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1:40 PM ET, April 30, 2007


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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP's Base Helps Keep Unity on Iraq  —  With public opinion tilting firmly toward ending U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq, Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest (R-Md.) might have expected praise for his votes that would start to bring the troops home.  Instead, at town hall meetings on the Eastern Shore …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Run, Chuck, Run  —  The 20 percent or so of Americans who still think we're winning in Iraq happen to be the Republican base.  And so the GOP in Congress has to pick between surviving their own primaries, maintaining civility with their own faithful, and potentially getting wiped out in the next election.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Sexual Threats Stifle Some Female Bloggers  —  A female freelance writer who blogged about the pornography industry was threatened with rape.  A single mother who blogged about "the daily ins and outs of being a mom" was threatened by a cyber-stalker who claimed that she beat her son and that he had her under surveillance.
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
As Blogs Proliferate, a Gadfly With Accreditation at the U.N.
Discussion: Beltway Blogroll
George Tenet / HarperCollins Publishers:
At the Center of the Storm  —  Price:  —  $19.95  —  On Sale:  —  In the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that emerged in the wake of 9/11 and the Iraq war, one man's vital testimony has been conspicuously absent.  Candid and gripping, At the Center of the Storm recounts George Tenet's …
Discussion: News Hounds
Faiz / Think Progress:
Tenet On Perle Conversation: 'I May Have Been Off By A Couple …
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 …
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.
The Blotter:
D.C. Madam Wants Washington Clients to Testify  —  Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz & Justin Rood Report:  —  The woman charged in a federal indictment with running a high-class Washington, D.C. call girl service says she plans to call her prominent clients to testify at her trial.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Pajamas Media
Simon Barnes / Times of London:
Climate change hits Mars  —  Mars is being hit by rapid climate change and it is happening so fast that the red planet could lose its southern ice cap, writes Jonathan Leake.  —  Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s.  This is similar to the warming experienced …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and QandO
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Clinton and Obama Raiding Donors Who Backed Bush  —  As senators Clinton and Obama crisscross the country seeking the Democratic presidential nomination and sharply criticizing President Bush, they have been collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors who funded one or both of Mr. Bush's campaigns for the White House.
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.
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Today is Tax Freedom Day®  —  The Tax Foundation has announced that today (the 120th day of 2007) is Tax Freedom Day® — Americans will work four months of the year, from January 1 to April 30, before they have earned enough money to pay this year's tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels.
Discussion: Wonkette and The Volokh Conspiracy
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: The Heretik, Althouse and bustardblog
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Former Political Director at ABC Is Moving to Time Magazine  —  Mark Halperin, who stepped down last month as the political director of ABC News, is moving to Time magazine.  —  Mr. Halperin, a pioneer of online reporting who founded's political memo, The Note …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
A Candidate, His Minister and the Search for Faith
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John Tierney / TierneyLab:
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rules on two patent cases, and on high-speed chase
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
ABC Reveals Big Drops in Circ in Spring 2007
The long reach and ambitions of al-Qaida
Andrew Young / Washington Post:
The Right Man for the World Bank
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Keeping It Between Friends
Discussion: Washington Post
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
CA Dem Convention: Richardson and Dodd
Discussion: Daily Kos and TAPPED
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Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
A Secret Fax—And an Ethics Slip
George F. Will / Newsweek:
Fraudulent 'Fairness'  —  Conservatives dominate talk radio …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
When Talk Isn't Cheap  —  Campaign finance regulators say speech …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Pamela Geller Oshry / Atlas Shrugs:
Turkishdailynews Headlines:
Anti-government rally fills central Istanbul
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Corner
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Inside the struggle for Iran
Excerpt: Tenet Strikes Back