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5:25 PM ET, May 26, 2007

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Major troop reductions imminent — again  —  Wonderful — and highly credible — front page news today, from The New York Times: … For four straight years, the same set of war supporters have constantly and reptitiously given the same exact false assurances about Iraq — virtually verbatim …
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Caren Bohan / Reuters:   White House plays down report of Iraq troop cut
New York Times:
Increased Strife Is Foreseen in Iraq if U.S. Troops Leave
Discussion: the talking dog
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
A Withdrawal Plan?
Discussion: The Sideshow
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Let Slip The Stenographers Of War
New York Times:
U.S. Rebuffs Germany on Greenhouse Gas Cuts  —  The United States has rejected Germany's proposal for deep long-term cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, setting the stage for a battle that will pit President Bush against his European allies at next month's meeting of the world's richest countries.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Atlantic Online
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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" …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
U.S. Rejects G-8 Climate Proposal  —  Germany Urges Limiting Emissions, Temperature Increase  —  U.S. officials have raised a second round of unusually bluntly worded objections to a proposed global-warming declaration that Germany prepared for next month's Group of Eight summit, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
U.S. Rejects G-8 Greenhouse Climate Proposals
Discussion: BBC
Tim F. / Balloon Juice:   Tough Luck, Tony
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Immigration judges lack apt backgrounds  —  A growing number of the jurists have little or no experience in that area of law.  Some have strong Republican resumes.  —  WASHINGTON — Over the last two years, U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales has appointed more than two dozen individuals as federal immigration judges.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Hot Air
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Officials Say Justice Dept. Based Hires on Politics Before Goodling Tenure  —  The Justice Department considered political affiliation in screening applicants for immigration court judgeships for several years until hiring was frozen in December after objections from department lawyers, current and former officials said yesterday.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Pat Lang & Lawrence Wilkerson Share Nightmare Encounters with Feith, Wolfowitz, and Tenet  —  (Lawrence Wilkerson and his regular Thursday students.  These are not the ones in the audience referred to below.)  —  Jeff Stein of Congressional Quarterly has a great recap of what former Pentagon …
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Jeff Stein / CQ.com:
Iraq Intelligence Horror Stories Shouldn't Be Old News  —  Hearing horror stories about the manipulation of Iraq intelligence is like watching "The Exorcist" again and again: Each time you see something new and laugh at the parts that used to make your hair go up straight.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
SUIT SHEDS LIGHT ON CLINTONS' TIES TO A BENEFACTOR  —  When former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton took a family vacation in January 2002 to Acapulco, Mexico, one of their longtime supporters, Vinod Gupta, provided his company's private jet to fly them there.
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Associated Press:
Lawsuit cites plane trips for Clintons
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Robert Stein / The Moderate Voice:
Everything a Reporter Should Be  —  When William Peters died this week, the world lost a good man, I lost a valued friend and journalists everywhere a role model for what a reporter should be.  —  His obituary tells much about his award-winning TV documentaries, books and magazine articles …
Discussion: The Populist
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Margalit Fox / New York Times:   William Peters, 85, Journalist Who Examined Race in U.S., Dies
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Iraq Supplemental: Is The Problem Cowardice?  No, Poor Thinking  —  Jon Alter, writing about the Dems' Iraq Supplemental disaster, says: … I'm going to concentrate only on the politics of the situation here, let's leave the human lives at stake aside.  Ahhhhhh.
Discussion: Salon and DownWithTyranny!
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Matthew Yglesias / Washington Monthly:
Memoirs of the man who thrice saved us from a Democratic presidency
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ON BEING RATIONAL....In The Myth of the Rational Voter, Bryan Caplan argues that although people are rational in the marketplace (which is a good thing, since this assumption is required to make classical economics work), they become foolish and incoherent when they step into the voting booth.
Discussion: EconLog
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Agence France Presse:
Tehran's interest-rate cuts 'economic suicide for banks'  —  TEHRAN: Iran's moderate press and economists Thursday slammed a decision by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to slash interest rates, describing the move as "incomprehensible" and risking "economic suicide."
Discussion: National Review
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Don't Panic!  Four Terror Suspects Escape Probation; one a Zarqawi associate  —  British authorities have released the names of four terror suspects who have "escaped" the British equvalent of something like probation.  Iraqi born Bestun Salim, Algerian born Lamine Adam, Ibrahim Adam …
Discussion: Hot Air and Little Green Footballs
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America: Eric Massa — We Welcome Back A New York State Hero  —  New York's Southern Tier, the 29th congressional district, is the most conservative in the state.  Our Blue America candidate last year was Eric Massa and he came within 6,000 votes (out of nearly 200,000 cast) …
 
 
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / National Review:
Ben Affleck and P. J. O'Rourke Predict Romney as GOP Nominee
Discussion: QandO
James Gerstenzang / Los Angeles Times:
Bush was twice warned of Iraq challenges
ABCNEWS:
Republicans Blast Clinton, Obama for Anti-War Vote
MSNBC:
Generational income gains slow
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush pays tribute to fallen U.S. troops
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
WorldNetDaily:
Christian arrested for visiting Mecca
Discussion: Publius Pundit
Sam Graham-Felsen / my.barackobama.com:
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
White House Memo: Winning on Iraq, Bush Turns to Immigration
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser
Discussion: Hullabaloo and MyDD
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  Matt Davies: How He Gets It Done
Discussion: The Agonist and Cliff Schecter
Steyn Online:
STAR WARS AT THIRTY
Jules Crittenden:
Breastfeed Your Way Out of Sexist Oppression
Discussion: MEMRI and Neptunus Lex
Washington Post:
Top Talent Could Lose Fast Track to U.S.
Brian Lockhart / Greenwich Time:
Thompson headlines Prescott Bush Awards
 

 
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