The Note

The Washington Times' Curl and Dinan say "calls for the ouster of Mr. Rumsfeld are likely to die quickly in the Republican-controlled Congress." LINK

Dueling world views on display on this morn's editorial pages:

The New York Times' editorial board thinks its time for Rumsfeld to go, writing "Mr. Bush should start showing the state of his own heart by demanding the resignation of his secretary of defense." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board chastises the White House for leaking the President's Rumsfeld reprimand, writing "the calculated leak amounted to putting blood in the water." You must read the last paragraph, which closes: "if Mr. Bush fires Mr. Rumsfeld, the voters may well conclude it is time to fire him."

The Washington Post's Mike Allen examines President Bush's apology yesterday, Noting that "A wide variety of officials in the administration had advised Bush to apologize on Wednesday when he gave interviews to two Arab television channels and were puzzled when he did not, senior U.S. officials said. An apology had been recommended in the talking points Bush received from the State Department and elsewhere, the officials said. Senior administration aides then made a push overnight for him to say he was sorry during his news conference with Abdullah, the officials said." LINK

USA Today's Bill Nichols has bullet points masterfully mapping out all of the moving parts on the apology and the calls for Rumsfeld's resignation. LINK

The Los Angeles Times reports from Baghdad that the President's apology has done little "to restore America's tattered credibility over the prisoner abuse scandal at the Abu Ghraib detention facility." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Hook examines the President's leadership style and finds "some critics argue that his administration's tightly held process of setting and sticking by policy...has contributed to some of the problems it faces after the end of major combat in Iraq." Note the GOP Hagel, Kolbe, Shays comments at bottom. LINK

All three men are regular contenders for the LaHood Award, and have a good shot at getting Karl Rove's vote if they keep it up!

Attorney General John Ashcroft said yesterday that the Justice Department can prosecute civilian contractors for the killing or abuse of military detainees in Iraq, report the Washington Post's Dan Eggen and Walter Pincus. Not only can non-military and former military personnel face charges, Ashcroft decided, but also civilian contractors who commit crimes while working on behalf of the U.S. military can be prosecuted. LINK

The Washington Post's Robin Wright writes that the U.S.' moral high ground, both in the Middle East and with strategic allies, has been lost. LINK

The Washington Times' de Borchgrave says the photos were the last straw for International Fixer Extraordinaire Margaret Tutwiler, who is headed to the NYSE. LINK

Charles Krauthammer argues that in the midst of all the things the war on terror is about, there's one that's routinely overlooked: sex. LINK

The economy:

ABC News' Ramona Schindelheim reports that April jobs report showed strong job gains on top of even stronger March numbers. The economy added 288,000 new jobs in April, better than the median forecast of 150,000.

The March number was revised upward to 375,000 from 308,000 -- a surprise, given that past numbers are usually revised downward. In addition, Schindelheim Notes, the March revision shows the first gain in manufacturing jobs since June 2000.

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