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1:20 AM ET, May 21, 2006

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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.
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CNN:
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.
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.
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: The Reaction and Eschaton
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 …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
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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Wonkette:
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 …
New York Post:
FOURTH REICH  —  IRAN LAW LABELS JEWS  —  May 20, 2006 — Concerned U.S. officials and Jewish groups yesterday demanded answers from Iran after a shocking report that Tehran's radical leaders passed a Nazi-style law requiring Jews and Christians to wear identifying badges.
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Amir Taheri / National Post:
A colour code for Iran's 'infidels'
Jerusalem Post:
Iran denies religious dress code law
Discussion: A Blog For All
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 …
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Andrew Winthrop Cunningham III / Cardinal Martini:
Blaine to Village Voice: CardMart is "un-American"!
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.
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.
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New York Times:
Democratic Rival Forces Lieberman Into a Primary
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Juan Forero / New York Times:
Seeking United Latin America, Venezuela's Chávez Is a Divider  —  BOGOTÁ, Colombia, May 19 — As Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez, insinuates himself deeper in the politics of his region, something of a backlash is building among his neighbors.
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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 …
David Montero / Rocky Mountain News:
For soldiers, gratitude and praise from an Iraqi mayor  —  COLORADO SPRINGS - An Iraqi mayor stood before troops lined up on the lawn at Fort Carson on Friday morning and said only two words in English.  —  But those two words brought the crowd to its feet.  —  "Thank you."
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
No Masterpiece Here  —  The movie Sony Pictures has been …
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.
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 …
 
 
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