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4:40 AM ET, April 14, 2007


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David Johnston / New York Times:
Gonzales Aide Suggested Replacements for Attorneys  —  A Justice Department e-mail released today shows that the former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales proposed replacement candidates for seven United States attorneys nearly a year before those prosecutors were fired …
New York Times:
E-Mail Identified G.O.P. Candidates for Justice Jobs  —  A Justice Department e-mail message released on Friday shows that the former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales proposed replacement candidates for United States attorneys nearly a year before they were dismissed in December 2006.
Discussion: TalkLeft, TBogg and Cliff Schecter
Ari Shapiro / NPR:
Documents Show Justice Ranking U.S. Attorneys  —  · The Justice Department sent Congress a new batch of documents about the dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys.  The documents show Justice Department and White House staffers planning the firings and trying to control the subsequent fallout.
Discussion: Little Thom's Blog
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 …
Real Cities:
E-mails contradict testimony in U.S. attorneys scandal  —  WASHINGTON - A U.S. attorney in Wisconsin who prosecuted a state Democratic official on corruption charges during last year's heated governor's race was once targeted for firing by the Department of Justice, but given a reprieve for reasons that remain unclear.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TalkLeft
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.
Washington Post:   Gonzales Aide Floated Replacements Early On
David Carr / New York Times:
Flying Solo Past the Point of No Return  —  For a few days, it seemed as if Don Imus would somehow pull out of the death spiral.  After all, once he came under fire, Mr. Imus said he was sorry for the racial insult, said he was sorry again and then began a week of penance …
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Warner's Fundraising Prompts Speculation on Reelection Plans  —  U.S. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) reported Thursday that he has raised only $500 in campaign contributions during the first three months of the year, fueling speculation that he may not seek a sixth term next year.
Discussion: First Read and Daily Kos
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   The Line: Senate Playing Field Still Favors Dems
Skippy / skippy the bush kangaroo:
shorter kos: come on, gals!  take it like a man!  —  markos weighs in on kathy sierra, the techie blogger who has been anonymously harrassed to the point of cancelling professional appearances out of fear for her own safety.  —  we, for obvious reasons, will not link to the markos post today which …
Kathy Matheson / Associated Press:
Corzine may not have been buckled up  —  CAMDEN, N.J. - Gov. Jon S. Corzine was apparently riding without a seat belt, in violation of state law, when he was critically injured in the crash of his official vehicle, a spokesman said Friday.  —  A state trooper was at the wheel and the governor …
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 …
Tim Blair /
Life's little contradictions  —  We all know people whose passionate beliefs stand in direct opposition to their other passionate beliefs.  Here's a handy list of 30 contradictory concepts.  —  1 The same people who claim to worry most about future generations surviving climate change …
Discussion: Wizbang
Laura Sessions Stepp / Washington Post:
Study Casts Doubt on Abstinence-Only Programs  —  A long-awaited national study has concluded that abstinence-only sex education, a cornerstone of the Bush administration's social agenda, does not keep teenagers from having sex.  Neither does it increase or decrease the likelihood that if they do have sex, they will use a condom.
Discussion: NewsHog
Eric / Is That Legal?:
Uncle Leo's Medals: An Astonished Update  —  he day after tomorrow — Sunday, April 15 — is Yom Hashoah, the Jewish holiday of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust.  —  Nearly a month ago, I filed a request with the Staatsarchiv Würzburg for my great-uncle Leopold's World War …
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Behind the Fall of Imus, A Digital Brush Fire
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Darfur Collides With Olympics, and China Yields
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
In an Instant, a Junkyard of Humanity
Breaux says he won't run for governor
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Libby to Appeal Conviction in Leak Case
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Enter Atrios  —  Duncan expatiates.  Hmmm.  But wait a second …
Katie Rook / National Post:
Green candidate stands by remarks praising 9/11
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Reid-Feingold: 'But We Don't Have the Votes, Bush Will Veto . . '
Discussion: NewsHog
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
ACLU To Defend Nazis Again
Discussion: NewsHog
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Q: When is "denial" not denial  —  A: When it's taking …
White House:
President Bush Attends National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
Zogby Poll: Giuliani, Clinton Hold Wide Leads in Nevada
Discussion: MyDD
Washington Post:
Wolfowitz Apologizes For 'Mistake'