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12:50 PM 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 …
Agence France Presse:
Four Guantanamo detainees attempt suicide  —  Inmates at the US "war on terror" detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba tried to prevent US forces from helping one of four detainees who tried to commit suicide, a spokesman said.  —  One inmate tried to hang himself and three others took overdoses on Thursday.
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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 …
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.
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Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
Iraq is disintegrating as ethnic cleansing takes hold
Discussion: Informed Comment and AMERICAblog
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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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.
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Jonathan Singer / MyDD:   Beltway Pundits: Outlook Improving for House Dems
Juan / Informed Comment:
Another Fraud on Iran: No Legislation on Dress of Religious Minorities  —  Maurice Motamed, the representative of the Iranian Jewish community in Iran's parliament, has strongly denied the rumors started by Canada's National Post that the Iranian legislature has passed a law requiring members …
Discussion: The Australian and Yourish.com
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Jerusalem Post:   Iran denies religious dress code law
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC and Booman Tribune
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:
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?
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 …
Steven Thomma / Knight Ridder:
Americans don't like President Bush personally much anymore, either  —  WASHINGTON - It's not just the way he's doing his job.  Americans apparently don't like President Bush personally much anymore, either.  —  A drop in his personal popularity, as measured by several public polls …
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.
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
Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Bush opposes English as national language: Gonzales  —  HOUSTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush has long opposed making English the country's national language, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Friday, the day after the Senate voted to do so.  —  The vote came in an amendment …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bush supports and opposes Senate votes on national language
 
 
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