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2:00 PM ET, May 27, 2006

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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 …
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Washington Post:
A Defiant Stance In Jefferson Probe  —  Justice Dept. Talked of Big Resignations If White House Agreed to Return Papers  —  The Justice Department signaled to the White House this week that the nation's top three law enforcement officials would resign or face firing rather than return documents seized …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Why All the Fuss?  —  It's amusing, frankly, that the Republicans …
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
In Haditha, Memories of a Massacre  —  Iraqi Townspeople Describe Slaying of 24 Civilians by Marines in Nov. 19 Incident  —  BAGHDAD, May 26 — Witnesses to the slaying of 24 Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines in the western town of Haditha say the Americans shot men, women and children …
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Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser  —  The defining issue of our time is not the Iraq war.  It is not the "global war on terror."  It is not our inability (or unwillingness) to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable health care.  Nor is it immigration, outsourcing, or growing income inequity.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
On the Apple decision  —  A very simple editorial on yesterday's decision by the Sixth District Court of Appeals that bloggers are entitled to the same protection as print journalists; that a rich corporation can't control the bloggers that cover it.  —  1. The day a U.S. court comes …
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
First Amendment Applies to Internet, Appeals Court Rules  —  SAN FRANCISCO, May 26 — A California appeals court ruled Friday that online reporters are protected by the same confidentiality laws that protect traditional journalists, striking a blow to efforts by Apple Computer to identify people who leaked confidential company data.
Discussion: BuzzMachine, Amygdala and THE NEWS BLOG
Victor Davis Hanson / victorhanson.com:
Looking Back at Iraq  —  A war to be proud of.  —  National Review Online  —  There may be a lot to regret about the past policy of the United States in the Middle East, but the removal of Saddam Hussein and the effort to birth democracy in his place is surely not one of them.
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BBC:
Hundreds die in Indonesian quake  —  More than 2,700 people have been killed and thousands more injured by a strong earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java, officials have said.  —  The quake, measuring 6.2, flattened buildings in a densely-populated area south of the city of Yogyakarta, near the southern coast of Java.
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Irwan Firdaus / Associated Press:
Quake kills at least 2,900 in Indonesia
Discussion: True Blue Liberal
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
U.S. Is Debating Talks With Iran on Nuclear Issue  —  WASHINGTON, May 26 — The Bush administration is beginning to debate whether to set aside a longstanding policy taboo and open direct talks with Iran, to help avert a crisis over Tehran's suspected nuclear weapons program …
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Los Angeles Times:
The tyranny doctrine
Discussion: TAPPED
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Senate Overwhelmingly Confirms General to Be Director of C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON, May 26 — The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Gen. Michael V. Hayden on Friday as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, despite some senators' criticism of his role in overseeing a domestic electronic surveillance program.
Discussion: The American Street and Althouse
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Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
U.S. Senate Votes 78-15 to Confirm Hayden to Head CIA (Correct)
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Associated Press:
Bush Aide Confirmed to U.S. Bench  —  Senate Vote Puts Kavanaugh on Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit  —  White House aide Brett M. Kavanaugh won Senate confirmation as an appeals judge yesterday after a three-year wait, a new victory for President Bush in a drive to place a more conservative stamp on the courts.
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Dan Tynan / PC World:
The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time  —  At PC World, we spend most of our time talking about products that make your life easier or your work more productive.  But it's the lousy ones that linger in our memory long after their shrinkwrap has shriveled, and that make tech editors cry out, "What have I done to deserve this?"
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Cultural ID  —  Chris Bowers writes about one of my favorite subjects today: American tribal identity. … I think the evidence is overwhelming that it is.  He reproduces one of those great maps that break down everybody by something or other and like most of them, it ends up showing …
Discussion: MyDD, Eschaton and Pandagon
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
AT&T leaks sensitive info in NSA suit  —  Lawyers for AT&T accidentally released sensitive information while defending a lawsuit that accuses the company of facilitating a government wiretapping program, CNET News.com has learned.  —  AT&T's attorneys this week filed a 25-page legal brief striped …
Discussion: Majikthise
Steve McMorran / Associated Press:
Left to die on Mount Everest  —  Report that dozens of climbers passed stricken British mountaineer on way to the summit shocks first man to reach top  —  WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Mount Everest pioneer Sir Edmund Hillary said Wednesday he was shocked that dozens of climbers left …
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
House Republican Pessimistic on Immigration Deal  —  WASHINGTON, May 26 — A powerful House Republican said today that he would like to see an immigration bill become law, but he warned that the version passed overwhelmingly by the Senate on Thursday is a "non-starter."
Discussion: Vox Baby, Babalu Blog and Hot Air
Ereed / Hotline On Call:
Dowd to RNC Members: Simmer Down Now  —  RNC senior adviser/BC04 senior strategist/Ron Fournier co-author Matthew Dowd urges Republican Nat'l Committee members to favor a "comprehensive" solution to immigration, which the public believes is is "unifying — not polarizing."
 
 
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Bush and Blair acknowledge Iraq 'setbacks'
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BBC:
Iraqis shot 'for wearing shorts'
Discussion: Informed Comment
Bloomberg:
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Books: 'Barn Burning, Barn Building'
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Capitol Police Probe Report of Gunshots
Discussion: Reuters
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Kenny Boy, Meet Brownie
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Lieberman Supports Anti-Choice License Plates For Connecticut
Washington Post:
Treasury Secretary to Step Down