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8:50 PM ET, April 27, 2007

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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon: Al-Qaida operative captured  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon announced Friday the capture of one of al-Qaida's most senior and most experienced operatives, an Iraqi who was trying to return to his native country when he was captured.  —  Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, said the captive is Abdul al-Hadi al-Iraqi.
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MSNBC:
Al-Qaida official seen as major catch for U.S.  —  Close confidant to bin Laden, al-Zawahiri headed for Guantanamo Bay  —  WASHINGTON - A senior al-Qaida commander who was handed over to U.S. custody this week is believed to be a close confidant of Osama bin Laden who has provided U.S. intelligence officials …
Discussion: War and Piece and Liberty Street
Times of London:
7/7 'mastermind' is seized in Iraq  —  The al-Qaeda leader who is thought to have devised the plan for the July 7 suicide bombings in London and an array of terrorist plots against Britain has been captured by the Americans.  —  Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former major in Saddam Hussein's army …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Big fish: Senior AQ commander Abdul Hadi al Iraqi captured  —  Biiiiig fish.  Not only did he operate both in Iraq and Afghanistan, he's been in the crosshairs since the very beginning — or even before the beginning, actually.  Click and scroll down towards the bottom and you'll find …
CNN:
Pentagon: Top al Qaeda leader taken to Guantanamo
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Thomas Joscelyn:
Questions For Another Baathist Turned Al Qaeda Bigwig
Discussion: The Corner and PoliPundit.com
Real Cities:
Justice Dept official resigns over investigation connected with Abramoff  —  WASHINGTON - A senior Justice Department official has resigned after coming under scrutiny in the Department's expanding investigation of convicted super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to a Justice Department official with knowledge of the case.
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Real Cities:
Administration considered firing at least 12 U.S. attorneys but cut list down  —  WASHINGTON - Congressional sources who have seen unedited internal documents say the Bush administration considered firing at least a dozen U.S. attorneys before paring down its list to eight late last year.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Controversial U.S. Attorney Heads Back to D.C.  —  After his controversial tenure at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Bradley Schlozman was rewarded by being installed as the U.S. attorney for Kansas City.  His time as U.S.A. there, which ended only a week ago …
New York Times:
Ex-C.I.A. Chief, in Book, Assails Cheney on Iraq  —  George J. Tenet, the former director of central intelligence, has lashed out against Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials in a new book, saying they pushed the country to war in Iraq without ever conducting a …
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Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Oversight Committee Invites Former CIA Director to Testify
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Caucus
Brent Budowsky / The Hill's Pundit Blog:
Chairman Waxman Calls: George Tenet Book Tour Will Be Under Oath!
Zuzu / Feministe:
The terrorism that dare not speak its name  —  Why is it that the media and the government never calls the "pro-life" groups who plant bombs at women's clinics what they are: terrorists?  —  From the AP article, entitled "Explosive found at Austin women's clinic": … Actually, I shouldn't say "from" the AP article.
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Oh, man.  You just have to listen to these caricatures of black pols that Rush Limbaugh is pushing right now.  They're quite — how should we put this — "racially charged."  —  You may already have heard the "Barack the Magic Negro" shtick that Rush sang on his show the other day (more on that in a bit).
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and On Politics
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   BREAKING: Limbaugh's "Barack the Magic Negro," on-air song has workers up in arms
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Dean at M.I.T. Resigns, Ending a 28-Year Lie  —  Marilee Jones, the dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, became well known for urging stressed-out students competing for elite colleges to calm down and stop trying to be perfect.  Yesterday she admitted …
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   OFF WITH HER HEAD....I'm curious: what do people think about the MIT dean story?
al.com:
Militia raid targets weapons  —  Explosives, ammo found; 6 men arrested  —  Simultaneous raids carried out in four Alabama counties Thursday turned up truckloads of explosives and weapons, including 130 grenades, an improvised rocket launcher and 2,500 rounds of ammunition belonging to the small …
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New York Times:
In Debate, Democrats Show More Unity Than Strife  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was professorial and emphatic as she spoke Thursday night about health care, Iraq and whether Wal-Mart was good for America (a "mixed blessing," she decided) .  —  Senator Barack Obama of Illinois …
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Mark Blumenthal / Pollster:
Tag Clouds for the Democratic Debate  —  Janet Harris, a friend and Pollster reader, sends an interesting bit of analysis she did on last night's MSNBC Democratic debate.  Using the free site TagCrowd, she created a set of "tag clouds" that provides a visual depiction of the words used most often last night by each of the candidates.
 
 
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Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
Meet the Congressman  —  He supports public financing for campaigns …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Josh Marshall / TPMmuckraker:
DOJ Document Dump Muckraking Thread
Discussion: Firedoglake and CorrenteWire
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Satan behind illegal immigration, Utah County Republican claims
Sean McCormack / US Department of State:
Resignation of Ambassador Randall Tobias
Ezra Klein:
The Worst Op-Ed I've Read In A Long Time
Discussion: TAPPED, MyDD and Daily Kos
Think Progress:
Boehner Voted For Somalia Withdrawal, Now Claims We Can't Leave Iraq …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
BLASTING THE BRASS....Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, one of the officers …
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda / Think Progress:
White House Excuses Partisan Briefings With False 'Clinton Did It Too' Defense
Greg Palast / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. media have lost the will to dig deep
Discussion: Norwegianity
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Playing on the Senate Floor Is a Dirty Business, Children
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
WHAT HE SAID  —  General Petraeus briefed House and Senate members this week.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Dan Gerstein sham
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Straight Talking Again
River / riverbendblog.blogspot.com:
The Great Wall of Segregation...