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8:10 PM ET, April 28, 2007


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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rice Deputy Quits After Query Over Escort Service  —  Randall Tobias Oversaw U.S. Foreign Aid Programs  —  Randall L. Tobias, the deputy secretary of state responsible for U.S. foreign aid, abruptly resigned yesterday after he was asked about an upscale escort service allegedly involved in prostitution, U.S. government sources said.
Nico / Think Progress:
Official Caught Using Escort Service Demanded Anti-Prostitution 'Loyalty Oaths'
Discussion: Firedoglake
Roy Sekoff / The Huffington Post:
Randall Tobias: Another GOP Hypocrite Bites the Dust
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Don Surber
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   As noted below, the 'DC Madam' scandal has now brought …
Tobias downed by OPP...
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A genuine political sea change?  —  There were two seemingly unrelated incidents this week which, taken together, reflect some extremely important political developments.  —  First was the amazing letter to The Washington Post jointly sent by all 50 Democratic Senators other than Harry Reid …
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Reeds and Brass Have Been Weaving  —  Often people, usually in the course of needing to explain the almighty power of blogs to people who don't get it, want to describe blogs in terms of specific tangible successful events.  You know, "blogs took down Trent Lott," and whatnot.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, TalkLeft and My Left Wing
Atrios / Eschaton:
More Broder  —  We normally think of "High Broderism" as the worship of bipartisanship for its own sake, combined with a fake "pox on both their houses" attitude.  But in reality this is just the cover Broder uses for his real agenda, the defense of what he perceives to be "the establishment" at all costs.
Discussion: CorrenteWire
PBS:'s Josh Marshall on the prosecutor firings
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Clinton Campaign Tries to Keep Heat on Obama Over Debate Response  —  The first Democratic presidential debate did little to change the shape of the 2008 race, but it provided a post-debate flash point Friday between the campaigns of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Washington Post:
Mr. Obama's Worldview  —  BARACK OBAMA, who has been chided for failing to supplement his inspiring rhetoric as a presidential candidate with substantive stands on issues, took an important step this week toward correcting the deficiency.  In a 40-minute address to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs …
Associated Press:
Clinton Says Her Southern Twang a Virtue
Discussion: Redstate and Sister Toldjah
Washington Post:
Political Appointees No Longer to Pick Justice Interns  —  The Justice Department is removing political appointees from the hiring process for rookie lawyers and summer interns, amid allegations that the Bush administration had rigged the programs in favor of candidates with connections …
A.L. / The Anonymous Liberal:
Monica Goodling Instructs DOJ Officials to Delete Documents
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMmuckraker
Karen Armstrong / Financial Times:
Balancing the Prophet  —  Ever since the Crusades, people in the west have seen the prophet Muhammad as a sinister figure.  During the 12th century, Christians were fighting brutal holy wars against Muslims, even though Jesus had told his followers to love their enemies, not to exterminate them.
Robert / Jihad Watch:   Karen Armstrong reviews Spencer's The Truth About Muhammad!
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Former C.I.A. Chief's Memoir Irritates Some High-Ranking Readers  —  In January 2002, George J. Tenet, the man who oversaw all American spy agencies, was asked by a visiting Italian intelligence official what he knew about United States officials making contact with exiled Iranian opposition figures.
The Sandmonkey / Rantings of a Sandmonkey:
Done  —  Today is going to be the day that I've been dreading for quite sometime now.  Today is the day I walk away from this blog.  Done.  Finished.  —  There are many reasons, each would take a post to list, and I just do not have the energy to list them.
James Glanz / New York Times:
Rebuilt Iraq Projects Found Crumbling  —  In a troubling sign for the American-financed rebuilding program in Iraq, inspectors for a federal oversight agency have found that in a sampling of eight projects that the United States had declared successes, seven were no longer operating as designed …
Financial Times:
Defra in storm over discredited EU carbon plan  —  The government department spearheading Britain's effort to reduce carbon output is driving companies and individuals towards paying for emissions cuts that do not take place.  —  The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards: No Terror "War"  —  This is a quite big deal that most of us totally missed last night: John Edwards doesn't believe there's a "global war on terror," at least not in the simple-show-of-hands sense.  —  This is something a lot of Democrats say privately — and something mainstream …
Washington Post:
U.S. Proposal Would Allow Oil Drilling Off Virginia  —  Five-Year Plan Would Also Open Alaskan, Gulf Waters  —  The Interior Department will announce a proposal Monday to allow oil and gas drilling in federal waters near Virginia that are currently off-limits and permit new exploration …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Olmert: The Delay Of A Thousand Tomahawks
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
Trifecta  —  Yesterday's British newspapers had more information …
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons
Gateway Pundit:
Iranian Regime Is "Proud to Be Democrat"
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Congress sets terms of Iraq exit
Discussion: Think Progress and At-Largely
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
US Raids Capture AQI Terrorists, Iranian Weapons
Discussion: Hyscience
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Tort Tribute  —  How Democrats repay the plaintiffs bar.
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
We're Scaring Our Children to Death
Associated Press:
Gun charges dropped against Senate aide
Allan Kozinn / New York Times:
Mstislav Rostropovich, Cellist and Conductor, Dies
Discussion: Kiko's House and Gawker
Sue Major Holmes / Associated Press:
N.M. Guard Unit Complains Over Searches