicted on Family Planning Claim  —  Emad Mekay  —  Despite denials by World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz Thursday, newly disclosed internal documents indicate that the Bank may have in fact reversed a longstanding policy of promoting family planning on his watch.
Salena Zito /
Former Steelers Swann eyes run for Congress in 4th District  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann said Thursday he is considering a run for Congress.  —  Swann, a Sewickley Heights Republican who lost his bid last year to unseat Gov. Ed Rendell …
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.
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.
Discussion: NewsHog
Amy Fagan / Washington Times:
Family groups sue FDA over contraceptive
Discussion: Feministing
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.
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 …
Discussion: MyDD
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.)
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
ACLU To Defend Nazis Again  —  The ACLU lost a number of members in 1977 when they defended the American Nazi Party when they wanted to stage a demonstration in the town of Skokie, Illinois — a city where a number of Holocaust victims and their families had settled.
Discussion: NewsHog
Katie Rook / National Post:
Green candidate stands by remarks praising 9/11  —  A federal Green party candidate in Vancouver-Kingsway is standing behind a controversial editorial he wrote more than four years ago in which he describes the falling of the World Trade Center twin towers as "beautiful."
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.
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.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
On Imus  —  I would have fired Don Imus years ago.  Because he's boring.  And if he should have been fired as a racist, that, also, should have occurred years ago.  Howard Stern has been exposing his racism for more than a decade (odd, by the way, that few if any news reports went to Stern for this perspective).
Discussion: Beltway Blogroll and
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Reid-Feingold: 'But We Don't Have the Votes, Bush Will Veto . .  '  —  This is a preemptive post, because I am positive that the defenders of those Presidential candidates who do not endorse Reid-Feingold will trot out the same critiques about the NOT funding the Debacle approach that was used …
Discussion: NewsHog
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Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Enter Atrios  —  Duncan expatiates.  Hmmm.  But wait a second …
Eric / Is That Legal?:
Uncle Leo's Medals: An Astonished Update
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: Senate Playing Field Still Favors Dems
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
American Family Association, Family Research Council, and Concerned …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
You Call That A Contradiction?  —  It's just become a routine …
Hotline On Call:
From CongressDailyPM: Maine Dems Welcome Lieberman Endorsement Of Collins
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
Discussion: Wonkette
'D.C. madam' names a purported customer
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
The consequences of a religious-right takeover (or lack thereof)
Washington Post:
In White House Plan, War 'Czar' Would Cut Through Bureaucracy
Discussion: Shakesville and FP Passport
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The Incredible Shrinking Candidates
Steve Connor / The Independent:
The prospect of all-female conception