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5:30 AM ET, May 9, 2006


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Caroline Daniel / MSNBC:
Murdoch to host fundraiser for Hillary Clinton campaign  —  Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media mogul whose New York Post tabloid savaged Hillary Clinton's initial aspirations to become a US senator for New York, has agreed to host a political fundraiser for her re-election campaign.
Drudge Report:
MURDOCH TO HOST FUNDRAISER FOR HILLARY CLINTON  —  Rupert Murdoch has agreed to host a political fundraiser for Hillary Clinton this summer!  —  Murdoch's surprise decision to raise money for Clinton in July, on behalf of NEWS CORP., parent company of FOXNEWS and the NEW YORK POST …
Will / Attytood:
Hillary Clinton: The ultimate Fox News Democrat
Washington Post:   CIA Official Quits; FBI Probes Role in Defense Contracts
Associated Press:
Iran Letter to Bush Criticizes U.S. Govt  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's president declared in a letter to President Bush that democracy had failed worldwide and lamented ''an ever-increasing global hatred'' of the U.S. government.  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice swiftly rejected the letter …
Discussion: Sploid
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Tarek El-Tablawy / Associated Press:   Disorganization Worries al-Qaida in Iraq
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 and The Sandbox
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Firedoglake
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.
Discussion: CorrenteWire
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
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 …
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Bill Kaczor / Associated Press:
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Judy Miller Responds, As Do Others
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Perry Bacon Jr / Time:
Campaigning on the Blogs  —  For Washington pols and presidential …
Discussion: MyDD and Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Janofsky / New York Times:
As Cuba Plans Offshore Wells, Some Want U.S. to Follow Suit
Michael Reynolds / The Mighty Middle:
Could Actually Amount To Something.
Scott Collins / Los Angeles Times:
A ratings downer for Fox News
John F. Harris / Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
Fairfax Police Detective Killed, 2 Others Shot
Tim Hames / Times of London:
After this bloody shambles, a question.  Is Tony Blair his own worst enemy?
Lydia Polgreen / New York Times:
African Union Official Is Hacked to Death in Darfur