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11:35 AM 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"
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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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 …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Baltimore Examiner:
Senate should not use immigration reform as a way to control wages
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:   What the Hell is Happening on Capitol Hill?
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Hastert: Letter Just a Coincidence
Discussion: Reuters, NewsBusters.org and QandO
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Bush Provides Ladder For Congressional Climbdown
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.
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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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
It's Time to Engage With Iran
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 …
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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Associated Press:
Treasury's Snow seen ready to resign
Discussion: The Left Coaster
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
Joe Conason / Salon:
Jefferson must go  —  When FBI agents reach into a congressman's home freezer and pull out $90,000 in foil-wrapped bills, it is time for him to resign.  When the Justice Department announces that the same congressman is on videotape taking a $100,000 bribe in a Virginia hotel garage, his resignation is overdue.
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.
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.
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
Jill Zuckman / Chicago Tribune:
GOP to put war up for debate  —  House leaders gamble forum will aid election  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders, in a significant political gamble, are planning to hold a free-flowing debate over the Iraq war on the House floor in coming weeks, facing head-on what may be the most difficult issue …
 
 
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Critics Say Bill Diminishes Due Process for Immigrants
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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
Carol Rust / Washington Post:
Defendants Sunk by Their Testimony
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House and Senate Moving Towards Each Other
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Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Romney makes surprise stop in Baghdad
Discussion: TBogg
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Clark: Begin troop withdrawals
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