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12:15 PM ET, May 26, 2006

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Oliver Duff / Independent:
Galloway says murder of Blair would be 'justified'  —  The Respect MP George Galloway has said it would be morally justified for a suicide bomber to murder Tony Blair.  —  In an interview with GQ magazine, the reporter asked him: "Would the assassination of, say, Tony Blair by a suicide bomber …
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Washington Post:
Bush, Blair Concede Missteps on Iraq  —  President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair last night acknowledged a series of errors in managing the occupation of Iraq that have made the conflict more difficult and more damaging to the U.S. image abroad, even as they insisted that enough progress …
New York Times:
Bush and Blair Concede Errors, but Defend War  —  WASHINGTON, May 25 — President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, two leaders badly weakened by the continuing violence in Iraq, acknowledged major misjudgments in the execution of the Iraq war on Thursday night even while insisting …
White House:
President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom Participate in Joint Press Availability  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you all.  Good evening.  I want to thank Prime Minister Tony Blair for coming to Washington to discuss his recent visit to Iraq.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Bush, Blair Acknowledge Mistakes in Iraq
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:   Analysis: Euphoria gone for Bush and Blair
Peter Daou / The Grit:
In a Stunning Admission, Bush Regrets Saying "Bring It On"
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmaker Raid May Come Back to Bite Bush  —  Anger in Congress Could Cost  —  The President Some Allies  —  And Curb His Legislative Influence  —  WASHINGTON — The recent FBI raid of a congressman's office is fueling a power struggle between Congress and the administration …
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Mark Kleiman / The Reality-Based Community:
Against the FBI power grab  —  It's very important to learn from your opponents.  One thing I've learned from Karl Rove and his buddies is that if people don't believe what you're saying, you should say it often, until you've worn them down.  (I believe that's called "message discipline.")
New York Times:   To Ease Standoff, Bush Seals Seized Files
Joe Conason / Salon:
Jefferson must go  —  When FBI agents reach into a congressman's …
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Hastert: Letter Just a Coincidence
Discussion: Reuters, NewsBusters.org and QandO
CNN:
Sounds of gunfire reported in Capitol complex  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Capitol Police said Friday they were investigating reports of sounds of gunfire in the garage of the Rayburn Office Building, where members of the House have their offices.  —  Law enforcement expert Mike Brooks …
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Representative Jack Kingston:   Shots Fired? Everyone In This Office Is Safe.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Border Fight Divides G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON, May 25 — The negotiations between the White House and Congress that will follow the Senate's passage on Thursday of an immigration bill could decide not just how the nation confronts illegal immigration but also what strain of conservatism …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Critics Say Bill Diminishes Due Process for Immigrants
Discussion: protein wisdom
New York Times:
Military Expected to Report Marines Killed Iraqi Civilians  —  WASHINGTON, May 25 — A military investigation into the deaths of two dozen Iraqis last November is expected to find that a small number of marines in western Iraq carried out extensive, unprovoked killings of civilians …
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Nobody home / Santorum tries to cover his tracks on residency  —  Before every election, the Post-Gazette routinely sends letters to the candidates seeking material for the Voters Guide.  Back in March, as part of that process for the primary, the newspaper sent a letter to Rick Santorum at his home address …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Say No to Tehran's Gambit  —  All of a sudden, revolutionary Iran has offered direct talks with the United States.  All of a sudden, the usual suspects — European commentators, American liberals, dissident CIA analysts, Madeleine Albright — are urging the administration to take the bait.
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
It's Time to Engage With Iran
Mitch / Shot In The Dark:
The Road Warrior: RIP Joe Hansen  —  Someone left a comment today, and I finally confirmed it: Joe Hanson has passed away.  I don't know any of the details yet, but I can certainly guess.  —  We'll come back to that, maybe, later.  —  I worked with Joe twice - at KDWB-AM, back in 1990-92 …
Norm / normblog:
A beginning  —  [The following is the text of my talk at last night's Euston Manifesto launch.]  —  By one of those coincidences that don't mean anything, 70 years ago today - and I mean to the very day - the poet T.S. Eliot paid a visit to a small hamlet in Cambridgeshire.
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Faculty's Chilly Welcome for Ex-Pentagon Official  —  WASHINGTON, May 24 — Douglas J. Feith's table at the Georgetown University faculty club is shaping up as a lonely one.  —  The move to a teaching position at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown by Mr. Feith, a former Pentagon official …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
TCS Daily:
Why Ruin the World's Best Anti-Poverty Program?  —  Winston Churchill famously said "If you put two economists in a room, you get two opinions — unless one of them is Lord Keynes, in which case you get three."  Churchill, however, was wrong.  Brad DeLong worked for the Clinton Administration …
USA Today:
Feds cut off phone tax after 108 years  —  A pesky, century-old tax on your phone bill is finally being put to rest.  —  The Treasury Department said Thursday that it will no longer collect a 3% federal excise tax on long-distance calls and would refund about $15 billion to taxpayers.
Discussion: Mark in Mexico
 
 
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Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Senate confirms Hayden as CIA director
Eric Boehlert / The Huffington Post:
Why Is The Press (Still) Unfair To Al Gore?
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Daniel Gross / Slate:
Lay and Skilling Aren't the Only Guilty Ones
Jonathan Chait / The Plank:
POINT TAKEN:  —  A year ago I wrote an article for TNR making …
BBC:
London club 'bombing plan' taped
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Carol Rust / Washington Post:
Defendants Sunk by Their Testimony
Jill Zuckman / Chicago Tribune:
GOP to put war up for debate
Baltimore Examiner:
Senate should not use immigration reform as a way to control wages
Gary Gross / California Conservative:
House and Senate Moving Towards Each Other
Discussion: The Anchoress
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Romney makes surprise stop in Baghdad
Discussion: TBogg
New York Times:
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house.gov:
Hinchey Introduces Measure to Force Bush Administration