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9:10 AM ET, May 27, 2006

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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 …
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 …
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: Babalu Blog and Hot Air
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Suddenly, It's a Steel-Cage Match With the White House  —  For years, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a genial former wrestling coach, has stood on the sidelines as President Bush seized power from a quiescent legislative branch.  But this week, with the unlikeliest of provocations …
Discussion: Blog for America
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Why All the Fuss?  —  It's amusing, frankly, that the Republicans …
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:   House Republican firm on immigration bill
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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Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
Probe Finds Marines Killed Unarmed Iraqi Civilians
Discussion: Big Lizards and The Moderate Voice
Matthew Cooper / Time:   The Haditha Scandal's Other Casualty
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:   Did Marines Massacre Iraqi Civilians?
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Official: Iraq civilian deaths unjustified
Discussion: lgf, Flopping Aces and Roger L. Simon
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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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, RedState and Michelle Malkin
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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.
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 …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Capitol Police Probe Report of Gunshots  —  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, police said there were no injuries, arrests or confirmation of the gunfire.
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt and The Left Coaster
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Reuters:
Capitol police reopen Rayburn building
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Washington Post:
Treasury Secretary to Step Down  —  Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, who has presided during a period of strong economic growth but at times seemed out of sync with President Bush, has informed the White House that he will resign in the coming days after three years as the nation's chief economic officer …
Ben Barnes / Washington Post:
Books: 'Barn Burning, Barn Building'  —  "Tales of a Political Life, From LBJ to George W. Bush and Beyond"  —  Ben Barnes , a political consultant who has been involved in Texas and national politics for decades, was online Friday, May 26, at 11 a.m. ET to discuss his book, "Barn Burning …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Chuck Goudie / abclocal.go.com:
Feds say Padilla may have been higher in Al Qaeda
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BBC:
Iraqis shot 'for wearing shorts'
Discussion: Informed Comment
MSNBC:
'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for May 24
Bloomberg:
FCC's Martin Orders Probe of TV Stations That Air Ads as News
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit and Run
Los Angeles Times:
The tyranny doctrine
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Granted In Part, Denied In Part
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