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7:20 PM ET, April 2, 2008


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San Francisco Chronicle:
MATIER AND ROSS  —  Bill Clinton's tirade stunned some delegates  —  The Bill Clinton who met privately with California's superdelegates at last weekend's state convention was a far cry from the congenial former president who afterward publicly urged fellow Democrats to “chill out” …
Phillippe Sands / Vanity Fair:
The Green Light  —  As the first anniversary of 9/11 approached, and a prized Guantánamo detainee wouldn't talk, the Bush administration's highest-ranking lawyers argued for extreme interrogation techniques, circumventing international law, the Geneva Conventions, and the army's own Field Manual.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
John Yoo's war crimes  —  (updated below)  —  Yet again, the ACLU has performed the function which Congress and the media are intended to perform but do not.  As the result of a FOIA lawsuit the ACLU filed and then prosecuted for several years, numerous documents relating …
Matthew Yglesias:
The Yoo Coverup
Jennifer Chambers / Detroit News:
Stabenow's husband caught in Troy prostitution sting, police report says  —  TROY — The co-founder and former CEO of the liberal-progressive Democracy Radio and husband of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was caught in February by a Troy police sting aimed at catching prostitutes, according to a police report.
Detroit Free Press:
Report: Stabenow's husband paid prostitute in sting  —  Thomas Athans, the husband of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and cofounder of a liberal talk radio network, told Troy police detectives that he paid a prostitute $150 for sex at a Troy hotel in late February, according to a police report obtained Wednesday …
Fox News:   Husband of Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow Caught in Sex Sting
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
New polls show Obama surge in Pa.  —  Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is surging in Pennsylvania, according to several new polls.  In one survey, released by Public Policy Polling this morning, Obama is now leading New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for the first time, 45 percent to 43 percent.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama takes the lead in Pennsylvania  —  Barack Obama 45  —  Hillary Clinton 43  —  Barack Obama has taken the lead in Pennsylvania, a remarkable turnaround after trailing Hillary Clinton by 26 points in a PPP poll in the state just two and a half weeks ago.
Ana Marie Cox / Swampland:
SWAMPLAND EXCLUSIVE!!  McCain Reacts to Heidi Montag Endorsement!  —  Ana Marie Cox, Washington Editor of, is the founding editor of Wonkette and the author of the novel Dog Days.  —  Joe Klein is TIME's political columnist and author of six books, most recently Politics Lost.
Discussion: Gawker and Wonkette
Ryan Born / Us Weekly:
EXCLUSIVE: Heidi Montag: I'm Voting For John McCain  —  The New York Times recently called Heidi Montag a “feminist hero” for standing up to beau Spencer Pratt, but the Hills star, 21, isn't backing Hillary Clinton for president.  —  “I'm voting for John McCain,” she tells Us Weekly in its latest issue, on newsstands now.
Ari Shapiro / NPR:
Justice Probes Lawyer's Dismissal Amid Gay Rumor  —  Audio for this story will be available at approx. 7:00 p.m. ET  —  · The Justice Department's inspector general is investigating whether a career attorney in the department was dismissed from her job because of rumors that she is a lesbian.
Paul Kiel / TPMMuckraker:
DoJ Investigators Probing Whether Goodling Fired Lawyer Due to Gay Rumors
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Men's Fashion, Men's Clothing, Gear …:
Karl Rove Likes What He Sees  —  Karl Rove Likes What He Sees … I CAN SEE KARL ROVE standing outside the restaurant, on the phone, yakking, pacing, occasionally peering at me through the etched-glass window and sticking a stubby finger in the air to indicate that he'll just be just one more minute.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Heavy Troop Deployments Are Called Major Risk  —  Readiness Is Dangerously Low, Army Chief Says  —  Senior Army and Marine Corps leaders said yesterday that the increase of more than 30,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan has put unsustainable levels of stress on U.S. ground forces and has put …
Brent Baker /
Turner: Global Warming Will Cause Mass Cannibalism, Insurgents Are Patriots  —  Interviewed Tuesday for Charlie Rose's PBS show, CNN founder Ted Turner argued that inaction on global warming “will be catastrophic” and those who don't die “will be cannibals.”
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Obama: I'd hire Gore  —  WALLINGFORD, Pa. - Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday he would give Al Gore, a Nobel prize winner, a major role in an Obama administration to address the problem of global warming.  —  At a town-hall meeting, Obama was asked if he would tap the former vice president for his Cabinet to handle global warming.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush ends news conference a bit early  —  NEPTUN, Romania - Are we done here?  —  President Bush apparently thought so when he ended a news conference Wednesday with his host, Romanian President Traian Basescu.  —  “Thank you.  Thank you very much,” Bush told reporters, a code phrase that means, “That's it, folks.”
Discussion: White House and Think Progress
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