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1:40 PM ET, May 26, 2006

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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 …
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Bush, Blair Acknowledge Mistakes in Iraq
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan and Balloon Juice
Oliver Duff / Independent:
Galloway says murder of Blair would be 'justified'
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
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.  —  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 …
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
Allahpundit / hotair.com:
Breaking: Gunshots(?) heard in garage of House office building (AP says ambulances arriving)  —  I'm sure this will turn out to be a car backfiring or something, but Drudge has the siren up so I guess I'm obliged to post.  Police have sealed off offices in the Rayburn building and are going room-to-room to investigate.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Gary Gross / California Conservative:
House and Senate Moving Towards Each Other  —  At least that's what I think is happening based on some quotes from key GOP legislators in this AP article.  Here are the specific quotes that make me think that: … That sounds like he knows that the Senate will have to adopt some measures that the House is insisting on.
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 …
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
ABCNEWS:
Dying 'Dr. Death' Has Second Thoughts About Assisting Suicides  —  Jack Kevorkian Still Supports Movement, but Has Misgivings About His Methods  —  May 26, 2006 — Today, on his 78th birthday, Jack Kevorkian, the man known as "Dr. Death," is slowly dying in prison.
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 …
 
 
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