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4:20 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 …
Washington Post:
Number of Fired Prosecutors Grows  —  Dismissals Began Earlier Than Justice Dept. Has Said  —  The former U.S. attorney in Kansas City, Mo., Todd P. Graves, said yesterday that he was asked to step down from his job by a senior Justice Department official in January 2006 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
HIDDEN EMAILS....Back in February, Kyle Sampson drafted a letter …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
NJ: Withheld Emails Show White House Signed Off on False Statements
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
War Support Starting To Crumble  —  The lack of energy from the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki has added what might be a final straw to Republican discontent about the progress of the war.  A delegation of Congressional Republicans met with President Bush last night at the White House …
Washington Post:
Bush Told War Is Harming The GOP
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Iraqi bill demands U.S. troops withdraw
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.
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
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Diyala Salvation Front  —  Tribal leaders in the troubled province organize against al Qaeda  —  Map of southern Diyala.  Click map to view.  —  In March, we noted the successful model of the Anbar Salvation Council will very likely be replicated elsewhere in regions where al Qaeda has established bases of operation.
The Smoking Gun:
Uncle Sam Probes Michael Moore  —  Treasury Department investigating director's unauthorized Cuba trip  —  Director Michael Moore is being investigated by the Treasury Department for traveling to Cuba in violation of a U.S. trade embargo.  In a May 2 letter, the Office …
David Germain / Associated Press:
Michael Moore faces U.S. Treasury probe
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Hot Air
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 …
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
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
No Way to Choose a President  —  The true insanity of the altered presidential primary schedule does not become apparent until you actually lay out the proposed dates on a 2008 calendar.  —  The mad rush of states to advance their nominating contests in hopes of gaining more influence …
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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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
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Discussion: MyDD, TIME and The Atlantic Online
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Executed man's request honored — pizzas for all
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Answers for Joe Klein
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A Trotskyite at the Heritage Foundation
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger may try to privatize California lottery
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Faiz / Think Progress:
LaHood: Bush 'Surprised,' 'Sobered' Over GOP Frustration About Iraq
Discussion: CNN
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Cheney Visits Baghdad and Presses Leaders on Political Progress
Edward Epstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP keeps the heat turned up on Pelosi
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Defense authorization bill fails to address habeas corpus for detainees
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