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1:50 AM ET, May 26, 2006


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Lay and Skilling guilty  —  Ex-CEO and founder convicted on fraud and conspiracy charges in Enron case.  —  HOUSTON ( - Enron former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling and founder Kenneth Lay were found guilty Thursday of conspiracy and fraud in the granddaddy of all corporate fraud cases.
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Jury Convicts Enron's Skilling and Lay  —  HOUSTON, May 25 — A federal jury today convicted former Enron chairman Kenneth L. Lay of each of the six counts with which he was charged and convicted his protege Jeffrey K. Skilling of 19 of 28 counts, holding the top executives accountable for fraud on their watch.
Steve Bainbridge /
Lay and Skilling Convicted: Ongoing Reaction  —  From CNN: … Many thoughts, updated periodically and in no particular order:  — Another victory for prediction markets: As I wrote back in April: "The latest contract at Tradesports for Lay to be convicted on at least 4 counts was 65.5 …
New York Times:
Enron Chiefs Guilty of Fraud and Conspiracy  —  HOUSTON, May 25 — Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling, the chief executives who guided Enron through its spectacular rise and even more stunning fall, were found guilty today of fraud and conspiracy in a case that led the parade of corporate scandals …
Washington Post:
Bush Orders That Seized Records Be Sealed  —  President: This is Government's Greatest Dilemma in 200 Years  —  President Bush personally ordered the Justice Department today to seal records seized from the Capitol Hill office of a Democratic congressman, marking a remarkable intervention …
Josephine Hearn / The Hill:
Pelosi move triggers revolt
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Don Surber
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 …
Associated Press:
Bush and Blair Acknowledge Iraq 'Setbacks'
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Bill, Setting Up Showdown With House  —  WASHINGTON, May 25 — The Senate easily passed a comprehensive immigration bill this evening, but conservatives in the House of Representatives said they would continue to oppose any attempts at a compromise …
David Espo / Associated Press:
Senate set for immigration vote today  —  WASHINGTON - Legislation offering millions of illegal immigrants a chance at U.S. citizenship moved to the brink of Senate passage Thursday, a rare reach across party lines and a triumph for President Bush.  —  Majority Leader Bill Frist called …
Murray Waas / National Journal:
Rove-Novak Call Was Concern To Leak Investigators  —  On September 29, 2003, three days after it became known that the CIA had asked the Justice Department to investigate who leaked the name of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame, columnist Robert Novak telephoned White House senior adviser Karl Rove …
Dr. Roy W. Spencer / TCS Daily:
Questions for Al Gore  —  Dear Mr. Gore:  —  I have just seen your new movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," about the threat that global warming presents to humanity.  I think you did a very good job of explaining global warming theory, and your presentation was effective.
Alison Motluk /
Rhythm method criticised as a killer of embryos  —  The range of birth control choices may have become narrower for couples that believe the sanctity of life begins when sperm meets egg.  The rhythm method, a philosopher claims, may compromise millions of embryos.
Discussion: Feministe
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
The fertile fringe: Rhythm method criticised as a killer of embryos
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 …
Media Matters for America:
Media ran amok with NY Times Clinton marriage article … Following the publication of a May 23 New York Times article on the purported state of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and former President Bill Clinton's marriage, numerous news outlets ran reports and aired discussions on the story.
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Anna Bahney / New York Times:
Interns? No Bloggers Need Apply
Discussion: Feministe and Althouse
House panel votes for Net neutrality
Norman Geras / Guardian:
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