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2:35 AM ET, May 24, 2007

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Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
The entire government has failed us on Iraq  —  For the president, and the majority leaders and candidates and rank-and-file Congressmen and Senators of either party—there is only blame for this shameful, and bi-partisan, betrayal  —  SPECIAL COMMENT  —  A Special Comment about the Democrats' deal …
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Special Comment: "The only things truly "compromised" are the trust of the voters...friends, and family, in Iraq"  —  Keith gave a scathing commentary on the compromise struck by the Democratic Party over the war supplemental. he also flames Bush over his childish stand.  —  Download (3452) |
Discussion: The Mahablog and Blue Gal
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.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Goodling Says She 'Crossed the Line'
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Bring it On!
New York Times:   Ex-Justice Aide Admits Politics Affected Hiring
Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
Goodling's lawyer told Dems to ask about AG
Discussion: Think Progress
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Flashback video: Edwards pledges unity throughout this "war on terrorism"
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: The Fix, Radio Iowa and The Politico
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Washington Post:
Clinton Campaign Plays Down Iowa Memo
Associated Press:
Memo Urges Clinton to Bypass Iowa
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.
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ABCNEWS:
Cheney's Daughter Gives Birth to Son
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Caucus
Wall Street Journal:
The Poor Get Richer  —  It's been a rough week for John Edwards, and now comes more bad news for his "two Americas" campaign theme.  A new study by the Congressional Budget Office says the poor have been getting less poor.  On average, CBO found that low-wage households with children …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   TODAY'S WSJ LEGERDEMAIN:
Bob Geiger:
Four Senators With Balls  —  If I asked you to quickly name what four United States Senators are sticking to their guns and will vote against the ludicrous "compromise" Iraq supplemental bill — you know, the one where George W. Bush gets everything he wants — what would be your first few guesses?
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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.
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AMERICAblog:
Edwards speech at CFR
Joe Klein / Time:
There's Good News from Iraq  —  There is good news from Iraq, believe it or not.  It comes from the most unlikely place: Anbar province, home of the Sunni insurgency.  The level of violence has plummeted in recent weeks.  An alliance of U.S. troops and local tribes has been very effective …
David Burge / iowahawk:
MIDWEST LUTHERANS LARGELY REJECT VIOLENCE  —  Chicago - By an almost two-to-one margin, Midwest Lutherans voiced solid opposition to decapitation, suicide bombing, and chemical warfare in a new comprehensive survey of their social attitudes.  —  The Pew Research survey, conducted May 13-19 …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Senate Scales Down Proposed Guest-Worker Program  —  The Senate slashed the size of a proposed guest-worker program for foreign laborers yesterday, dealing the first real blow to a fragile overhaul of the nation's immigration laws since it reached the Senate floor this week.
Discussion: Majikthise
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
No. 2 Senate Republican Calls for Passage of Immigration Bill
Discussion: TalkLeft and PoliPundit.com
Associated Press:
France's Sarkozy calls to tighten sanctions on Teheran  —  French President Nicholas Sarkozy called Wednesday for sanctions on Iran to be tightened if the country does not adhere to the West's demands to cease its nuclear agenda.  —  If Iran attains nuclear weapons, Sarkozy warned …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Consumer Commission Nominee Withdraws  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush's pick to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission withdrew his nomination Wednesday amid strong opposition from some Senate Democrats because of his career as a manufacturers' lobbyist.
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Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Candidate to Lead Consumer Agency Withdraws
Discussion: The RBC
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.
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 …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Taste of Home Runs Low in Iraq  —  Complications Hold Up Embassy Food Convoys  —  Congress and the White House may be sparring over funds for the U.S. effort in Iraq, but the mint chocolate chip is still flowing at the embassy in Baghdad.  At least for now.
 
 
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