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12:55 PM ET, April 9, 2008

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Not guilty  —  One of the stranger episodes of the Lieberman-Lamont primary in 2006 was the Lieberman campaign's charge that supporters of his rival (whose web guy, Tim Tagaris, is above) “attacked” Lieberman's website.  —  Anyway, the FBI has finally gotten to the bottom of it, in case you were wondering.
City Room:
F.B.I. Says Lieberman 2006 Crashed Its Own Site
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Phillip Carter / Intel Dump:
Petraeus Overplays His Hand  —  That statement by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker pretty much sums up what he and Gen. David Petraeus presented to Congress yesterday.  Iraq is hard, but we are making headway; victory is possible, if we only persevere.  —  Except that in making this pitch, Petraeus and Crocker overplayed their hand.
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The New Republic:
Petraeus and Crocker's Hugely Depressing Transformation
Washington Post:
Frustrated Senators See No Exit Signs
Robert Scheer / The Huffington Post:
Everything His President Wants to Hear
Discussion: Right Wing News
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
Report: Jimmy Carter to Meet With Hamas Leader in Syria  —  NEW YORK CITY — Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly preparing an unprecedented meeting with the leader of Hamas, an organization that the U.S. government considers one of the leading terrorist threats in the world.
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The One True Tami / Tami, the One True:
Carter Criticism Connundrum
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Macsmind
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Jimmy Carter to meet with ... Hamas?
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Director breaks wall of silence at state's Muslim public school  —  Recently, I wrote about Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights.  Charter schools are public schools and by law must not endorse or promote religion.  —  Evidence suggests, however …
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
NYT Mag On Matthews: The Excerpts  —  Earlier: Forthcoming?  NYT Mag Piece on Matthews.  —  Earlier: Leibovich Dishes On Matthews  —  Earlier: NYT Mag On Matthews: NBC Forced Chris To Apologize.  —  We've got an advanced copy of Mark Leibovich's piece on Chris Matthews, entitled “Chris Matthews, Seriously.
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Chris Matthews, Seriously.  (O.K., Not That Seriously.)  —  Whenever Chris Matthews says something he likes, which happens a lot, he repeats it often and at volumes suggesting a speaker who feels insufficiently listened to at times.  “Tim Russert finally reeled the big marlin into the boat tonight …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Zzaki / Political Punch:
Obama Prepares Argument to Discard Public-Financing Principle  —  Despite his previous pledge to enter into the public financing system should he be the Democratic presidential nominee,* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has recently been reluctant to re-commit to entering the system.
The Politico:
Clinton leadership a study in missteps  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton wants voters to decide the nomination based on who can coolly and competently run the country.  She had better hope they don't study her recent campaign too closely for the answer.  —  Clinton has overseen two major staff shake-ups in two months.
David Perlmutt / Charlotte Observer:
Michelle Obama visits Harrisburg  —  HARRISBURG —This was Michelle Obama's “mom time” in her husband's campaign for president.  —  She'd come Tuesday to meet with 50 working women who filled a room at a Harrisburg preschool, anxious to talk to Barack Obama's wife.  —  But they'd have to wait.
Kathy / five feet of fury.:
Richard Warman suing conservative bloggers — including me  —  Richard “The Boy Named Sue” Warman has finally filed his statement of claim.  —  Canada's busiest litigant, serial “human rights” complainant and — the guy Mark Steyn has called “Canada's most sensitive man” …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com and Hot Air
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Ezra Levant:
Richard Warman has sued me — and other conservative bloggers
Discussion: Argghhh! and Daimnation!
Lanny J. Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Minister Problem  —  I have tried to get over my unease surrounding Barack Obama's response to the sermons and writings of his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.  But the unanswered questions remain.  —  I am a strong supporter …
Wall Street Journal:
The New Liberal Taboo  —  What a spectacle.  It is now respectable for Democrats to assert, even to welcome, military defeat (see here).  But if a Presidential campaign functionary so much as hints at support for free trade, he's banished to policy exile.  —  That's the meaning …
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Jack Shafer / Slate:
Two Cheers for Newsroom Buyouts  —  THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE BAD NEWS COMING OUT OF NEWSROOMS.  —  Advertising revenue at newspapers has fallen off a cliff and may tumble all the way to the bottom of the Marianas Trench if the promised recession arrives.  Average circulation is down, too …
CNN:
Blitzer: Iraqis playing U.S. taxpayers for ‘suckers’?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Just before and immediately after the U.S. launched its invasion of Iraq, Bush administration officials optimistically predicted that Iraqi oil exports would soon finance the reconstruction of the country.  That didn't happen.
Discussion: Think Progress
CNN:
Byrd won't give up top committee spot  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Senior Democratic senators privately considered Tuesday Sen. Robert Byrd's capacity to handle his spot at the top of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, but the 90-year-old lawmaker won't be stepping down from the demanding job, his office told CNN.
Discussion: Redstate
Marc Ambinder:
More Cowbells?  More White People!  —  Overzealous event coordinators?  A rare, unforced error committed by the Obama campaign's site advance teams.  —  From an article in the Tartan, the daily newspaper Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
 
 
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
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Jamiel's Law: The revolt against L.A.'s illegal alien sanctuary policy
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Pelosi Pooh-Poohs the ‘Dream Ticket’ (Again)
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Rusty Gets a Cease and Desist Request from .... GEERT WILDERS
CNN:
Report criticizes immigration chief for Halloween party
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Craig offers support to Vitter
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
The Gospel, According to Luke
Discussion: MSNBC and The Confluence
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Lead in Democratic Race
 

 
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Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
Sources: NBC has demanded Donald Trump's campaign remove a video with audio deceptively edited to seem like it's from an NBC reporter after the third GOP debate

Dasha Litvinova / Associated Press:
Russia places journalist and author Masha Gessen on a wanted list after opening a criminal case on charges of spreading “false information” about Russia's army

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
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