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1:25 PM ET, May 23, 2007


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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.
Discussion: Salon and The Carpetbagger Report
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  An ideologue, yes, but an ideologue acting on orders or on her own?  —  When Monica Goodling goes before the House Judiciary Committee this morning, that will be the central question.  —  No one can read the two profiles of Goodling in The Los Angeles Times …
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Goodling: a Power player behind Justice's scenes
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Associated Press
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Goodling denies major role in firings
Discussion: MSNBC and PoliBlog (TM)
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Monica Goodling Testimony, Part II
Discussion: JURIST
Former Gonzales Aide / Washington Post:
Officials Describe Interference by Former Gonzales Aide
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Pull Troop Deadline From Iraq Bill  —  Congressional Democrats relented Tuesday on their insistence that a war spending measure set a date for withdrawing American combat troops from Iraq.  Instead, they moved toward a deal with President Bush that would impose new conditions on the Iraqi government.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Defections now likely on Iraq bill
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats Relent On Pullout Timetable
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush: Bin Laden tried to start Iraq unit  —  NEW LONDON, Conn. - President Bush, stressing that Americans face an ongoing threat from terrorists, shared intelligence on Wednesday asserting that Osama bin Laden was working in 2005 to set up a unit inside Iraq to hit U.S. targets.
Ed Henry / CNN:
White House: Bin Laden wanted Iraq as a new base … WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush on Tuesday declassified intelligence showing in 2005 Osama bin Laden planned to use Iraq as a base from which to launch attacks in the United States, according to White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe.
Bush: Bin Laden had Iraq plan
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
DEMOCRATS FIND ETHICS OVERHAUL ELUSIVE IN HOUSE  —  House Democratic leaders pushing a promised lobbying overhaul are facing resistance from balky lawmakers and fending off accusations that a prominent member is flouting new ethics rules.  —  The Democratic leaders were forced to scrap …
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.
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Democratic Leaders Find House Ethics Bill a Tough Sell
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Political Memo: Giuliani Above the Fray as McCain and Romney Skirmish  —  The contrast could hardly be more striking.  Senator John McCain and Mitt Romney have been mixing it up on the trail with increasing intensity ever since their feisty exchange at the last Republican debate.
Washington Post:
McCain Turns Focus To His Fundraising  —  As the Senate debate over immigration raged yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had breakfast, brunch and lunch fundraisers in Houston before heading north to gather money at a supporter's home in Dallas and, later, from young professionals at a gourmet Mexican restaurant.
Discussion: The Politico and The Caucus
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.
New York Times:
Senate Votes to Keep Temporary Worker Program  —  A comprehensive immigration bill survived a significant test on Tuesday as the Senate voted to keep a provision that would let hundreds of thousands of temporary foreign workers enter the country each year.  —  If the guest worker program …
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Guest-worker program dodges its first bullet
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
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.
George Borjas / The Borjas Blog:
Sondheim on Migration  —  Ever since I was first exposed to the music from West Side Story as a teenager, some of Stephen Sondheim's lyrics stuck with me.  They appear in the song America.  In the movie version, Bernardo and Rita are arguing over the costs and benefits of migrating from Puerto Rico to New York.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
New Strategy for War Stresses Iraqi Politics  —  U.S. Aims to Oust Sectarians From Key Roles  —  Top U.S. commanders and diplomats in Iraq are completing a far-reaching campaign plan for a new U.S. strategy, laying out military and political goals and endorsing the selective removal …
Damien Cave / New York Times:
As Comrades Search, Fatal Bomb Wreaks Havoc  —  The ground exploded under an ashen sky at dawn.  Dust, dirt, blood and military equipment filled the air, clearing after several seconds to reveal a frenzied scene of horror.  —  Where Sgt. Justin D. Wisniewski, 22, had just been standing …
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Discussion: Barcepundit
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