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8:00 PM ET, May 13, 2006


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David Jefferson / Newsweek:
Newsweek Poll: Americans Wary of NSA Spying  —  Bush's approval ratings hit new lows as controversy rages.  —  May 13, 2006 - Has the Bush administration gone too far in expanding the powers of the President to fight terrorism?  Yes, say a majority of Americans, following this week's revelation …
Editor and Publisher:
Sibling Rivalry: 'Wash Post' and 'Newsweek' Polls Clash on NSA  —  They may be owned by the same company, but two polls commissioned by The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine on the important issue of public approval of the National Security Agency's gathering of phone records produced quite different results.
Heather Mac Donald / Weekly Standard:
Information Please  —  Oh, sorry, it's not 1942.  It's 2006, and these three phone giants are about to be excoriated for cooperating with the war on terror.  Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter has demanded that ATT, Verizon, and BellSouth testify under oath about their assistance …
Washington Post:
NSA Program Further Blurs Line on Privacy  —  Consumers Grow Accustomed to Surrendering Personal Data  —  Phone companies know every number we dial.  Grocery stores watch what we buy, search engines track what we look for on the Internet, banks count each penny we deposit or withdraw.
Atrios / Eschaton:
More Exciting Poll Results  —  From Newsweek poll from email:  —  52% of those polled want Dems to take Congress, including 47% of independents (35/30 respectively want Repubs to keep controly).  —  50%/31% say they want a Dem/Repub to be the next pres.  —  32% approve of Bush's handling of Iraq.
Chip Somodevilla / Newsweek:
A Fresh Focus on Cheney  —  Hand-written notes by the Vice President surface in the Fitzgerald Probe  —  The Vice President at an awards ceremony on Wednesday  —  May 13, 2006 - The role of Vice President Dick Cheney in the criminal case stemming from the outing of White House critic …
Jason Leopold /
Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators  —  Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove.  —  During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys …
Deborah Orin / New York Post:
BORDER TROOPS  —  BUSH'S PLAN TO STEM ALIEN TIDE  —  May 13, 2006 — WASHINGTON - President Bush plans to call for troops and a high-tech "virtual" fence to beef up the border with Mexico when he speaks to the nation on immigration Monday night, sources said yesterday.
TalkLeft:   Breaking Report: Karl Rove Indicted
New York Times:
Cheney Pushed U.S. to Widen Eavesdropping  —  WASHINGTON, May 13 — In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney and his top legal adviser argued that the National Security Agency should intercept purely domestic telephone calls and e-mail messages without warrants …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats See an Opening to Debate Security Issues  —  WASHINGTON, May 12 — Senate Democrats intend to use next week's confirmation hearings for a new C.I.A. director to press the Bush administration on its broad surveillance programs, engaging Republicans on national security grounds …
William M. Arkin / Washington Post:
NSA's Multi-Billion Dollar Data Mining Effort
Discussion: SEIXON
Leviathan … If someone would just translate The Leviathan …
Discussion: the talking dog
Judd / Think Progress:   Telco Liability: Falkenrath Gets It Wrong
The Numbers / Wall Street Journal:
Is the Phone Company Violating Your Privacy?  —  ON THURSDAY, USA Today reported that three telecom companies — AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. — have been providing the spy agency with records of billions of phone calls made by U.S. citizens inside …
Discussion: Bring it On! and
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Spy Agency Watching Americans From Space  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A little-known spy agency that analyzes imagery taken from the skies has been spending significantly more time watching U.S. soil.  —  In an era when other intelligence agencies try to hide those operations …
The Probe of a Senior CIA Official Hits Home — and Abroad  —  While agents search Foggo's home for evidence of improper links to a defense contractor, they are also casting a wider net across the Atlantic  —  Even as federal officers Friday searched the Vienna, Va., residence of Kyle …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The CIA 1—Bush 0  —  PORTER GOSS'S TENURE as director …
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS  —  Lynchburg, Virginia.  ¬- Today, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the commencement address to the graduates at Liberty University.  The following is the text of his address:  —  Thank you, Dr. Falwell.
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Mike McCurry: More on Us Being Internet Rabble  —  There is a blogad buy from the Telecom companies on their new negative attack piece on net neutrality.  I encourage bloggers who received the ad to link this to this blog post.  —  That's it.  Burn DC to the ground.
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
Big Tent - Big Problem
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Caught in a Neighborhood Web
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
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