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11:20 AM 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 …
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
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   Suddenly, It's a Steel-Cage Match With the White House
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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Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Marines may face trial over Iraq massacre  —  In the Marine Corps, they are quietly calling it their My Lai, the massacre of hundreds of villagers in 1968 that became a symbol for American brutality in the Vietnam war.  In this generation's war, the village is Haditha, north-west of Baghdad …
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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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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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
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?"
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Pam's House Blend
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
 
 
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Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
What Libby Gets  —  Thanks to Tom Maguire for getting Judge …
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Paul Krugman, A Test of Our Character
Associated Press:
Bush and Blair acknowledge Iraq 'setbacks'
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Pennsylvania Governor  —  Rendell Opens Big Lead
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It Was Such a Perfect Way to Tie Fear of Terrorism With Fear of Being Alone.
Chuck Goudie / abclocal.go.com:
Feds say Padilla may have been higher in Al Qaeda
Discussion: Hot Air and protein wisdom
BBC:
Iraqis shot 'for wearing shorts'
Discussion: Informed Comment
MSNBC:
'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for May 24
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Bloomberg:
FCC's Martin Orders Probe of TV Stations That Air Ads as News
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit and Run
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Capitol Police Probe Report of Gunshots
Discussion: Reuters
Los Angeles Times:
The tyranny doctrine
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Jeff Mitchell / Newsweek:
Kenny Boy, Meet Brownie
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Lieberman Supports Anti-Choice License Plates For Connecticut
Washington Post:
Treasury Secretary to Step Down
michaelyon-online.com:
Memorial Day Weekend  —  Many people have become aware …