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12:15 AM ET, May 27, 2006

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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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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Haditha Makes Abu Ghraib Look Like A Picnic (Update)  —  When the story on Abu Ghraib broke, the coverage and hyperbole regarding the supposed "atrocities" at the notorious prison blew the abuses far out of proportion.  As many remarked at the time, no one died from wearing panties on their heads …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Official: Iraq civilian deaths unjustified
Discussion: lgf
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:   Did Marines Massacre Iraqi Civilians?
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report v3.0 Beta:   Haditha, Jack Murtha, & The Boy Who Cried Wolf
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 …
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New York Times:
Top Bush Aide at Justice Dept. Was Set to Quit  —  WASHINGTON, May 26 — Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and senior officials and career prosecutors at the Justice Department told associates this week that they were prepared to quit if the White House directed them to relinquish evidence seized …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Dennis Hastert / USA Today:
There's a right way  —  If the information we have read about the behavior of Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., seems as obvious to a jury as it does to me, he deserves to be vigorously prosecuted.  I do not want to do anything that will interfere with that prosecution.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Suddenly, It's a Steel-Cage Match With the White House
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
mudvillegazette.com:
JESSE MACBETH'S DD-214  —  Someone has posted a scanned copy of what appears to be a DD-214 for one Jesse Adam MacBeth.  My initial read of it tells me that he most likely dropped out of boot camp.  —  Blocks 11 and 13 appear to have been crudely "modified" after the fact.  —  Block 11 reads as follows:
Discussion: QandO and Michelle Malkin
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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
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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.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Blair calls for unity, support for Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - British Prime Minister Tony Blair called Friday for more international support for an Iraq struggling to emerge as a democratic state and appealed for reconciliation there and internationally.  —  "This is a child of democracy struggling to be born …
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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 …
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:   Goose? Meet Gander.
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 …
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 …
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Coming Blogwars  —  Those of you who have been with me since the dawn of time know that I basically sat out the 2004 primaries and didn't officially take a stand on who the candidate should be.  More than that I did my best to not let my discussion of the primary coverage be influenced by my personal preferences.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and THE NEWS BLOG
Crooks and Liars:
Bizzaroland  —  "I wish us into bizzaroland and you two are still together."  Cordelia from THE WISH-"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (Youtube)  —  Watching Tweety and Noron fawn all over their beloved King George after the Press Conference was mind numbing.  I'm not going to write up a transcript …
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
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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Kenny Boy, Meet Brownie
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Lieberman Supports Anti-Choice License Plates For Connecticut
Washington Post:
Treasury Secretary to Step Down
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
Memorial Day Reflections
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST and Wizbang
Judd / Think Progress:
A Challenge To Jonah Goldberg
Discussion: The Horse's Mouth
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
House Republican firm on immigration bill
Discussion: New York Times
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Granted In Part, Denied In Part
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More on the Late Marriage Myth
Norm / normblog:
A beginning  —  [The following is the text of my talk …