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6:55 AM ET, May 13, 2006


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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 …
Richard A. Falkenrath / Washington Post:
The Right Call on Phone Records  —  The NSA's Program Safeguards Security — and Civil Liberties  —  On Thursday, USA Today reported that three U.S. telecommunications companies have been voluntarily providing the National Security Agency with anonymized domestic telephone records …
EFF's Class-Action Lawsuit Against AT&T for Collaboration with Illegal Domestic Spying Program  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers …
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.
Beth DeFalco / Associated Press:
Verizon Sued for Giving NSA Phone Records
Discussion: Think Progress
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."
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
From the New Kid, Proceedings With Caution  —  Depending on how you look at it, Tony Snow's first briefing as White House press secretary yesterday morning started either 18 minutes late or 12 minutes early.  —  Shortly before the start of his 9 a.m. "gaggle" — the daily off-camera briefing …
Discussion: The Heretik and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Ousted CIA No. 3 Is Target of Raids  —  Foggo's Home and Langley Office Swept in Corruption Probe  —  Federal agents yesterday searched the CIA offices and Northern Virginia home of Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the spy agency's No. 3 official who was forced to resign this week amid …
New York Times:
C.I.A. Aide's House and Office Searched  —  WASHINGTON, May 12 — Federal agents conducted searches on Friday at the office and home of Kyle Foggo, who stepped down this week as the Central Intelligence Agency's third-ranking official.  —  The searches were part of a widening criminal investigation …
Associated Press:
Feds Raid Home Of Top CIA Official
Discussion: Left in the West
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.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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.
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Michael Smerconish Is a Pussy  —  Michael Smerconish is a pussy.  A big gaping pussy.  —  He loves to talk tough from his comfortable reclining chair about death penalties and the war on terror - and how tough he would be in killing people.  Yeah, I know, you're really tough.
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
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.
Discussion: and Brendan Nyhan
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 …
Michael J. Totten:
The Palestinians of 1948  —  JAFFA and JERUSALEM - There are more Arabs in Israel than there are in Beirut.  One Israeli in five is an Arab.  They aren't Israeli Jews.  Nor are they the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza.  They were born and raised in Israel.  They carry Israeli passports.
Discussion: Done With Mirrors
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