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4:00 AM ET, May 30, 2007

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Joel Seidman / MSNBC:
Plame was 'covert' agent at time of name leak  —  Newly released unclassified document details CIA employment  —  WASHINGTON - An unclassified summary of outed CIA officer Valerie Plame's employment history at the spy agency, disclosed for the first time today in a court filing …
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Fitzgerald Again Points to Cheney  —  Special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald has made it clearer than ever that he was hot on the trail of a coordinated campaign to out CIA agent Valerie Plame until that line of investigation was cut off by the repeated lies from Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
How About Them Apples Vicky Toensing?  —  Download libby_governments_sentencing_ memo.pdf  —  Victoria Toensing, Cliff May, Byron York and the other rightwing apologists who have long insisted that Valerie Plame Wilson was not undercover have some "splaining" to do.
Newsweek:
Fitzgerald Says Plame Was a Covert Agent  —  In new court filings, special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has finally resolved one of the most disputed issues at the core of the long-running CIA leak controversy: Valerie Plame Wilson, he asserts, was a "covert" CIA officer …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Another Reason To Question The Tenet Regime At Langley  —  NBC has received a declassified report from the CIA which states that the agency considered Valerie Plame a "covert agent" at the time her identity was revealed to Robert Novak and other journalists in July 2003.
Discussion: TBogg
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Plame was a Covert Agent
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   YES, VALERIE PLAME WAS COVERT....In a court filing today …
New York Times:
Advisers Fault Harsh Methods in Interrogation  —  As the Bush administration completes secret new rules governing interrogations, a group of experts advising the intelligence agencies argue that the harsh techniques used since the 2001 terrorist attacks are outmoded, amateurish and unreliable.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
"Verschärfte Vernehmung"  —  The phrase "Verschärfte Vernehmung" is German for "enhanced interrogation".  Other translations include "intensified interrogation" or "sharpened interrogation".  It's a phrase that appears to have been concocted in 1937, to describe a form of torture …
BBC:
Bush chooses new World Bank boss  —  US President George W Bush has chosen Robert Zoellick, former deputy secretary of state, to be president of the World Bank, US officials say.  —  Mr Zoellick would replace Paul Wolfowitz, who resigned amid a scandal over his role in winning a new pay and promotion package for his girlfriend.
Discussion: The Agonist and Truthdig
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Peter S. Goodman / Washington Post:
Bush to Pick Zoellick for World Bank
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Court Protects Gender Discrimintion  —  As Ruth Bader Ginsburg notes, the evidence of gender discrimination in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear, decided today by the Supreme Court, is unambiguous: … Despite this, and contrary to the judgment of the EEOC, the Court by a bare 5-4 majority threw …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Over Ginsburg's Dissent, Court Limits Bias Suits
Discussion: Bloomberg
SITE Institute:
"Legitimate Demands" - A Video Speech by Adam Yahiye Gadahn Produced by as-Sahab Media  —  Adam Yahiye Gadahn AKA Azzam the American, is featured in a 7:57 minute video produced by as-Sahab, the multimedia wing of al-Qaeda, and titled: "Legitimate Demands".  The video was issued to jihadist forums today, Tuesday, May 29, 2007.
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Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
New Tape, Old Threats From American al Qaeda
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Takes On Conservatives Over Immigration  —  President Bush took on parts of his conservative base on Tuesday by accusing opponents of his proposed immigration measure of fear-mongering to defeat its passage in Congress.  —  "If you want to scare the American people …
Discussion: ParaPundit and The Populist
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:   Bush Takes on Opponents of Immigration Deal
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Feds eye Stevens' home remodeling project  —  GIRDWOOD: Veco approved some invoices for 2000 upgrade at senator's house, says builder.  —  The FBI and a federal grand jury have been investigating an extensive remodeling project at U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' home in Girdwood that involved …
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
We Are All in It Together, Clinton Says  —  Clinton: Shared Prosperity Should Replace 'On Your Own' Society  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it's time to replace an "on your own" society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.
Jonathan Kay / canada.com:
Jenin comes to Lebanon.  So where is the outcry?  —  Last week, the Lebanese army attacked a squalid Palestinian refugee camp that's become infested with Islamist suicide terrorists and guerilla fighters.  On May 20, government troops surrounded the camp, with tanks and artillery pieces shelling it at close range.
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Bernstein Book Directly Contradicts A Key Charge In Gerth And Van Natta's Book  —  Okay, the duel of the Hillary books just heated up big time.  —  We've just received our copy of Carl Bernstein's new book on Hillary, and something leaps right out at us.  —  Specifically: Bernstein's …
Agence France Presse:
Venezuela to sue CNN  —  Venezuela says it will file charges against US cable network CNN for linking President Hugo Chavez to Al Qaeda.  —  It says it will also sue a Venezuelan TV network for encouraging Mr Chavez's assassination.  —  The move comes a day after popular Venezuelan TV network RCTV went off …
 
 
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Cheney lawyer told Secret Service not to keep copies of visitor logs
Sally Satel / The Huffington Post Full Blog Feed:
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Discussion: Dynamist Blog
Financial Times:
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Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Democracy Now:
War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Naomi Wolf / New York Magazine:
The Porn Myth  —  In the end, porn doesn't whet men's appetites …
LAW.com:
POWER GRAB  —  The shift in the method of hiring immigration …
Mike Stobbe / Associated Press:
TB case brings warning to air passengers
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Protege's Fate in Primary Could Be an Omen for Connolly
Discussion: MyDD and NewsBusters.org
 Earlier Items: 
David Roberts / Gristmill:
Energy efficiency vs. liquefied coal: Which do you think Congress is subsidizing?
Robin Shulman / Washington Post:
The Informer: Behind the Scenes, or Setting the Stage?
Discussion: TalkLeft and Atlas Shrugs
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Featured Report from Iraq: A look at the surge from Baghdad
Tim B. / Tim Blair:
"AL'S THE GUY"  —  Time's Eric Pooley gives it up for Al Gore:
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Palestinian "Missile" Fauxtography? (Updated)
Discussion: Hot Air
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE CIA AND THE WAR....Jonathan Schwarz has been reading …
White House:
President Bush Discusses Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Glynco, Georgia
JD Johannes / Outside the Wire:
Kharmah Awakens  —  "In fact, there is a civil war in progress …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Pundit Review