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10:10 PM ET, May 20, 2006


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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.
Iraq's new unity government sworn in  —  Ambassador: Move could lead to U.S. troop downsizing  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's first permanent government since the fall of Saddam Hussein was approved by parliament and sworn in on Saturday, despite the failure to fill three ministry posts because of political disputes.
Dania Saadi / Bloomberg:
Iraq's Maliki Forms Cabinet, With Two Posts to Fill (Update1)  —  May 20 (Bloomberg) — Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Nuri al-Maliki announced his cabinet today after more than five months of negotiations during which he and his coalition partners failed to agree on an interior or defense minister.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Iraqis Join The Club
Mike Pechar / The Jawa Report v3.0 Beta:   New Government in Iraq  —  (Baghdad) After three years …
Gateway Pundit:
Break Out the Hookah's! Iraqi Cabinet Announced and Approved
Discussion: protein wisdom
Michelle Malkin:
DO YOU THINK THIS IS FUNNY?  —  Pat yourselves on the backs, you tolerant liberal bastards.  —  This is hardly  —  the first  —  time  —  liberals  —  have  —  made Asian whore ping-pong ball jokes about me.  —  But Wonkette has now mainstreamed it.  And I'm sick of it.
We Are Selling Our TV and Only Watching This From Now On  —  wonkette: OMG I AM WATCHING MICHELLE MALKIN'S INTERNET VIDEOS FOR THE FIRST TIME  —  operative: she has internet videos?  —  operative: does she do the thing with the ping-pong balls?  wonkette: SHE HAS A WHOLE F**KING INTERNET VIDEO NETWORK THIS S**T IS BANANAS
Dan / Riehl World View:   Oh, The Irony  —  Actually, I think the joke beneath the joke …
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.
Jerusalem Post:
Iran denies religious dress code law
Discussion: A Blog For All
Jean Rohe / The Huffington Post:
Why I Spoke Up  —  When I was selected as a student speaker for the New School commencement about two months ago I had no idea that I'd end up on CNN and in Maureen Dowd's column in the New York Times, among other places, when it was all over.  One day after the big event I'm still reeling …
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.
New York Times:
Democratic Rival Forces Lieberman Into a Primary
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
How to Lose the House  —  PRESIDENT BUSH AND REPUBLICANS are staring political disaster in the face on immigration.  The problem isn't that they might enact a bill allowing illegal immigrants living in America to earn their way to citizenship, inviting foreign workers to come here …
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:   Beltway Pundits: Outlook Improving for House Dems
Nikki Finke / Deadline Hollywood Daily:
UPDATED: Da Vinci Code Posts 12th Best Opening Day in Hollywood; Just Under $30 Million For Friday's Domestic Box Office; Rivals Predict $80 Mil Opening Weekend  —  5th Update: *Box Office Mojo is calling Da Vinci Code's Friday opening the 12th best single day gross on its all-time box office list.
Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
No Masterpiece Here  —  The movie Sony Pictures has been …
Jerome R. Corsi / Human Events:
North American Union to Replace USA?  —  President Bush is pursuing a globalist agenda to create a North American Union, effectively erasing our borders with both Mexico and Canada.  This was the hidden agenda behind the Bush administration's true open borders policy.
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 …
Washington Post:
Religious Liberals Gain New Visibility  —  The religious left is back.  —  Long overshadowed by the Christian right, religious liberals across a wide swath of denominations are engaged today in their most intensive bout of political organizing and alliance-building since the civil rights …
Rachel Kramer Bussel / Village Voice:
USC's Topless Professor … Like countless women with digital cameras and a bit of moxie, Dr. Diana York Blaine has three topless photos of herself on photo site Flickr, along with 147 other, more pedestrian, shots.  The first, taken at Burning Man, shows the 44-year-old jumping in the air topless …
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 …
Tim Golden / New York Times:
U.S. Should Close Prison in Cuba, U.N. Panel Says  —  UNITED NATIONS, May 19 — An important United Nations panel roundly criticized the United States on Friday for its treatment of terrorism suspects, and called for shutting down the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
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