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12:40 AM ET, May 11, 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.
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."
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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Centrist Democrats Urge Party Policy With Muscle
Discussion: and Greg's Opinion
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 …
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 …
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.
Bill Nienhuis / PunditGuy:
Calls for Impeachment: Don't Go There
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister and Hot Air
Jennifer Verner /
Post Reporter Dana Priest's Troubling Connections  —  In a National Public Radio interview just days after the Washington Post published her Pulitzer Prize winning article on the CIA's "secret prisons," Dana Priest predicted that her work would cause "political embarrassment" for the Bush administration.
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.
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.
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 …
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Does Michael Hayden Understand the Fourth Amendment?
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Associated Press:
Security issue kills domestic spying inquiry
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Jenny Mandel /
HUD chief says story on contract cancellation was not true
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Preparing The Ground  —  I'm sure that most of you read Daily Kos …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
April Tax Revenue 2nd-Highest in History
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Discussion: Angry Bear
Timothy J. Burger / Time:
Another Goss Aide Is Linked to Military Contracting Scandals
Washington Post:
Of U.S. Children Under 5, Nearly Half Are Minorities
Gateway Pundit:
More Good News! Iraqi Tribal Leaders Unite & Denounce Terror
Financial Times:
Hillary Clinton defends link with Murdoch
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Bush Backs Brother Jeb for White House