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11:00 PM ET, May 10, 2006


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Harold Meyerson:
The GOP's Bankruptcy of Ideas  —  The emerging Republican game plan for 2006 is, at bottom, a tautology: If the Democrats retake Congress it will mean, well, that the Democrats retake Congress.  (Cue lightning bolt and ominous clap of thunder.)  Karl Rove and his minions have plumb run out of issues to campaign on.
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
GOP narrowing its congressional agenda  —  Focus is on pleasing base ahead of elections  —  WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in Congress have all but abandoned efforts to pass major policy initiatives this year, and are instead focusing their energies on a series of conservative favorites …
Rove revamps the Republican strategy  —  With ratings down and an election coming up, the GOP take a new tack  —  President Bush and his longtime confidant and adviser, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove.  —  WASHINGTON - This fall's election season is going to make the past three look like episodes of "Barney."
Thomas Bray / Real Clear Politics:   No Wonder Voters Doubtful About Dems
Ken Herman /
Abramoff's White House visits  —  Secret Service records released today under court order show that convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff made only two visits to the White House since President Bush took office in January 2001.  —  On March 6, 2001, Abramoff entered at 4:23 p.m. and left at 4:49 p.m. On Jan. 20 …
Discussion: The Raw Story and TalkLeft
EXCLUSIVE: Presidential Plans Found In Trash  —  How much do you think Osama bin Laden would pay to know exactly when and where the President was traveling, and who was with him?  Turns out, he wouldn't have had to pay a dime.  All he had to do was go through the trash early Tuesday morning.
CBS News:
President's Itinerary Ends Up In Trash
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
White House records show just two visits by convicted lobbyist …
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
J. Michael Luttig Resigns From Appeals Court  —  Appeals court Judge J. Michael Luttig, a leading conservative jurist and a short-list Bush administration candidate for the Supreme Court, announced today that he is resigning from the bench to serve as senior vice president and general counsel of the Boeing Co.
Sheldon Alberts /
Cheney's daughter provokes mixed reaction on gay issues  —  WASHINGTON - Throughout the last U.S. presidential election, Mary Cheney was known to American voters simply as Vice-President Dick Cheney's quiet gay daughter.  —  No more.  —  In a memoir published Tuesday …
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Shifts Oversight of Some Iraq Aid  —  Political Dispute Over Funds  —  Comes at a Transition Point  —  For Bush's Reconstruction Effort  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush Administration's effort to rebuild Iraq is winding down, but the political battle over the money's oversight has flared anew.
Cass R. Sunstein / Washington Post:
It's Only $300 Billion  —  For the United States, the cost of the Iraq war will soon exceed the anticipated cost of the Kyoto Protocol, the international agreement designed to control greenhouse gases.  For both, the cost is somewhere in excess of $300 billion.
Will / Attytood:
America's new "silent majority"  —  And so tonight-to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans-I ask for your support.  — Richard Nixon, Nov. 3, 1969.  —  We were reading the New York Times on Sunday, which had an interesting article about the political situation in Ohio …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and David Sirota
Betsy Pisik / Washington Times:
U.S. to send urgent aid to Palestinians  —  NEW YORK — The United States agreed under pressure yesterday to the creation of a system to transfer funds for salaries and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians — a softening of its unbending effort to isolate Hamas.
Discussion: Power Line
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Affluence and Its Discontents  —  You hear the refrain all the time: The economy looks good statistically (4.7 percent unemployment), but it doesn't feel good.  Although the United States is the wealthiest nation in history, our quarrels and quibbles with our prosperity are unending.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Bush Backs Brother Jeb for White House  —  President Bush suggested Wednesday that he'd like to see his family's White House legacy continue, perhaps with his younger brother Jeb as the chief executive.  —  The president said Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is well-suited for another office and would make "a great president."
Bill Crawford / All Things Conservative:
IRAQ INDEX SHOWS PROGRESS BEING MADE  —  The Brookings Institution released its latest Iraq Index this week.  I would encourage you to read it all, but here are some notable items:  — Per Capita GDP (USD) for 2005 is forecast to increase from the previous year to $1,051.  In 2002 it was $802.
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
Should George Bush Be Impeached?  —  According to Article II, Section 4, of the United States Constitution:  —  The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Times of London:
Guess who's coming to dinner with Red Ken?  —  The Venezuelan President aligns himself with dictators, human rights abusers and notorious narcoterrorists  —  WHICH INTERNATIONAL leader publicly threatens to blow up his country's oilfields, supports Iran's nuclear programme …
Gateway Pundit:
More Good News!  Iraqi Tribal Leaders Unite & Denounce Terror  —  Wow!  Here is some very encouraging news translated by Iraqi-American Haider Ajina from the Iraqi media.  Iraqi Sunni, Shia and Kurdish tribal leaders are meeting today to sign a pact to unite and fight terror!
Eric Deggans / St. Petersburg Times:
Huffington beats odds as blogger … It was not supposed to work this way.  —  In a medium started by guys typing at computers in their bedrooms, she was a glamorous socialite with an A-list address book of investors and endless media coverage.  —  Critics swore Arianna Huffington's dream …
Mike Wilkinson / Toledo Blade:
Noe to change his not-guilty plea on 3 federal charges  —  Tom Noe intends to change his not-guilty plea in connection with three federal charges that he illegally funneled money into the reelection campaign of President Bush, according to court records released today.
Michelle Malkin:
HOMELAND INSECURITY BULLETIN  —  ***update from Daily Bulletin: " Scott James, a former Tucson agent, resigned after eight years of service in February, citing a lack of support for agents by the Department of Homeland Security.  He said that U.S. Border Patrol officials provided office space inside …
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Preparing The Ground  —  I'm sure that most of you read Daily Kos …
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Timothy J. Burger / Time:
Another Goss Aide Is Linked to Military Contracting Scandals
Discussion: The Project … and Wonkette
Washington Post:
Of U.S. Children Under 5, Nearly Half Are Minorities
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Financial Times:
Hillary Clinton defends link with Murdoch
Discussion: Gawker and ReidBlog
Gene Lyons /
Celebrity pundits are on their way out
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Heba Saleh / BBC:
Egyptians look to Islam for answers
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