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2:20 PM ET, May 26, 2006

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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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David Espo / Associated Press:
Capitol Police Probing Reports of Gunfire  —  Police investigated reports of gunfire in a House office building on Friday and briefly sealed off the Capitol as a precaution.  —  Capitol police were investigating "the sound of gunfire in the garage level of the Rayburn House Office Building …
Discussion: PunditGuy
Representative Jack Kingston:
Shots Fired?  Everyone In This Office Is Safe.  —  Just wanted to let everyone know that the US Capitol Police are investigating shots in the Rayburn House Office Building (where we are), specifically in the parking garage below the building.  —  First and foremost, Congressman Kingston …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Capitol police probe report of gunshots  —  WASHINGTON - Guns drawn, police briefly sealed off the Capitol Friday and launched a floor-by-floor search of the largest office structure on Capitol Hill after an unidentified caller reported gunfire.  Amid chaos and confusion …
The Raw Story:
Latest emails to staff acquired by Raw Story  —  LATEST EMAILS SENT TO STAFF....  From: US Capitol Police  —  Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 12:21 PM To: All House Staff Subject: Update - Important Instructions for the Rayburn HOB  —  The Capitol Police continue to investigate the report of gunfire in the Rayburn HOB.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Booman Tribune
Allahpundit / hotair.com:
Breaking: Gunshots(?) heard in garage of House office building …
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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Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Hastert: Letter Just a Coincidence  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  ABC News' story about Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert set off a wave of reaction from Chicago talk radio to the wells of the Capitol.  There it seems to have added fuel to the fire in the dispute between the executive branch and Congress.
Discussion: Reuters, NewsBusters.org and QandO
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Hastert, Justice Dept. Dispute Inquiry Story  —  ABC News says federal investigators have put House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) "in the mix" of their corruption probe centering on convicted former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.  —  Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty …
New York Times:   To Ease Standoff, Bush Seals Seized Files
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Bush, Blair Acknowledge Mistakes in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - More than three years after sending their troops to invade Iraq, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair cannot escape questions about their decision to go to war even as they acknowledge far-reaching mistakes.
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan and Balloon Juice
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Anne Gearan / Associated Press:   Analysis: Euphoria gone for Bush and Blair
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Blair and Bush Are Duo Even in Descent
Discussion: INDCJournal and BrothersJudd Blog
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Senate confirms Hayden as CIA director  —  WASHINGTON - After hearing assurances he will be independent of the Pentagon, the Senate on Friday easily confirmed Gen. Michael Hayden, a career Air Force man, to head the CIA.  —  Hayden, a four-star general, currently is the top deputy to National Intelligence Director John Negroponte.
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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John O'Neil / New York Times:   Iraqi Minister Backs Iran on Nuclear Research
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 …
littlegreenfootballs.com:
We Got Mail from Reuters (Bumped)  —  Early this morning at about 3:00 am on the West Coast, someone in [Sweden] Britain connected to the Internet and browsed over to this article at the Guardian by Inayat Bunglawala, media secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain: This code could open doors.
New York Times:
Conservative Top 50  —  1. "Won't Get Fooled Again," by The Who.  —  The conservative movement is full of disillusioned revolutionaries; this could be their theme song, an oath that swears off naive idealism once and for all.  "There's nothing in the streets / Looks any different …
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.
BBC:
London club 'bombing plan' taped  —  An alleged British terror cell talked of blowing up London's Ministry of Sound nightclub, the Old Bailey heard.  —  Accused Jawad Akbar said no-one could "turn round and say 'oh they were innocent' those slags dancing around?".
Baltimore Examiner:
Senate should not use immigration reform as a way to control wages  —  The Washington DC Examiner Newspaper, The Examiner  —  WASHINGTON - It is hard to believe that it is happening under a Republican-controlled Congress and White House, but a measure to put federal bureaucrats in charge …
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
Gareth Porter / American Prospect:
Burnt Offering  —  How a 2003 secret overture from Tehran might have led to a deal on Iran's nuclear capacity — if the Bush administration hadn't rebuffed it.  —  Iran's "mad mullahs" want nuclear weapons to destroy Israel and can only be stopped by the threat or use of military force.
Media Matters for America:
Coming soon to The New York Times?  Globe reports Bush marriage breakup … In his May 23 front-page article in The New York Times, staff writer Patrick Healy asserted that "[w]hen the subject of Bill and Hillary Clinton comes up for many prominent Democrats these days …
 
 
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