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11:45 PM ET, May 27, 2006


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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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Bring It On  —  John Kerry wants to re-fight the Swift Boats wars.  My goodness, that is the only thing that could get the Times to cover this - during his campaign they stayed about as far from this story as Kerry was from Cambodia at Christmas time.  —  Let me seize on just one detail …
Discussion: SEIXON and The Democratic Daily
CBS News:
AG, FBI Chief Made A Stand Over Raid  —  Gonzales And Mueller Hinted At Resignation In Battle With Congress  —  (CBS/AP) Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI director Robert Mueller signaled they would resign this week rather than give in to Congress in a dispute over an FBI raid …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Threats led Bush to intervene in FBI fight  —  WASHINGTON - The constitutional showdown that followed the FBI's search of a congressman's office came down to this: The House threatened budgetary retaliation against the Justice Department.  Justice officials raised the prospect of resigning.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Wizbang
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Constitutional Squabble May Have Earlier Roots
Discussion: TalkLeft
Hindrocket / Power Line:   WISHFUL THINKING  —  The media would love to help the Democrats …
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 …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Lost in translation?  —  Does the CNN have problems with translation from Arabic to English or is it a case of deliberate twisting of facts?  —  Yesterday Iraq's and Iran's foreign ministers had a joint press conference in Baghdad after which the CNN ran a headline that reads "Iraqi minister defends Iranian nuclear program" and wrote:
Caroline Daniel / Financial Times:
Democrats wary about signing up as Clinton campaign gathers pace  —  At a breakfast in Washington recently, a former senior member of Bill Clinton's cabinet offered only an exaggerated Gallic shrug when faced with this question: Could Hillary Clinton win a national election?
Discussion: David Sirota
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Analysis: Marine scandal could roil Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. military is bracing for a major scandal over the alleged slaying of Iraqi civilians by Marines in Haditha — charges so serious they could threaten President Bush's effort to rally support at home for an increasingly unpopular war.
Los Angeles Times:
Photos Indicate Civilians Slain Execution-Style  —  An official involved in an investigation of Camp Pendleton Marines' actions in an Iraqi town cites `a total breakdown in morality.'  —  WASHINGTON — Photographs taken by a Marine intelligence team have convinced investigators …
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Howie Klein's Blue America: Montana  —  Last week I mentioned how important June 6 is, with primaries in 8 states, and I talked about a couple of crucial ones in California (Francine Busby's Special Election run-off against Republican lobbyist Brian Bilbray and Jerry McNerney's grassroots campaign …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Back in the Limelight, Gore Insists He's Over Politics  —  WASHINGTON, May 27 — "I wanted it, and it was not to be," said Al Gore, the former vice president and two-time presidential candidate.  "I am not pursuing it.  I have been there, and I have done that."
Discussion: MyDD
CBS News:
White House Wants NSA Lawsuits Nixed  —  Administration Asks Federal Judges In N.Y., Mich. To Drop Wiretap Cases  —  (CBS/AP) The Bush administration asked federal judges in New York and Michigan to dismiss a pair of lawsuits filed over the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US  —  Power Line is four years old this weekend.  I originally set the site up on Blogger; I was stumped for a name, and "Power Line" was suggested by a thirteen-year-old friend of my oldest daughter.  On the Tuesday after Memorial Day, I asked Scott, my long-time writing partner, to join me on the site.
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 …
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
It's the Identity, Stupid
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
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Think Progress:
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