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10:15 PM ET, May 11, 2007


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Brian Montopoli / Public Eye:
CBS News Asks Batiste To Step Down As Consultant  —  Last night, retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste appeared on MSNBC's "Countdown With Keith Olbermann."  Batiste has been a CBS News consultant, but last night it was disclosed that he has been asked to leave that position due to his participation in an ad criticizing President Bush.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
As MSNBC reported late yesterday, retired General John Batiste has been fired as an analyst for CBS News because he appeared in a VoteVets ad slamming President Bush and advocating for withdrawal from Iraq.  —  I just checked in with CBS for an explanation, and the network gave me this statement:
'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
Talking Points Memo:
Another CBS News Consultant "Advocated" For Surge And Against Congressional Action  —  Okay, we have another CBS News Consultant who has repeatedly advocated in favor of President Bush's war policies, and against Congressional action — Mideast scholar Fouad Ajami.
Discussion: Think Progress
Faiz / Think Progress:   CBS Has Allowed McCain Campaign Aide To Advocate For McCain On Air
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,
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Conservative bloggers revolt
Discussion: Calitics
Real Clear Politics:
Plan B For Iraq: Winning Dirty  —  Without prejudging whether President Bush's "surge" policy will work, the administration and its critics ought to be seriously thinking about a Plan B, the "80 percent solution" - also known as "winning dirty."  Right now, the administration is committed …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Mort Kondracke's Plan B for Iraq: Ethnic cleansing by Shiites  —  More specifically, U.S. complicity in Shiite ethnic cleansing.  Redeploy to Kurdistan if need be, he says, and let the Shiites do what they have to do to put down the insurgency.  And if that means ethnic cleansing, hey — an 80% solution is better than none.
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
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.
FBI probes Nevada governor for corruption  —  Did Jim Gibbons accept cash and gifts in exchange for defense contracts?  —  Then-Congressman Jim Gibbons, seated, toasts with Dennis Montgomery during a March 2005 cruise.  Montgomery has now accused Gibbons of accepting cash on the trip.
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.
Mark Blumenthal /
IRAQ WAR: LOSING OR LOST?  —  Thanks to Washington Post blogger Dan Froomkin for tipping me off to this exchange from yesterday's press briefing by presidential press secretary Tony Snow that leads indirectly to some fundamental questions regarding public opinion and the Iraq War: … Is Snow right?
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Daily Kos
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Goodling Granted Immunity in DOJ Probe  —  A federal judge approved an immunity deal Friday allowing former Justice Department aide Monica Goodling to testify before Congress about the firing of eight federal prosecutors.  —  Goodling, who served as the department's White House liaison …
Truman Lewis /
Senate Press Gallery Ejects Consumer Journalist  —  Government Employees Question Site's "Business Model"  —  The U.S. Senate Press Gallery has ejected ConsumerAffairs.Com reporter Joe Enoch after his credentials expired and Gallery officials refused to renew them.
The Atlantic Online:
What Is The Post Opinion Section For?  —  One specific issue some of the delicate flowers raised was the question of why progressive bloggers are so mean to Fred Hiatt.  And, indeed, a decent point was raised: Progressive bloggers are quick to impute specific motives to Hiatt and we're often leaping …
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.
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.
'Vote for Romney is vote for Satan'  —  Christian leader follows up Sharpton attack on Mormons  —  While some evangelical Christians are defending the presidential candidacy of Mormon Mitt Romney from an attack by Al Sharpton, another prominent pastor is going further in his condemnation …
CREW files FEC complaint against Senator Martinez: "Basically, Mel Martinez broke the law in order to win an election."  —  CREW filed an Federal Elections Commission (FEC) complaint today against Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) alleging multiple egregious violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Petraeus Comes Through
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ACLU Victory in House Intelligence Authorization, House Affirms …
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Graham Bowley / New York Times:
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Randolph E. Schmid / Associated Press:
Stamp prices to go up Monday
Discussion: On Deadline and PoliBlog (TM)
Atrios / Eschaton:
Radicalizing Moment  —  In the post below I had meant …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Bloggity Blog Part The First - The Media
Los Angeles Times:
Retail sales drop 2.4% in April
Discussion: Washington Monthly
U.S. commander in Iraq urges troops to fight fair
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A beautiful mosaic of anti-blogger hatred
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