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8:55 PM ET, May 23, 2007


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David Stout / New York Times:
Ex-Gonzales Aide Testifies She '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.
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
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Fire Bogden? Why Not?
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Balkinization
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Nuclear war erupts on "The View"; Update: Tomorrow will be "a little awkward," says Elisabeth  —  With Rosie on her way out I guess there's no reason for them to pretend they're friends anymore.  Here she is at her disingenuous worst, playing the "big, fat, lesbian" …
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.
Discussion: Liberal Values
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.
Associated Press:
Memo Urges Clinton to Bypass Iowa  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's deputy campaign manager wrote a memo this week making the case for the Democratic presidential candidate to bypass the Iowa caucuses and focus on later contests in the nomination fight.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Clinton Staff Memo Urged Skipping Iowa  —  In an indication of how the shifting calendar is forcing the presidential candidates the rethink their strategies, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign considered — and rejected — a plan to stop competing in Iowa, the traditional kickoff state …
Discussion: Radio Iowa and The Politico
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.
Edwards speech at CFR  —  Edwards delivered a speech today at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York.  It was extremely impressive.  —  (A moment for full disclosure: I like Edwards as a candidate.  I like his campaign, not least because I know several people working on it …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Risky Business  —  I've been reluctant to write about the Iraq funding "deal" because it's just so depressing —  and yet so predictable.  Democrats don't have the votes, which we always knew.  But they apparently also didn't feel the desire to fight it out over the summer anyway and keep …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Daily Kos and All Spin Zone
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Presidential Politics and the Capitulation Bill
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
White House:
President Bush Delivers Commencement Address at the United States Coast Guard Academy  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all.  Admiral Allen, thank you for that kind introduction.  Admiral Burhoe, congratulations on your promotion.  Academy staff and faculty, Congressman Chris Shays …
Discussion: Bring it On!
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Bush Declassifies Bin Laden Intelligence
Discussion: QandO, Hot Air and Oliver Willis
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Center of Attention … Central Sanity crossed the 500-posts milestone.  "Here's a look back at the 25 most popular, based on percentage of hits among the last 4,000 visits."  —  Bob McCarty quotes Winston Churchill on Islam / Muslims.  —  It ain't nice.  —  Libby writes at The Impolitic that the "Leaker-in-Chief" is back.
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 …
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) …
Mary Milliken / Reuters:
Call me Lopez, presidential hopeful says  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In the heartland of America he is just Gov. Bill Richardson.  But in big Hispanic states like California the Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful tells voters he is also a Lopez.  —  "California has a lot of Hispanic voters …
Sean-Paul Kelley / The Agonist:
IAEA Report Contradicts Major Media Narrative On Iran  —  I read the IAEA interim report this morning with my tea.  One thing which is very clear is that in many respects the Iranians are not being cooperative, especially in three key areas: … This comes as no surprise and is not the most urgent aspect …
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
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 and Sister Toldjah
Beirutspring / The Beirut Spring:
The Aley explosion and Its consequences  —  After the explosions in (Christian) Ashrafieh and (Sunni) Verdun, Aley, a popular Druze summer destination was hit.  Can Walid Jumblat calm his constituents this time?  —  This time though, the smoke is not natural..
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 …
Robert Borosage / Campaign for America's Future blogs:
Funding The War: Life and Death, Not Texas Hold 'em  —  President Bush forced Democrats to "fold," the press reports.  He vetoed the Iraq funding bill that set a deadline for getting U.S. troops out of the war.  The Republican minority blocked any effort to overturn the veto.
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Fester / The Newshoggers:
Reasonable paranoia  —  Yesterday Kevin Drum pointed to an article …
Joe Klein / Time:
There's Good News from Iraq
David Burge / iowahawk:
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Memo to Harry Reid: Strip Lieberman of power
Discussion: MSNBC
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Senate Cuts Size of Guest-Worker Program
Discussion: Majikthise
The Volokh Conspiracy:
Discussion: Balkinization
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Diary of a Christian Terrorist
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Netroots and the War  —  They are, of course, hopping mad.
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Bill Clinton a draw at Hub event
Discussion: The Huffington Post and MSNBC
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Republicans should back immigration compromise
Steven Musil / CNET
Michigan man dodges prison in theft of Wi-Fi
New York Post:
Discussion: TBogg and Carry on America
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times: