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8:15 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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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
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David Espo / Associated Press:
Capitol Police Probing Reports of Gunfire
Discussion: PunditGuy and Macsmind
Reuters:   Capitol police reopen Rayburn building
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 …
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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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Blair and Bush Are Duo Even in Descent
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Bush, Blair Acknowledge Mistakes in Iraq
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan and Balloon Juice
Baltimore Examiner:
White House compares illegal immigration to speeding  —  WASHINGTON - The White House on Friday said a Senate bill that would grant legal status to illegal immigrants is analogous to a traffic law that allows a speeder to pay a fine and continue driving.  —  "If you had a traffic ticket …
Discussion: UNFREEZING and Andrew Sullivan
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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
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 …
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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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Official: Iraq civilian deaths unjustified
Discussion: lgf and Flopping Aces
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 …
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
michaelyon-online.com:
Memorial Day Weekend  —  Many people have become aware of a recent serious photo copyright infringement.  The photo in question is that of Major Bieger holding a little Iraqi girl named Farah who was killed by a suicide car bomber in Mosul, Iraq.  I first became aware of the infringement …
Discussion: RedState and Elephants in Academia
Crooks and Liars:
Did you buy Bush's performance last night?  —  Did you buy Bush's performance last night?  —  Richard Wolffe from Newsweek, joined Keith Olbermann and says that Bush's more realistic tone and mannerisms seemed rehearsed.  —  Video-WMP Video-QT  —  Wolffe: ..And for me the big giveaway …
 
 
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