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1:15 AM ET, May 16, 2006


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Hugh Hewitt:
A Very Good Start —Finally.  (UPDATED to Reflect My Amazement At the Non-Follow-Up Follow Up)  —  President Bush did exactly what he had to do tonight: Hit the middle, agreeing to the fence, to a large increase in Border Patrol personnel and funding, tamper-proof identification …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HE HAD HIS CHANCE...  ...and he blew it.  He should have given the speech I told him to.  As soon as he started talking about guest worker programs and the impossibility of deporting 11 million illegals, it was all over.  President Bush keeps trying to find the middle ground, on this and many other issues.
Bush: U.S. 'a lawful society and a welcoming society'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — In an address to the nation Monday evening, President Bush called for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration that strengthens border security, enforces immigration laws and includes a guest-worker program.
Associated Press:
Text of Bush's Speech on Immigration  —  Text of President Bush's speech on immigration Monday night:  —  Good evening.  I have asked for a few minutes of your time to discuss a matter of national importance: the reform of America's immigration system.  —  The issue of immigration stirs …
Michelle Malkin:
SAME OLD, SAME OLD  —  11pm EDT update: Video highlights of tonight's O'Reilly Factor in which I try to make O'Reilly see the light here.  —  1030pm EDT update:  —  The only good thing about watching the speech was getting to watch it in the Fox News green room with Colorado GOP Rep. Tom Tancredo …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Immigration Speech: Reaction  —  I apologize; circumstances kept me from live-blogging the speech, but I did hear the entire event along with having read the speech just before its delivery.  —  My initial reaction?  President Bush tried reaching for the center — a position he has occupied on this issue all along.
The Blotter:
Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling  —  Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:  —  A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential sources.
The Blotter:
FBI Acknowledges: Journalists Phone Records are Fair Game  —  Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:  —  The FBI acknowledged late Monday that it is increasingly seeking reporters' phone records in leak investigations.  —  "It used to be very hard and complicated to do this …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Same As It Ever Was  —  In light of today's predictable revelations that the administration is spying on the press, Rick Perlstein has given me permission to publish an excerpt from his forthcoming book "Nixonland". … I hesitate to even comment on this; the implications are so painfully obvious.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Isn't this the other shoe dropping?  —  The piece is written in a roundabout sort of way.
The Raw Story:
ABC News: Federal official says US tracking calls made by ABC News …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Against a fence  —  Dear Jorge plans to address the nation tonight, a speech wherein he will almost surely attempt to deceive citizens into believing that he does not wish the mass migration from Mexico to continue unabated.  He will likely offer some negligible resources for law enforcement …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Final Solution  —  Dear God.  Crooks and Liars caught the World Net Daily making explicit arguments that the US should use the example of Nazi Germany to expel illegal immigrants: … "Rid themsleves" is an interesting way of putting it, don't you think?  I'm not surprised at this.
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Conservatives debate Bush impeachment over immigration  —  A very spirited and provocative debate took place among right-wing bloggers over the past week.  The question under consideration: Should George W. Bush be impeached for his failure to stop the "Mexican invasion" and protect our nation's borders?
Chip Somodevilla / MSNBC:
A final word from Karl Rove?  —  Bush strategist addresses conservative think tank as Democrats see demise  —  Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff, addressed a meeting of the American Enterprise Institute on Monday.  Rove acknowledged President Bush's sinking poll numbers …
Discussion: The Washington Note
Steven Leser /   Karl Rove Indictment an elaborate Hoax? Did Jason Leopold get Rolled?
Is This the End?  —  Following last Thursday's Antwerp massacre the Belgian authorities have announced zero tolerance for racism.  Belgian journalists, lawyers and politicians (including Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt), say that I am responsible for creating the atmosphere of hatred that led to the massacre.
If I Get Hurt, Blame Father Leman
Discussion: ¡No Pasarán!
Third Indicted Lacrosse Player: 'I Am Absolutely Innocent'  —  Durham DA Doesn't Anticipate Any Further Indictments, He Says  —  DURHAM, N.C. — A Duke University lacrosse team captain indicted Monday by a grand jury said he and his two teammates are innocent of all charges stemming …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Robert Rector / Heritage Foundation:
Senate Immigration Bill Would Allow 100 Million New Legal Immigrants over the Next Twenty Years  —  If enacted, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611) would be the most dramatic change in immigration law in 80 years, allowing an estimated 103 million persons to legally immigrate …
Elise Labott / CNN:
U.S. to restore relations with Libya  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Libya and remove the North African country from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the State Department announced Monday.  —  The removal from the terrorism list …
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