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11:20 AM ET, April 30, 2007


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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 …
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Saudi King Declines to Receive Iraqi Leader  —  In a serious rebuff to U.S. diplomacy, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has refused to receive Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on the eve of a critical regional summit on the future of the war-ravaged country, Iraqi and other Arab officials said yesterday.
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Zen and The Art Of Iraqi Reconcilliation
Discussion: Newsweek and
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 …
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.
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 and Althouse
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Vanity Press
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 …
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.
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
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
ABC Reveals Big Drops in Circ in Spring 2007  —  NEW YORK Blame the big metro papers — again.  The Audit Bureau of Circulations released the spring numbers this morning, revealing more plunges in daily and Sunday circulation.  —  As in the past, the losses are steep while gains are minimal.
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Jawa Report
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 …
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
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Today is Tax Freedom Day®
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rules on two patent cases, and on high-speed chase
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
As Blogs Proliferate, a Gadfly With Accreditation at the U.N.
Discussion: Beltway Blogroll
See-Dubya / Hot Air:
London Fertilizer Bombers: GUILTY.  (w/ gigantic slo-mo explosion video link)
Simon Barnes / Times of London:
Climate change hits Mars
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and QandO
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
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
After Hiatus, Snow's Happy Return
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Sexual Threats Stifle Some Female Bloggers
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
A Secret Fax—And an Ethics Slip
George F. Will / Newsweek:
Fraudulent 'Fairness'  —  Conservatives dominate talk radio …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
When Talk Isn't Cheap  —  Campaign finance regulators say speech …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Efraim Inbar / Middle East Quarterly:
How Israel Bungled the Second Lebanon War
Discussion: Power Line
Turkishdailynews Headlines:
Anti-government rally fills central Istanbul
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Corner
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
McCain frets over treatment from press, faces campaign funding woes