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6:55 PM ET, May 19, 2006


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Chris Wattie /
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.
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Is the Iranian yellow badges story true?  —  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.
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
Washington Post:
Senate Votes English as 'National Language'
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
BellSouth demands USA Today retract NSA claims  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - BellSouth Corp., the No. 3 U.S. local telephone company, on Thursday demanded USA Today retract claims in a story that said the company had a contract with a U.S. spy agency and turned over customers' telephone records.
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
BellSouth Wants Story Retractions
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
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.
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
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.
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.
Claudio Gatti / MSNBC:
Ex-senator linked to oil-for-food claims  —  The US Senate is looking into allegations that a former US senator urged Baghdad to give a US company lucrative contracts under the much-criticised United Nations oil-for-food programme.  —  This is the first time that a leading US lawmaker …
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Insiders: Richard Armitage Will NOT Be Indicted  —  Bobby Ray Inman's claims are "BS", claimed one very prominent Washington insider after reading TWN's report on Inman's claim that Richard Armitage would be indicted in the Valerie Plame Wilson outing probe.
Michael J. Totten:
The Other Side of the Green Line  —  RAMALLAH - I rode in an Israeli taxi with Palestinian journalist Sufian Taha from the American Colony Hotel to the Qalandia checkpoint on the road to Ramallah, capital of nascent Palestine, in the hills of the West Bank over Jerusalem.
Discussion: lgf and Roger L. Simon
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 …
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Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
U.S. Indictment for Big Law Firm in Class Actions
Digby / Hullabaloo:
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David Akin /
Harper may snub annual press gallery dinner
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