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6:10 PM ET, May 10, 2007


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Murray Waas / National Journal:
Administration Withheld E-Mails About Rove  —  The Bush administration has withheld a series of e-mails from Congress showing that senior White House and Justice Department officials worked together to conceal the role of Karl Rove in installing Timothy Griffin, a protégé of Rove's …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
NJ: Withheld Emails Show White House Signed Off on False Statements
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
HIDDEN EMAILS....Back in February, Kyle Sampson drafted a letter …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Washington Post:
Bush Told War Is Harming The GOP  —  House Republican moderates, in a remarkably blunt White House meeting, warned President Bush this week that his pursuit of the war in Iraq is risking the future of the Republican Party and that he cannot count on GOP support for many more months.
Bush gives on Iraq benchmarks
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Blair quits as prime minister  —  Matthew Tempest and agencies  —  Tony Blair today announced he was stepping down after 10 years as prime minister and 13 as Labour leader.  —  The prime minister told a crowd of supporters in Trimdon Labour club he would stand down as PM on June 27.
Daniel Finkelstein / Comment Central:
Five Americans who changed Tony Blair  —  1. Will Marshall.  In 1992, the President of the Progressive Policy Institute was visited by two young British Labour politicians.  One of them was Gordon Brown, he forgot the name of the other.  —  But the impact on Blair of Marshall and his colleagues …
Middle East Times:
Hamas TV refuses to axe contested kids cartoon  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Hamas-run television channel has defied a Palestinian government request to axe a controversial children's cartoon in which a Mickey Mouse look-alike urges resistance against Israel.
Little Green Footballs:
Death Cult Mickey Still on the Air  —  Imagine my surprise.  —  When the terrorists of Fatah announced yesterday that the degenerate, evil Mickey Mouse clone had been dropped by Hamas TV, they were lying: Hamas TV refuses to axe contested kids cartoon. … (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
Discussion: Hot Air and Jules Crittenden
Amanda / Think Progress:
Pentagon Breaks Pledge To Troops, Sends Them Back To Iraq After Just Nine Months At Home  —  On April 11, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that tours of duty for the Army would be extended from 12 months to 15 months, effective immediately.  In exchange for the extensions …
USA Today:
Troops in Iraq get safer vehicle
Discussion: TAPPED and Lawyers, Guns and Money
Mohammed Fadhil / NY Daily News:
A Baghdad plea: U.S. should stay and fight  —  Be Our Guest  —  I wasn't surprised when I saw Al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, appear on Al Jazeera to announce America's defeat last week, not long after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did.
Discussion: Redstate and Gateway Pundit
The Blotter:
OxyContin: The Giuliani Connection  —  Brian Ross, Richard Esposito & R. Schwartz Report:  —  Rudolph Giuliani and his consulting company, Giuliani Partners, have served as key advisors for the last five years to the pharmaceutical company that pled guilty today to charges it misled doctors …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Did Rudy Giuliani's campaign snub an Iowa farmer's family because he isn't a millionaire and hence wouldn't be a suitable prop for Rudy's anti-"death tax" campaigning?  And will the haircut-obsessed political media cover it?  —  Check out this unbelievable story from the Anamosa Journal-Eureka …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hotline On Call
Roger L. Simon / Pajamas Media:
Film Review: "Islam vs. Islamism"  —  Martyn Burke's documentary "Islam vs. Islamism" (produced with Frank Gaffney and Alex Alexiev) was commissioned by PBS for its "American Crossroads" series, but never shown by the network.  Quality control or censorship?
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Internet vulnerable to free speech issues  —  Forget television executives and the FEC.  The new regulators of political speech are Sergey Brin, Rupert Murdoch and Mark Zuckerberg -the chieftains of YouTube, MySpace and Facebook, respectively.  —  Those sites are where you'll find …
Discussion: The Caucus
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Answers for Joe Klein  —  In response to this post from last night, Time's Joe Klein asks: … It ought to go without saying that I argued nothing of the kind.  My point was that Beltway pundits are far too insulated and detached from the people whom they baselessly claim to represent, not that leaving the Beltway is bad.
Nicole Fuller / Baltimore Sun:
Rush Limbaugh billboard near I-83 defaced … Apparently, somebody in Baltimore isn't a fan of Rush Limbaugh.  —  A large billboard advertising local air times for the conservative radio talk-show host has been defaced.  —  Robert Murrow, a spokesman for the city's Department of Public Works …
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Steven R. Weisman / International Herald Tribune:
U.S. creates template for trade deals
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Andrew E. Kramer / International Herald Tribune:
Putin likens U.S. foreign policy to that of Third Reich
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Free Speech Fracas: Joke Describes Violent Sex Assault of Condoleezza Rice
Hindrocket / Power Line:
WHAT'S NEWS?  —  Yesterday, Scott wrote about the Appeal …
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
House likely to pass Iraq bill Thursday
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Cannon: Hindsight is 20/20  —  Here's Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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Discussion: MyDD, TIME and The Atlantic Online
Rob Bluey / Bluey Blog:
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Hotline On Call:
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Sensenbrenner: Hurry Up and Indict Dem. Politician
Discussion: Reason Magazine
The Smoking Gun:
Uncle Sam Probes Michael Moore
John Sullivan / SWJ Blog:
The Missing Mission: Expeditionary Police for Peacekeeping …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
No Way to Choose a President