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1:55 AM ET, April 2, 2008

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Matt / Think Progress:
CNN catches McCain making contradictory statements about Sadr.  —  In an interview with CNN earlier today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claimed that he has long understood the influence of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr: … But in a report on The Situation Room today …
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Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The March 2003 Yoo Memo Emerges! (not an April Fool's Joke): The Torture Memo to Top All Torture Memos  —  Subhead: The Big Kahuna: The Torture Memo that Makes the August 2002 Memo Look Like Objective and Thoughtful Legal Analysis  —  On Friday, March 13, 2003, Jay Bybee left his office …
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James Oliphant / Baltimore Sun:
JUSTICE INTERROGATION MEMO: CONSTITUTION NOT IN PLAY  —  The Justice Department late Tuesday released a declassified 2003 memorandum long sought by congressional Democrats and other administration critics that outlines the government's legal justification for harsh interrogation techniques used …
Discussion: Balkinization, TalkLeft and The Agonist
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Hillary fired for lies, unethical behavior from Congressional job: former boss  —  Dan Calabrese's new column on Hillary Clinton's past may bring the curtain down on her political future.  Calabrese interviewed Jerry Zeifman, the man who served as chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during …
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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
No Iraq Intelligence Update For You!  —  For weeks, analysts within the 16-agency U.S. intelligence community have been toiling to complete an assessment of the situation in Iraq.  This morning, it finally went to the Hill: the Senate and House intelligence committees, and the leadership in both chambers …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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Gabriel Schoenfeld / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Bush Intelligence Failure
Richard Florida and The Creative Class Exchange:
The Singles Map  —  This is the new and improved version the singles map published yesterday in the Boston Globe.  —  A Singles Map of the United States  —  Which cities have a surplus of single men (or women) - and what that means for the country  —  By Richard Florida
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Harold Ickes Confirms That Wright Is Key Topic In Discussions With Super-Delegates  —  In an interview with me this morning, senior Hillary adviser Harold Ickes confirmed that Reverend Jeremiah Wright is a key topic in discussions with uncommitted super-delegates over whether Obama is electable in a general election.
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Wonk Room:
Elizabeth Edwards Responds: Why Are People Like Me Left Out Of Your Health Care Proposal, Sen. McCain?  —  Our guest blogger is Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Presidential candidate John Edwards.  —  I freely admit that I am confused about the role of overnight funding in repurchase markets in the collapse of Bear Stearns.
Ali / Think Progress:
Student calls McCain out for political motivations of school appearance.  —  Today Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) stopped at his alma mater, Episcopal High School in Virginia, to lecture on the importance of teaching and the honor code.  McCain's toughest question came from student Katelyn Halldorson …
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
Blumenthal Claims Inside Knowledge that McCain Flirted with Leaving GOP  —  Clinton campaign adviser points to presumptive GOP nominee's positions on torture, taxes, global warming, tobacco and health care as evidence.  —  Business & Media Institute  —  Could John McCain have been the Independent or Democratic senator from Arizona?
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and TownHall Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton pleads for time  —  Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams put out a memo in which she casts the cause of keeping the campaign alive as an issue in and of itself, a kind of voting rights issue.  —  She lists the states yet to vote: … I tend to agree with Steve Benen on this …
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Dems seek Texas seat held by elder Bush  —  Democrats have been increasingly bullish about their ability to win over suburban, ancestrally Republican House districts that have been trending in their party's direction over the past decade.  —  But their party's latest target shows just how confident Democrats have become.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Pentagon Is Expected to Close Intelligence Unit  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is expected to shut a controversial intelligence office that has drawn fire from lawmakers and civil liberties groups who charge that it was part of an effort by the Defense Department to expand into domestic spying.
Discussion: Emptywheel
Fox News:
Report: Non-Muslims Deserve to Be Punished  —  A report posted on Islam Watch, a site run by Muslims who oppose intolerant teachings and hatred for unbelievers, exposes a prominent Islamic cleric and lawyer who support extreme punishment for non-Muslims — including killing and rape.
Steve Doughty / Daily Mail:
Church leader calls for building of mosques to be banned because of risk 'Britain will become an ‘Islamic state’  —  A senior Church of England member called yesterday for the building of mosques to be banned.  —  Alison Ruoff said more construction would lead to Islamic no go areas dominated …
 
 
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Britain Puts Troop Drawdown on Hold
New York Times:
Another Shift in the Wind for Clinton and Murdoch
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jon Henke / Megan McArdle:
Dark Clouds  —  First, Matt Stoller claimed that McCain's speech …
Ariel Alexovich / The Caucus:
Pa. Jewish Leaders Praise Obama in Letter
Discussion: Fox News
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Democrats' Turmoil Tests Party's Low-Key Leader
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Primary shenanigans could backfire
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Obama-Webb 2008  —  I've mentioned in passing several times …
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Does Obama Understand Defeat?
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
The Hillary-Bosnia Mystery, Cont'd
CNN:
Chertoff: Laws to be waived for border fence
Discussion: The Impolitic
Fafnir / Fafblog:
everything depends on the getaway
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, Clinton 45%
Discussion: Pollster.com
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Clinton backer: Obama will win
Neil Midgley / Telegraph:
Flying penguins found by BBC programme
The Politico:
Pentagon balked on gay partner travel