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5:40 PM ET, May 8, 2006

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Justin Rood / TPM Muckraker:
EXCLUSIVE: CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to MZM  —  While director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Michael V. Hayden contracted the services of a top executive at the company at the center of the Cunningham bribery scandal, according to two former employees of the company.
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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.
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 …
Jerusalem Post:
Peres says that Iran 'can also be wiped off the map'  —  TEHRAN, Iran  —  Vice Premier Shimon Peres said Monday in an interview to Reuters that "the president of Iran should remember that Iran can also be wiped off the map," Army Radio reported.  —  According to Peres …
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Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Iran's Leader Writes to President Bush  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written a letter to President Bush, a spokesman for Iran's hard-line government said Monday.  The letter proposed "new solutions for getting out of international problems and the current fragile situation in the world …
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Iranian President Writes Letter to Bush
MSNBC:
Iranian president writes letter to Bush
Discussion: The Left Coaster and Hot Air
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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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Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Al Gore Might Yet Join 2008 Contenders  —  Former Vice President Keeps Mum  —  As His Movie Sparks Talk of a White House Run  —  First there was Clinton-Gore.  Could Clinton vs. Gore be next?  —  For former Vice President Al Gore, a rash of favorable publicity surrounding this month's opening …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Michael Powell / Washington Post:
U.S. Immigration Debate Is a Road Well Traveled  —  NEW YORK — They were portrayed as a disreputable lot, the immigrant hordes of this great city.  —  The Germans refused for decades to give up their native tongue and raucous beer gardens.  The Irish of Hell's Kitchen brawled and clung to political sinecures.
John / AMERICAblog:
Bush tells German paper he caught the largest fresh-water perch in world history  —  UPDATE: Our intrepid readers have discovered that the White House transcript says (or now says) that Bush referenced a bass and not a perch.  The question is whether the White House transcript said that initially …
Ryan J. Donmoyer / Bloomberg:
Republicans Set Aside Middle-Income Tax Cuts to Focus on Rich  —  Listen  —  May 8 (Bloomberg) — Republican lawmakers, facing the prospect that their power to cut taxes may soon be curbed, plan to extend breaks that mostly benefit the wealthy and Wall Street at the expense of reductions for middle-income households.
The Blotter:
CIA's Foggo Expected to Resign Soon  —  Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:  —  Dusty Foggo, the executive director of the CIA linked to a bribery investigation, is expected to resign soon, according to CIA officials and his associates.  —  Outgoing CIA Director Porter Goss had refused …
 
 
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