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3:05 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.
Discussion: Norwegianity and Flopping Aces
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Federal Official Resigns in Escort Service Inquiry
Discussion: TalkLeft and Roger Ailes
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   As noted below, the 'DC Madam' scandal has now brought …
Roy Sekoff / The Huffington Post:   Randall Tobias: Another GOP Hypocrite Bites the Dust
The Blotter:
Senior Official Linked to Escort Service Resigns
Redstate:   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 …
Discussion: and AMERICAblog
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: PBS and TalkLeft
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.
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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
US Raids Capture AQI Terrorists, Iranian Weapons  —  A day after the Pentagon announced the capture of al-Qaeda mastermind Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, US forces in Iraq captured a number of AQI terrorists in a series of raids.  They also found and detonated a truck bomb and discovered a cache of Iranian arms south of Baghdad:
Discussion: Hyscience
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 …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
The White House Scales Back Talk of Iraq Progress  —  The Bush administration will not try to assess whether the troop increase in Iraq is producing signs of political progress or greater security until September, and many of Mr. Bush's top advisers now anticipate that any gains by then will be limited …
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 …
Gateway Pundit:
Iranian Regime Is "Proud to Be Democrat"
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Is there a global war on terror?
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
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 …
AcademicElephant / Redstate:
Special Events  —  A TRUE SOURCE OF INSPIRATION  —  Most of the socializing goes on around here late in the evening out in the smoking pit—a somewhat dicey collection of old office chairs and plastic pool furniture outside the renovated parking garage that is our home.
Garance /
Bringing the Crazy  —  Gnarls Barkley is the writer of what is fast becoming Campaign 2008's theme song.  The fact that an African-American and a woman are running for president is just bringing out the craaaaazy.  Talking Points Media was kind enough to put together a little YouTube of the latest from Rush Limbaugh.
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
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
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Hindrocket / Power Line:
TRIFECTA  —  Yesterday's British newspapers had more information …
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons
Discussion: Firedoglake
Victoria Moore / Daily Mail:
The woman who needs a veil of protection from modern life
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Congress sets terms of Iraq exit
Discussion: Think Progress and At-Largely
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Tenet Details Efforts to Justify Invading Iraq
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Jimmy Carter, Arab Front Man
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Tort Tribute  —  How Democrats repay the plaintiffs bar.
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
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Does Free Trade Bring Lower Prices?
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
We're Scaring Our Children to Death
Discussion: The American Street and Gawker
Associated Press:
Gun charges dropped against Senate aide
Allan Kozinn / New York Times:
Mstislav Rostropovich, Cellist and Conductor, Dies
Discussion: Gawker
Jennie Runevitch / WTHR HOME:
Crothersville: Victim's family says murder was 'hate crime'
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Discussion: EconoPundit
Sue Major Holmes / Associated Press:
N.M. Guard Unit Complains Over Searches