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11:30 PM ET, May 23, 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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.  —  Download (1826) |  Play (1614) Download (927) |  Play (1101)
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 …
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.
Cheney's Daughter Gives Birth to Son  —  Vice President's Lesbian Daughter Welcomes Samuel David Cheney  —  Mary Cheney, the vice president's lesbian daughter, had her first child this morning at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C.  —  Samuel David Cheney was born at 9:46 a.m., weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Caucus
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Flashback video: Edwards pledges unity throughout this "war on terrorism"
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.
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.
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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   TODAY'S WSJ LEGERDEMAIN:
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 …
CBS News:
U.S. Working To Sabotage Iran Nuke Program  —  CBS: Iranian Efforts To Enrich Uranium Are Progressing Despite Covert Efforts To Disrupt Program  —  (CBS) This article was written by Sheila MacVicar and Ashley Velie with Amy Guttman.  —  CBS News has learned that Iran is continuing …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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 …
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Dodd To Vote No On the Supplemental  —  I like this:  —  Chris Dodd keeps making sense.  It will be interesting to see if there is a chorus of Democrats who start to join him on this.  The other 2008ers in Congress will be interesting too.  —  This is a sign of building momentum against the supplemental.
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 Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Bush Declassifies Bin Laden Intelligence  —  Critics Dismiss Speech as Effort To Build Support  —  President Bush ratcheted up his campaign to link the violence in Iraq to actions by al-Qaeda, stressing in a commencement address Wednesday at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that the terrorist network is the …
Discussion: QandO, Hot Air and Oliver Willis
State Sen. Mario Gallegos / Houston Chronicle:
Why right to vote, without an ID, is worth fighting for  —  This lawmaker counts his grandmother among reasons  —  In my community in Houston, thousands of first- and second-generation Americans came of age in the "greatest generation."  They volunteered to protect our freedom in World War II.
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.
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 …
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Washington Post:
GSA Chief Violated Hatch Act, Special Counsel's Report Alleges
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Taste of Home Runs Low in Iraq
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Fight Club  —  Political junkies have been awaiting the new memoir …
Online NewsHour:
Soldiers, Families Paying Price of Iraq War
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Consumer Commission Nominee Withdraws
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Risky Business  —  I've been reluctant to write about the Iraq funding …
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Learfield / Radio Iowa:
Gingrich will be at the Straw Poll in Ames
Discussion: Hotline On Call and TIME
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Senate Scales Down Proposed Guest-Worker Program
Discussion: Majikthise
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Diary of a Christian Terrorist
Robert Borosage / Campaign for America's Future blogs:
Funding The War: Life and Death, Not Texas Hold 'em
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Netroots and the War  —  They are, of course, hopping mad.
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Republicans should back immigration compromise
Jeff Emanuel / Opinion Journal:
'I Love Those Guys'  —  Embedded journalists in Iraq are having …
Discussion: Barcepundit and Sister Toldjah