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4:10 PM ET, May 10, 2006


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Warren Hoge / New York Times:
New U.N. Rights Group Includes Six Nations With Poor Records  —  UNITED NATIONS, May 9 — Six nations with poor human rights records were among those elected to the new Human Rights Council on Tuesday, although notorious violators that had belonged to the predecessor Human Rights Commission …
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 …
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.
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."
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:   Bush Faces Tricky Political Situation in Florida
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Costly Words: 'I Don't Like President Bush'  —  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson was back home in Dallas on April 28 giving a speech to minority real estate folks and offering a most interesting take on how business is done in Washington.
DBJ article prompts calls for resignation of HUD secretary, investigation  —  U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-NJ, has called for the resignation of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson following a report in the Dallas Business Journal that Jackson scuttled a government contract …
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.
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.
Kenneth R. Bazinet / Mercury News:
Records will reveal Abramoff's White House visits
Discussion: Think Progress and TPM Muckraker
John / AMERICAblog:
Mary Cheney calls John Kerry a "son of a bitch" for using gays for political gain, but not a word about George Bush or dear old dad doing the same  —  Welcome to Mary Cheney's million-dollar closet.  It's still a bit stuffy in here as a lot of things haven't been totally cleared out.
Sheldon Alberts /
Cheney's daughter provokes mixed reaction on gay issues
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Study: 7 of 10 Journalists Surveyed Accused of Bias in Past Year  —  NEW YORK More than half of newspaper journalists in a recent survey believe an unethical or unprofessional incident occurred in their newsroom within the past five years, while seven out of 10 said they had been accused …
Ezra Klein:
The DLC and Medicare Part D  —  Folks interested in the TNR-DLC-blog wars should check out Ed Kilgore's rundown of where the DLC concurs with and where it dissents from the list of policies Atrios thinks the blogosphere basically supports.  Mostly, things stack up as you'd expect …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
FREE ADVICE FOR PRESIDENT BUSH  —  The President hasn't asked for my advice, but here it is anyway.  —  You know how the Democrats are always after you to admit that you made a mistake?  You've wisely ignored them; they don't have your interests at heart, and the policies they're talking about weren't mistakes.
Discussion: Hot Air and Blue Crab Boulevard
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.
Matthew Yglesias / American Prospect:
Is It Genocide?  —  Before we start dropping bombs, we should first ask whether the situation in Darfur is in fact a genocide.  —  As everyone knows by now, terrible atrocities have been and are continuing to be committed against the civilian population of Darfur in Sudan.
Washington Post:
The Year of the Black Republican?  —  GOP Targets Democratic Constituency in 3 High-Profile Races  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — When J. Kenneth Blackwell took the stage here on May 2 to claim the Republican nomination for governor, he became something more than his party's standard-bearer in a bellwether state.
Gene Lyons /
Celebrity pundits are on their way out  —  In my experience, there's no bigger bunch of crybabies in American  —  public life than the fops and courtiers of our Washington press corps.  If Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner did nothing else, it surely proved that.
Discussion: Hit and Run
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Financial Times:
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Bush likely to nominate Gorsuch to appeals seat
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: USS Neverdock
Paul Bedard / US News:
Bolten said to push Goss's exit
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New York Times:
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