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10:40 PM ET, May 22, 2007

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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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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.
Jay Carney / TIME: Swampland:
Iraq Funding: Democrats Will Split. Pelosi to Vote No?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Pre-Emptive Stupidity At Falwell Funeral
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The Blotter:
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
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush declassifies al-Qaida intelligence
Discussion: On Deadline
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
Stewart M. Powell / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bush could double force by Christmas  —  (05-22) 04:00 PDT 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.  —  The little-noticed second surge …
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Stewart M. Powell / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
U.S. quietly, dramatically increasing Iraq troop levels
Discussion: Firedoglake
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
A SECOND SURGE?....I don't even remember where I first saw this now …
Discussion: Bring it On!
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
The group blog of The American Prospect  —  PRE-SUFFRAGETTE CITY.  Jill Filipovic points us to this Times article about the new strategy to justify using state coercion to force women to carry pregnancies to term by claiming that women are too irrational to know what's good for them, and offers a modest proposal.
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
Gateway Pundit:
Palestinians Threaten Violence & Mass Uprisings Across Lebanon  —  The Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are threatening all out violence if the Lebanese Army does not quit pursuing the Fatah al-Islam terrorists.  —  Palestinians children watch tyres burn after setting them on fire during …
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Rush Transcript / The Raw Story:
A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS THE VIDEO
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Agonist
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Gun Ownership and the 2008 Primaries  —  Giuliani in slightly weaker position among gun owners  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gun owners are a powerful force in American politics, and their influence is evident in both the legislative and electoral processes.  In general, more gun owners identify …
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
U.S. Government Gave Airtime to Terrorists, Official Admits  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  Al Hurra television, the U.S. government's $63 million-a-year effort at public diplomacy broadcasting in the Middle East, is run by executives and officials who cannot speak Arabic, according to a senior official who oversees the program.
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 …
Daniel Friedman / Federal Times:
GSA chief violated Hatch Act, OSC report finds  —  An Office of Special Counsel report has found that General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan violated the Hatch Act, which bars federal officials from partisan political activity while on the job, sources say.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Midtopia
 
 
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