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3:15 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.
Associated Press:
Text: Bush and CIA Nominee Gen. Hayden  —  Text of President Bush's and Michael Hayden's remarks on Hayden's nomination as CIA director.  —  ___  —  BUSH: Good morning.  Today, I am pleased to nominate General Mike Hayden as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Discussion: Defense Tech
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 …
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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 …
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Iranian President Writes Letter to Bush
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Robert / Jihad Watch:
"Dear unclean infidel dog..."
Discussion: Sploid
MSNBC:
Iranian president writes letter to Bush
Discussion: The Left Coaster and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
It's What They leave Out That Makes It Interesting...
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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.
Kat / The Middle Ground:
Choosing War  —  We as humans believe that we are rational and logical.  We believe that our rational choices can control the outcome of our lives.  We believe in this control because, in this world that seems so anarchic and chaotic, we could not operate or continue to exist without it.
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.
Sweetness & Light:
Rumsfeld Heckler Believed Saddam Had WMDs  —  By now we have all heard about the dramatic showdown between Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and the former "CIA analyst" Ray McGovern.  —  Indeed our one party media has portrayed McGovern as a hero for confronting Rumsfeld over his damnable lies about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
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.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Funds Cut, Gaza Faces a Plague of Health Woes  —  GAZA, May 4 — Hanin al-Hilo was screaming at the nurses at the main Gaza hospital, Al Shifa: "If I called and said I was the son of Mr. Somebody, some big shot, I'd have a place!"  —  But with a third of the hospital's dialysis machines awaiting repair …
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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Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
CBO Reports Tax Revenue Gusher in 2006
Sharon Waxman / New York Times:
New 'Mission' Opens Weaker Than Expected
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
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Republicans Stoke an Old Fire: Judicial Nominations