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12:15 AM ET, May 20, 2006

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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Is the Iranian yellow badges story true? (bumped)  —  Israeli politicians are sounding some very dire notes, but as far as I know, no one's independently confirmed this morning's story in the National Post yet.  Neither Stephen Harper nor John Howard had heard anything about it until today.
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Chris Wattie / canada.com:
Iran eyes badges for Jews  —  Law would require non-Muslim insignia  —  Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.
Chris Wattie / National Post:
Experts say report of badges for Jews in Iran is untrue  —  Several experts are casting doubt on reports that Iran had passed a law requiring the country's Jews and other religious minorities to wear coloured badges identifying them as non-Muslims.  —  The Iranian embassy in Otttawa also denied …
Amir Taheri / National Post:
A colour code for Iran's 'infidels'  —  While the Iranian economy appears to be heading for recession, one sector may have some reason for optimism.  That sector is the garment industry and the reason for hopefulness is a law passed by the Islamic Majlis (parliament) on Monday.
Associated Press:
Lieberman Wins Nomination, But Lamont Forces Primary!  —  HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman was nominated for a fourth term by state Democrats tonight, but his anti-war challenger garnered enough delegates to force a primary in August.  —  Backers of Ned Lamont …
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Unofficial Final Count: Lamont at 33% (this will probably drop a few points)  —  Ned Lamont is CRUSHING Joe Lieberman.  Lieberman's expensive tent and lavish support and paid armies of staffers weren't enough.  His side is incredibly dejected - their crowd of thunderstick cheerers …
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Dispute Over 'USA Today' NSA Scoop Has Top Journos Buzzing  —  NEW YORK The USA Today phone records scoop, which is drawing increased scrutiny as phone companies dispute elements of the report, has also sparked interest among those in the news business, as well as longtime journalism observers.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
BellSouth Wants Story Retractions
Discussion: Wizbang, Don Surber and A Blog For All
White House:
Press Gaggle by Tony Snow  —  MR. SNOW: All right, thank you.  Welcome all.  Since there will be no on-air briefing today, we will publish the gaggle a bit later so you can all consult.  —  Q Great.  No bupkis list, then?  —  MR. SNOW: Well, if there's a bupkis list, we will attach the answers in the form of footnotes.
Associated Press:
'National' or 'common'?  Senate ponders what to call English  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether English is America's "national language" or its national "common and unifying language" was a question dominating the Senate immigration debate.  —  The Senate first voted 63-34 Thursday to designate English as the …
Discussion: Donklephant
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Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Bush opposes English as national language: Gonzales
John O'Neil / New York Times:
U.N. Panel Backs Closing Prison at Guantánamo  —  A United Nations panel on torture called on the United States today to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and expressed concern over reports of secret detention centers and of a practice of sending terror suspects to countries with poor human rights records.
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Ari Berman / The Nation:
McCain at New School: Honeymoon is Over  —  "I haven't heard anyone aroused about me speaking at the New School," John McCain said in April, defending his decision to address Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.  —  Nobody at all, except for virtually the entire crowd at the New School's …
TPMmuckraker:
Did Telcos Hire "Scapegoat" To Give NSA Phone Records?  —  A new Business Week article may help explain how AT&T and BellSouth can say they didn't help the NSA, despite the spy agency having millions of their records showing the call details of Americans using their networks.
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Business Week:
The Snooping Goes Beyond Phone Calls
Discussion: The Mahablog
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Milberg Weiss Is Charged With Bribery and Fraud  —  The securities class-action law firm of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman was charged today with several criminal counts, including obstructing justice, perjury, bribery and fraud.  —  The 20-count indictment, handed up by a federal grand jury …
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Scalia Tells Congress to Mind Its Own Business  —  Justice Antonin Scalia rebuked fellow conservatives on Capitol Hill yesterday, saying they have gone too far in trying to prevent the Supreme Court from using foreign law in its constitutional rulings.  —  Scalia dissented vigorously …
t r u t h o u t:
The Rove Indictment Story as of Right Now  —  By Marc Ash,  —  On Saturday afternoon, May 13, 2006, TruthOut ran a story titled, "Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators."  The story stated in part that top Bush aide Karl Rove had earlier that day been indicted on the charges set forth in the story's title.
Ralph Iannotti / kdka.com:
Patrols Beefed Up Near Santorum's Home  —  (KDKA) PENN HILLS KDKA has learned that extra police patrols have been called in to keep an eye on Senator Rick Santorum's home in Penn Hills.  —  Rick Santorum's residency in the area and, in fact, his residency in Pennsylvania, has become an issue in this still young U.S. Senate campaign.
Discussion: Attytood, TBogg and The All Spin Zone
Bill Roggio / Counterterrorism Blog:
The Inaccurate Taliban Offensive; Taliban military commander Mullah Dadullah reported captured  —  The news reports of a major Taliban offensive in southeastern Afghanistan are inaccurate, as Coalition offensives and Taliban attacks have been lumped together to give the impression of a coordinated Taliban assault in multiple provinces.
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Illegals granted Social Security  —  The Senate voted yesterday to allow illegal aliens to collect Social Security benefits based on past illegal employment — even if the job was obtained through forged or stolen documents.  —  "There was a felony they were committing, and now they can't be prosecuted.
centredaily.com:
Federal appeals judge Edward R. Becker dies at 73  —  PHILADELPHIA - Edward R. Becker, a judge of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals known for his scholarly opinions and humble lifestyle, died Friday, according to the court.  He was 73.  —  The court's statement did not specify a cause …
 
 
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