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2:20 AM ET, May 23, 2007

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Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran  —  Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:  —  The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert "black" operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
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Faiz / Think Progress:
ABC News: Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran  —  This evening, ABC's World News Tonight reported that the "United States has opened a new front in its showdown with Iran."  According to the report, President Bush has directed the CIA to carry out covert operations both inside and outside Iran …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   ABC exposes Bush's secret order to CIA to destabilize Iranian regime
The Age:
Iran planning strike on Europe: analyst
Discussion: New York Times
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Well, This Takes All The Fun Out Of It  —  ABC News has revealed …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Drop Troop Pullout Dates From Iraq Bill  —  Congressional Democrats relented today on their insistence that a war spending measure sought by President Bush also set a date for withdrawing troops from Iraq.  The decision to back down, described by senior lawmakers and aides …
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats Relent On Pullout Timetable  —  Democrats gave up their demand for troop-withdrawal deadlines in an Iraq war spending package yesterday, abandoning their top goal of bringing U.S. troops home and handing President Bush a victory in a debate that has roiled Congress for months.
CNN:
Deadline pulled from war funding bill … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi will present a plan to House Democrats for a war funding bill that won't include a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq but will feature benchmarks with consequences, according to Democratic leadership aides.
Guardian:
Cave-in, or smart politics?  —  They'll be criticised for doing so earlier today, but the Democrats were right to accept an Iraq-funding bill without a timeline for withdrawal.  —  There will naturally be disappointment and anger among liberals because Democrats in congress have broken from their vow …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Mahablog
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
On Checks And Balances In The Progressive Movement
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Pre-Emptive Stupidity At Falwell Funeral
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Shakesville
Rush Transcript / The Raw Story:
A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS THE VIDEO  —  HALA GORANI: Well, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported back in March that in order to defeate Hezbollah, the Lebanese government supported a Sunni militant group, the same ones they're fighting today.  Seymour joins us live from Washington.
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The Independent:
Robert Fisk: The road to Jerusalem (via Lebanon)
Discussion: The Agonist and The Belmont Club
Gateway Pundit:
Palestinians Threaten Violence & Mass Uprisings Across Lebanon
Pew Research Center:
Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream  —  War on Terror Concerns  —  The first-ever, nationwide, random sample survey of Muslim Americans finds them to be largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Some US Muslims say suicide attacks OK  —  WASHINGTON - One in four younger U.S. Muslims said in a poll that suicide bombings to defend their religion are acceptable at least in some circumstances, though most Muslim Americans overwhelmingly reject the tactic and are critical of Islamic extremism and al-Qaida.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pew poll of American Muslims chock full o' nuance
Faiz / Think Progress:
Snow Slams Gore's Book, Says It Should Be 'Reprinted' Because It Calls Out Bush's 'Deception'  —  In his new book The Assault on Reason, Al Gore wrote that Bush's efforts to connect Iraq to 9/11 were an example of the administration's willful "deception" of the public:
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James Boyce / The Huffington Post:
Just Off The Phone With Al Gore — With Special Note To Tony Snow  —  Al Gore has a new book out today, "The Assault On Reason."  I won't spoil the ending for you but let's just say that the wrong guy wins, through some dubious methods, the United States is plunged into a pre-emptive war …
Discussion: New York Times and Liberal Values
Stewart M. Powell / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
U.S. quietly, dramatically increasing Iraq troop levels  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is quietly on track to nearly double the number of combat troops in Iraq this year, an analysis of Pentagon deployment orders showed Monday.  —  This "second surge" of troops in Iraq …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Stewart M. Powell / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bush could double force by Christmas
Agence France Presse:
Gay flamingos pick up chick  —  LONDON (AFP) - A pair of gay flamingos have adopted an abandoned chick, becoming parents after being together for six years, a British conservation organisation said Monday.  —  Carlos and Fernando had been desperate to start a family, even chasing other flamingos …
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 …
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Taliban 'stalled by lack of commanders'  —  The Taliban's much-vaunted spring offensive has stalled apparently due to lack of organisation after dozens of middle-ranking commanders were killed by British troops in the past year, according to military sources.
Discussion: Don Surber and Hot Air
 
 
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
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Daniel Friedman / Federal Times:
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Discussion: Tech Insider and Firedoglake
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