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1:10 PM ET, May 11, 2007


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Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Bush and Democrats in Accord on Trade Deals  —  The Bush administration reached agreement on Thursday with the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democrats to attach environmental and worker protections in several pending trade accords, clearing the way for early passage of some pacts and improving prospects for others.
Kim Chipman / Bloomberg:
Congress, Bush Forge Deal on Peru, Panama Trade (Update1)
Discussion: WorkingForChange
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A beautiful mosaic of anti-blogger hatred  —  Various prominent personages share their visceral contempt for blogs:  —  John Yoo at an April 18 Civil Liberties debate (via blogger Roger Ailes): … As Ailes says: "Yoo wishes they never existed because, unlike illegally-detained prisoners …
Kevin Wick / NPR:
FOR THE MOTION  —  David Frum, author of five books, including An End to Evil: How To Win the War on Terror with co-author Richard Perle, says: "We are here to uphold a new level of surveillance, that is not made up of new techniques; it is made up of very familiar and traditional techniques …
Jonathan Alter / The Huffington Post:
How Radar Sideswiped Me and Tom Edsall
Discussion: Salon
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
As Gas Prices Rise Again, Democrats Blame Big Oil  —  A week after U.S. gasoline prices hit a near-record $3.05 a gallon, Democrats in Congress are promoting legislation taking aim at the big oil companies, although industry experts say that the efforts aren't likely to have any effect.
Edward / Heading Right:
Understanding Commodities  —  Gasoline prices have jumped up again …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Calvert to replace Doolittle on Appropriations panel  —  The House Republican Steering Committee appointed Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) to fill an open Appropriations Committee seat that has been vacated by embattled Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.).  —  Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
An Open Declaration of War Against The House Republican Leadership  —  There is only one thing you need to do.  Call John Boehner at (202) 225-4000 and tell him the House GOP will get no support until Ken Calvert is off Appropriations.  —  Dear Readers of RedState,
Discussion: The American Mind
Richard N. Perle / Washington Post:
How the CIA Failed America  —  George Tenet sets the stage in his memoir by recalling a conversation he claims to have had with me on Sept. 12, 2001: "As I walked beneath the awning that leads to the West Wing[, I] saw Richard Perle exiting the building just as I was about to enter. …
Bush open to benchmarks for Iraq … WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush said Thursday he will veto any bill with "haphazard, piecemeal funding," but agreed that setting benchmarks is a good way to evaluate progress in Iraq.  —  Bush said he has asked his chief of staff, Josh Bolten …
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:   Iraq War Dénouement: Curiouser & Curiouser
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Poll: Congress' Approval Same As Bush  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - People think the Democratic-led Congress is doing just as dreary a job as President Bush, following four months of bitter political standoffs that have seen little progress on Iraq and a host of domestic issues.
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
The Assassination of Journalists - Protected by States Secrets  —  I wrote about this two years ago: … <snip> … We now learn that both Keogh and O'Connor have been found guilty: … So, two government officials acting out of their conscience to expose President Bush's plans to bomb journalists are found guilty.
Alan Cowell / New York Times:   2 Convicted of Leaking Memo on Bush-Blair Talk
Nancy Gibbs / Time:
The Religion Test  —  John F. Kennedy's election in 1960 was supposed to have laid the "religious question" to rest, yet it arises again with a fury.  What does the Constitution mean when it says there should be no religion test for office?  It plainly means that a candidate can't be barred …
Sam Stein / The Politico:
Bloggers could be dead link for Clinton  —  As Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination, her biggest opposition may not come from primary rivals or Republican challengers, but rather from the leftist blog community that often views her as a political punching bag.
Garrett Epps / Salon:
Karl Rove's big election-fraud hoax  —  By evil chance, I spent the Saturday night before Election Day 2000 at a jolly dinner for high-level Republicans.  Most of the talk over the entrees concerned why then-candidate George W. Bush had been too pusillanimous to tell the voters that Al Gore …
The Atlantic Online:
Delicate Flowers  —  I was at a big old get together yesterday evening featuring some people from the blogosphere, some old media types, folks with old media origins who now do some new media work, folks with new media origins who now work for MSM outlets, and even some people who aren't journalists …
Discussion: TIME: Swampland, Unfogged and Eschaton
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Romney Works to Put Skeptics' Doubts to Rest  —  Bart Pals, a county chairman for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, had been given talking points to use when he introduced the former Massachusetts governor at an event in northern Iowa on Wednesday.  —  But Mr. Pals chose to depart …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Canadian Drugs, Eh?  —  Washington fights over an unwanted program.  —  Listen to Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe discuss importing drugs from Canada, and you'll hear endless happy talk about "more competitive prices," "substantial savings" and how "crucial" reimportation is to "the American consumer."
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
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Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Gen. Petraeus Warns Against Using Torture
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Washington Post:
Edwards Says He Didn't Know About Subprime Push
Discussion: Redstate and Riehl World View
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
President's Dinner? Bring the Lettuce.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Iraqi Lawmakers Back Bill on U.S. Withdrawal
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Another Hearing, Another Chance to Say Nothing
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President Open to Benchmarks in Iraq Measure
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
New Jersey Gives Rudy a Boost
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Lawmaker: Fort Dix hero may need immunity
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
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Nico / Think Progress:
CBS fires Gen. Batiste over VoteVets ad.