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11:50 AM ET, April 9, 2008

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Brian Lockhart / Stamford Advocate:
FBI probe: Lieberman campaign to blame for crashing own Web site  —  A federal investigation has concluded that U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's 2006 re-election campaign was to blame for the crash of its Web site the day before Connecticut's heated Aug. 8 Democratic primary.
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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.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Washington Post:
Frustrated Senators See No Exit Signs  —  Asked repeatedly yesterday what “conditions” he is looking for to begin substantial U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq after this summer's scheduled drawdown, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said he will know them when he sees them.  For frustrated lawmakers, it was not enough.
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The New Republic:
Petraeus and Crocker's Hugely Depressing Transformation
Discussion: The Current
Robert Scheer / The Huffington Post:
Everything His President Wants to Hear
Discussion: Right Wing News
Julia Hoppock / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Ambassador Crocker Says Ready to Talk to Iran Again
Discussion: Think Progress
Speaker Pelosi / The Gavel:
We Need a New Direction in Iraq, But Petraeus and Crocker Offered …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and BLACKFIVE
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?
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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Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Teacher 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 …
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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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.
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Reaction
CNN:
Report criticizes immigration chief for Halloween party  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A report criticizes a top immigration official for attempting to conceal her role in a controversial Halloween costume party.  —  Julie Myers, then-acting chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Official Had Controversial Photos Deleted, Report Says
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Los Angeles Times
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Democratic Soft Money Group Ramps Up  —  The Fund for America, a political organization aligned with several major players in Democratic politics, has raised better than $11 million — largely from wealthy individuals — since its inception last November and doled out nearly half that sum …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Craig offers support to Vitter  —  Embattled Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R) is getting support from fellow Republicans who say he should not resign over a public sex scandal — including from someone who can speak from experience.  —  Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho was among several GOP senators …
 
 
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Arnold Schwarzenegger / Los Angeles Times:
The torch in San Francisco
Rasmussen Reports:
Iraq Troop Withdrawal
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Pelosi Pooh-Poohs the ‘Dream Ticket’ (Again)
Terrorism Awareness Project:
Student Guide to Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week II
CBN.com:
John McCain's Committee of 50
Discussion: Hot Air
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Rusty Gets a Cease and Desist Request from .... GEERT WILDERS
Hollywoodreporter / The Hollywood Reporter:
The real ‘W’ (or at least the first few pages of the script)
Sarah Abruzzese / New York Times:
Bush Gives Medal of Honor to Slain Navy Seals Member
 Earlier Items: 
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Disagreeing on pay-to-pollute provisions
Discussion: The Foundry
Dave Davies / Philly.com:
Candidates' positive ads mask trash-talk reality
Discussion: The Page
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
The Gospel, According to Luke
Discussion: MSNBC and The Confluence
Lynn Sweet:
First appearence of Obama grandmother in ad. …
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Religious Persecution, or Looking the Other Way?  Isn't There A Third View?
Discussion: The Other McCain
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Ethno-Sectarian Violence  —  WHAT IT SHOWS: This chart combines maps …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Lead in Democratic Race
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
In Justice Shift, Corporate Deals Replace Trials