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11:25 AM ET, May 8, 2006


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Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
In GOP, Doubts On Likely CIA Pick  —  Gen. Hayden Is 'Wrong Man,' Hoekstra Says  —  The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence panels raised serious concerns about Gen. Michael V. Hayden on the eve of his expected nomination today as CIA director, with Rep. Peter Hoekstra …
Bush nominates Hayden for CIA chief  —  Some lawmakers question selection of military officer for post  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush nominated Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden to be the new CIA chief Monday, setting up a possible battle with members of Congress who question whether …
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.
Washington Post:
Hayden Nominated to Head CIA
Discussion: FP Passport and War and Piece
John O'Neil / New York Times:
C.I.A. Nominee May Face Tough Fight
Discussion: A Blog For All and Macsmind
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Republicans Stoke an Old Fire: Judicial Nominations  —  WASHINGTON, May 7 — Republicans are itching for a good election-year fight.  Now they are about to get one: a reprise of last year's Senate showdown over judges.  —  It has been a year since a bipartisan group of 14 senators …
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 …
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.
Discussion: AmSpec Blog and
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
The two crucial mistakes that cost Straw his job  —  Jack Straw made two crucial mistakes in his dealings with Tony Blair: one involved the prime minister's relationship with Gordon Brown and the other Iran.  Mr Straw has said repeatedly that it is "inconceivable" that there will be a military strike …
Brown's challenge to battered Blair: Name the day
Discussion: The Agonist and AMERICAblog
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
His Legacy and His Library Occupy Bush's Thoughts  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush had dinner last month on the Stanford University campus at the home of George P. Shultz, who was President Ronald Reagan's secretary of state, and the topic of conversation was not, as might be expected, the war in Iraq.
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
The Enemy Within  —  Democrats may not be able to win the House, but Republicans could lose it.  —  Ken Mehlman is the unflappable efficiency expert who chairs the Republican National Committee.  Because he's not known for histrionics, his warning last week to GOP congressional staffers …
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 …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE DA VINCI CODE, AND "CENSORSHIP ENVY": As senior Conspirator Eugene Volokh has warned, one of the dangers of censoring "offensive" speech is "censorship envy."  If one group is given the power to suppress speech offensive to it, others are likely to press harder to get the same privilege for themselves.
Discussion: Wizbang and The BIDINOTTO BLOG
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Immigration: The Ugly Duckling Issue  —  We have become accustomed in the six years of the George W. Bush presidency to seeing issues split the parties and the nation down the middle, with almost all Republicans on one side and almost all Democrats on the other.
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt and The Glittering Eye
Ahmadinejad sends letter to Bush  —  Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to George W Bush proposing "new solutions" to their differences.  —  The letter will be sent via the Swiss Embassy which represents US interests in Iran, a government spokesman said.
Baltimore Examiner:
Use that veto pen, Mr. President  —  The Washington DC Examiner Newspaper, The Examiner  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush has frequently portrayed many of his most controversial actions as necessary to protect executive branch prerogatives against usurpations of power by Congress.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The USDA on Iraq: Everything's Coming Up Rosy  —  Career appointees at the Department of Agriculture were stunned last week to receive e-mailed instructions that include Bush administration "talking points" — saying things such as "President Bush has a clear strategy for victory in Iraq" — in every speech they give for the department.
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Brian Lowry / Variety:
For television news, the kids aren't all right
Discussion: CorrenteWire and UNCoRRELATED
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
America's 'Near Poor' Are Increasingly at Economic Risk, Experts Say
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Funds Cut, Gaza Faces a Plague of Health Woes
Sharon Waxman / New York Times:
New 'Mission' Opens Weaker Than Expected
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Sweetness & Light:
Rumsfeld Heckler Believed Saddam Had WMDs
David Willey / BBC:
Italy MPs vote for new president
John McIntyre / Real Clear Politics:
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Andrea Hopkins / Reuters:
Democrats pledge probes of Bush, not impeachment
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Cupid's Broken Arrow
International Herald Tribune:
Jimmy Carter: Punishing the innocent is a crime
The Australian:
Mark Steyn: New coalition of willing needed in Darfur