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11:05 PM ET, May 8, 2006


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CIA No. 3, facing bribe probe, quits  —  WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) — CIA Director Porter Goss' No. 3 man at the agency, facing investigation as part of a congressional bribe probe, quit Monday, an official said.  —  Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the CIA's executive director, announced his resignation …
Transcript for May 7  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday, serious issues facing our country:  —  gas prices, health care, immigration, Iran, Iraq and more.  If the Democrats reclaim control of the Congress, what would they do?  —  With us, the woman who would like to be the next speaker …
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek:
Changing the Guard  —  While Bush's new CIA nominee preps for a tough nomination battle, agency No. 3 Dusty Foggo is leaving the agency  —  May 8, 2006 - By all accounts, Michael Hayden is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced intelligence officers currently working for the United States government.
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush Turns to Gen. Hayden to Lead CIA  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush on Monday chose Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden to lead the embattled Central Intelligence Agency, re-igniting a debate over the domestic surveillance program that the onetime head of the National Security Agency once ran.
The Blotter:
CIA's Foggo Expected to Resign Soon
Discussion: TPM Muckraker
USA Today:
Bush approval rating hits new low  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush's approval rating has slumped to 31% in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, the lowest of his presidency and a warning sign for Republicans in the November elections.  —  The survey of 1,013 adults, taken Friday through Sunday …
Jerusalem Post:
Peres says that Iran 'can also be wiped off the map'  —  TEHRAN, Iran  —  Vice Premier Shimon Peres said Monday in an interview to Reuters that "the president of Iran should remember that Iran can also be wiped off the map," Army Radio reported.  —  According to Peres …
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Iran's Leader Writes to President Bush  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written a letter to President Bush, a spokesman for Iran's hard-line government said Monday.  The letter proposed "new solutions for getting out of international problems and the current fragile situation in the world …
White House: Iran's letter not a nuclear fix
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Iranian President Writes Letter to Bush
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report v3.0 Beta:
Atwar Bahjat Beheading Video a Hoax (Images / Video)  —  ****Jawa Report Exclusive****  —  A gruesome beheading video delivered to the Sunday Times purporting to be of slain journalist Atwar Bahjat is a hoax.  On Sunday, May 7th, the Times reported that they had received a low-quality video of Atwar Bahjat being slowly beheaded.
The Raw Story:
MSNBC reporter: 'I am convinced that Karl Rove will, in fact, be indicted'  —  Rush transcript from Countdown with Keith Olbermann / MSNBC.  —  MSNBC's Keith Olbermann: There are stories — possibly apocryphal — from the medieval courts of chancery in England, of lawsuits that took so long …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
It's What They Leave Out That Makes It Interesting...  Jim Vandehei of the WaPo tackles the possibility of a Rove indictment: … The puzzle - just how did Rove testify about a conversation he didn't (and perhaps still doesn't) remember?  Jane Hamsher provides an excellent guess …
Agence France Presse:
Moussaoui asks for new trial  —  Less than a week after he was jailed for life over the September 11 attacks, Al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui submitted a motion asking to withdraw his guilty plea so he can have a new trial.  —  "Moussaoui wishes to withdraw his guilty plea because when he entered …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Moussaoui Fails in Bid to Withdraw 9/11 Guilty Plea
Discussion: the talking dog
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Al Gore Might Yet Join 2008 Contenders  —  Former Vice President Keeps Mum  —  As His Movie Sparks Talk of a White House Run  —  First there was Clinton-Gore.  Could Clinton vs. Gore be next?  —  For former Vice President Al Gore, a rash of favorable publicity surrounding this month's opening …
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Newspaper Circulation Declines 2.6 Percent  —  Newspaper circulation fell 2.6 percent in the six-month period ending in March, according to data released Monday, as more people turned to the Internet and other media outlets for news and information.  —  The decline in average paid weekday circulation …
Tim Hames / Times of London:
After this bloody shambles, a question.  Is Tony Blair his own worst enemy?  —  IT IS said by some that David Bowie created his epic song Life On Mars by writing a series of rhyming couplets, chucking them all up in the air and organising the lyrics in the order that they landed.
CBS News:
Did Bush Force British Minister Out?
Discussion: The Left Coaster and Guardian
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Bush's Appointees Not As Diverse as Clinton's  —  President Bush's crop of political appointees includes fewer women and minorities than did President Bill Clinton's at comparable points in their presidencies, according to a new report by House Democrats.  —  Women made up about 37 percent …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Captured AQ Documents: "Every Year Is Worse Than The Previous Year"  —  CENTCOM announced today that they had captured al-Qaeda correspondence in Iraq that discusses the state of the insurgency, especially around Baghdad but also around the entire country.  Far from optimistic …
Joshua Trevino / Swords Crossed:
Heathers.  —  Where to begin?  So Stephen Colbert gave a speech that lots of people thought was funny, except for the people in the room where he gave it.  The Objective Humor Value of the speech became swiftly politicized, and finding it funny became a litmus test for True Believer and You're One of Us status.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
What's in a Name?  Plenty If It's Kennedy  —  It's hard to imagine that Patrick Kennedy would have gotten elected to Congress a dozen years ago without his last name.  —  It's equally hard to imagine that the media would be going wild about his late-night car crash and prescription drug addiction if he weren't a Kennedy.
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