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8:30 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 …
New York Times:
Gonzales Seems Confident He Will Stay, Officials Say  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales appears increasingly confident that he will survive the crisis over the dismissal of federal prosecutors, as White House aides who view him as a liability see little point in trying to persuade President Bush …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales and The Secret Collaborative Process  —  Alberto Gonzales' strategy in a nutshell: to defend the firing of the U.S. attorneys whenever possible, but when confronted with inescapable evidence that the process was a sham, to backpedal and either blame Kyle Sampson or admit that the process could have been more "rigorous."
Amanda / Think Progress:
Gonzales: 'I Haven't Really Thought About' Habeas Corpus
Discussion: MyDD and The Carpetbagger Report
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
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Bush Says He's Open to Benchmarks in Iraq Bill  —  President Bush said today that he was willing to work with lawmakers to include benchmarks for the performance of the Iraqi government in a war spending bill, something members of both parties have been vigorously seeking.
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
Tony Blair and the Jihad.
Michelle Phillips /
Giuliani Snubs Jones County  —  OLIN-Last weekend Deb and Jerry VonSprecken of Olin received a call from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's campaign office asking them if they would be interested in holding a campaign rally on May 4, after she had donated to his campaign.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Did Rudy Giuliani's campaign snub an Iowa farmer couple because they weren't millionaires 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 …
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.
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: Lawyers, Guns and Money and TAPPED
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 …
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
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
House likely to pass Iraq bill Thursday  —  WASHINGTON - The White House acknowledged public frustration with the Iraq war but tried to play down Republican anxieties Thursday as the House prepared to pass legislation that could cut off funding for U.S. troops as early as July.
Straw, Meet Camel  —  THUS WE SEE JOHN MCCAIN RISE FURTHER IN THE POLLS  —  "Though the care and management of five bright and typical boys was the primary focus of Ann Romney's life, she was always deeply involved in her husband's business and political career and in the public life …
Andrewbreitbart /
Free Speech Fracas: Joke Describes Violent Sex Assault of Condoleezza Rice  —  Warning: Extremely Vulgar Language.  XM Shock Jocks Opie and Anthony engage in discussion about forced sex with the Secretary of State.  A studio guest, Homeless Charlie, begins describing the scenario as the hosts laugh and encourage him.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
WHAT'S NEWS?  —  Yesterday, Scott wrote about the Appeal for Courage which was presented to Congress yesterday afternoon.  You can read about the Appeal here.  The Appeal was signed by more than 2,700 active duty servicemen and women.  It says: … The Appeal was received yesterday …
The Sheer Stupidity of Newspapers These Days  —  The Silicon Insider Looks at Mainstream Media's Follies  —  The most heated topic in the blogosphere this week was the announcement by James Lileks, one of the world's most popular bloggers, that his longtime employer, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune …
Discussion: City Pages
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David Whitney / SacBee — Politics:
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Discussion: Liberty Street
Andrew E. Kramer / International Herald Tribune:
Putin likens U.S. foreign policy to that of Third Reich
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Cannon: Hindsight is 20/20  —  Here's Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Obama's Economic Brain Trust Breaks With `Status Quo' (Update1)
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Answers for Joe Klein
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Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
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Nicole Fuller / Baltimore Sun:
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Roger L. Simon / Pajamas Media:
Film Review: "Islam vs. Islamism"
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Internet vulnerable to free speech issues
Discussion: The Caucus
The Smoking Gun:
Uncle Sam Probes Michael Moore