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7:05 PM ET, May 23, 2007


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David Stout / New York Times:
Ex-Gonzales Aide Testifies, 'I Crossed the Line'  —  The Justice Department's former liaison to the White House testified before Congress today that she improperly weighed political factors in considering applicants for career positions in the department, and she said she was sorry.
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Goodling: a power player behind the scenes at the Justice Dept.  —  The former Justice insider, a mystery to many, is set to testify under immunity in Congress on the U.S. attorneys' firings.  —  WASHINGTON — Last fall, after Debra Wong Yang announced that she was leaving her job …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
McNulty: I'm No Liar  —  During her testimony today, Monica Goodling pointed the finger squarely at Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, saying that he had not been "fully candid" in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his knowledge of White House involvement …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Think Progress:
Goodling Hints Attorney Firings Came From 'White House Judicial Selection Committee'  —  In her opening statement before the House Judiciary Committee today, Monica Goodling — the Department of Justice's White House liaison — said she had no idea where the idea to fire several U.S. attorneys may have originated.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:   Goodling: "I Don't Know"  —  Here's Goodling under the first line …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Flashback video: Edwards pledges unity throughout this "war on terrorism"  —  From October 2001, in response to a question from O'Reilly about the war widening to Iran, Syria, Libya, the Sudan — and Iraq, in the person of Saddam Hussein.  —  You can thank Patrick Ishmael and the squad at News Buckit for digging it up.
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 26% Favor Senate Immigration Plan  —  Initial public reaction to the immigration proposal being debated in the Senate is decidedly negative.  —  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey conducted Monday and Tuesday night shows that just 26% of American voters favor passage of the legislation.
Michael Brady / Keeping the Majority Accountable …:
Freshmen fail first ethics test  —  Despite last week's media blitz promoting tougher ethics enforcement, a group of freshmen Congressmen failed their first practical test Tuesday night, when they refused to reprimand one of their colleagues for an apparent ethics violation.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Giuliani's Abortion Muddle  —  Rudy Giuliani is understandably the Republican front-runner.  And not just because of the fading echoes of Sept. 11, 2001.  Giuliani is a crucial figure in the conservative movement.  —  In the late 1980s and early '90s, many conservatives believed …
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Survey: U.S. Muslims Assimilated, Opposed to Extremism  —  Unlike Muslim minorities in many European countries, U.S. Muslims are highly assimilated, close to parity with other Americans in income and overwhelmingly opposed to Islamic extremism, according to the first major, nationwide random survey of Muslims.
National Review:   Re: That Poll
Washington Post:
Mary Cheney Gives Birth to Baby Boy  —  Mary Cheney gave birth today to perhaps the most anticipated baby in contemporary U.S. politics — her first child, Samuel David Cheney, whom she will raise with her longtime partner Heather Poe.  —  The 8-pound, 6-ounce boy is the sixth grandchild for Dick Cheney.
Discussion: On Deadline
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Goodling Admits to Breaking Law with Political Hiring  —  Both in her opening statement and in further testimony, Goodling admitted to weeding out candidates for assistant U.S. attorney positions because they were not Republicans.  —  Under questioning from Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) …
Discussion: Think Progress and Mercury Rising
John Edwards for President:
Remarks As Prepared For Delivery At The Council on Foreign Relations  —  A Strong Military for a New Century  —  Council on Foreign Relations  —  New York, New York  —  May 23, 2007  —  It is wonderful to be back here at the Council.  Thank you for having me.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and National Review
From The Blotter / The Blotter:
GOP Candidates Criticize ABC News Report on CIA-Iran Plan  —  From The Blotter:  —  Two Republican presidential candidates today criticized the ABC News report Tuesday about the CIA's covert plan to destabilize the Iranian regime.  —  "I was shocked to see the ABC News report regarding covert action …
Jeff Emanuel / Opinion Journal:
'I Love Those Guys'  —  Embedded journalists in Iraq are having their minds changed left and right by U.S. soldiers.  —  Operation Iraqi Freedom saw the advent of a practice that revolutionized modern war reporting: the embedding of journalists with frontline combat units in war.
Discussion: Barcepundit
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
McClatchy's D.C. Bureau Claims It's Barred From Defense Secretary Plane  —  NEW YORK Staffers at McClatchy's Washington, D.C., Bureau — one of the few major news outlets skeptical of intelligence reports during the run-up to the war in Iraq — claims it is now being punished for that coverage.
Discussion: and Liberal Values
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Diary of a Christian Terrorist  —  Visitors to Mark David Uhl's Myspace page will quickly learn that Uhl is a student at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, that he is a devoted Christian, that his name means "Mighty Warrior" — and that he likes Will Smith's saccharine tear-up-the-club track, "Switch."
Discussion: Associated Press and Orcinus
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Republicans should back immigration compromise  —  The Republican Party would be self-destructive (not for the first time, either) if they did not let the immigration compromise negotiated by Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) pass and become law.
New York Post:
WOLFOWITZ AND GAL PAL SPLIT UP  —  PAUL Wolfowitz has really had a bad couple of weeks.  He not only lost his job, he lost his girlfriend, too.  —  Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the Iraq war, was pushed out as president of the World Bank over a controversial pay and promotion package …
Discussion: TBogg and Carry on America
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Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Clinton Staff Memo Urges Shunning Iowa
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Robert Borosage / Campaign for America's Future blogs:
Funding The War: Life and Death, Not Texas Hold 'em
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Center of Attention … Central Sanity crossed the 500-posts milestone.
Three Bodies Found — May Be Missing Soldiers
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Bush Declassifies Bin Laden Intelligence
Discussion: QandO, Hot Air and Oliver Willis
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Bill Clinton a draw at Hub event
Discussion: The Huffington Post and MSNBC
Beirutspring / The Beirut Spring:
Why Many Lebanese Are Shunning Aljazeera
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabethedwards / Daily Kos:
John Edwards is packed for Chicago.
Noah Pollak / Michael J. Totten:
Who is responsible for Gaza? A reply to Matthew Yglesias
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Nuclear war erupts on "The View"; Update: Tomorrow will be …
Sean-Paul Kelley / The Agonist:
IAEA Report Contradicts Major Media Narrative On Iran
State Sen. Mario Gallegos / Houston Chronicle:
Why right to vote, without an ID, is worth fighting for
Mary Milliken / Reuters:
Call me Lopez, presidential hopeful says