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12:25 PM 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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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 …
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.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
House OKs Iraq troop withdrawal bill
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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Mark / CNN Political Ticker:
Tony Snow to return to White House post next week
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
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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.
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.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Journalists and John McCain: Is The Honeymoon Really Over?  —  A jostling throng of shoulder-to-shoulder journalists, hands cupped to ears, surrounded John McCain against the blue hulk of the Straight Talk Express.  —  The shouted questions began: "Senator, how can you support the war in Iraq …
Discussion: First Read and Right Wing News
Associated Press:
McCain's humor draws criticism again
New York Times:
McCain Launches Candidacy With Bush Critique
Discussion: TIME and Brendan Nyhan
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 …
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.
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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Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
Why the President Would Deny Our Troops the Resources They Need  —  The House and Senate conferees have agreed on a supplemental appropriations bill, H.R. 1591, the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007.  The House voted for it yesterday (largely along partisan lines) …
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.
 
 
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Tom Tomorrow / The Huffington Post:
What They Said  —  I was planning to mark the fourth anniversary …
Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
GOP stirs a media storm for Democrats' parade
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Fog Of War  —  A reader writes: … A friend of mine sat …
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Nico / Think Progress:
Murtha Slams McCain Over 'Outrageous' IED Joke
Brian / TVNewser:
Russert Spells "I-R-A-K"
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Reuters:
"Women's town" to put men in their place
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My Remarks to the Twenty-First Century Democrats
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Lawyer's Price For Missing Pants: $65 Million
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Dems play low expectations before debate
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
House Passes Iraq Pullout Timetable
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Supreme Court Revisits Campaign Finance Law
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