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10:30 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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
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: PoliBlog and TBogg
Bull Moose:
Damn That Success  —  The Moose wonders how the donkey could curse success.  —  What is it about peace and prosperity and a two term Democratic Presidency that the donkey doesn't like?  According to the leader left wing blogosphere, it is nothing that terribly significant.
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.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
At Home, Cynicism and Support
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 …
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
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 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
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 …
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
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: NewsHog, Sisyphus Shrugged and TBogg
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
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 …
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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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Meet Hillary's Backers, Dear John Edition (Bumped!)
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
Dawn Fallik /
Abstinence debate roils talk on STDs; PSU student eliminated from panel
Discussion: Effect Measure and AMERICAblog
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
 Earlier Items: 
John McIntyre / Real Clear Politics:
How '06 Will Affect the '08 Electoral Map
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Kennedy doesn't play by the rules
Discussion: Fausta's blog
A journey into the most savage war in the world
Allah Takes Over Church
Andrea Hopkins / Reuters:
Democrats pledge probes of Bush, not impeachment
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Moussaoui gets life, the terrorists win
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran Threatens to Pull Out of Nuke Treaty
The Australian:
Mark Steyn: New coalition of willing needed in Darfur