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2:55 AM ET, April 25, 2011


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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
WikiLeaks discloses new details on whereabouts of al-Qaeda leaders on 9/11  —  On Sept. 11, 2001, the core of al-Qaeda was concentrated in a single city: Karachi, Pakistan.  —  At a hospital, the accused mastermind of the bombing of the USS Cole was recovering from a tonsillectomy.
New York Times:
THE GUANTÁNAMO FILES: Classified Files Offer New Insights Into Detainees  —  Classified assessments of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison obtained by The New York Times give the fullest public picture to date of the prisoners held there.
Discussion: Lawfare, Threat Level and TalkLeft
The Huffington Post:
Robert De Niro To GOP, Donald Trump: ‘How Dare You!’ … Donald Trump , Robert De Niro , Robert De Niro GOP , Robert De Niro Obama , Robert De Niro Politics , Robert De Niro Tribeca Film Festival , Tribeca Film Festival , Robert De Niro Brian Williams , Entertainment News
S.T. Vanairsdale / Movieline:
At Tribeca: Robert De Niro Talks Scorsese Reunion, SNL Hosting and the GOP's ‘Big Hustle’  —  He's a hoarder — sort of.  —  Asked why he recently supplied the De Niro Archives to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, the actor deadpanned, “They were the only people who would take it. ”
Carolyn Thompson / Associated Press:
NY case underscores Wi-Fi privacy dangers  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. - Lying on his family room floor with assault weapons trained on him, shouts of “pedophile!” and “pornographer!” stinging like his fresh cuts and bruises, the Buffalo homeowner didn't need long to figure out the reason …
Scott / Power Line:
Another Passover massacre  —  Just in time for Passover this year, Omri Ceren reminded us, the Palestinian Authority honored the terrorist mastermind responsible for the “Passover Massacre” a terrorist atrocity which claimed the lives of 30 innocent Israeli citizens at Netanya's Park Hotel on March 27, 2002.
Discussion: Amerisrael, Haaretz and Arutz Sheva
New York Sun:
Sarah Palin for the Fed?  —  The big question as Chairman Bernanke gets set for his first quarterly press conference is how Sarah Palin was able to figure out sooner than everyone else that the Federal Reserve's campaign of quantitative easing wouldn't work.
Associated Press:
Bahrain crown prince declines royal wedding invite  —  LONDON (AP) — Bahrain's crown prince on Sunday declined an invitation to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, saying he did not want the Gulf nation's unrest to tarnish the celebration.  —  Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa sent …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Coburn takes on Norquist  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), arguably the most prominent fiscal conservative in the Senate, is declaring his independence from one of the country's leading anti-tax groups, Americans for Tax Reform - and its fiery founder, Grover Norquist.
Discussion: FrumForum
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Multi-Party Systems And Attack Ads  —  This Conservative Party hit on Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff is just unbelievably devastating.  To a small extent they seem to me to have buried the lead and it's the final seconds where they really nail him:  —  The interesting thing …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Let's Take a Hike  —  When I listen to current discussions of the federal budget, the message I hear sounds like this: We're in crisis!  We must take drastic action immediately!  And we must keep taxes low, if not actually cut them further!  —  You have to wonder: If things are that serious …
Peter Foster / Telegraph:
China seizes Christians in Easter raid  —  Dozens of Chinese Christians were arrested on Sunday when police prevented an evangelical Protestant church from holding its Easter Sunday service, as the state continued its attack on protests against one-party rule.
Discussion: Don Surber
Jo Ling Kent / CNN:
Church: Police block Beijing Easter service
New York Times:
Corrections  —  An article on April 15 on homeowners facing foreclosure because of delinquent payments to their homeowners associations incorrectly stated the position of David Swedelson at the law firm Swedelson & Gottlieb, as well as the firm's relationship with Association Lien Services.
Transcripts on  —  Below:  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: On this Easter Sunday there is a dark mood in the country about high unemployment, soaring gas prices, and Washington's constant bickering over how to solve pressing problems.  In this climate, our politics is taking unexpected turns as well …
David A. Stockman / New York Times:
The Bipartisan March to Fiscal Madness  —  IT is obvious that the nation's desperate fiscal condition requires higher taxes on the middle class, not just the richest 2 percent.  Likewise, entitlement reform requires means-testing the giant Social Security and Medicare programs …
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
The Impending Debt Limit/Default Crisis Has Been Long in Coming
Discussion: MyDD and The Mahablog
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Lindsey Graham: U.S. Should Ignore U.N. Mandate In Libya … WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the United States should take a more aggressive approach in Libya to oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi, bombing the capital city so members of Gaddafi's inner circle “wake up every day wondering, ‘will this be my last?’”
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
McCain: The US is NATO, should retake control of Libyan operation
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Rick Santorum: I Would ‘Absolutely’ Let The Country Default Over Defunding The Health Care Law
Jason Lewis / Telegraph:
Lobbyists who cleared ‘Climategate’ academics funded by taxpayers and the BBC
Discussion: Biased BBC and Watts Up With That?
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Choc and Awe  —  I am looking this bright Easter morn …
 Earlier Items: 
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Gabrielle Giffords' doctors, husband share details on her progress
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bloomberg to Obama: Schmooze or lose!
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