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1:46 PM ET, May 1, 2007


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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  —  BAGHDAD - Iraqi officials have received reports that the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq was killed by Sunni tribesmen, but the chief government spokesman said Tuesday the information has not been confirmed.  —  The statement by spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh followed …
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 …
Al-Qaida in Iraq leader believed dead  —  Mark Tran and agencies  —  The al-Qaida in Iraq leader, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, has been killed in a fight between insurgents north of Baghdad, the interior ministry claimed today.  —  Brigadier General Abdul Kareem Khalaf told Reuters …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
AQI Leader Killed?
Tribes claim leader of al Qaeda in Iraq killed
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Evan Kohlmann / Counterterrorism Blog:   Al-Qaida in Iraq Leader Dead? Don't Count Your Chickens Just Yet...
Fox News:
Report: Al Qaeda in Iraq Chief Killed
Discussion: Let Freedom Ring
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Republicans Buck Bush On Iraq Benchmarks  —  Brushing aside White House opposition, Republican leaders in Congress said yesterday that negotiations on a second war spending bill should begin with benchmarks of success for the Iraqi government, and possible consequences if those benchmarks are not met.
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Pet Deaths Spur Call for Better FDA Screening
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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: and Haaretz
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 …
Ross Douthat:
Risky Business  —  The hot book of last year among populist-leaning liberals was Jacob Hacker's The Great Risk Shift, which argued that income volatility has gone way, way up for most middle-class Americans in the long era of GOP dominance.  A lot of smart people I know were skeptical about his claim …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Law Day  —  President Dwight Eisenhower established May 1 as Law Day to co-opt the biggest day on the socialist calendar.  While much of the world marked May Day with critiques of capitalism and parades celebrating working men and women, the United States would honor, President Eisenhower declared …
Washington Post:
So Sorry About the Names, Alleged Madam Says  —  Palfrey Hopes Release Will Flush Out Defense Witnesses  —  The alleged D.C. madam is in desperate need of defense witnesses.  —  Deborah Jeane Palfrey told reporters that she is "genuinely sorry" if people are hurt when identified as clients …
Discussion: Lean Left, TalkLeft and Althouse
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 …
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Charles Bremner / Times of London:
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New York Times:
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