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11:40 AM ET, April 8, 2008

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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Congress To Hear Of Gains In Iraq  —  Petraeus, Crocker To Face Impatient Lawmakers  —  In a reprise of their testimony last September, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker plan to tell Congress today and tomorrow that security has improved in Iraq and that the government …
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Seumas Milne / Guardian:
Secret US plan for military future in Iraq  —  A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made for an open-ended military presence in the country.  —  The draft strategic framework agreement between the US …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Testimony by General Will Test Candidates for President  —  WASHINGTON — Three presidential candidates and two very different views of Iraq will be on full display on Tuesday as Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Baghdad, testifies before the Senate in a marathon session of war and White House ambitions.
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:   Wanted & Found: An Iraq War Bogeyman
Gateway Pundit:
The Gratitude Campaign— Pass It On
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Protesters line up for Petraeus-Crocker appearance at Senate Armed Services panel
Discussion: The Swamp
CNN:
Petraeus will stick to his guns, aide says
Discussion: The Page
Associated Press:
A top-level Iraqi body calls for immediate disbanding of militias
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jules Crittenden:
“Failure of Leadership”
Discussion: The Swamp and Wake up America
New York Times:
Shift at Top May Mean Shift in Tone for Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — “This isn't exactly what I was planning on when I woke up this morning,” Geoff Garin e-mailed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton after a hasty weekend shake-up left him atop her campaign's strategy team.  —  Mrs. Clinton answered his dry humor in kind.
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Errors Haunting Clinton  —  The most striking critiques of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign have come not from her opponents or her enemies but from her most loyal friends.  —  Since December, I have been hearing a steady stream of worries from Clinton partisans who took Barack Obama's challenge seriously from the start.
Discussion: Washington Wire, Salon and Newsweek
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Clinton says Penn controversy won't be damaging
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Surprising Political Endorsements By U.S. Troops  —  American Soldiers Speak Out About Their Presidential Endorsements  —  ABC's Martha Raddatz asked American soldiers in Iraq what issues are most important to them when looking at the presidential candidates.
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Cheney Could Keep Security Detail  —  Secret Service Calls 6-Month Extension Prudent, Probable  —  The man code-named “Angler” by the Secret Service will probably continue to receive the agency's protection long after he leaves office next year.  —  The Secret Service is preparing …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Think Progress:
ThinkFast: April 8, 2008  —  Aides say in today's testimony …
Discussion: The Hill and MotherJones.com
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI Data Transfers Via Telecoms Questioned  —  When FBI investigators probing New York prostitution rings, Boston organized crime or potential terrorist plots anywhere want access to a suspect's telephone contacts, technicians at a telecommunications carrier served with a government order can …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Iraq War Attitudes Politically Polarized  —  Republicans generally favor the war; Democrats oppose it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans reject the idea of a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, by a better than 2-to-1 margin, 65% to 32%.  Democrats show an even greater margin …
Discussion: Salon and American Power
Matt Lewis / The Politico:
Perkins, Toomey for Senate?  —  While most political observers are focused on the protracted Democratic primary fight between the senator from the state of New York and the senator from the state of Hope, rumors have been swirling in conservative circles that two of the movement's …
Discussion: American Spectator
Washington Post:
The Sin of Speaking Truth  —  YET ANOTHER Democratic adviser is in trouble for having more common sense that his candidate — or at least, more than his candidate has the courage to admit having.  —  First there was Austan Goolsbee, Sen. Barack Obama's economic adviser …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Obama Is No King  —  TODAY, THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PULPIT IS LARGELY OCCUPIED BY SECOND-RATE SHAKEDOWN ARTISTS.  —  When Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, I was 19 years old and fancifully considered myself to be far to the left of him.  Notwithstanding that, he felt …
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Housing, foreclosures notably absent in House GOP recess kits  —  House Republican leaders did not mention mortgage foreclosures or the word “housing” in materials given to their members before the March recess.  —  The 21-page document distributed on March 13 addressed economic concerns ranging …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends:
Alcatel Prevails in Microsoft Patent Fight  —  A jury has awarded Alcatel $367.4 million after finding Microsoft violated two of the company's patents...but it's a lot less than the $1.5 billion Alcatel originally won.  —  A jury has award Alcatel-Lucent $367.4 million in damages …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and CNN
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama Vs. Rice
Discussion: The RBC and The Jed Report
Times of London:
IOC may scrap Beijing Olympic torch relay over protests
Discussion: The Corner
Michael J. Totten:
Builders of Nations
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Young Obama Backers Twist Parents' Arms
Neela Banerjee / New York Times:
For McCain, Little Talk of a Controversial Endorsement
Scott Horton / Harper's:
A Tale of Three Lawyers
Discussion: Salon
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: U.S.-Israeli study of airstrike on Syrian nuke facility …
Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:
His Legacy Tarnished, Greenspan Goes on Defensive
Discussion: The American Mind
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What do my colleagues think?  —  One of the regular commenters …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Arizona Blacks: Where's McCain?
Richelieu / Weekly Standard Blog:
Why Rice Will Not Be VP  —  This Condi for Veep hype is political madness.
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Network of Truces  —  The U.S. brought no shortage …
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Bill Clinton Visits Puerto Rico, Rich in Culture and Delegates
Infidelesto / Infidels Are Cool:
Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright: Former Muslim
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
How the MSM Treats Hillary: One Video Shows It All