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5:35 AM ET, May 8, 2006


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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Rove Is Using Threat of Loss to Stir G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON, May 5 — To anyone who doubts the stakes for the White House in this year's midterm Congressional elections, consider that Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the Democrat who would become chairman of the Judiciary Committee …
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Rove's Time in Limbo Near End in CIA Leak Case  —  Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald is wrapping up his investigation into White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove's role in the CIA leak case by weighing this central question:  —  Did Rove, who was deeply involved in defending President Bush's use …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Needlenose
Rep. John Conyers / The Huffington Post:
It's Checks and Balances, Mr. Russert  —  It's not every day a Congressman from Detroit has his name mentioned on, not one, but two Sunday morning news shows.  —  First, on ABC's This Week, I was taken to task by none other than the soon-to-be-ex-Congressman Tom DeLay.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
On One Of Iraq's Top Journalists Being Beheaded (UPDATED)  —  The barbaric terrorists beheadings that go beyond most definitions of murder in terms of their brutality have continued in Iraq.  —  WARNING: This Times Online piece about the merciless on-camera butchery of Atwar Bahjat …
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Knowing the Enemy  —  In "The Killing of Atwar Bahjat", Greyhawk points us to a graphic [warning: not for the week of stomach] Times UK account of the murder of Iraqi journalist Atwar Bahjat.  —  What one is left with, after reading the piece, is twofold, I think: first …
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:   The Face Of Evil
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
House Intel Panel Chief Opposes Hayden  —  WASHINGTON - A leading Republican came out against the front-runner for CIA director, Gen. Michael Hayden, saying Sunday the spy agency should not have military leadership during a turbulent time among intelligence agencies.
Katherine Shrader / Washington Times:   Military's role in spycraft ascendant
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Just One of Those Mysteries... For Snow's First Day  —  The CIA director is forced out after a year and the White House gives no reason at all for it.  What will the new press secretary do when asked for an explanation that was glaringly absent on Friday?  Monday is Snow's first day on the job.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Republicans and Hookers  —  The administration is not dead.  You can see that from the very skillful way it has massaged the news treatment of Porter Goss's resignation.  Sure, there's a great deal of truth behind the Negroponte context, and the bureaucratic tensions and policy disputes that contributed to Goss's demise.
Discussion: TPM Muckraker and War and Piece
International Herald Tribune:
Jimmy Carter: Punishing the innocent is a crime  —  Jimmy Carter International Herald Tribune  —  Innocent Palestinian people are being treated like animals, with the presumption that they are guilty of some crime.  Because they voted for candidates who are members of Hamas …
Discussion: what if?
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Discussion: Daimnation!
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
There's Something Truly You-Know-What About This Story  —  Bush claims he caught a 7 1/2 pound perch in his very own lake.  —  Yeah, right.  Gotta picture?  But just for the sake of argument, let's say it's true (but see below).  He really did catch that large a fish and that was his happiest moment in five years.
The Australian:
Mark Steyn: New coalition of willing needed in Darfur  —  Hollywood stars are naive to expect the UN to stop the bloodbath in Sudan  —  I SEE George Clooney and Angelina Jolie have discovered Darfur and are now demanding "action".  Good for them.  Hollywood hasn't shown this much interest …
Jonathan Chait / Los Angeles Times:
Don't let the left defeat Lieberman  —  The last thing the Democratic cause needs is martyrdom for the sanctimonious senator from Connecticut.  —  WATCHING the left wing of the Democratic Party trying to take down Joe Lieberman has been a deeply confusing experience for me.
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Decision '08 and Majikthise
Jared Bernstein / Los Angeles Times:
You know how to add, don't you?  —  A dark night, a mysterious dame and a gumshoe looking for clues in the case of the vanishing wages  —  I Was working late in my D.C. office.  I'd been running some new simulations on my macro-model, but nothing was converging, so I figured I'd close …
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran Threatens to Pull Out of Nuke Treaty  —  TEHRAN, Iran - Iran renewed its threats to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty on Sunday, with its president saying sanctions would be "meaningless" and its parliament seeking to put a final end to unannounced inspections of its nuclear facilities.
Laura Sessions Stepp / Washington Post:
Cupid's Broken Arrow  —  Performance Anxiety and Substance Abuse Figure Into the Increase in Reports of Impotence on Campus  —  Adam Skrodzki, a tall, redheaded senior at the University of Maryland, bench-presses a respectable 280 pounds.  He fights fires in Howard County as a volunteer …
Discussion: Pandagon
Elizabeth Mehren / Los Angeles Times:
Many Youths Disregard Their Virginity Pledges, Harvard Study Says  —  According to interviews, more than half have sex within a year.  But one pro-abstinence group disputes the findings.  —  BOSTON — Virginity pledges, in which young people vow to abstain from sex until marriage …
Discussion: TBogg
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
At Home, Cynicism and Support  —  Many of Kennedy's Constituents Suspect Story but Don't Mind  —  PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The bad news for Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy: The voters of Rhode Island do not, by and large, seem to believe his version of what led to a car crash early Thursday outside the U.S. Capitol.
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Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
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Prominent Egyptian blogger arrested and several other activists
Andrew Klavan / Los Angeles Times:
Draft Hollywood  —  The nation needs more gung-ho …