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3:50 PM ET, May 1, 2007


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Think Progress:
Discussion: Daily Kos, NION and TalkLeft
Pajamas Media:
Al-Qaeda Chief in Iraq Killed?  —  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]  —  ABC News changes homepage screen alert (now "FRIENDS OF ROBERT LEVINSON …
Evan Kohlmann / Counterterrorism Blog:
Al-Qaida in Iraq Leader Dead?  Don't Count Your Chickens Just Yet...  Sources at the Iraqi Interior Ministry and the Prime Minister's office are reporting that Abu Hamza al-Muhajir (also known to some as "Abu Ayyub al-Masri") has been killed in factional fighting between Al-Qaida …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Abu Aardvark:
Masri dead again?
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Associated Press:
Iraq probes reports of al-Masri's death
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
AQI Leader Killed?
Matthew Sheffield /
News You Won't Hear: Terrorism Is Down Almost Everywhere  —  Good news is no news, at least when it comes to the war on terrorism.  —  On Monday evening, the State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism showing a number of interesting findings, including steep declines …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
U.S. Cites 91 Percent Rise In Terrorist Acts in Iraq  —  The number of terrorism incidents in Iraq — and resulting deaths, injuries and kidnappings — skyrocketed from 2005 to 2006, according to statistics released by U.S. counterterrorism officials yesterday.
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.
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.
Arwa Damon / CNN:
Shadowy Iraq office accused of sectarian agenda … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's prime minister has created an entity within his government that U.S. and Iraqi military officials say is being used as a smokescreen to hide an extreme Shiite agenda that is worsening the country's sectarian divide.
Think Progress:
'Mission Accomplished' By The Numbers … U.S. Troops Wounded … U.S. Troops Killed … Contractors Killed … Journalists and Media Assistants Killed … U.S. Forces in Iraq … Size of Iraqi Security Forces … Number of Insurgents … Insurgent Attacks Per Day … Cost to U.S. Taxpayers
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Offers $60 a Share In Unsolicited Bid for Dow Jones  —  Dow Jones & Co., parent of The Wall Street Journal, said it received an unsolicited $5 billion offer from News Corp.  —  The publisher said the board and members and trustees of the controlling Bancroft family are evaluating …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Newspapers Continue Decline, At Least In Print
The New Republic:
The Left's New Machine  —  MOST POLITICAL ACTIVISTS can point to one catalyzing event, an episode in each of their lives (or, more often, in the life of their country) that shook them from their complacency and roused them to change the world.  You can find many such stories if you troll through …
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Wolfowitz Goes on the Attack, but Hints at a Deal  —  Paul D. Wolfowitz defended himself vigorously on Monday, declaring that it would be "unjust and frankly hypocritical" for the World Bank's board to find him guilty of ethical lapses.  But he also hinted that he would discuss whether …
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Notes on a Scandal  —  How ethical are Paul Wolfowitz's detractors?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
Washington Post:
April Toll Is Highest Of '07 for U.S. Troops  —  Over 100 Killed in Month; Iraqi Deaths Far Higher  —  The deaths of more than 100 American troops in April made it the deadliest month so far this year for U.S. forces in Iraq, underscoring the growing exposure of Americans as thousands …
The Hill:
House oversight panel may look past Rice, Tenet in inquiry into uranium  —  Following a subpoena to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a letter to former CIA Director George Tenet last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee may cast an even wider net in its probe …
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DeLay's PAC closes shop
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Pentagon study says oil reliance strains military
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Aqeel Hussein / Telegraph:
Iraqi bomb victims' bodies held for ransom
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Fred! to House Republicans: "I chased girls and girls chased me."
Ross Douthat:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: The Newshoggers and TIME
Washington Post:
So Sorry About the Names, Alleged Madam Says
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
The demonisation of Sarkozy
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
WHCA Officials Defend Dinner In Wake Of 'NY Times' Pullout …
New York Times:
Corzine Leaves Hospital After Accident