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4:00 PM ET, May 28, 2006

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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" …
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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
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Bush Compares Himself To Harry Truman
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.
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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: Biased BBC and Harry's Place
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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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 …
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Nir Rosen / Washington Post:
Iraq Is the Republic of Fear  —  Every morning the streets of Baghdad are littered with dozens of bodies, bruised, torn, mutilated, executed only because they are Sunni or because they are Shiite.  Power drills are an especially popular torture device.  —  I have spent nearly two of the three years since Baghdad fell in Iraq.
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.
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.
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 …
Gretchen Ruethling / New York Times:
In Chicago, New Pay Law Is Considered for Big Stores  —  CHICAGO, May 27 — Chicago may become the first city in the nation to require "big box" retailers like Wal-Mart or Home Depot to pay employees a "living wage" of at least $10 an hour plus $3 an hour in benefits.
petetownshend.co.uk:
Won't Get Judged Again  —  Won't Get Fooled Again has been listed in the UK Independent Newspaper as the number one song with - as I understand it - the political message most often misunderstood - in this case the message is said to be 'conservative', a word that may mean different things in the UK and USA.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Springtime for Killing in Afghanistan  —  DECEPTIVE The beauty of the Afghan opium poppies belies the conflict they feed.  Col. Paul Calbos survived a suicide attack days after this visit, part of a drive to curb the trade.  —  WASHINGTON  —  TO most Americans, Afghanistan has been a war …
Discussion: Rantingprofs and Amygdala
Severin Carrell / Independent:
The children of Guantanamo Bay  —  The 'IoS' reveals today that more than 60 of the detainees of the US camp were under 18 at the time of their capture, some as young as 14  —  The notorious US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay has been hit by fresh allegations of human rights abuses …
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Tom Lasseter / Knight Ridder:
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Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
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