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12:55 PM ET, May 6, 2006


 Top Items: 
The Next Head of the CIA?  —  EXCLUSIVE: Air Force General Michael Hayden is likely to be named Porter Goss's successor.  Then the partisan fireworks will really begin  —  President George W. Bush stunned Washington on Friday by accepting the resignation of CIA Director Porter J. Goss …
New York Times:
Director of C.I.A. Is Stepping Down Under Pressure  —  WASHINGTON, May 5 — Porter J. Goss resigned under pressure on Friday as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, ending a stormy 19-month tenure marked by plummeting morale inside the agency's ranks and turf battles within government.
New York Times:
Top C.I.A. Pick Has Credentials and Skeptics  —  WASHINGTON, May 5 — Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who senior administration officials said Friday was the likely choice of President Bush to head the Central Intelligence Agency, has a stellar résumé for a spy and has long been admired at the White House and on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Dana Priest / Washington Post:
The Fix-It Man Leaves, but The Agency's Cracks Remain  —  Porter J. Goss was brought into the CIA to quell what the White House viewed as a partisan insurgency against the administration and to re-energize a spy service that failed to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks or accurately assess Iraq's weapons capability.
Anthony Citrano / The Cosmic Tap:
Hayden as Goss' Replacement?  And you thought it couldn't get worse.  —  General Michael Hayden's name is being floated tonight by senior officials as a potential replacement for fired CIA chief Porter Goss.  Hayden is principal deputy director of US intelligence and was the director of the NSA for five years.
Laura / War and Piece:
So, the verdict is in.  According to the WP, the NYT, the LAT, Time, etc.  Goss was forced out yesterday after months of tension between him and John Negroponte over the CIA's reduced turf, and that President Bush lost confidence in Goss "almost from the beginning" (WP).  —  So then he was forced out on very short notice?
David Corn / Yahoo! News:
Goss in the Cold: A Scandal Skedaddle?
Discussion: Billmon and Sploid
CBS News:
Sources: CIA Director Forced Out
Discussion: protein wisdom and Point Five
Cori Dauber / Rantingprofs:
Nagging Details  —  The narrative that emerged yesterday …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Hayden Favored to Replace Goss at CIA
Discussion: NewsHog
Dan / Riehl World View:
Why Kennedy Is A Disgrace To Humanity … As one of a growing number of people who have known the dark road of addiction and subsequent recovery, permit me to offer some personal impressions regarding the show Rep. Patrick Kennedy put on today.  —  What I'll say about me is that for approximately 15 years …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Valerie Plame Gets Book Deal  —  Valerie Plame Wilson, the Central Intelligence Agency covert officer whose name was publicly disclosed three years ago, has agreed to sell her memoir for a little more than $2.5 million, according to people involved in the bidding process for the book.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Court Dubious on Libby's Document Request
Discussion: JustOneMinute
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Not All See Video Mockery of Zarqawi as Good Strategy  —  An effort by the American military to discredit the terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi by showing video outtakes of him fumbling with a machine gun — suggesting that he lacks real fighting skill — was questioned yesterday by retired and active American military officers.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Great Republican Rebranding  —  Sen. Rick Santorum wanted to talk.  —  His purpose, he said over breakfast earlier this week in the Senate dining room, was to "tell the other side of the story" about his record, which his foes use to cast him as — these are his words — "a mean-spirited, hard-right country club Republican."
Nathalie Szerman / MEMRI:
Algerian Reformist Malek Chebel: 27 Propositions for Reforming Islam  —  Malek Chebel, a renowned anthropologist focusing on the Arab world, is one of today's prominent French-speaking North African intellectuals.  In 2004, he established, in France, the Foundation for an Enlightened Islam.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and lgf
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Concerning Criticism Of Democrats  —  I have been pondering the question from Americablog that Matt posted yesterday: should we stop criticizing Democrats until after the 2006 elections?  Here is my response:  — For starters, whatever criticism we make of Democrats …
Discussion: David Sirota
Washington Post:
Limousine Firm Denies Allegations  —  Cunningham Was Not Provided With Prostitutes, Official Says  —  The president of a limousine company questioned in a congressional bribery investigation has denied accusations that he or his company provided prostitutes to convicted former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham or anyone else.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hullabaloo
Crooks and Liars:
Shuster: Prosecutors may have more on Rove  —  Shuster: Prosecutors may have more on Rove  —  via "Coundtown," with Keith Olbermann.  David Shuster tonight talked about more problems for Libby, which possibly could open up a charge for leaking, but a potential blockbuster on Rove.  (rough transcript)
Discussion: Firedoglake and JustOneMinute
Yassin Musharbash / Spiegel Online:
Online Magazine Hints at Attacks on Papers that Ran Muhammad Caricatures  —  The publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad caused outrage and violence across the Muslim world several months ago.  Now a militant Muslim group with a presence in Germany and other European nations …
Ryan Sager / Real Clear Politics:
Immigration: South and West  —  Immigration is causing a split in the Republican Party.  But it's not between business snobs and working slobs.  It's between the South and the West.  —  While there may be state and local races this year where it makes sense for GOP candidates to take a hard line …
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