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6:00 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 …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Attorney Replacements Picked Prior to Firings  —  White House Identified Bush Insiders for Posts, E-mails Show  —  The Justice Department identified five Bush administration insiders as replacement U.S. attorneys almost a year before most of the prosecutors were fired …
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 …
Nico / Think Progress:
Exclusive: White House Held Meeting To Pressure Reporters …
Discussion: NION and The Carpetbagger Report
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.
Discussion: Financial Times and Think Progress
Pressure grows on World Bank boss
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 …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Saying No to Fox News
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
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.
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.
Amy Fagan / Washington Times:
Family groups sue FDA over contraceptive
Discussion: Feministing
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.)
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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Discussion: NewsHog
Jules Crittenden:
AQCLU  —  ACLU expresses concern about the human cost of war …
Discussion: The Jawa Report, ACLU and TalkLeft
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
South Park and Imus
Discussion: Wonkette
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
ACLU To Defend Nazis Again
Discussion: NewsHog
'D.C. madam' names a purported customer
 Earlier Items: 
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
The consequences of a religious-right takeover (or lack thereof)
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The Incredible Shrinking Candidates
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Byrd Doggedly Expresses His Love for Man's Best Friend
Discussion: Don Surber and Betsy's Page
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
It's The End Of The World As I Know It ...
Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
Important Guest Post: Modern Foreign Policy Execution
Steve Connor / The Independent:
The prospect of all-female conception