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4:40 PM ET, May 15, 2006


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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 Raw Story:
ABC News: Federal official says US tracking calls made by ABC News, New York Times, Washington Post  —  ABC News' press office just sent out this release to news organizations, RAW STORY has learned.  The story has been posted at the ABC NEWS blog (Read here).  —  ABC's Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Feds Tracking Journalists' Phone Conversations?  —  ABC News has, on their blog of all places, a story alleging that federal investigators are tracking the phone calls of journalists. … The former would be scary indeed; the latter, reasonable if somewhat problematic.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Isn't this the other shoe dropping?  —  The piece is written in a roundabout sort of way.
Marshall Manson / On Tap:
Okay.  Enough.  —  ABC News' Brian Ross and Richard Esposito report:
Discussion: PoliBlog
Daily Kos:
On ABC News, Call Records, And The Protection of Sources
Discussion: Eschaton
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush Set To Send Guard to Border  —  Assignment Would Be Temporary; Critics Cite Strain on Troops  —  President Bush tried to ease the worries of his Mexican counterpart yesterday as he prepared for a nationally televised address tonight unveiling a plan to send thousands of National Guard troops …
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?
Michelle Malkin:
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE  —  Here we go again.  —  President Bush is continuing the homeland security dog-and-pony charade in his quest to deliver a massive "guest worker"/amnesty plan to the open-borders lobby.  A few weeks ago, Bush's Department of Homeland Security put on a bogus performance …
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
BUSH: WE CAN'T BOOT 11M ILLEGALS  —  TV SPEECH TO PITCH GUEST-WORKER PLAN  —  May 15, 2006 — WASHINGTON - In his live, nationally televised address tonight, President Bush will tell Americans that it's impossible to deport the estimated 11 million illegal aliens living here.
Rep. Tom Tancredo / Human Events:
Come Home, Mr. President
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Plan to Deploy Guard at Border Worries Mexico
George Gedda / Associated Press:
U.S. to Renew Diplomatic Ties With Libya  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has decided to restore normal diplomatic relations with Libya for the first time in over a quarter century after taking Moammar Gadhafi's country off a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, State Department officials said Monday.
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 …
MSNBC:   U.S. to renew diplomatic relations with Libya
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Dutch lawmaker in asylum row to move to U.S.  —  AMSTERDAM - Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born Dutch politician known for her criticism of Islam, will leave parliament and move to the United States after admitting she lied to win asylum in the Netherlands, media reported on Monday.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Ayaan Hirsi Ali emigrating to U.S.?
Hirsi Ali to leave Netherlands for job with US think tank
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Negroponte Had Denied Domestic Call Monitoring  —  Administration Won't Comment on NSA Logs  —  When he was asked about the National Security Agency's controversial domestic surveillance program last Monday, U.S. intelligence chief John D. Negroponte objected to the question and said the government was …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
More Americans Disapprove Than Approve of Government Collecting Phone Records
Discussion: Mystery Pollster
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 …
Discussion: Democracy Project and PrestoPundit
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
3rd Member of Duke Lacrosse Team Indicted  —  A grand jury indicted a third member of Duke University's lacrosse team Monday on charges stemming from a woman's allegations she was raped and beaten at a team party earlier this year.  —  David Evans, a senior and team captain from Bethesda …
Discussion: TalkLeft and BitsBlog
It'll Be Gore?  —  A reader predicts: … I'd dismiss this if a very canny Republican hadn't said exactly the same thing to me the other night.  I still cannot see it.  But in politics, anything can happen, I suppose.  —  (Photo: Frederick M Brown/Getty).
White House:
MR. McCLELLAN: Not necessarily.  —  Q — if a staffer is interviewed, is that staffer expected, have they been given guidance internally, to report that to the Counsel's Office, so the Counsel's Office knows?  —  MR. McCLELLAN: No. No.  —  Q On Cuba, the President mentioned trying to strengthen —
Karol / Alarming News:
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Homework Help, From a World Away  —  Web Joins Students, Cheap Overseas Tutors  —  It was almost 3 a.m., Alex Del Monte recalled, and he was cramming like crazy.  He gulped can after can of Red Bull to stay awake, but the George Washington University sophomore knew he would flunk …
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