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1:25 PM 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 …
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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 …
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 …
NewDonkey.com:
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 …
David Broder / Washington Post:
Democratic Hopefuls Show Political Heft
Matthew Yglesias:
Friends' List
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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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WSJ.com: Washington Wire:   Tenet's Next Stop May Be Capitol Hill
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Tenet says he's a scapegoat on Iraq 'slam-dunk'
Discussion: The Swamp
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:   Tenet Says He Was Made a Scapegoat Over Iraq War
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:   Today's Must Read
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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Associated Press:
Explosive found at Austin women's clinic
Discussion: Pandagon
Keely Savoie / WIMN's Voices:
Silence is Complicity  —  They're at it again: A week since …
Discussion: Dohiyi Mir
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.
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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.
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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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Playing on the Senate Floor Is a Dirty Business, Children  —  By a quirk of the calendar, yesterday's Senate vote to withdraw from Iraq fell on "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day."  And so it happened that, in the middle of the tense war debate, Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) strolled through the press gallery with his young daughter.
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan and Wonkette
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?
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Two Cops Who Killed Kathryn Johnston Plead Guilty — to Manslaughter  —  CNN reports that the officers who shot Kathryn Johnston have pleaded guilty — to manslaughter: … It's not enough.  We now know, based on the plea, that these officers lied to get into that house.  This was a felony murder.
Discussion: The Agitator and Instapundit.com
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Officers plea guilty in killing of elderly woman in her home
Discussion: Reason Magazine and TalkLeft
New York Times:
Prosecutors Say Corruption in Atlanta Police Dept. Is Widespread
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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.
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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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon: Al-Qaida operative captured
Satyam / Think Progress:
Fox News Sinks To New Low, Repeatedly Reports Parody Story As Actual News
Discussion: Media Blog
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
WHAT HE SAID  —  General Petraeus briefed House and Senate members this week.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Dan Gerstein sham
Jesse Drucker / RealEstateJournal:
Wal-Mart Cuts Taxes By Paying Rent to Itself
Michelle Malkin / tbogg.blogspot.com:
Fun with symbolic gestures
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Saudis Avoid Their Own 9/11
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DETH-TH-THPICABLE: A Washington Monthly e-mail featured a column …
New York Times:
Public Remains Split on Response to Warming
Discussion: Think Progress
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
Giuliani comes out against civil unions
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Army Officer Accuses Generals of 'Intellectual and Moral Failures'