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11:05 AM ET, May 20, 2006

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Associated Press:
McCain Gets Cantankerous Reception at Commencement  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Senator John McCain of Arizona received a cantankerous reception during his appearance at the New School commencement Friday, where dozens of faculty members and students turned their backs and raised signs in protest …
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Graduates at New School Heckle Speech by McCain  —  The jeers, boos and insults flew, as caustic as any that angry New Yorkers have hurled inside Madison Square Garden.  The objects of derision yesterday, however, were not the hapless New York Knicks, but Senator John McCain …
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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 …
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Salon:
Do women want a sex-drive drug?  —  If you could take a drug to become aroused — not just to facilitate the hydraulics of arousal, as Viagra and other vascular sex aids do, but to actually make you horny — would you?  —  I ask because MSNBC is reporting today that New Jersey-based Palatin Technologies …
MSNBC:
Gitmo prisoners reportedly ambush guards  —  6 detainees hurt after luring guards with fake suicide attempt, military says … MSNBC staff and news service reports  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Prisoners wielding improvised weapons attacked military guards trying to save a detainee pretending …
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Will Dunham / Reuters:
US guards battle Guantanamo inmates in wild fight
Discussion: lgf and E L Frederick
Salon:
A new low in political advertising?  —  We don't spend a lot of time writing about party primaries for state legislative races, but we're going to have to make an exception this time.  In the run for the Republican nomination for California's 25th Assembly District, one candidate is claiming …
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Iraqi Parliament Approves New Cabinet  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq's parliament approved a national unity government Saturday, achieving a goal Washington hopes will reduce violence so U.S. forces can eventually go home.  But as the legislators met, a series of attacks killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens.
Washington Post:
New Face, Old Evasion  —  AT THE SENATE intelligence committee hearing Thursday on Gen. Michael V. Hayden's nomination to head the CIA, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked the nominee a simple question: Is "waterboarding" an acceptable interrogation technique?
BBC:
Top Taleban commander 'arrested'  —  A top Taleban leader, Mullah Dadullah, has been captured in Afghanistan, Afghan officials have told the BBC.  —  The senior military commander was said to have been detained by international troops in southern Kandahar province.
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StrategyPage:
Taliban Video Cameras Eat Dust
Discussion: USS Neverdock
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.
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Some Ships Get Coast Guard Tip Before Searches  —  LONG BEACH, Calif. — Under intense pressure from shipping companies concerned about costly delays, the Coast Guard is tipping off some large commercial ships about security searches that had been a surprise, according to high-ranking Coast Guard officials.
Washington Post:
Growing Number of GOP Seats In Doubt  —  VIRGINIA BEACH, May 19 — When some of the country's top political handicappers drew up their charts of vulnerable House incumbents at the beginning of this year, Rep. Thelma D. Drake (R-Va.) was not among them.  Now she is.
Victor Davis Hanson / victorhanson.com:
Anti-Anti-Americanism  —  Dealing with the crazy world after Iraq.  —  National Review Online  —  How does the United States deal with a corrupt world in which we are blamed even for the good we do, while others are praised when they do wrong or remain indifferent to suffering?
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard, Dr. Sanity and lgf
New York Times:
Vatican Disciplines Founder of Order Over Abuse Charges  —  ROME, May 19 — The Vatican announced Friday that it had disciplined the most prominent priest to be accused of sexual abuse, taking a step that Pope John Paul II had long resisted.  —  Without addressing specific allegations …
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan and Truthdig
 
 
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