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2:20 PM ET, May 20, 2006


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Hindrocket / Power Line:
COVERING IRAN  —  Yesterday, we linked to a shocking report in Canada's National Post to the effect that a statute regulating clothing in Iran, which was passed two years ago by Iran's Majlis or Parliament, has now been cleared to go into effect.  As described by the National Post …
New York Post:
IRAN OKS 'NAZI' SOCIAL FABRIC  —  YELLOW LABEL FOR JEWS AS CHILLING  —  DRESS CODE ECHOES THE HOLOCAUST  —  May 20, 2006 — WHILE Iran's economy appears to be heading for recession, one sector may have some reason for optimism.  That sector is the garment industry and the reason …
Jerusalem Post:   Iran denies religious dress code law
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:   Beltway Pundits: Outlook Improving for House Dems
Denis Horgan / Colin McEnroe:
Big Love at the Expo Center  —  I've had some stranger nights covering politics, but not many.  I have never seen a group of people as elated to lose 2-1 as the Ned Lamont supporters nor a winning side as lifeless and frozen-faced as the Lieberman crowd when Friday night's votes were counted.
Discussion: MyDD and LamontBlog
New York Times:
Democratic Rival Forces Lieberman Into a Primary
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and LamontBlog
Associated Press:
Lieberman Wins Nomination, But Lamont Forces Primary!
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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?
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson /
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: Dr. Sanity, Blue Crab Boulevard and lgf
Robert Block / Wall Street Journal:
Requests for Corporate Data Multiply  —  Businesses Juggle Law-Enforcement Demands  —  For Information About Customers, Suppliers  —  WASHINGTON — Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement efforts to secure corporate information about clients and suppliers have reached …
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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Ana Marie Cox / Time:
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Discussion: The Sideshow
Michelle Malkin:
DO YOU THINK THIS IS FUNNY?  —  Pat yourselves on the backs …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bush supports and opposes Senate votes on national language
Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
No Masterpiece Here  —  The movie Sony Pictures has been …
John / AMERICAblog:
GOP Senator Pat Roberts is a big girl
 Earlier Items: 
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Lawsuit Against CIA Is Dismissed
Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
Iraq is disintegrating as ethnic cleansing takes hold
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Tim Tagaris / Ned Lamont for Senate:
Tents, Tables and an Air of Arrogance
Discussion: MyDD and LamontBlog
The Simpsons as philosophy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Leftovers from the Ralph and Rudy luncheon
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Milberg Weiss Is Charged With Bribery and Fraud