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11:45 AM ET, May 28, 2006

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Robert F. Turner / Opinion Journal:
Congress Isn't Above the Law  —  And bribery isn't "speech or debate."  —  How strong is the case against Louisiana's Rep. William Jefferson?  —  According to numerous press accounts, after videotaping Mr. Jefferson receiving a $100,000 bribe from an FBI informant, the government executed …
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Washington Post:
Raid Was Tipping Point For an Angry Congress  —  Whether out of party loyalty or wartime solidarity, the Republican Congress largely deferred to the Republican president for five years as he expanded executive power.  —  When President Bush set up his own new military justice system for detainees …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:   Threats led Bush to intervene in FBI fight
BBC:
At least 1,000 UK soldiers desert  —  More than 1,000 members of the British military have deserted the armed forces since the start of the 2003 Iraq war, the BBC has discovered.  —  It comes as Parliament debates a law that will forbid military personnel refusing to participate in the occupation of a foreign country.
Discussion: Harry's Place and Biased BBC
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Marc / USS Neverdock:
UK - BBC fabricates Army desertion story  —  Folks here is a classic example of the BBC fabricating a "news" story.  —  The BBC headline blares "More than 1,000 desert UK forces"  —  If you read or listen to the BBC you already know the reason.  But just in case you missed it, the BBC tell you why they think soldiers are deserting.
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush Likens Fighting Radicals to Cold War  —  Graduating Cadets Are Told the Struggle Will 'End on Your Watch'  —  WEST POINT, N.Y., May 27 — President Bush, likening the war against Islamic radicals to the Cold War threat of communism, told U.S. Military Academy graduates on Saturday …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
At West Point, Bush Draws Parallels With Truman  —  WEST POINT, N.Y., May 27 — President Bush implicitly compared himself to Harry S. Truman in a commencement address at the United States Military Academy on Saturday, saying Truman acted boldly against the "fanatic faith" …
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Can Bloggers Get Real?  —  Las Vegas, as the ad campaign likes to remind us, is a place people go to untether themselves from reality — to become, if only for a weekend, anonymous and uncensored.  It's odd, then, that Vegas is about to play host to a gathering of ordinary Americans whose objective is precisely the reverse.
Jerusalem Post:
Ahmadinejad threatens Europe  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Europe that it should support his country's nuclear program or "suffer the consequences."  —  In an interview to be published in the German Der Spiegel on Sunday, Ahmadinejad also expressed his doubt regarding the Holocaust …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Back in the Limelight, Gore Insists He's Over Politics  —  WASHINGTON, May 27 — "I wanted it, and it was not to be," said Al Gore, the former vice president and two-time presidential candidate.  "I am not pursuing it.  I have been there, and I have done that."
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Craig Crawford / CQPolitics.com:
Homing In on Hillary  —  The new swoon for Al Gore among …
Discussion: The Decembrist
Caroline Daniel / Financial Times:
Democrats wary about signing up as Clinton campaign gathers pace
Discussion: David Sirota
Caroline Daniel / MSNBC:
Murdoch to host fundraiser for Hillary Clinton campaign
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Washington Post:
Immigration Deal at Risk as House GOP Looks to Voters  —  Republican House members facing the toughest races this fall are overwhelmingly opposed to any deal that provides illegal immigrants a path to citizenship — an election-year dynamic that significantly dims the prospects that President Bush …
Discussion: PoliBlog and Power Line
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
A Union Tested by War  —  Military Couples Recast Future in Face of the Unthinkable  —  A few weeks after an explosion tore off his legs and part of his right arm, Army Sgt. Joseph Bozik felt the time had come to tell his girlfriend she no longer was bound by their plans for marriage.
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Cheney aide is screening legislation  —  Adviser seeks to protect Bush power  —  WASHINGTON — The office of Vice President Dick Cheney routinely reviews pieces of legislation before they reach the president's desk, searching for provisions that Cheney believes would infringe on presidential power …
Discussion: The Heretik
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Hamas militia returns to streets of Gaza  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Hamas-led government's private militia returned to the streets of Gaza Saturday after a one-day absence, complicating efforts to end an increasingly bloody standoff with President Mahmoud Abbas' rival Fatah movement.
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Iran Chief Eclipses Power of Clerics  —  TEHRAN, May 27 — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is trying to consolidate power in the office of the presidency in a way never before seen in the 27-year history of the Islamic Republic, apparently with the tacit approval of Iran's supreme leader …
Discussion: BrothersJudd Blog and Decision '08
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Residents Flee Violence in East Timor Capital  —  DILI, East Timor, May 27 — Thousands of people in East Timor's capital fled Saturday to churches, schools and other sanctuaries after surging violence between factions inside the security forces this week ignited a wider feud between residents …
Agence France Presse:
'Gunfire' false alarm sparks panic in the US Capitol  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - Tactical teams wearing flak jackets and police sniffer dogs swarmed through several US Congress buildings after an erroneous report of gunfire forced a lockdown of the sprawling Capitol office complex.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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New York Times:
Capital Offices Cleared After Report of Gunfire
Discussion: News Hounds
Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
NYT's Is Full Of Kerry  —  The New York Times is past being the paper of record and is now again recorder for John Kerry's crap.  In another of the New York Times' pattern of weekend raids, this one ironically if not purposely on Memorial Day weekend when honorable service and sacrifice is remembered …
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Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
The Tempest  —  As evidence mounts that humans are causing …
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Esmay speaks  —  Garbo talks!  Dean Esmay has finally responded to my post here.
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MSNBC:
Hunt for survivors after deadly Indonesia quake
Discussion: BBC
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Desmond Dekker, 64, Pioneer of Jamaican Music, Dies
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Althouse
Tom Lasseter / Knight Ridder:
Iranian-backed militia groups take control of much of southern Iraq
Guardian:
The tale of a serpent  —  Three months ahead of release …
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The Anchoress:
A few staggered breaths and he is gone...
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Hossam el-Hamalawy / The Arabist:
A Letter from Sharqawi  —  Mohamed el-Sharqawi has sent …
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number10.gov.uk:
PM's foreign policy speech - third in a series of three
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interfax-religion.com:
Moscow police detain gay parade organizers (updated)
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Gonzales pressures ISPs on data retention
Discussion: driftglass and Media Needle
Alberto J. Mora / Washington Post:
An Affront To American Values
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
With a Few Humble Words, Bush Silences His Texas Swagger
Discussion: PSoTD and Media Needle
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Analysis: Marine scandal could roil Iraq
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US