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7:30 PM ET, May 20, 2006


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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  —  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 …
Gateway Pundit:
Break Out the Hookah's! Iraqi Cabinet Announced and Approved
Discussion: protein wisdom
Mike Pechar / The Jawa Report v3.0 Beta:   New Government in Iraq  —  (Baghdad) After three years …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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
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
Nikki Finke / Deadline Hollywood Daily:
UPDATED: Da Vinci Code Just Under $30 Million For Friday's Domestic Box Office; Rivals Predict $80 Mil Opening Weekend  —  4th Update: *I've learned Da Vinci Code "earned just under $30 million" for Friday U.S. box office.  That number smashes Sony estimates for the pic's domestic gross.
Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
No Masterpiece Here  —  The movie Sony Pictures has been …
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 …
Maha / The Mahablog:
New York, New York  —  Righties must think there are two New York Cities.  The New York City attacked on September 11, city of the flaming towers and flag-raising firemen, glorified in ten thousand cheesy graphics with giant weeping bald eagles looming in the foreground, is one.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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