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9:35 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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: and Macsmind
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 …
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
Cagle Cartoons / The Moderate Voice:
Unexciting Democratic Primary Debate Shows Promising And Unpromising Candidates  —  NOTE: This was put up under the wrong byline but we'll leave it as it is.  JOE GANDELMAN  —  If you tuned in to tonight's Democratic candidates debate and expected fireworks, you were likely disappointed.
Transcript: Democratic presidential debate in S.C.
Discussion: Lonewacko
David Broder / Washington Post:
Democratic Hopefuls Show Political Heft
David Chalian / ABCNEWS:   No Breakout Candidate at Democratic Debate
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:   Democratic Candidate Debate: Obama, Kucinich and Gravel Talk Iran
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Debate Thread #2  —  Mike Gravel is channeling a very angry activist.
Glenn Reynolds /
Discussion: On Politics
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Officers plea guilty in killing of elderly woman in her home
Discussion: Reason Magazine and TalkLeft
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.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:   LA Times Sportswriter Mike Penner Becoming Christine
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 …
White House:
Press Gaggle by Dana Perino and Administration Officials on the EU Summit  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  Dana Perino, Deputy White House Press Secretary  —  Judy Ansley, NSC Senior Director for European Affairs  —  Rod Hunter, NSC Senior Director …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
White House: What's Wrong with A Little Information?
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
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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