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7:00 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 …
Vox Pollsteri  —  One of the things that I find frustrating about the current debate over the surveillance state is the constant bickering about what the polls show.  One side cites the latest Washington Post poll, showing that most people are OK with having their phone records swept …
Atrios / Eschaton:
More Exciting Poll Results
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 …
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 …
Leviathan … If someone would just translate The Leviathan …
Discussion: the talking dog
William M. Arkin / Washington Post:
NSA's Multi-Billion Dollar Data Mining Effort
Discussion: SEIXON
Judd / Think Progress:
Telco Liability: Falkenrath Gets It Wrong
Discussion: Midtopia
Chris Strohm /
Former NSA officer alleges illegal activities under Hayden
Discussion: NewsHog and The American Street
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
Big Tent - Big Problem
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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.
Washington Post:
Bush May Widen National Guard Patrols at Border  —  President Bush will push next week for a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration laws and plans to tighten security on the borders, possibly with a wider deployment of the National Guard, White House officials said yesterday.
Discussion: The Heretik and Captain's Quarters
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Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Caught in a Neighborhood Web
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
Don`t participate !  —  "...We don't have news, we have stories …
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