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11:05 AM ET, May 24, 2007


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New York Times:
EX-JUSTICE AIDE ADMITS POLITICS AFFECTED HIRING  —  A former top Justice Department aide testified on Wednesday that she had "crossed the line" in considering the political beliefs of applicants for nonpartisan legal jobs and suggested that earlier testimony by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales …
Washington Post:
Goodling Says She 'Crossed the Line'  —  Ex-Justice Aide Criticizes Gonzales While Admitting to Basing Hires on Politics  —  A former senior aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales leveled serious new accusations against him and his deputy yesterday, describing an "uncomfortable" …
New York Times:
Editorial: Witness for the Prosecutors  —  It would have been naïve to think that Monica Goodling, a right-wing true believer and onetime Republican opposition researcher, was going to blow the whistle on the United States attorney scandal.  But Ms. Goodling made some disturbing admissions yesterday …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Monica's Own Monica Problem  —  In Alberto Gonzales's Justice Department, Democrats and liberals who were denied civil service jobs were said to have a "Monica Problem."  —  After yesterday's House Judiciary Committee hearing, the Justice Department has a Monica Problem of its own.
Katherine Kersten / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The real Rachel Paulose
Discussion: Power Line and Norwegianity
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 (4830) |
Daniel DiRito / Bring it On!:
Keith Olbermann's Special Comment On The Govts. Iraq Betrayal
Discussion: Shakesville and The Impolitic
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
News Analysis: On War Funds, Democrats Saw No Option but to Cede Ground to Bush  —  Congressional contortions over the Iraq spending bill could end up with most House Democrats momentarily occupying the position they were so desperate to vacate: the minority.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House Democrats bracing for unpalatable Iraq vote
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP slams Pelosi in new ad campaign
Discussion: Bob McCarty Writes and Wizbang
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:
Discussion: The Impolitic
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Clinton Camp Resists Aide's Advice to Skip Iowa  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign has considered — and rejected — a plan to stop competing in Iowa, the traditional kickoff state in the nominating process, and to concentrate instead on later states …
Washington Post:
Clinton Campaign Plays Down Iowa Memo  —  Proposal to Skip Caucuses Called Just One Person's Opinion  —  Aides to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) scrambled late yesterday to control the fallout from a leaked memo advocating that she pull her campaign out of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, where she is trailing in polls.
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Morgue Data Show Increase In Sectarian Killings in Iraq  —  More than three months into a U.S.-Iraqi security offensive designed to curtail sectarian violence in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq, Health Ministry statistics show that such killings are rising again.
Dale Franks / QandO:
QUESTIONS FOR OUR LIBERAL FRIENDS  —  Bruce is a big boy, and certainly doesn't need me to help him out, but let's talk about Iraq for a moment.  Because I have questions for people like Oliver Willis to which I'm curious to hear the answers.  And I'm not asking in a snarky way.  I'm honestly interested.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Real Improvement in Iraq - Trust Joe Klein and his secret sources  —  Q. If you're a Bush administration official and you want to create a prominent headline in Time Magazine proclaiming what great improvement there is in Iraq, what do you do?  —  A. Have someone with a shiny military uniform …
Discussion: State of the Day
Gideon Rachman:
The collapse of Europe  —  If you happen to be passing though Malibu next month, why not pop into an intriguing-sounding conference at Pepperdine University on "The Collapse of Europe".  One of the early sessions is entitled - "Eurabia: Is Muslim domination of Europe inevitable?"
Little Green Footballs:
Amnesty International's Bizarre BDS Poll  —  The people who work at Amnesty International must be so steeped in Bush Derangement Syndrome that they don't even realize how bizarre this "poll" is, on a page of their annual report: Axis of Evil?!  —  After you "vote," you see this:
Discussion: The News Buckit
Sydney Morning Herald:   PM a short-sighted fear-monger: Amnesty
Jerusalem Post:
France's Sarkozy calls to tighten sanctions on Teheran  — staff and AP, THE JERUSALEM POST  —  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.
Washington Post:
In the Democratic Congress, Pork Still Gets Served  —  'Phonemarking' Is Among Ways Around Appropriations Process  —  When the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives passed one of its first spending bills, funding the Energy Department for the rest of 2007 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
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Jack Shafer / Slate:
Discussion: Eschaton
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Rudy and Edwards wage their own war
Nico / Think Progress:
VIDEO MONTAGE: Conservatives Hold Hour-Long Falwell Memorial On House Floor
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
New York to the DOJ: Hands Off Our Fire Department
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems' panel chiefs cash in on bundling
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
U.S. Carbon Emissions Fell 1.3% in 2006
Discussion: Tim Worstall
Associated Press:
U.S. military continues to discharge gay Arab linguists …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Hispanic Hopeful for '08 Confronts Immigration
Bob Geiger:
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Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Candidate to Lead Consumer Agency Withdraws
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Fight Club  —  Political junkies have been awaiting the new memoir …
David Burge / iowahawk:
Discussion: Chicago Boyz