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11:25 AM ET, April 26, 2007

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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Democrats' Gonzales  —  Here's a Washington political riddle where you fill in the blanks: As Alberto Gonzales is to the Republicans, Blank Blank is to the Democrats — a continuing embarrassment thanks to his amateurish performance.  —  If you answered " Harry Reid," …
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New York Times:
War Bill Passes House, Requiring an Iraq Pullout  —  The House on Wednesday narrowly approved a $124 billion war spending bill that would require American troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq by Oct. 1, setting the stage for the first veto fight between President Bush and majority Democrats.
The Agonist:
Bush Approval Rating Falls to 28%, Lowest Level So Far, in Harris Poll  —  Wall Street Journal - President Bush's approval rating slipped to new lows in the most recent Harris Interactive survey, but he's not alone: For the first time since the series began, all of the political figures …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
House OKs Iraq troop withdrawal bill  —  WASHINGTON - A sharply divided House brushed aside a veto threat Wednesday and passed legislation that would order President Bush to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq by Oct. 1.  The 218-208 vote came as the top U.S. commander in Iraq told lawmakers …
Jules Crittenden:
Your Tax Dollars At Work
Discussion: Horses Mouth and AMERICAblog
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Political Briefings At Agencies Disclosed  —  White House officials conducted 20 private briefings on Republican electoral prospects in the last midterm election for senior officials in at least 15 government agencies covered by federal restrictions on partisan political activity …
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Reuters:
House panel votes to subpoena Rice on Iraq
Discussion: Power Line, Truthdig and Macsmind
Mark / CNN Political Ticker:
Tony Snow to return to White House post next week
Discussion: The Newshoggers and IMAO
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Court Asked to Limit Lawyers at Guantánamo  —  The Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to impose tighter restrictions on the hundreds of lawyers who represent detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and the request has become a central issue in a new legal battle over the administration's detention policies.
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Bush Seeks to Reduce Gitmo Detainees' Access to Counsel
Discussion: Shakesville
Financial Times:
Industry caught in carbon 'smokescreen'  —  Companies and individuals rushing to go green have been spending millions on "carbon credit" projects that yield few if any environmental benefits.  —  A Financial Times investigation has uncovered widespread failings in the new markets for greenhouse gases …
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Jonathan Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:   CAN CARBON OFFSETS BE CONFIRMED?  Many celebrities have sought …
Joe Lieberman / Washington Post:
One Choice in Iraq  —  Last week a series of coordinated suicide bombings killed more than 170 people.  The victims were not soldiers or government officials but civilians — innocent men, women and children indiscriminately murdered on their way home from work and school.
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Nancy A. Youssef / Real Cities:
U.S. officials exclude car bombs in touting drop in Iraq violence  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. officials who say there has been a dramatic drop in sectarian violence in Iraq since President Bush began sending more American troops into Baghdad aren't counting one of the main killers of Iraqi civilians.
PBS:
APRIL 25, 2007: "Buying the War"  —  BILL MOYERS: Four years ago this spring the Bush administration took leave of reality and plunged our country into a war so poorly planned it soon turned into a disaster.  The story of how high officials misled the country has been told.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain calls for Gonzales to resign  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told The Politico that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign, becoming the most prominent Republican to desert the White House over the bungled firing of U.S. attorneys.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Journalists and John McCain: Is The Honeymoon Really Over?
Discussion: New York Times and First Read
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Dems play low expectations before debate  —  ORANGEBURG, S.C. - For presidential hopefuls, it's called the Expectations Game.  —  Here's how it's played: Before a debate, rival campaigns build up the skills of their opponents while downgrading their own candidate's verbal abilities.
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Pajamas Media:
Made In Iran: A Traitor's Tale  —  The Islamic Republic tries to hide its involvement with "layers and layers of intermediaries," the head of a special Kurdish counter-terrorism service told PJM's Richard Miniter.  While this might fool the CIA, the Kurds are not misled.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Revisits Campaign Finance Law  —  The Supreme Court put defenders of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law on the defensive today in a spirited argument that suggested the court could soon open a significant loophole in the measure.  —  At issue is a major provision …
 
 
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