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1:50 PM ET, May 11, 2007


 Top Items: 
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 …
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.
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.
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,
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Calvert to replace Doolittle on Appropriations panel
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
2 Convicted of Leaking Memo on Bush-Blair Talk  —  A British court found a civil servant and a legislator's aide guilty on Wednesday of breaking the Official Secrets Act by leaking a classified memorandum concerning a conversation at the White House between Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush.
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:   The Assassination of Journalists - Protected by States Secrets
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
'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for May 10, 2007  —  Guests: Howard Fineman, John Dean, John Batiste, Craig Crawford, Alex Borstein  —  KEITH OLBERMANN, HOST: Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow?  —  In the wake of the visit by the gang of 11, the president picks a peck of Peter Pace's predictions.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
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 …
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. …
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.
Jennifer Dixon / Detroit Free Press:
Dearborn lets cop quit without a drug charge in marijuana brownie case  —  Dearborn police declined to pursue criminal charges against an officer last year, even after the cop admitted to taking marijuana from criminal suspects and, with his wife, cooking it up in brownies.
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 …
Jose Lambiet / Palm Beach Post:
FBI agent steps into Coulter voting case  —  Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has been cleared of allegations that she falsified her Palm Beach County voter's registration and voted illegally — this, after a high-level FBI agent made unsolicited phone calls to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to vouch for Coulter.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Put It Out, Shweetheart  —  Hollywood Kicks the Habit, Rules That Movies With Smoking Could Go From PG to R Rating  —  Would "Casablanca" have been rated XXX?  —  Depictions of smoking in movies will now be a factor when deciding what a film's rating will be, possibly making a PG-13 movie R-rated …
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."
The Smoking Gun:
Art Critic Obama  —  Britney Spears painting, other work ditched before gallery fundraiser  —  When Barack Obama arrived this week for a campaign fundraiser at a Virginia art gallery, one large painting was covered by a curtain and another had been removed entirely before the Democrat's arrival.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Don Surber
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Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America: Chris Van Hollen Knows How To Beat Republicans …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Nico / Think Progress:
Peeved McHenry refers to congresswoman as a 'man.'
Discussion: Shakesville
Free exchange:
The Evolutionary Psychology of Lou Dobbs
Discussion: Reason Magazine and EconLog
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Everything Old Is New Again
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Gen. Petraeus Warns Against Using Torture
Discussion: Rook's Rant
The Atlantic Online:
Delicate Flowers  —  I was at a big old get together yesterday …
Washington Post:
Edwards Says He Didn't Know About Subprime Push
Discussion: Redstate and Riehl World View
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Romney Works to Put Skeptics' Doubts to Rest
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
President's Dinner? Bring the Lettuce.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Cliff Schecter
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Iraqi Lawmakers Back Bill on U.S. Withdrawal
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Another Hearing, Another Chance to Say Nothing
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama's Career Timeout
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
John Edwards' big ideas costly
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
New Jersey Gives Rudy a Boost
Bush open to benchmarks for Iraq