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5:50 AM ET, May 11, 2006


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USA Today:
NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls  —  The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
Associated Press:
Security issue kills domestic spying inquiry  —  NSA won't grant Justice Department lawyers required security clearance  —  WASHINGTON - The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers …
John Conyers: U.S. Owes Slavery Reparations  —  The left wing Democrat who will become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee if his party wins back Congress in November wants to hold full blown congressional hearings on whether the government should pay African Americans reparations for slavery.
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 …
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.
The Futurist:   We Will Decisively Win in 2008
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.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
A stunning tolerance for corruption in Iraqi reconstruction aid  —  Occasionally, I think I can no longer be surprised.  Stories like this one in the Wall Street Journal prove me wrong. … Here's the deal: Stuart Bowen has led the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
A. M. Rosenthal Is Dead at 84; Innovative Editor of The Times  —  A. M. Rosenthal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent who became the executive editor of The New York Times and led the paper's global news operations through 17 years of record growth, modernization and major journalistic change, died yesterday in Manhattan.
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
April Tax Revenue 2nd-Highest in History  —  A flood of income tax payments pushed up government receipts to the second-highest level in history in April, giving the country a sizable surplus for the month.  —  In its monthly accounting of the government's books, the Treasury Department …
Washington Post:
Hard-Core Republicans Are Fleeing President  —  Conservatives Point to Spending, Immigration  —  Disaffection over spending and immigration have caused conservatives to take flight from President Bush and the Republican Congress at a rapid pace in recent weeks, sending Bush's approval ratings …
David Frum / American Enterprise Institute:
Pitying Darfur, Ignoring Iraq  —  It's not easy to be an enlightened liberal internationalist these days.  —  An enlightened liberal internationalist wants to send troops to the Sudanese region of Darfur to protect a majority Muslim population against murderous Islamic extremist militias.
The Ugly American / The Real Ugly
Juan Williams: An Interview  —  I am very excited to share my interview with Fox News Contributor and Senior NPR Political Correspondent Juan Williams with you today.  Mr. Williams is one of my favorite pundits on the liberal side of the aisle.  You may not always agree with his arguments or reasoning but you do have to respect him.
Orin Kerr /
Does Michael Hayden Understand the Fourth Amendment?  —  Over at National Review Online, Adam White defends the new nominee to lead the CIA, General Michael Hayden, for his statements about the meaning of the Fourth Amendment.  The statements have apparently become an important issue in the debate over Hayden's nomination.
Discussion: Dean's World
FBI Looks Into Link Between CIA Agent, SD Defense Co.  —  The national scandal that began with Randy "Duke" Cunningham's bribery is once again pointing to San Diego.  —  The number three man in the Central Intelligence Agency is stepping down.  —  They are two buddies who graduated …
Discussion: War and Piece and The Poor Man
Jenny Mandel /
HUD chief says story on contract cancellation was not true  —  Alphonso Jackson, secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Department, told a Dallas audience last month that he personally canceled a minority businessman's contract award in response to negative comments about President Bush.
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
House Panel Supports Bilingual Voting  —  What was to have been a simple renewal of the historic Voting Rights Act has become snarled in the heated debate involving immigration issues.  —  Conservative House members tried Wednesday to end a requirement in the 1965 law that bilingual ballots …
Discussion: Diggers Realm and Daily Pundit
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