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2:10 PM ET, May 28, 2006

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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.
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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: 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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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 …
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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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
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
Marc Humbert / Associated Press:
Clinton to Show Emotional Campaign Video  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is getting her bid for a second term under way with a sometimes emotional 18-minute video that features praise from her husband and even some New Yorkers who opposed her candidacy six years ago.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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.
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
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
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Blair Calls for Unity, Support for Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday that Iraq's fledgling democracy deserves support, even from critics who question whether sacrifices in the three-year-old war are worthwhile.  —  "The war, I know, split the world," Blair said.
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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
 
 
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Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Schools for Scribblers  —  THOSE OF US SADDENED by the declining …
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Severin Carrell / Independent:
The children of Guantanamo Bay
James Adams / Globe and Mail:
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Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
New Bush appointee caught changing and distorting his own quotes
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Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
The Tempest  —  As evidence mounts that humans are causing …
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Robert / Jihad Watch:
Esmay speaks  —  Garbo talks!  Dean Esmay has finally responded to my post here.
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Iran Chief Eclipses Power of Clerics
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Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Desmond Dekker, 64, Pioneer of Jamaican Music, Dies
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Guardian:
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The Anchoress:
A few staggered breaths and he is gone...
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Residents Flee Violence in East Timor Capital
interfax-religion.com:
Moscow police detain gay parade organizers (updated)
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Hamas militia returns to streets of Gaza
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