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4:25 AM ET, April 28, 2007


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Times of London:
7/7 'mastermind' is seized in Iraq  —  The al-Qaeda leader who is thought to have devised the plan for the July 7 suicide bombings in London and an array of terrorist plots against Britain has been captured by the Americans.  —  Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former major in Saddam Hussein's army …
Al-Qaida official seen as major catch for U.S.  —  Close confidant to bin Laden, al-Zawahiri headed for Guantanamo Bay  —  WASHINGTON - A senior al-Qaida commander who was handed over to U.S. custody this week is believed to be a close confidant of Osama bin Laden who has provided U.S. intelligence officials …
Discussion: War and Piece
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
CIA Held Al-Qaeda Suspect Secretly  —  Officials Disclose That Use of Overseas Prisons Resumed  —  An Iraqi man accused of being a key aide to Osama bin Laden and a top leader of al-Qaeda was arrested late last year on his way to Iraq and handed over to the CIA, the Pentagon announced yesterday …
Pentagon: Top al Qaeda leader taken to Guantanamo
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Thomas Joscelyn:
Questions For Another Baathist Turned Al Qaeda Bigwig
Discussion: The Corner and
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Today's Capture Headlines Point Up Bush Lie
Glenn Kessler / MSNBC:
Sources: Aid chief quits over call-girl link
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Sean McCormack / US Department of State:   Resignation of Ambassador Randall Tobias
Real Cities:
Justice Dept official resigns over investigation connected with Abramoff  —  WASHINGTON - A senior Justice Department official has resigned after coming under scrutiny in the Department's expanding investigation of convicted super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to a Justice Department official with knowledge of the case.
Real Cities:
Administration considered firing at least 12 U.S. attorneys but cut list down
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Controversial U.S. Attorney Heads Back to D.C.
Discussion: Think Progress
Real Cities:
Annual terrorism report will show 29% rise in attacks  —  WASHINGTON - A State Department report on terrorism due out next week will show a nearly 30 percent increase in terrorist attacks worldwide in 2006 to more than 14,000, almost all of the boost due to growing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Friday.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Oh, man.  You just have to listen to these caricatures of black pols that Rush Limbaugh is pushing right now.  They're quite — how should we put this — "racially charged."  —  You may already have heard the "Barack the Magic Negro" shtick that Rush sang on his show the other day (more on that in a bit).
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
BREAKING: Limbaugh's "Barack the Magic Negro," on-air song has workers up in arms  —  UPDATED: Rush Limbaugh has angered many black employees over this parody song called "Barack the Magic Negro" This isn't the first or the last time that Limbaugh will go after Obama's race:  —  Download (5737) |
Discussion: RADAR
Militia raid targets weapons  —  Explosives, ammo found; 6 men arrested  —  Simultaneous raids carried out in four Alabama counties Thursday turned up truckloads of explosives and weapons, including 130 grenades, an improvised rocket launcher and 2,500 rounds of ammunition belonging to the small …
Alan M. Dershowitz / Front Page Magazine:
The Real Jimmy Carter  —  I have known Jimmy Carter for years.  I first met him in the spring of 1976 when, as a relatively unknown candidate for president, he sent me a handwritten letter asking for my help in his campaign on issues of crime and justice.  I had just published an article …
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 …
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Political Animal
Josh Marshall / TPMmuckraker:
DOJ Document Dump Muckraking Thread  —  A big new bundle of documents just got dumped by the Department of Justice.  Here's a link to the documents in PDF form at the House Judiciary Committee website.  As per our routine in recent document dumps, if you'd like to help us cull through the mails and reports …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Truth's Consequences  —  Since the Moyers show, I have been thinking of many things that happened during that intense period in 2002 and 2003 when the political and media establishment seemed to lose its collective mind (again) and took this country into an inexplicable and unnecessary war.
Discussion: Norwegianity
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Sue Major Holmes / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Whiskey Fire and The Hill
Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
Meet the Congressman  —  He supports public financing for campaigns …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Todd Hollingshead / Salt Lake Tribune:
Satan behind illegal immigration, Utah County Republican claims
Ezra Klein:
The Worst Op-Ed I've Read In A Long Time
Discussion: MyDD, TAPPED and Daily Kos
Think Progress:
Boehner Voted For Somalia Withdrawal, Now Claims We Can't Leave Iraq …
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New York Times:
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Amanda / Think Progress:
White House Excuses Partisan Briefings With False 'Clinton Did It Too' Defense
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Oversight Committee Invites Former CIA Director to Testify
Daniel Hannan / Telegraph:
Merkel's honesty not the best policy
Discussion: EU Referendum and The Corner
Lawyers, Guns and Money:
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