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10:20 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 …
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
Peter Daou / The Grit:
In a Stunning Admission, Bush Regrets Saying "Bring It On"  —  A jaw-dropping moment occurred in Bush and Blair's Thursday presser: Bush said he regretted saying "bring it on" (precise wording in 2003 was "bring 'em on") and "wanted dead or alive."  He admitted he should have been more sophisticated in his use of language.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
Associated Press:
Bush and Blair Acknowledge Iraq 'Setbacks'
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 …
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Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Senate Approves Immigration Bill  —  The Senate yesterday approved legislation that would trigger the biggest changes to U.S. immigration policy in decades, by strengthening border security, establishing a guest-worker program, and providing the means for millions of illegal immigrants to stay …
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 …
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Hastert: Letter Just a Coincidence
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and QandO
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 …
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
Eric Boehlert / The Huffington Post:
Why Is The Press (Still) Unfair To Al Gore?  —  A confession: In my new book, "Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush," I didn't really have the heart to revisit the 2000 campaign to document, yet again, how the Beltway press corps, enamored with Bush's charm and alleged authenticity …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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Carol Rust / Washington Post:
Defendants Sunk by Their Testimony  —  HOUSTON, May 25 — Jurors in the Enron trial made it clear that it would have been better for former executives Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling if they'd kept their mouths shut and stayed off the witness stand.  —  Speaking shortly …
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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 …
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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
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
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.
 
 
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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
Jill Zuckman / Chicago Tribune:
GOP to put war up for debate
Gary Gross / California Conservative:
House and Senate Moving Towards Each Other
Discussion: The Anchoress
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Trouble spots threaten perfect storm of global crises - study
Discussion: NewsHog
Toni Locy / Associated Press:
Experts say Cheney can't avoid testifying
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Romney makes surprise stop in Baghdad
Discussion: TBogg
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house.gov:
Hinchey Introduces Measure to Force Bush Administration
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Alison Motluk / newscientist.com:
Rhythm method criticised as a killer of embryos
Discussion: Feministe
Antonia Zerbisias / azerbic:
Taking the Hill  —  This morning, a whole bunch of Ottawa …
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