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8:20 AM ET, May 8, 2006


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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Katherine Shrader / Washington Times:   Military's role in spycraft ascendant
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 …
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
There's Something Truly You-Know-What About This Story  —  Bush claims he caught a 7 1/2 pound perch in his very own lake.  —  Yeah, right.  Gotta picture?  But just for the sake of argument, let's say it's true (but see below).  He really did catch that large a fish and that was his happiest moment in five years.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
On One Of Iraq's Top Journalists Being Beheaded (UPDATED)  —  The barbaric terrorists beheadings that go beyond most definitions of murder in terms of their brutality have continued in Iraq.  —  WARNING: This Times Online piece about the merciless on-camera butchery of Atwar Bahjat …
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 …
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 …
The Australian:
Mark Steyn: New coalition of willing needed in Darfur  —  Hollywood stars are naive to expect the UN to stop the bloodbath in Sudan  —  I SEE George Clooney and Angelina Jolie have discovered Darfur and are now demanding "action".  Good for them.  Hollywood hasn't shown this much interest …
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.
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 …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
At Home, Cynicism and Support  —  Many of Kennedy's Constituents Suspect Story but Don't Mind  —  PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The bad news for Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy: The voters of Rhode Island do not, by and large, seem to believe his version of what led to a car crash early Thursday outside the U.S. Capitol.
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
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Just One of Those Mysteries... For Snow's First Day  —  The CIA director is forced out after a year and the White House gives no reason at all for it.  What will the new press secretary do when asked for an explanation that was glaringly absent on Friday?  Monday is Snow's first day on the job.
A journey into the most savage war in the world  —  My travels in the Democratic Vacuum of Congo  —  This is the story of the deadliest war since Adolf Hitler's armies marched across Europe.  It is a war that has not ended.  But is also the story of a trail of blood that leads directly to you …
Discussion: Harry's Place and Andrew Sullivan
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 …
Discussion: Sisyphus Shrugged and TBogg
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran Threatens to Pull Out of Nuke Treaty  —  TEHRAN, Iran - Iran renewed its threats to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty on Sunday, with its president saying sanctions would be "meaningless" and its parliament seeking to put a final end to unannounced inspections of its nuclear facilities.
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Kennedy doesn't play by the rules
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Steve Kingstone / BBC:
Brazil joins world's nuclear club
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Discussion: Wizbang and The BIDINOTTO 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
Allah Takes Over Church
Andrea Hopkins / Reuters:
Democrats pledge probes of Bush, not impeachment
Justin / Ski Blog:
Willisms Invitation to the "Pundit Roundtable"
Discussion: and Flopping Aces
 Earlier Items: 
Laura Sessions Stepp / Washington Post:
Cupid's Broken Arrow
Discussion: Pandagon
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Moussaoui gets life, the terrorists win
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Amr Hamzawy / Lebanon Daily Star:
Al-Qaeda faces an ideological crisis
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Patrick Kennedy, Rush Limbaugh and the Right Wing Cop-Out
Deacon / Power Line:
Jonathan Chait / Los Angeles Times:
Don't let the left defeat Lieberman
Gateway Pundit:
Al Sadr Loyalists Cheer Chopper Crash, Attack British Troops
Jared Bernstein / Los Angeles Times:
You know how to add, don't you?  —  A dark night …