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6:35 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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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 …
Washington Post:
Rayburn Reopens After Gunfire Report  —  Police Sources: Construction Caused the Noise of Shots  —  The Rayburn House Office Building was opened shortly after 3 p.m. after being locked down for more than four hours following a report—unconfirmed by police—of gunfire in the building's garage.
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Reuters:
Capitol police reopen Rayburn building  —Text+WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A mammoth U.S. House of Representatives office building reopened on Friday after a floor-by-floor search by police indicated sounds thought to be gunshots were probably noises made by construction workers, the U.S. Capitol Police reported.
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 and Macsmind
The Raw Story:
Latest emails to staff acquired by Raw Story
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TPMmuckraker
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Capitol police probe report of gunshots
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Analysis: Euphoria gone for Bush and Blair  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair looked less like cheerleaders for the latest milestone of democratic political progress in Iraq and more like world-weary leaders who had met their match.
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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
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Blair and Bush Are Duo Even in Descent
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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Dennis Hastert / USA Today:
There's a right way  —  If the information we have read …
Discussion: RedState and The Strata-Sphere
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.
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New York Times:
Bush's C.I.A. Pick Confirmed by Senate  —  WASHINGTON, May 26 — The Senate handed President Bush a pair of victories this morning, easily confirming his nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency and giving more narrow approval to a judicial nomination that had been stalled for three years.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and TalkLeft
Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
Probe Finds Marines Killed Unarmed Iraqi Civilians  —  SAN DIEGO — Marines from Camp Pendleton wantonly killed unarmed Iraqi civilians, including women and children, and then tried to cover up the slayings in the insurgent stronghold of Haditha, military investigations have found.
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Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
Study Finds No Cancer-Marijuana Connection  —  The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer.  —  The new findings "were against our expectations," said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles …
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 …
John O'Neil / New York Times:
Iraqi Minister Backs Iran on Nuclear Research  —  Iraq supports Iran's right to pursue nuclear research, its new foreign minister said today, taking a position at odds with that of the Bush administration.  —  The foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, spoke during a visit to Baghdad by Iran's foreign minister …
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
House Republican firm on immigration bill  —  WASHINGTON - The House author of a border security bill that triggered massive street protests stood firm Friday against amnesty for illegal immigrants and predicted tough negotiations with the Senate on compromise legislation.
Discussion: Six Meat Buffet
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Border Fight Divides G.O.P.
Discussion: Hot Air and 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.
Discussion: Done With Mirrors
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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