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9:25 AM ET, April 30, 2007


 Top Items: 
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Maliki's Office Is Seen Behind Purge in Forces  —  A department of the Iraqi prime minister's office is playing a leading role in the arrest and removal of senior Iraqi army and national police officers, some of whom had apparently worked too aggressively to combat violent Shiite militias …
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Zen and The Art Of Iraqi Reconcilliation
Discussion: Newsweek
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton's PowerPointer  —  With Data and Slides, a Pollster Guides Campaign Strategy  —  It was fairly simple, Mark J. Penn said calmly to Vice President Al Gore, reporting the findings of an exhaustive survey he had conducted in the early stages of the 2000 presidential campaign.
New York Times:
Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China  —  As American food safety regulators head to China to investigate how a chemical made from coal found its way into pet food that killed dogs and cats in the United States, workers in this heavily polluted northern city openly admit that the substance …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Quiet Bush Aide Seeks Iraq Czar, Creating a Stir  —  Stephen J. Hadley would be the first to tell you he does not have star power.  But Mr. Hadley, the bespectacled, gray-haired, exceedingly precise Washington lawyer who is President Bush's national security adviser, is in the market for someone who does …
Discussion: TAPPED and CorrenteWire
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Inside the struggle for Iran  —  A grand coalition of anti-government forces is planning a second Iranian revolution via the ballot box to deny President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad another term in office and break the grip of what they call the "militia state" on public life and personal freedom.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Newshoggers
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Iran to Attend Regional Talks on Iraq Violence
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Wall Street Journal:
Companies Shift More Donations To Democrats  —  House Leaders' Coffers  —  Swell as Balance Swings  —  Against Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — For the new Democratic bosses in the House, power has quickly translated into money, as many big companies have shifted more of their campaign contributions …
New York Times:
A Saudi Prince Tied to Bush Is Sounding Off-Key  —  No foreign diplomat has been closer or had more access to President Bush, his family and his administration than the magnetic and fabulously wealthy Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia.  —  Prince Bandar has mentored Mr. Bush …
Discussion: Firedoglake and TigerHawk
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Saudi King Declines to Receive Iraqi Leader
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Hollywood Girls Gone Wild  —  In which Laurie David and Sheryl Crow harangue Karl Rove.  —  The showdown at the White House Correspondents' dinner was more emotional and lasted longer than was first reported.  It started when Laurie David introduced herself to Karl Rove.
Discussion: Althouse
Excerpt: Tenet Strikes Back  —  From George Tenet's new book At the Center of the Storm  —  I first flew into Iraq just about the time Jerry Bremer took over as head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, or CPA, during the third week of May 2003.  I took a helicopter ride with Jerry right over Baghdad.
Discussion: ScrappleFace
Pamela Geller Oshry / Atlas Shrugs:
SANDMONKEY SPEAKS!  TO ATLAS  —  I met with Sandmonkey (at an undisclosed location) and commiserated.  He is as charming and clever as you might expect from the "writer of an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey."  Fabulous.
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Watergate reporter demolishes Hillary's career story  —  Drawing on a trove of private papers from Hillary Clinton's best friend, the legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein is to publish a hard-hitting and intimate portrait of the 2008 presidential candidate, which will reveal a number of "discrepancies" in her official story.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Turkishdailynews Headlines:
Anti-government rally fills central Istanbul  —  An excited and angry crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands painted central Istanbul's Çaðlayan Square in red with Turkish flags yesterday, joining in song, slogans and speeches to "protect the Republic" they charged is under threat.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Corner
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
When Talk Isn't Cheap  —  Campaign finance regulators say speech isn't free—it's a form of "contribution."  —  Campaign finance laws are increasingly becoming a tool to suppress political speech, and the courts are finally waking up to the danger.  Last week a unanimous Washington state …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
McCain frets over treatment from press, faces campaign funding woes  —  Sen. John McCain, who was the darling of the political press corps during the 2000 election cycle, complains to friends that he is getting much rougher treatment from the news media than his competitors …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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.
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Paging Dr. Rosie: Did Schwarzenegger Demolish Bay Bridge Interchange?  —  A gasoline tanker caught fire underneath an offramp from the San Francisco Bay Bridge this morning, causing a 250-foot section of the overpass to collapse.  That's what they want you to believe, anyway.
Discussion: Hot Air
San Francisco Chronicle:   Tanker fire destroys part of MacArthur Maze
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Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
The Investigated Investigator  —  Leader of High-Profile Probes Is Under Scrutiny Himself
Editor and Publisher:
Frank Rich: 'NY Times' Will No Longer Participate in WHCA Dinner
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Sexual Threats Stifle Some Female Bloggers
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
A Secret Fax—And an Ethics Slip
Wall Street Journal:
Unions Pose Trouble For Democrats On Trade Pacts
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Teed Up: Golf, K Street and Nigeria
George F. Will / Newsweek:
Fraudulent 'Fairness'  —  Conservatives dominate talk radio …
Efraim Inbar / Middle East Quarterly:
How Israel Bungled the Second Lebanon War
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Caleb Warnock / Daily Herald:
Convention ends with Satan and immigrants
Michelle Malkin:
"I'm ready for my fatwa"
Discussion: TigerHawk
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Guest Voice: Democratic Political Genius
Atrios / Eschaton:
More Thread  —  Because The Editors haven't had enough Winger lately.
Alisa Tang / Scotsman:
Afghan infant deaths fall by 40,000 a year since ousting of Taleban
Discussion: Wizbang
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Fired US Attorney David Iglesias on "Real Time"
Discussion: digg
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
George Tenet's Imaginary Encounter...