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12:10 AM ET, April 30, 2007


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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
George Tenet's Imaginary Encounter...  With Richard Perle.  —  SCOTT SHANE REPORTED in Saturday's New York Times that former CIA chief George Tenet's dramatic description in his book, At the Center of the Storm, of an August 2002 presentation at the CIA by defense undersecretary Douglas Feith and his staff …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Condi: We were supposed to do something about bin Laden before 9/11?!  —  With George Tenet's new book coming out tomorrow, Condoleezza Rice was in full damage-control mode today, appearing on three Sunday talk shows to explain away the former DCI's claim that Rice didn't take seriously …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Rice: 'I Don't Know What We Were Supposed To Preemptively Strike In Afghanistan' In July 2001  —  This evening, 60 Minutes will air its discussion with former CIA Director George Tenet.  In one exchange, Tenet elaborates on a briefing that he and his former aide Cofer Black delivered …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
George Tenet Breaks His Silence
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
So Much For That "Imminent Threat" Talking Point...
Discussion: WTF Is It Now??
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:   An Ex-C.I.A. Chief on Iraq and the Slam Dunk That Wasn't
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Uneasy Alliance Is Taming One Insurgent Bastion  —  RAMADI, Iraq — Anbar Province, long the lawless heartland of the tenacious Sunni Arab resistance, is undergoing a surprising transformation.  Violence is ebbing in many areas, shops and schools are reopening, police forces are growing and the insurgency appears to be in retreat.
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Moran, Sully And The Exit, Stage Right  —  The big news over on the rightwing blogs today is Rick Moran, of Right Wing Nut House, recanting his support for Bush's occupation of Iraq.  Rick blames the incompetence of Bush's policy and its execution saying that waning US support for that incompetence …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Exit and Anbar  —  Republicans are beginning to realize that fundamental change in the current strategy in Iraq is needed if they aren't to face electoral collapse next year.  My money is on John Warner forcing redeployment by the fall if only to save the U.S. military from being chewed up entirely by one war.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Welcome Aboard, Rick
Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
The Story Behind the Story, the Continuing Series  —  Atrios writes about media inconsistency regarding who is and isn't fair game when it comes to reporting on the private lives of public figures.  —  Years ago, Christopher Hitchens wrote that he went into journalism because he didn't want to have to rely …
Atrios / Eschaton:
More Thread  —  Go read some other blog for a change.  You will if you want to discover THE TRUTH!  —  ...oh, what the hell, a couple thoughts following up the post below.  It's true that the media has never been very consistent with standards about when private lives should be allowed to remain private.
Gethin Chamberlain / Telegraph:
US aircrews show Taliban no mercy  —  Caught in the middle of the Helmand river, the fleeing Taliban were paddling their boat back to shore for dear life.  —  Smoke from the ambush they had just sprung on American special forces still hung in the air, but their attention was fixed …
See-Dubya / Hot Air:   Telegraph Video: Taliban Ambush Goes Tragically Wrong
Excerpt: Condi's Rescue Mission  —  In his forthcoming biography of Condoleezza Rice, NEWSWEEK's Marcus Mabry explains the roots—and the consequences—of her loyalty to the president. … Story continues below ↓  —  advertisement  —  "No way, I don't want that job!"
Little Green Footballs:
Huge Crowd Protests Against Islamic Rule in Turkey  —  Here's some good news to start off a Sunday morning, as more than a million people took to the streets of Istanbul to protest against Islamic rule of Turkey. … Exactly right.  The protesters are saying the same things we've been saying …
Gateway Pundit:   One Million Protest Against Islamic Rule in Turkey!
CNN LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER  —  Interview With Condoleezza Rice; Interview With Hoshyar Zebari  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  WOLF BLITZER, HOST: This is "Late Edition," the last word in Sunday talk.  —  The next steps in Iraq.
Discussion: The Heretik
Glenn Reynolds /
TODAY'S FRED THOMPSON RALLY IN COOKEVILLE: I thought about going, but we've been a bit under the weather.  But reader Jim Brown emails this YouTube video: "It was filmed and edited by my fifteen year old Grandson, Matthew Matheson.  I was late in picking him up so he missed the first part of the rally.
Charles S. Johnson / Billings Gazette:
Special session will set off new round of costs  —  No word from Schweitzer on when he will summon lawmakers to Helena  —  HELENA - When 150 lawmakers return for a special session sometime over the next two months, it will be the 31st such gathering in Montana history.
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Blogosphere Avant-Gardism  —  In one of my very first major posts on MyDD—a post which I paid $25 to write at a Kinkos in Modesto, California as there was no other way for me to get online—I posited the political blogosphere as the avant-garde of political and opinion journalism.
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
San Francisco Chronicle:
Tanker fire destroys part of MacArthur Maze  —  2 freeways closed near Bay Bridge  —  (04-29) 15:50 PDT OAKLAND — Huge leaping flames from an exploding gasoline tanker melted the steel underbelly of a highway overpass in the East Bay's MacArthur Maze early this morning …
Washington Post:
Is the Iraq War Lost?  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a political firestorm recently when he said that "this war is lost," and a Washington-ABC News poll released two weeks ago reported that 53 percent of those asked said the United States is losing .
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
The other day, an editor of The Washington Post's outlook section sent …
Discussion: Angry Bear and Liberty Street
Sue Anne Pressley Montes / Washington Post:
'I Abhor Injustice,' Alleged Madam Says  —  "Miz Julia" doled out a steady stream of advice, both practical and philosophical.  —  From her California home, she e-mailed tips to the 132 women who worked across the Washington area for the firm Pamela Martin & Associates.
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Sophie Goodchild / The Independent:
Britain becoming a Big Brother society, says data watchdog
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Privatizing Infrastructure
Todd Zywicki / The Volokh Conspiracy:
WAPO ON THE DOJ HIRING "SCANDAL": Orin linked the article …
Discussion: Power Line and Redstate
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Retired gen.: Bush should sign Iraq bill
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Alliance and Rivalry Link Bush, McCain
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty
Jules Crittenden:
Saudi'd Straight  —  Saudi program pays radical youth to stay on the straight and narrow:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 Earlier Items: 
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Maher Psychologically Analyzes President Bush
Discussion: digg
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
GOP has uphill climb for cash and candidates
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Raw Story:
Protesters demand impeachment as President Bush speaks at Miami-Dade College
Discussion: At-Largely
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
Carbon-Neutral Is Hip, but Is It Green?
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Light bulbs that don't signify ideas