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4:25 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.
Thomas Joscelyn:
Questions For Another Baathist Turned Al Qaeda Bigwig  —  NBC News is reporting that an important al Qaeda terrorist, known by his nom de guerre Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi (his real name is Nashwan Abdulrazaq Abdulbaqi), has been captured and transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Discussion: The Corner and
MSNBC:   Al-Qaida official seen as major catch for U.S.
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:   WHAT HE SAID  —  General Petraeus briefed House and Senate members this week.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Big fish: Senior AQ commander Abdul Hadi al Iraqi captured
Pentagon: Top al Qaeda leader taken to Guantanamo
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jonathan Karl Reports / The Blotter:
Top Al Qaeda Leader Captured
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 …
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Oversight Committee Invites Former CIA Director to Testify  —  A letter (pdf): … On Wednesday the Oversight Committee approved a subpoena for testimony from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice regarding the assertion that Iraq sought to import uranium from Niger.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars Washington Wire:   Tenet's Next Stop May Be Capitol Hill
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 …
Matthew Yglesias:
Friends' List
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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.
Associated Press:
Explosive found at Austin women's clinic  —  AUSTIN — A package left at a women's clinic that performs abortions contained an explosive device capable of inflicting serious injury or death, investigators said today.  —  "It was in fact an explosive device," said David Carter, assistant chief of the Austin Police Department.
Discussion: Pandagon and Sister Toldjah
Keely Savoie / WIMN's Voices:
Silence is Complicity  —  They're at it again: A week since …
Discussion: Dohiyi Mir
Mcq / QandO:
A GUN-BANNER'S WET DREAM  —  After first cautioning everyone that he's not a "liberal zealot" by telling us all about his experiences with weapons, Dan Simpson regales us with how he would disarm America (this in answer to the contention that with over 200+ million guns in the US, it would be impossible).
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Playing on the Senate Floor Is a Dirty Business, Children
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan and Wonkette
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.
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 …
Ryan Sager / New York Sun Politics:
Giuliani's Startling Departure  —  In a startling departure from his previously stated position on civil unions, Mayor Giuliani came out to The New York Sun yesterday evening in opposition to the civil union law just passed by the New Hampshire state Senate.  —  "Mayor Giuliani believes marriage is between one man and one woman.
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.
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.
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
The Documents Not Turned Over  —  Last night, DOJ provided Congress with a list of Kyle Sampson documents it wasn't going to turn over.  They begin on December 19, not long after the firings, and continue until March 8, when Sampson resigned.  The withheld emails suggest some of the key issues the WH is trying to hide, particularly:
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Firedoglake
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Amanda / Think Progress:
White House Excuses Partisan Briefings With False 'Clinton Did It Too' Defense
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Controversial U.S. Attorney Heads Back to D.C.
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
Fired U.S. Attorneys Will Meet in Seattle
Phillip Carter / INTEL DUMP:
"A Crisis In American Generalship"
Daniel Hannan / Telegraph:
Merkel's honesty not the best policy
Discussion: The Corner
An Interview With The Haditha Defense Team
Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Birthday Girl  —  I usually write about hideous people on their birthdays.
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Palast / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. media have lost the will to dig deep
Discussion: Norwegianity
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Dan Gerstein sham
Michelle Malkin /
Fun with symbolic gestures
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and TalkLeft
Believing in the mission
Discussion: Op For
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: Jon Voight talks about the war on O'Reilly
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Romney says he's not the only one switching positions …