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4:05 PM 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 …
New York Times:
Top Bush Aide at Justice Dept. Was Set to Quit
Iraqi minister defends Iranian nuclear program  —  'Every country has right' to nuclear technology, Zebari says  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iran has a right to develop nuclear technology and the international community should drop its demands that Tehran prove it's not trying to build a nuclear weapon …
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 …
Omar / IRAQ THE MODEL:   Lost in translation?  —  Does the CNN have problems with translation …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Kerry Pressing Swiftboat Case, Long After Loss  —  John Kerry starts by showing the entry in a log he kept from 1969: "Feb 12: 0800 run to Cambodia."  —  He moves on to the photographs: his boat leaving the base at Ha Tien, Vietnam; the harbor; the mountains fading frame by frame as the boat heads north …
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 …
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
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.
Austin Bay Blog:
Live-Blogging President Bush's Speech at West Point  —  I am listening to President Bush's speech at West Point and thinking "Why didn't he give this speech three years ago?"  —  "Long war" is the subject of this speech, and Bush is reviewing our last long war, The Cold War.
Discussion: Power Line and Michelle Malkin
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.
Irwan Firdaus / Associated Press:
Quake kills at least 2,900 in Indonesia
Discussion: True Blue Liberal
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
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
U.S. Senate Votes 78-15 to Confirm Hayden to Head CIA (Correct)
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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?"
THANK YOU FORT BENNING DRILL SERGEANTS...  ...for if it wasn't for you, Jesse MacBeth would have been a soldier.  This Bud's for you!  —  Background on Jesse MacBeth here.  —  McQ at QandO has more - His DD214 shows a discharge before completing training and entering the Army.  He couldn't cut it.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
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 has learned.  —  AT&T's attorneys this week filed a 25-page legal brief striped …
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6 and Majikthise
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."
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Panel Is Told Disclosures Pose Danger to Security  —  WASHINGTON, May 26 — Recent disclosures of classified information by the press have damaged national security, several Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee said Friday at a hearing on news organizations' legal responsibilities.
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 …
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Think Progress:
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Discussion: Truthdig
Akhil Reed Amar / Slate:
Mr. Jefferson, Meet Mr. Jefferson
John / Argghhh!:
MEMORIAL DAY 2006 - THE NOTIFICATION … I am the great-grandson …
Sweetness & Light:
"Peace Activists" Versus A Stryker Convoy
Ezra Klein:
Jonah Goldberg is a Man of Principle
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Cultural ID  —  Chris Bowers writes about one of my favorite …
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Feds say Padilla may have been higher in Al Qaeda
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
House Republican Pessimistic on Immigration Deal
Discussion: Vox Baby, Babalu Blog and Hot Air
Iraqis shot 'for wearing shorts'
Discussion: Informed Comment
FCC's Martin Orders Probe of TV Stations That Air Ads as News
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit and Run
Ben Barnes / Washington Post:
Books: 'Barn Burning, Barn Building'
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Capitol Police Probe Report of Gunshots
Discussion: Reuters