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2:20 PM ET, May 23, 2007


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Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Goodling: a Power player behind Justice's scenes  —  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 as U.S. attorney in Los Angeles …
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMmuckraker
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: The Carpetbagger Report and Salon
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Monica Goodling Testimony, Part II
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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.
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
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Large number of Americans favor violent attacks against civilians  —  The hysteria over the Pew poll about American Muslims continues unabated, with the focus now on the finding that while 80% of American Muslims oppose attacks on civilians in all cases, 13% said they could be justified in some circumstances.
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
Discussion: The Politico and The Caucus
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
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.
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Bush may turn to UN in search for Iraq solution  —  If troop surge fails, strategy is to involve other nations under UN umbrella  —  The Bush administration is developing plans to "internationalise" the Iraq crisis, including an expanded role for the United Nations, as a way of reducing …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Op-Ed Column: The Eminently Relevant "Irrelevant" Jimmy Carter  —  The Eminently Relevant "Irrelevant" Jimmy Carter  —  Think the mainstream media has improved since its utter meltdown in the run-up to the Iraq War?  —  Think again.  —  In case you've been under a rock the last few days …
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 …
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George Borjas / The Borjas Blog:
Sondheim on Migration  —  Ever since I was first exposed …
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Why right to vote, without an ID, is worth fighting for
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Recent headlines threaten Edwards' main campaign theme
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economix: Worth a Lot, but Are Hedge Funds Worth It?
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 26% Favor Senate Immigration Plan
Rebecca Sinderbrand / New York Observer:
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
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Older and Wiser Heads
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Wendy Kaminer / Opinion Journal:
The American Liberal Liberties Union
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