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7:25 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
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Goodling: a power player behind the scenes at the Justice Dept.  —  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 …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Fire Bogden?  Why Not?  —  Let there be no more allegations that there was anything but a thorough and rigorous process to select U.S. attorneys for firing.  —  Here's Monica Goodling explaining the process behind the firing of U.S. Attorney for Nevada Daniel Bogden.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Balkinization
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.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:   Goodling: "I Don't Know"  —  Here's Goodling under the first line …
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.
Kris W. Kobach / Heritage Foundation:
Rewarding Illegal Aliens: Senate Bill Undermines The Rule of Law  —  The most controversial component of the Senate's Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 is Title VI, euphemistically ntitled "Nonimmigrants in the United States Previously in Unlawful Status."
Michelle Malkin:
The comprehensive open-borders goodie bag  —  Chock full of enforcement tricks and illegal alien treats  —  John Boehner called the Bush-Kennedy immigration bill a "piece of s**t" last night.  Yeah, after sifting through it the past couple of days, I need a shower.  —  Debate resumed in the Senate this morning.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
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.
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 …
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.
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
Steven Musil / CNET
Michigan man dodges prison in theft of Wi-Fi  —  A Michigan man who used a coffee shop's unsecured Wi-Fi to check his e-mail from his car could have faced up to five years in prison, according to local TV station WOOD.  But it seems few in the village of Sparta, Mich., were aware that using …
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) …
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 …
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.
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.
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Republicans should back immigration compromise  —  The Republican Party would be self-destructive (not for the first time, either) if they did not let the immigration compromise negotiated by Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) pass and become law.
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Clinton Staff Memo Urges Shunning Iowa  —  A senior official in the campaign for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote an internal memorandum to the campaign advising Mrs. Clinton not to participate in the Iowa caucuses, arguing that she probably could not win them and that she would be better off spending …
Discussion: The Fix and Hotline On Call
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Jeff Emanuel / Opinion Journal:
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