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5:10 AM ET, May 28, 2006


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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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Constitutional Squabble May Have Earlier Roots  —  WASHINGTON, May 27 — Speaker J. Dennis Hastert is moving publicly to put his constitutional showdown with the Justice Department in the past, but many on Capitol Hill believe that the bitter confrontation will resonate in the coming months.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Democratic Daily
Hindrocket / Power Line:   WISHFUL THINKING  —  The media would love to help the Democrats …
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 …
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.
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
Caroline Daniel / MSNBC:   Murdoch to host fundraiser for Hillary Clinton campaign
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 …
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
Craig Crawford /
Homing In on Hillary  —  The new swoon for Al Gore among …
Discussion: The Decembrist
Agence France Presse:
'Gunfire' false alarm sparks panic in the US Capitol  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - Tactical teams wearing flak jackets and police sniffer dogs swarmed through several US Congress buildings after an erroneous report of gunfire forced a lockdown of the sprawling Capitol office complex.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
New York Times:
Capital Offices Cleared After Report of Gunfire
Discussion: News Hounds
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.
Alberto J. Mora / Washington Post:
An Affront To American Values  —  In response to the 3,000 murders on Sept. 11, 2001, our nation went to war.  In Afghanistan, our targets were the al-Qaeda perpetrators and the Taliban regime that aided and abetted them.  In Iraq, the target was an unstable tyrant who had a history …
Summer Camp /
STDs Running Rampant In Retirement Community  —  Doctor Blames Viagra, Lack Of Sex Education  —  Doctors said sexually transmitted diseases among senior citizens are running rampant at a popular Central Florida retirement community, according to a Local 6 News report.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
With a Few Humble Words, Bush Silences His Texas Swagger  —  WASHINGTON, May 26 — What happened to the Texas swagger?  —  Maybe it went the way of his poll numbers.  Maybe this is a newly reflective President Bush.  Or maybe the first lady had her say.  —  Whatever the case …
Discussion: The Left Coaster and Media Needle
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Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Foundation Rescinds Book Award to Death by a Thousand Cuts …
Think Progress:
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Discussion: Truthdig
Akhil Reed Amar / Slate:
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John / Argghhh!:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET
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Discussion: Majikthise
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
First Amendment Applies to Internet, Appeals Court Rules