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5:16 AM ET, May 20, 2006

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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 …
Discussion: Donklephant and Daily Pundit
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Ari Berman / The Nation:
McCain at New School: Honeymoon is Over  —  "I haven't heard anyone aroused about me speaking at the New School," John McCain said in April, defending his decision to address Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.  —  Nobody at all, except for virtually the entire crowd at the New School's …
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 …
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
McCain and the Base Truth
Discussion: TAPPED and FP Passport
Associated Press:
Lieberman Wins Nomination, But Lamont Forces Primary!  —  HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman was nominated for a fourth term by state Democrats tonight, but his anti-war challenger garnered enough delegates to force a primary in August.  —  Backers of Ned Lamont …
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Dispute Over 'USA Today' NSA Scoop Has Top Journos Buzzing  —  NEW YORK The USA Today phone records scoop, which is drawing increased scrutiny as phone companies dispute elements of the report, has also sparked interest among those in the news business, as well as longtime journalism observers.
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Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
BellSouth Wants Story Retractions
Discussion: Wizbang, Don Surber and A Blog For All
Chris Wattie / National Post:
Experts say report of badges for Jews in Iran is untrue  —  Several experts are casting doubt on reports that Iran had passed a law requiring the country's Jews and other religious minorities to wear coloured badges identifying them as non-Muslims.  —  The Iranian embassy in Otttawa also denied …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Is the Iranian yellow-badges story true? (bumped)  —  Israeli politicians are sounding some very dire notes, but as far as I know, no one's independently confirmed this morning's story in the National Post yet.  Neither Stephen Harper nor John Howard had heard anything about it until today.
Bill Roggio / Counterterrorism Blog:
The Inaccurate Taliban Offensive; Taliban military commander Mullah Dadullah reported captured  —  The news reports of a major Taliban offensive in southeastern Afghanistan are inaccurate, as Coalition offensives and Taliban attacks have been lumped together to give the impression of a coordinated Taliban assault in multiple provinces.
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BBC:
Top Taleban commander 'arrested'
Discussion: USS Neverdock
StrategyPage:   Taliban Video Cameras Eat Dust
Will Dunham / Reuters:
US guards battle Guantanamo inmates in wild fight  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten Guantanamo prisoners lured U.S. guards into a cell with a staged suicide attempt, then attacked them with light fixtures, fan blades and other improvised weapons while guards fired rubber balls and used …
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t r u t h o u t:
The Rove Indictment Story as of Right Now  —  By Marc Ash,  —  On Saturday afternoon, May 13, 2006, TruthOut ran a story titled, "Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators."  The story stated in part that top Bush aide Karl Rove had earlier that day been indicted on the charges set forth in the story's title.
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Milberg Weiss Is Charged With Bribery and Fraud  —  The securities class-action law firm of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman was charged today with several criminal counts, including obstructing justice, perjury, bribery and fraud.  —  The 20-count indictment, handed up by a federal grand jury …
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Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Bush opposes English as national language: Gonzales  —  HOUSTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush has long opposed making English the country's national language, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Friday, the day after the Senate voted to do so.  —  The vote came in an amendment …
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Associated Press:
'National' or 'common'? Senate ponders what to call English
White House:
Press Gaggle by Tony Snow  —  MR. SNOW: All right, thank you.  Welcome all.  Since there will be no on-air briefing today, we will publish the gaggle a bit later so you can all consult.  —  Q Great.  No bupkis list, then?  —  MR. SNOW: Well, if there's a bupkis list, we will attach the answers in the form of footnotes.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Exclusive Mini-Interview With Congressman Jack Kingston On Illegal Immigration  —  This afternoon, I did an exclusive mini-interview with Congressman Jack Kingston on illegal immigration.  What you'll see below is an edited, partial transcript of our conversation.  Enjoy!
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Scalia Tells Congress to Mind Its Own Business  —  Justice Antonin Scalia rebuked fellow conservatives on Capitol Hill yesterday, saying they have gone too far in trying to prevent the Supreme Court from using foreign law in its constitutional rulings.  —  Scalia dissented vigorously …
centredaily.com:
Federal appeals judge Edward R. Becker dies at 73  —  PHILADELPHIA - Edward R. Becker, a judge of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals known for his scholarly opinions and humble lifestyle, died Friday, according to the court.  He was 73.  —  The court's statement did not specify a cause …
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
Letter From Iraq  —  A while back I wrote about "seeing the elephant", an old phrase that has been used for many years to describe people who have seen war close up.  In it, I wrote: … My son read those words and sent me this email.  I think it helps explain.  See if you do, too.  —  The Elephant
Vince Leibowitz / Capitol Annex:
Henry Cuellar: The Interview  —  [As my luck would have it, I had too many Firefox tabs open last night and inadvertantly posted the promised interview over in the Press Room, as opposed to here.  Here, now, is the interview, and sorry for the confusion!]  —  It may not match Texas Monthly's …
Agence France Presse:
Castro healthy enough to live till 140 years old: doctor  —  Cuban President Fidel Castro, who turns 80 this year, enjoys vibrant health and will live to 140, his chief doctor said.  —  Doctor Eugenio Selman-Housein, who heads Castro's medical team, denied that the longtime leader has Parkinson's disease …
 
 
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