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9:40 AM ET, May 8, 2006


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TBogg
New York Times:
Republicans Fault a Top Pick to Lead the C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON, May 7 — Senior Republican lawmakers on Sunday criticized the probable choice of Gen. Michael V. Hayden to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, voicing concerns about his ties to a controversial eavesdropping program …
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.
Discussion: Iowa Voice and Air America Radio
Steve Kingstone / BBC:   Brazil joins world's nuclear club
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: GOP Boogeymen and Other Media Phantoms  —  We'll leave aside for now the high hilarity of George Stephanopoulos having Tom DeLay on to talk about ethics, and letting him blather on about corrupt Democrats virtually without challenge (I can think of 20 things …
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 …
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 …
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
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Cardinal urges legal action against Da Vinci Code
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 …
Roy / alicublog:
"KILLIN' PIGS AIN'T KOSHER, SARGE!"  "CAN THE WISE LIP, SLIBBERBERG!"  Andrew Klavan wants Hollywood (conservative for "somebody else") to make movies that praise our War Against Whatchamacallit: … I really don't see what the problem is.  The Fightin' Keyboarders have a film unit — put them on the job.
Andrea Hopkins / Reuters:
Democrats pledge probes of Bush, not impeachment  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats will launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration if they take control of Congress in November but are not out to impeach President George W. Bush, a top Democrat said on Sunday.
John McIntyre / Real Clear Politics:
How '06 Will Affect the '08 Electoral Map  —  Ron Brownstein had an interesting article in the Los Angeles Times yesterday about how the 2006 elections could lay the playing field for pivotal battleground states in 2008.  Brownstein correctly points out that Democrats are looking to the West …
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: Blue Crab Boulevard and Pandagon
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.
Discussion: american footprints
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David Willey / BBC:
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Kennedy doesn't play by the rules
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Brown's challenge to battered Blair: Name the day
Discussion: The Agonist and AMERICAblog
David B. Ottaway / Washington Post:
Saudi Effort Draws on Radical Clerics to Combat Lure of Al-Qaeda
Discussion: Crossroads Arabia
A journey into the most savage war in the world
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
On the Exquisite Decadence of Self-Loathing
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Elizabeth Mehren / Los Angeles Times:
Many Youths Disregard Their Virginity Pledges, Harvard Study Says
Discussion: Sisyphus Shrugged and TBogg
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Moussaoui gets life, the terrorists win
Discussion: Betsy's Page
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
At Home, Cynicism and Support
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran Threatens to Pull Out of Nuke Treaty
Jonathan Chait / Los Angeles Times:
Don't let the left defeat Lieberman
The Australian:
Mark Steyn: New coalition of willing needed in Darfur