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6:55 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 …
Lorie Byrd /
All investigations, all the time  —  Several weeks ago …
Discussion: and News Hounds
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  —  The Brookings Institute has the latest Iraq Progress Report, which All Things Conservative has summarized nicely.  Let's look at the data a bit more closely to see where key inflection points may emerge, and where Iraq will be in the next few years.
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.
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
Maggie Farley / Los Angeles Times:
47 nations gain seats on U.N.'s rights council  —  New body manages to keep worst abusers from even daring to run in the election  —  United Nations — U.N. members elected 47 countries to a new Human Rights Council on Tuesday, choosing several that have been criticized for their poor records …
Betsy Pisik / Washington Times:
U.S. to send urgent aid to Palestinians
Discussion: United Nations and Power Line
Robert B. Bluey / Human Events:
Murdoch Defends Plan to Host Hillary Fundraiser; Calls Her 'Effective, Good Senator'  —  News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News and the New York Post, said today that he his standing by his decision to host a political fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Clinton later this year.
Bush: Brother Jeb would be 'great president'  —  Sen. Trent Lott tells Hardball he would 'not be supportive' of the candidacy  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - 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.
Agence France Presse:
Brother Jeb would make 'great' US president: Bush
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 …
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 …
Thomas B. Edsall / Washington Post:
Democrats Are Fractured Over Strategy, Funds  —  Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and the leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have clashed angrily in recent days in a dispute about how the party should spend its money in advance of this fall's midterm elections.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Oliver Willis
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
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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The Hysteries of Tacitus  —  Josh Trevino (nee' Tacitus …
Discussion: TBogg and Swords Crossed
Jenny Mandel /
HUD chief says story on contract cancellation was not true
 Earlier Items: 
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Preparing The Ground  —  I'm sure that most of you read Daily Kos …
Mike Wilkinson / Toledo Blade:
Noe to change his not-guilty plea on 3 federal charges
Bill Nienhuis / PunditGuy:
Calls for Impeachment: Don't Go There
David Frum / Cato Unbound:
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
GOP narrowing its congressional agenda
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Affluence and Its Discontents