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8:45 PM ET, May 14, 2007


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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Deputy A.G. McNulty Announces Resignation  —  Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty announced his resignation today, saying he is leaving the Justice Department later this summer to enter the private sector, officials said.  —  McNulty announced his plans to leave in a letter …
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
McNulty, Justice Dept. No. 2, resigning  —  WASHINGTON - Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said Monday he will resign, the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys.  —  McNulty, who has served 18 months as the Justice Department's second-in-command …
Nico / Think Progress:
BREAKING: Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty To Resign  —  The AP reports: … UPDATE: Last week, the New York Times suggested that McNulty was considering resigning, possibly over a growing divide between his supporters and those of Gonzales: … UPDATE II: Gonzales releases a statement …
Talking Points Memo:   McNulty out at DOJ. More soon ...
No. 2 official at Justice Department resigns
Discussion: Liberal Values
Associated Press:   Deputy attorney general to resign, officials say
Washington Times:
Bloomberg mulls a $1 billion run  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is prepared to spend an unprecedented $1 billion of his own $5.8 billion personal fortune for a third-party presidential campaign, Ralph Z. Hallow will report Tuesday in The Washington Times.
Discussion: TAPPED and Don Surber
Michael Scherer / Salon:
The Matt Drudge primary  —  How professional political operatives secretly control the news you read about the 2008 campaign.  Hint: It involves the Drudge Report.  —  Photo composite of Matt Drudge.  —  WASHINGTON — John McCain's "Bomb Iran" scandal almost never happened.
Associated Press:
Teachers fake gunman attack on sixth graders … MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (AP) — Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables.
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon limits troops' Web access  —  WASHINGTON - Lt. Daniel Zimmerman, an infantry platoon leader in Iraq, puts a blog on the Internet every now and then "to basically keep my friends and family up to date" back home.  —  It just got tougher to do that for Zimmerman and a lot of other U.S. soldiers.
Stars & Stripes:
DOD blocking YouTube, others
Discussion: First Draft and Redstate
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Atomic Agency Concludes Iran Is Stepping Up Nuclear Work  —  Inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency have concluded that Iran appears to have solved most of its technological problems and is now beginning to enrich uranium on a far larger scale than before, according to the agency's top officials.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Defense Skirts State in Reviving Iraqi Industry  —  Paul Brinkley, a deputy undersecretary of defense, has been called a Stalinist by U.S. diplomats in Iraq.  One has accused him of helping insurgents build better bombs.  The State Department has even taken the unusual step of enlisting …
Gingrich Says There Is a 'Great Possibility' He Will Run for President  —  The Former Speaker of the House Warns GOP Hillary Clinton Has a Good Chance of Becoming President  —  Newt Gingrich for president?  It could happen.  —  In an interview with Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America …
Justin McCarthy /
Rosie Advances WTC 7 Conspiracy Theory Again  —  I guess Rosie missed the tanker accident near the Bay Bridge two weeks ago.  The tanker was carrying 8600 gallons of unleaded gasoline.  In that accident. … Impossible according to Rosie.  Yet the roadway was gone.  Go figure.  Rosie went on to bluster:
Discussion: Hot Air and Wizbang
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Lieberman Helps Collect Cash for Collins  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) is never going to win any popularity contests among his party's liberal base — a fact he seems decidedly unconcerned about despite his 2006 Democratic primary loss to Ned Lamont.  —  Not only has Lieberman endorsed Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.)
Tom Grubisich / Washington Post:
Sunshine for the Virtual Town Hall  —  These days we want "transparency" in all institutions, even private ones.  There's one massive exception — the Internet.  It is, we are told, a giant town hall.  Indeed, it has millions of people speaking out in millions of online forums.
David H. Petraeus / Michael Yon:
Values Message  —  One of the reasons I trust General Petraeus is he just comes right out and says what needs to be said.  The letter which he sent to our forces serving in Iraq (posted below) is a case in point.  The letter is more important than it might appear on first glance.
Opinion Journal:
Illinois Tax Implosion  —  The political limits of "universal" health care.  —  "Universal" government health care has once again returned as a political cause, with many Democrats believing it's the key to White House victory in 2008.  They might want to study last week's news from Illinois …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Hagel Continues Flirtation With Independent Bid  —  For The Fix, watching Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) political hand-wringing is like looking at the sun — you know it's bad for you but you just can't resist.  —  During a remarkably politics-free weekend in Alabama, this blogger happened to tune into …
The Blotter:
U.S. Air Marshals Flooding German, British Flights  —  Richard Esposito and Rhonda Schwartz Report:  —  As many as five or six U.S. air marshals are now assigned to each U.S.-bound flight from airports in Frankfurt, London and Manchester, England, because of fears terrorists might attempt …
Discussion: Kesher Talk and Hot Air
Bryan / Hot Air:
To InstaPundit: No, they won't  —  I get the warning and humor of this line, but frankly I'm tired of it.  Prof. Reynolds needs to hit the books. … He's right that the credible threat of violence drives people all over the world to bow to unreasonable Muslim demands …
Siun / Firedoglake:
Introducing ... Lew Koch!  —  A few months ago, FDL friend Rick Perlstein (now blogging at The Big Con ) asked me to join him and a friend for lunch.  The friend turned out to be Lew Koch, an award winning investigative reporter.  As we chatted, I learned that Lew has been following …
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Reid To Allow Vote On Feingold Measure To End Iraq War  —  Good news for war foes: Harry Reid just spoke on the Senate floor, revealing that he'll allow a vote this week on the Feingold-Reid amendment, which would cut off funding for the war by March 31, 2008.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TalkLeft
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What Fred Thompson means by the "rule of law"
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Says He'd Roll Back Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest
Matthew Felling / Public Eye:
Revisiting the Batiste Decision
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The Prowler / American Spectator:
Her Royal Fairness  —  SALEM'S WITCH TRIAL  —  According …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
McCain blames Petraeus for his armed escort in Baghdad...
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Air America Disaster
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Jason Straziuso / Associated Press:
Militants kill U.S. soldier in Pakistan
Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:
The Sane Fringe Candidate
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Timothy Garton Ash / New York Review of Books:
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
In Civil Rights Division, Workers Claim Discrimination
Edward / Heading Right:
Norm Coleman Live Blog
Salman Masood / New York Times:
Pakistani Official Killed as Strike Called in Karachi
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
Endgame at the World Bank
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Cutting the Grass  —  Congressional Democrats prepare another assault …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Red, White and Voting Blue — Where Dems Made Gains in '06