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4:35 AM ET, April 24, 2007


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Connie Skipitares / Mercury News:
Author David Halberstam killed in crash near Dumbarton Bridge  —  Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author David Halberstam was killed in a three-car accident this morning in Menlo Park near the Dumbarton Bridge, the San Mateo County Coroner's Office announced.
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
David Halberstam, 73, War Reporter and Author, Is Killed in a Car Crash  —  David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and tireless author of books on topics as varied as America's military failings in Vietnam, the deaths of firefighters at the World Trade Center and the high-pressure world …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Author David Halberstam killed in Menlo Park crash  —  (04-23) 19:24 PDT MENLO PARK — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam was killed today doing what he had done for more than four decades: chasing down a great story.  —  Halberstam, 73, died in a car wreck just a few miles away …
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:   Author David Halberstam dies in crash
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Iraq Blast Kills 9 GIs, Injures 20 At Outpost  —  Suicide Attack in Diyala Among Deadliest of War  —  A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-rigged truck into a U.S. military outpost near Baqubah on Monday, killing nine soldiers and wounding 20 in one of the deadliest single ground attacks …
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Rusty / The Jawa Report:
There is no al Qaeda - Iraq Connection
Discussion: Washington Post
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs  —  Good morning.  We all know that these are not the best of times for America's reputation in the world.  We know what the war in Iraq has cost us in lives and treasure, in influence and respect.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
OBAMA'S SPEECH....Barack Obama gave his big foreign policy speech today.  "There are five ways America will begin to lead again when I'm President," he said.  Here they are:  — Get out of Iraq (but responsibly!)  — Increase the size of the Army and Marines by 92,000 soldiers and teach 'em some Arabic.
Discussion: The RBC
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
Bush Sr.: 'Bush fatigue' may be setting in  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former President George Bush told CNN's Larry King Monday that the electorate may be experiencing "Bush fatigue."  —  And it may be the reason his son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is sitting out the 2008 presidential election, the 41st president said.
Marilyn Berger / New York Times:
Boris Yeltsin, Russia's First Post-Soviet Leader, Is Dead  —  Boris N. Yeltsin, the burly provincial politician who became the first freely elected leader of Russia and a towering figure of his time when he presided over the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the demise of the Communist Party …
Crow calls for limit on loo paper  —  Singer Sheryl Crow has said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment.  —  Crow has suggested using "only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required".
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Huckabee calls Gonzales a distraction  —  WASHINGTON - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on Monday called Alberto Gonzales a "major distraction" for President Bush and the GOP, and suggested the attorney general voluntarily step down.  —  The former Arkansas governor also left open …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:   McNulty to be interviewed by Senate Judiciary Committee
Henry M. Paulson, Jr /
A MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC:  —  Each year the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs.  This message summarizes our 2007 Annual Reports.  —  The financial condition of the Social Security …
Alisa Tang / Associated Press:
Soldier: Honor troops like Va. Tech dead  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - An Army sergeant complained in a rare opinion article that the U.S. flag flew at half-staff last week at the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan for those killed at Virginia Tech but the same honor is not given to fallen U.S. troops here and in Iraq.
Lance Morrow / New York Times:
Be My Neighbor  —  Kurt Vonnegut's Billy Pilgrim (in "Slaughterhouse-Five") had a famous dream in which the film of time ran backward: bombs re-coalesced, sucking their exploding fire back into dark capsules that flew upward into the planes' bomb bays, while German fighters, as if by magic …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Catallarchy
Times of London:
Al-Qaeda 'planning big British attack'  —  AL-QAEDA leaders in Iraq are planning the first "large-scale" terrorist attacks on Britain and other western targets with the help of supporters in Iran, according to a leaked intelligence report.  —  Spy chiefs warn that one operative …
Tim Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama and his Rezko ties  —  DAY ONE OF TWO  —  For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago's South Side.  —  It was just four years after the landlords — Antoin "Tony'' Rezko …
Anita Kumar / St. Petersburg Times:
FBI asks Tom Feeney about trip with Abramoff … WASHINGTON - The FBI has asked U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney for information about his dealings with Jack Abramoff as part of its ongoing investigation into the lobbyist convicted of defrauding clients.  —  FBI agent Kevin Luebke refused to say whether Feeney …
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