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4:35 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.
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New York Times:
Misjudgments Marred U.S. Plans for Iraqi Police  —  As chaos swept Iraq after the American invasion in 2003, the Pentagon began its effort to rebuild the Iraqi police with a mere dozen advisers.  Overmatched from the start, one was sent to train a 4,000-officer unit to guard power plants and other utilities.
Discussion: Eschaton
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Iraqis Join The Club  —  Iraq officially launched its first popularly elected government this morning after its National Assembly swore in the ministers of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Cabinet.  Two key security posts remain unfilled while negotiations continue, but the governance of Iraq …
CNN:
Iraq's new unity government sworn in
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and Ninth State
Gateway Pundit:   Break Out the Hookah's! Iraqi Cabinet Announced and Approved
Mike Pechar / The Jawa Report v3.0 Beta:   New Government in Iraq  —  (Baghdad) After three years …
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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
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 …
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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 …
Jerusalem Post:   Iran denies religious dress code law
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.
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Oh, The Irony  —  Actually, I think the joke beneath the joke …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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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Associated Press:
McCain Gets Cantankerous Reception at Commencement
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
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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 …
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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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.
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 …
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
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?
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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