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8:00 AM ET, April 23, 2007


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JA Bowl-a-Thon / WJLA-TV:
Student Government Asks Reporters to Leave by Monday  —  You've seen the news coverage from Blacksburg, complete with prominent network anchors reporting from the scene.  —  And now, the student government at Virginia Tech is asking for all of that to end.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Virginia Tech Student Government Asks The Media To Please Leave
Discussion: Associated Press and The Reaction
Associated Press:
Al-Maliki orders halt to construction of a wall around Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad  —  CAIRO, Egypt: Iraq's prime minister said Sunday that he has ordered a halt to the U.S. construction of a barrier separating a Sunni enclave from surrounding Shiite areas in Baghdad after fierce criticism over the project at home.
Robin Acton /
Furor over author Ayaan Hirsi Ali's visit stirs debate on religious freedom  —  Say what you want about your religion.  —  Go ahead, say anything that comes into your mind — even if you don't agree with your minister, your priest, your rabbi.  Even if you think you're right and they've got it all wrong …
Washington Post:
Saving the Earth: The Biodiesel Bus Blog  —  Singer Sheryl Crow and environmentalist Laurie David have been traveling across America on a two-week Stop Global Warming College Tour, which winds up today at George Washington University.  Crow and David (co-producer of the documentary …
Discussion: Don Surber and Michelle Malkin
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Let's be realistic about reality  —  Within hours of the Virginia Tech massacre, the New York Times had identified the problem: ''What is needed, urgently, is stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage and such unbearable loss.''
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Democrats Getting Paid  —  Last spring, with Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, I wrote an item saying that for corporations and federal contractors looking for favors in Washington, it was hardly even worth buying a Democrat anymore.  But the November 2006 Democratic victory changed all that.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and MyDD
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: O'Donnell on VTech shootings — wrong on the facts, wrong on the law  —  First he identifies Cho's weapons as automatic, i.e., capable of firing repeatedly so long as the trigger is held down.  Wrong: both were semi-automatics, requiring a fresh trigger pull for each shot.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Rep. Millender-McDonald dies  —  Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-Calif.), 68, who'd taken leave from Congress after being diagnosed with cancer, died Sunday, a congressional source said.  —  House Clerk Lorraine Miller has secured Millender-McDonald's office and is to oversee the office until an election can be held to replace her.
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Spitzer Plans to Introduce Gay Marriage Bill  —  Gov. Eliot Spitzer will introduce a bill in the coming weeks to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, his spokeswoman said Friday, a move that would propel New York to the forefront of one of the most contentious issues in politics.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and TalkLeft
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Newt Gingrich blames "Liberalism" for VA Tech massacre  —  Leave it to Newt to spread some love to the left this morning.  It's all the evil—liberals that caused this horrific tragedy.  I guess I could say that Newt influenced Timothy McVeigh...  Download (3380) |  Play (4319) Download (1544) |
Matt Welch / Los Angeles Times:
The politics of saying 'genocide'  —  More than 90 years after the Armenian genocide, the U.S. is deadlocked in a humiliating linguistic debate.  —  ON TUESDAY, President Bush will be obliged, by law, to wrap his double-talking mouth around one of the most curiously persistent debates in modern geopolitics …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
FDA Was Aware of Dangers To Food  —  Outbreaks Were Not Preventable, Officials Say  —  The Food and Drug Administration has known for years about contamination problems at a Georgia peanut butter plant and on California spinach farms that led to disease outbreaks that killed three people …
Harry Reid and a 'lost' cause  —  Senator forced to backpedal on remarks  —  The Democratic strategy to use the ongoing violence in Iraq to their political advantage in the run-up to the 2008 elections requires some skill and nuance.  But it's growing harder to believe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Associated Press:
82-Year-Old Ex-Beauty Queen Stops Intruder by Shooting Out Tires  —  WAYNESBURG, Ky. — Miss America 1944 has a talent that likely has never appeared on a beauty pageant stage: She fired a handgun to shoot out a vehicle's tires and stop an intruder.  —  Venus Ramey, 82, confronted a man …
The Problem With Alberto  —  After a day of testimony that showed Alberto Gonzales to be so self-contradictory, so conveniently vacant and - at times - so simply risible that even radio listeners could feel the disgust that permeated the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room …
Discussion: Wot Is It Good 4
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Jerusalem Post:
US working with Fayad on way to channel funds
Discussion: Power Line
Charlie Cain / Detroit News:
Edwards speaks to Detroit Democrats, calls for U.S. to leave Iraq
Discussion: Right Voices
Celia W. Dugger / New York Times:
Bush Administration Gains Support for New Approach on Food Aid
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown: Cover Up Began Within Hours Of Tillman's Death …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Siun / Firedoglake:
"The cost of doing business"
Discussion: New York Times
Bryan / Hot Air:
Jeff Foxworthy tells it like it is Video Added
Bradford Plumer / The New Republic:
WHO NEEDS A PLAN?:  —  This month's National Journal …
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Deborah Haynes / Reuters:
Pressure increases on Wolfowitz to go: report
Byron Calame / New York Times:
Revisiting The Times's Coverage of the Duke Rape Case
Discussion: TalkLeft and Done With Mirrors
New York Times:
Students Recount Desperate Minutes Inside Norris Hall
Discussion: On Deadline
Jon Swift:
Alec Baldwin's Daughter Is a Disgrace
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
The Politics of Prose  —  BARACK OBAMA wrote "very bad poetry" in college.
Discussion: Power Line
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Teflon Pete  —  Representative Pete Sessions was very adamant …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Jonathan Safran Foer / Washington Post:
Some People Love Guns. Why Should the Rest of Us Be Targets?
Discussion: The Corner