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2:00 AM ET, May 13, 2006


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Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush to Speak About Immigration on Monday  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush plans to address the nation Monday night on the immigration debate, trying to build momentum for legislation that could provide millions of illegal immigrants a chance to become American citizens.
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush to Address Nation on Immigration  —  WASHINGTON, May 12 — President Bush will use a television address on Monday night to offer new proposals to spur passage of legislation that could put millions of illegal immigrants on the path to American citizenship, the White House said today.
Editor and Publisher:
Tony Snow on His First Press Gaggle: "This is Just a Mess"  —  NEW YORK Ending his first week on the job on a chaotic note, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow on Friday conducted his first informal "press gaggle" this morning, but had to admit when it went awry, "This is just a mess."
Josh Marshall / TPMmuckraker:
Tony's First Press Gaggle  —  Tony Snow holds his first White House press gaggle.  Check it out below the fold ...  TONY SNOW: Okay, first thing, very quickly through the President's schedule for today.  As you know, there's a meeting with the former Secretaries of Defense and State …
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Snow Makes Solo Debut at Chaotic Briefing
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
From the New Kid, Proceedings With Caution
Discussion: The Heretik and Hot Air
Lolita C. Baldor / ABCNEWS:
Pentagon Exploring Using Military to Patrol Border
New York Times:
Qwest's Refusal of N.S.A. Query Is Explained  —  WASHINGTON, May 12 — The telecommunications company Qwest turned down requests by the National Security Agency for private telephone records because it concluded that doing so would violate federal privacy laws, a lawyer for the telephone company's former chief executive said today.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Polling hysteria and the NSA program  —  Somehow, The Washington Post — on the very same day most people learned about the new NSA data-collection program — managed to conduct a poll which purports to show that "63 percent of Americans said they found the NSA program to be an acceptable way to investigate terrorism."
Mark Blumenthal / Mystery Pollster:
ABC/WAPO ON NSA PHONE RECORDS  —  Did yesterday's USAToday story on the collection of domestic telephone records by the NSA do President George Bush a backhanded favor?  An overnight survey released earlier this morning by ABC News and the Washington Post suggests that it may be doing just that.
Richard Morin / Washington Post:
Poll: Most Americans Support NSA's Efforts
Jason Leopold /
Rove Informs White House He Will Be Indicted  —  Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job …
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
UN finds new uranium traces in Iran: diplomats  —  BERLIN (Reuters) - U.N. inspectors have discovered new traces of highly-enriched uranium on nuclear equipment in Iran, deepening suspicions Tehran may still be concealing the full extent of its atomic enrichment program, diplomats said.
Discussion: The Reaction
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Federal agents raid home of CIA's former No. 3 boss  —  VIENNA, Va.- Federal agents Friday morning raided the home of Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who stepped down this week from the No. 3 post at the CIA amid accusations of improper ties to a defense contractor named as a co-conspirator in the bribery case …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
CIA Official's Home, Office Searched
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Poll: Clinton outperformed Bush  —  (CNN) — In a new poll comparing President Bush's job performance with that of his predecessor, a strong majority of respondents said President Clinton outperformed Bush on a host of issues.  —  The poll of 1,021 adult Americans was conducted May 5-7 by Opinion Research Corp. for CNN.
Media Matters for America:
Gibson: "Make more babies" because in "[t]wenty-five years ... the majority of the population is Hispanic" … On the May 11 edition of Fox News' The Big Story, host John Gibson advised viewers during the "My Word" segment of his program to "[d]o your duty.  Make more babies."
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Sadly, No!
Faiz / Think Progress:
NSA Whistleblower To Expose More Unlawful Activity: 'People...Are Going To Be Shocked'  —  CongressDaily reports that former NSA staffer Russell Tice will testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee next week that not only do employees at the agency believe the activities they are being asked …
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Iran Sought Advice in Pakistan on Attack  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's former army chief says Iranian officials came to him for advice on heading off an attack on their nuclear facilities, and he in effect advised them to take a hostage — Israel.  —  Retired Gen. Mirza Aslam Beg …
John / AMERICAblog:
US House Republicans suddenly pull cell-phone privacy bill, Rep. Markey thinks Bush spy agency types may have gotten it killed today  —  Well isn't this interesting.  Remember when I bought General Wesley Clark's cell phone records for under a $100 in order to prove that anyone's privacy could be violated?
New York Post:
'IDOL' SPECULATION  —  CHRIS DAUGHTRY'S LOSS HOLDS A LESSON IN AMERICAN POLITICS  —  May 12, 2006 — AS a seasoned political observer with more than two decades of experience analyzing voting patterns and the like, I would now like to explain to you one of the greatest mysteries in the history …
Discussion: alicublog and The Anchoress
Aaron Beard / Associated Press:
2nd DNA Test Shows No Conclusive Match  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A second round of DNA testing in the Duke University lacrosse rape case came back with the same result as the first - no conclusive match to any member of the team, defense attorneys said Friday.
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Robert / Jihad Watch:
Letters from a mujahid  —  From the letters: a detailed Qur'a …
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Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
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Discussion: AMERICAblog and baldilocks
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
The Long Road Ahead
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Michael J. Totten:
The Palestinians of 1948  —  JAFFA and JERUSALEM …
Discussion: Done With Mirrors
The Monday Address  —  I can pretty much sum up what El Presidente …
Discussion: Power Line
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Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Michael Smerconish Is a Pussy
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Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
The Red and the Blue  —  D. QUINN MILLS is worried.
Discussion: Blogs for Bush
Wall Street Journal:
Bush's Ratings Hit New Low, Poll Shows
Kirstin Downey / Washington Post:
Basics, Not Luxuries, Blamed for High Debt