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6:00 AM ET, May 26, 2007

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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain responds and then some  —  McCain responds to Obama in tough enough, if predictable, language:  —  "While Senator Obama's two years in the U.S. Senate certainly entitle him to vote against funding our troops, my service and experience combined with conversations with military leaders …
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Andy McCarthy / National Review:
Sen. McCain, Keep Giving 'Em Flak ... er, Flack  —  Good for Senator McCain on his sharp rebuttal to Senator Obama.  May I add one point, though, that continues to make me nuts?  —  Senator Obama says: " It is time to end this war so that we can redeploy our forces to focus on the terrorists …
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Obama Rips Romney And McCain, Scorns McCain's Baghdad Stroll  —  The back and forth between Dem and GOP Presidential candidates is heating up big time over Iraq.  —  Barack Obama has just unleashed the following statement hammering John McCain and Mitt Romney for criticizing Obama's vote …
Discussion: The Hill, Central Sanity and Angry Bear
The Huffington Post:   Dave Johnson and James Boyce: Right Fires Up The Smear Machine Against Obama.
Newsdesk / Chicago Tribune:   McCain to Obama: It's 'flak jacket'
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Iraq slapfight: McCain plays the chickenhawk card on Obama, sort of
ABCNEWS:
O'Donnell Will Not Be Back on 'The View'  —  ABC Announces Early Departure for Host  —  The saga is over.  —  Rosie O'Donnell will not be returning to "The View."  —  In a statement today, Brian Frons, the president of Disney-ABC's Daytime Television Group, said, "We had hoped that Rosie …
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Libby On The Verge Of Sentencing  —  There has been a lot of grist from the Beltway rumor mill of late on Scooter Libby and his upcoming sentencing hearing — but it has amounted to a whole lot of speculation and innuendo and wishful thinking, and not much substance with any real factual basis in which to dig.
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Shaun Waterman / UPI:
LIBBY TRIAL JUDGE JOINS SECRET FISA COURT
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
New York Times:
White House Said to Debate '08 Cut in Iraq Troops by 50%  —  The Bush administration is developing what are described as concepts for reducing American combat forces in Iraq by as much as half next year, according to senior administration officials in the midst of the internal debate.
Los Angeles Times:
Sadr reemerges, demands U.S. pullout from Iraq  —  KUFA, Iraq — Influential cleric Muqtada Sadr resurfaced today after months in hiding and delivered a fiery sermon in this Shiite Muslim holy city in which he reiterated his demand for the swift departure of U.S. forces.
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Christopher Hayes / In These Times:
Who's Afraid of Democracy?  —  Believing that "people are rational as consumers and irrational as voters," many conservatives would favor free markets without democracy  —  SHARE Digg del.icio.us Reddit Newsvine  —  Behavioral economists at UC San Diego recently conducted a study …
John Vidal / Guardian:
US rejects all climate proposals  —  The US has rejected any prospect of a deal on climate change at the G8 summit in Germany next month, according to a leaked document.  —  Despite Tony Blair's declaration on Thursday that Washington would sign up to "at least the beginnings" …
Real Cities:
U. S. ATTORNEYS: Fewer candidates apply for positions as U.S. attorneys  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's decision to fire nine U.S. attorneys last year has created a new problem for the White House: The controversy appears to be discouraging applications for some of the 22 prosecutor posts that President Bush needs to fill.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and The Blue State
Ben Smith / The Politico:
How to kill a book, in 3 easy steps  —  Here's how you kill a book:  —  First, see to it that it emerges into the public eye on the Friday of a holiday weekend.  —  Then, express ostentatious boredom at its contents.  —  Then, attack.  —  Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson declined …
Austin Bay Blog:
GEN Petraeus' Chief Counter-Insurgency Adviser on "Iraqi Narratives"  —  This morning I participated in a telephonic question and answer session with Dr. David Kilcullen, senior counter-insurgency advisor to Gen. David Petraeus and Multi-National Force -Iraq.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The Belmont Club
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Pre-War Intelligence Report on Iraq Released  —  Report Forecast Militant Violence, Saw Establishing Democracy as Difficult  —  The U.S. intelligence community accurately predicted months before the Iraq war that al-Qaeda would link up with elements from former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime …
Seth Mydans / International Herald Tribune:
Thailand set to make Buddhism the state religion  —  BANGKOK: In a step that could sharpen divisions in its increasingly violent, largely Muslim southern provinces, Thailand appears ready for the first time to make Buddhism the state religion in a new constitution.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Boy bags hog said bigger than 'Hogzilla'  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Hogzilla is being made into a horror movie.  But the sequel may be even bigger: Meet Monster Pig.  An 11-year-old Alabama boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog his father says weighed a staggering 1,051 pounds and measured 9-feet-4 …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Harman Update  —  About an hour ago I received a call …
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Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Dancing With Ghosts  —  American politics plays with the dangers of permanent opposition.
Robert W. Welkos / Los Angeles Times:
'Dr. Laura' asks for privacy while son is probed over lurid MySpace page
James Rowley / Bloomberg:
McConnell Says Immigration Doesn't Hurt Lawmakers' Re-Election
White House:
Press Gaggle by Scott Stanzel
Discussion: Bring it On!
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Manna  —  Emptywheel arrived in CT today.  In much the same …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Yvonne Roberts / Guardian:
Throw a pebble at Goliath: don't buy Israeli produce
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Candidates didn't read Iraq report
Discussion: Right Wing News
CNN:
Iran's arrest of Americans slammed
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Media Totally Ignore Al Qaeda Torture Manual
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FW students protest TAKS decision
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE END OF THE DREAM....Everyone knows that income inequality …
Los Angeles Times:
Don't blame oil companies
The Nation:
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