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5:20 AM ET, April 27, 2007

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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Democrats Criticize Iraq in 1st Debate  —  ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidates criticized President Bush over the Iraq war Thursday night in the first debate of their campaign, and urged him to reconsider his threat to veto legislation to begin withdrawing U.S. troops.
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Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Democrats seek to seize initiative on Iraq  —  Eight candidates wrangle over who's the toughest on Bush policy  —  Democratic presidential candidates Dennis Kucinich, Joseph Biden, Bill Richardson and Hillary Rodham Clinton gather on stage before the first Democratic debate of the 2008 election …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Democratic Candidate Debate: Obama, Kucinich and Gravel Talk Iran  —  Probably the closest thing to fireworks between candidates in tonight's debate was a series of exchanges between Obama, Kucinich and Gravel on the subject of Iran.  Senator Barack Obama was asked a question about global warming …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Democratic Candidate Debate:Gravel - "Some Of These People Frighten Me"  —  Tonight's debate is underway and by far the most passion is coming from former Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska.  He had a few things to say about the people with whom he shared the stage: … Who is Mike Gravel anyway?
Discussion: MSNBC, Taylor Marsh and The Talent Show
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Getting Pumped for the Mike Gravel Inaugural
Discussion: Done With Mirrors and The Caucus
Sister Toldjah:
Dems set to pander in tonight's South Carolina debate (LIVEBLOGGING …
Discussion: Althouse, Time, MSNBC and bRight & Early
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
2008 Candidates Rely on Private Jets
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Cagle Cartoons / The Moderate Voice:
Unexciting Democratic Primary Debate Shows Promising And Unpromising Candidates
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Debate Thread #2  —  Mike Gravel is channeling a very angry activist.
Discussion: WSJ.com
CAROLINAS' NEWS CHANNEL:
Transcript: Democratic presidential debate in S.C.
Discussion: Lonewacko
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:   LIVEBLOGGING THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES' DEBATE: I'd say that …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Senate Sends War Timetable To Bush's Desk  —  As Funding Bill Heads to Likely Veto, Talks on Revised Legislation Begin  —  The Senate approved a $124 billion Iraq war spending bill yesterday that would force troop withdrawals to begin as early as July 1, inviting President Bush's veto …
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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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and AMERICAblog
River / riverbendblog.blogspot.com:
The Great Wall of Segregation...  ...Which is the wall the current Iraqi government is building (with the support and guidance of the Americans).  It's a wall that is intended to separate and isolate what is now considered the largest 'Sunni' area in Baghdad- let no one say the Americans are not building anything.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Timmeh's Tool Time Redux  —  Everyone has their favorite moment from the Bill Moyers documentary last night, this was mine: … After sitting in the Libby trial with jaw-dropping incredulity as Russert admitted he'd spilled his guts to the FBI when they first contacted him and then later refused …
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Romney says he's not the only one switching positions, rivals do it too  —  Republican Mitt Romney on Thursday defended his series of shifts on issues, arguing that his top rivals for the GOP presidential nomination also have histories of switching positions.
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Army Officer Accuses Generals of 'Intellectual and Moral Failures'  —  An active-duty Army officer is publishing a blistering attack on U.S. generals, saying they have botched the war in Iraq and misled Congress about the situation there.  —  "America's generals have repeated the mistakes of Vietnam in Iraq …
Associated Press:
Iraqi spokesman criticizes Senate vote  —  BAGHDAD - An Iraqi government spokesman criticized the U.S. Senate vote to begin withdrawing U.S. troops by Oct. 1.  —  "We see some negative signs in the decision because it sends wrong signals to some sides that might think of alternatives …
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Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Is the War on Terror Over?  —  Do we still need to fight a war on terror?  —  The answer seems to be no for an increasing number in the West who are weary over Afghanistan and Iraq or complacent from the absence of a major attack on the scale of 9/11.  —  The British Foreign Office …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Dr. Sanity
Mike Penner / Los Angeles Times:
Old Mike, new Christine  —  During my 23 years with The Times' sports department, I have held a wide variety of roles and titles.  Tennis writer.  Angels beat reporter.  Olympics writer.  Essayist.  Sports media critic.  NFL columnist.  Recent keeper of the Morning Briefing flame.
Real Cities:
Bush administration targeted another top federal prosecutor  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration considered firing the former U.S. attorney in Minnesota, but he left his job voluntarily before the list of attorneys to be ousted was completed, two congressional aides said Thursday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
American Thinker:
Jessica Lynch was on Capitol Hill to talk about her experience in Iraq as a POW and subsequently as a media darling.  This article from the Charleston Daily Mail typifies the coverage given to this topic by the media for years now.  It portrays Lynch as a victim of military propaganda that pushed her forward as a hero.
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Discussion: MyDD
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton Talking Tough
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Americans United / americansunitedforchange.org:
Major  —  Contributions will neither be used to support or oppose …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
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Paul Begala / The Huffington Post:
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