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11:35 AM ET, April 27, 2007


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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 …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
2008 Candidates Rely on Private Jets  —  WASHINGTON — A flock of small jets took flight from Washington Thursday, each carrying a Democratic presidential candidate to South Carolina for the first debate of the political season.  —  For Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama …
David Broder / Washington Post:
Democratic Hopefuls Show Political Heft  —  In the final minute of Thursday night's televised Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware was asked by NBC's Brian Williams if he saw anybody on stage, aside possibly from himself, who could lead the party to victory next year.
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 …
South Cackalacki Debate  —  Don't know if you watched the Democratic presidential debate from South Carolina, but I did, and I'll get kicked out of the blogger union if I don't pass on some impressions.  —  The format was unusual, with lots of questions demanding (unsuccessfully) short answers …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
Liveblogging the Democratic Presidential Debate  —  It is just after 7 pm, and you can watch the Democratic presidential candidates debate on MSNBC now.  I'll be liveblogging in numbered posts here.  Quotations are approximate.  —  [Completed.  My real-time notes and commentary follow.
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Redstate
Discussion: Althouse, The Heretik and Lonewacko
David Chalian / ABCNEWS:   No Breakout Candidate at Democratic Debate
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   Laugh about it, shout about it, when you've got to choose …
Hotline On Call:
Build These Crowds  —  About a quarter mile from the Martlin …
Discussion: The Hillary Spot
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 …
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Tenet says he's a scapegoat on Iraq 'slam-dunk'
Discussion: The Swamp
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:   Today's Must Read
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:   Tenet Says He Was Made a Scapegoat Over Iraq War
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 …
New York Times:
Prosecutors Say Corruption in Atlanta Police Dept. Is Widespread  —  After the fatal police shooting of an elderly woman in a botched drug raid, the United States attorney here said Thursday that prosecutors were investigating a "culture of misconduct" in the Atlanta Police Department.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Two Cops Who Killed Kathryn Johnston Plead Guilty — to Manslaughter
Discussion: The Agitator and
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Officers plea guilty in killing of elderly woman in her home
Discussion: Reason Magazine and TalkLeft
River /
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.
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.
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: Jon Voight talks about the war on O'Reilly  —  Actor Jon Voight appeared on The Factor tonight and just made sense.  It's sad that that's news, but coming from a Hollywood actor it tends to be news when one makes sense and doesn't just traffic in leftwing talking points.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Straight Talking Again  —  Credit John McCain with one thing: When you're 70 years old, are running for president a second time and have been stumping through the country for many months, it's difficult to spring any surprises in your formal announcement speech.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
LA Times Sportswriter Mike Penner Becoming Christine  —  Veteran LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner is about to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. … Kristen Fyfe of Newsbusters is aghast. … I'm not sure what else Penner should have done, presuming s/he was going to go through with the surgery.
Mike Penner / Los Angeles Times:
Old Mike, new Christine
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
Giuliani comes out against civil unions  —  The political website of the New York Sun will report tomorrow that in a major reversal from an earlier position, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani now opposes civil unions between same sex partners.  —  An advance copy of an article sent …
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Discussion: Op For
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
McCain goes to Senate floor and demands that America withdraw its troops now
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Your Friendly, Gun-Free Police State
Discussion: QandO and Heading Right
Washington Post:
D.C. Charter Schools
Zuzu / Feministe:
The terrorism that dare not speak its name
Discussion: WIMN's Voices and Pandagon
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
DETH-TH-THPICABLE: A Washington Monthly e-mail featured a column …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Former Justice Official to Appear before House Committee
New York Times:
Public Remains Split on Response to Warming
Discussion: Think Progress
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: The Second Law of Tokenism
Discussion: Salon, and Althouse
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Army Officer Accuses Generals of 'Intellectual and Moral Failures'