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7:55 AM ET, May 9, 2006

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CNN:
White House: Iran's letter not a nuclear fix  —  Ahmadinejad reportedly offers Bush 'new ways out'  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CNN) — The White House acknowledged Monday that it had received a letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but said the letter did not address the concerns over Iran's nuclear program.
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Michael Janofsky / New York Times:
As Cuba Plans Offshore Wells, Some Want U.S. to Follow Suit  —  WASHINGTON, May 8 — In 1977, the United States and Cuba signed a treaty that evenly divided the Florida Straits to preserve each country's economic rights.  They included access to vast underwater oil and gas fields on both sides of the line.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Associated Press:
Iran Letter to Bush Criticizes U.S. Govt
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 …
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Tarek El-Tablawy / Associated Press:
Disorganization Worries al-Qaida in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Al-Qaida in Iraq is concerned about disorganization within its cells in the Baghdad area, with one extremist describing them as simply a "daily annoyance" to the Iraqi government, according to documents released Monday by the U.S. military.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rove prepares 20 judges  —  Presidential adviser Karl Rove and White House counsel Harriet Miers yesterday told conservative activists and Senate staff that the administration would soon send the names of more than 20 judicial nominees to Capitol Hill for confirmation.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
THIS WEEK  —  So let's say you're the governing party …
Discussion: Power Line and HolyCoast.com
Los Angeles Times:
Selection Ensures Welcome Revival of Wiretap Debate
Discussion: Billmon
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Washington Post:
CIA Official Quits; FBI Probes Role in Defense Contracts  —  The FBI is investigating whether a top-ranking CIA official who announced his resignation yesterday steered contracts to a boyhood friend at the center of a congressional bribery scandal, law enforcement officials said.
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Firedoglake
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Moussaoui Fails in Bid to Withdraw 9/11 Guilty Plea  —  Facing transfer to the nation's toughest federal prison, Zacarias Moussaoui served up what may be his final legal surprise yesterday: The al-Qaeda conspirator said he was not involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror plot after all and wants a new trial to prove it.
Discussion: the talking dog and The Sandbox
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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.
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Times of London:
Support for Labour at lowest level since 1992
Discussion: Europhobia
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Digital Lynch Mob  —  Two weeks ago I wrote about Al Gore's new movie on global warming.  I liked the film.  In response, I instantly got more than 1,000 e-mails, most of them praising Gore, some calling him the usual names and some concluding there was no such thing as global warming, if only because Gore said there was.
Lydia Polgreen / New York Times:
African Union Official Is Hacked to Death in Darfur  —  KALMA CAMP, Sudan, May 8 — An African Union official was hacked to death in this vast, squalid camp today after his post, manned by an unarmed team of eight civilian police officers, was overrun and looted by a mob of angry demonstrators.
Randolph E. Schmid / Associated Press:
Lesbians' brains respond differently from those of heterosexual women  —  WASHINGTON — Homosexuals' brains respond differently from those of straight men and women when exposed to sex hormones, but researchers now say the difference is less pronounced in lesbians than in gay men.
Washington Post:
Fairfax Police Detective Killed, 2 Others Shot  —  A Fairfax County police detective was killed and two other officers were wounded this afternoon after a gunman opened fire in the parking lot during a shift change at the Sully District police station in Chantilly, law enforcement officials said.
Scott Collins / Los Angeles Times:
A ratings downer for Fox News  —  Some recent ratings news no doubt gladdened the hearts of Fox News Channel haters.  —  First, Nielsen Media Research reported that Fox News' overall prime-time lineup dropped 17% last month compared with a year ago (MSNBC grew 16% during the same period, while CNN plummeted by 38%).
John Dickerson / Slate:
Nancy Pelosi, Super-Genius  —  The House minority leader answers the GOP's prayers.  —  Elizabeth Dole sounded desperate last week.  Trying to inspire dispirited Republicans, the head of the party's Senatorial Campaign Committee wrote a fund-raising letter urging the GOP faithful to rally …
Dana Priest / Washington Post:
Experts See a Strategy Behind CIA Shuffle  —  General May Help Intelligence Chief Rein In Rumsfeld and His Military Spy Plans  —  Gen. Michael V. Hayden isn't the first active-duty military officer tapped to lead the CIA — he is in fact the fifth — but many intelligence experts and officers …
Discussion: Althouse and Instapundit.com
Atrios / Eschaton:
We're the Decider  —  Drum provides the regular lament that there ain't enough wonk talk in the blogosphere.  There's more than he gives credit for - there's certainly a lot of reacting to the atrocity-in-Congress-of-the- day - and as Stoller points out it is to a great degree a waste of time.
 
 
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