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10:15 AM ET, May 1, 2007


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Mussab Al-Khairalla / Reuters:
Al Qaeda in Iraq leader killed: Interior Ministry  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was killed on Tuesday in an internal fight between insurgents, the Interior Ministry spokesman said, but the U.S. military said it could not confirm the report.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and PoliBlog (TM)
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
AQI Leader Killed?  —  That's right, put a big fat question mark at the end of that sentence, because so far the only source on record for that assertion comes from the Iraqi Interior Ministry, which has a track record of overenthusiasm with kill reports.  Abu Ayyub al-Masri …
Pajamas Media:
Al-Qaeda Chief in Iraq Killed?  —  (graphic courtesy of Airborn Combat Engineer)  —  Iraqi government and media are reporting that Al-Qaeda leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri has been killed.  —  Pajamas Media will be tracking throughout the day...  [New Items on Top]  —  Misinformation campaign?
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
"More Than Enough Evidence"  —  What George Tenet really says about Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda.  —  GEORGE TENET'S JUST released book, At the Center of the Storm, has created quite a stir.  Over the past few days, a myriad of news accounts have referenced various snippets of the former director …
Tribes claim leader of al Qaeda in Iraq killed … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Unconfirmed reports that al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri has been killed come from local tribes and not Iraq's intelligence services or military, an Iraqi government spokesman said Tuesday.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Scared Monkeys
Abu Aardvark:
Masri dead again?  —  IraqSlogger is reporting the death of al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayub al-Masri at the hands of Sunni tribesmen (al-Jazeera has the story, but no additional information; more here).  The story is based on a statement from an official in the Iraqi Interior Ministry.
Associated Press:
Iraq probes reports of al-Masri's death
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Al-Qaida in Iraq leader believed dead
New York Times:
Bill on Iraq to Be Delivered 4 Years After Bush's Words  —  Democratic leaders in Congress are planning a special ceremony on Tuesday afternoon to send President Bush a bill that sets timetables for troop withdrawal from Iraq.  —  The timing is no accident.
Murray Waas / National Journal:
Secret Order By Gonzales Delegated Extraordinary Powers To Aides  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales signed a highly confidential order in March 2006 delegating to two of his top aides — who have since resigned because of their central roles in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Official Says His Role in Firings Was Limited
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Sunni Bloc Threatens to Pull Ministers From Cabinet  —  The largest bloc of Sunni Arabs in the Iraqi Parliament threatened to withdraw its ministers from the Shiite-dominated cabinet today in frustration over the Iraq government's failure to deal with Sunni concerns.
Washington Post:
April Toll Is Highest Of '07 for U.S. Troops
Discussion: The Heretik
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
War as reality rather than cartoon  —  Almost from the start of the Israeli war in Lebanon, Israelis were aggressively critical of their government's prosecution of the war.  While most (though by no means all) Israelis were originally supportive of the decision to commence the war …
Discussion: Haaretz
New York Times:
Corzine Leaves Hospital After Accident  —  Gov. Jon S. Corzine apologized to New Jersey residents on Monday as he left the hospital 18 days after a devastating traffic accident in which he was not wearing a seat belt and was being driven at more than 91 miles per hour on the Garden State Parkway.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Don Surber
Deborah Howlett /   FOR CORZINE, 'A BEAUTIFUL DAY'  —  Remorseful over not buckling …
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Romney Favors Hubbard Novel  —  "What's your favorite novel?" is a perennial campaign question, the answer to which presumably gives insight into leadership.  —  A "Moby-Dick" lover may understand the perils of obsessively chasing of a goal.  A fan of "To Kill a Mockingbird" may well focus on racial justice.
Discussion: Reason Magazine and Althouse
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Last Week That Man Tried to Run You Over.  Why Are You Having Dinner With Him?  —  "Bush broke with the consensus that created the modern White House press corps.  One small but highly symbolic part of the consensus was the Correspondents dinner, and this is why it matters that the New York Times has quit the event."
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
WHCA Officials Defend Dinner In Wake Of 'NY Times' Pullout …
Discussion: Media Blog
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain Favors a 'League of Democracies'  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain envisions a "League of Democracies" as part of a more cooperative foreign policy with U.S. allies.  —  The Arizona senator will call for such an organization to be …
USA Today:
FDA limits Chinese food additive imports  —  The Food and Drug Administration is enforcing a new import alert that greatly expands its curtailment of some food ingredients imported from China, authorizing border inspectors to detain ingredients used in everything from noodles to breakfast bars.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Magazine Learns to Heed Its Own Advice  —  Business 2.0, the technology-aware magazine published by Time Inc., periodically reminds readers of the importance of backing up computer files.  A 2003 article likened backups to flossing — everyone knows it's important, but few devote enough thought or energy to it.
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