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8:35 PM ET, May 28, 2006

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Michael Duffy / Time:
The Shame Of Kilo Company  —  Sparked by a TIME report published in March, a U.S. military investigation is probing the killing of as many as 24 Iraqi civilians by a group of Marines in the town of Haditha last November.  Several Marines may face criminal charges, including murder.
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Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Senate Panel to Examine Deadly Military Raid in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON, May 28 — A senior Republican senator said today that he would hold hearings on the disputed role of a small number of American marines in the deaths of up to 24 Iraqi civilians in November, an incident that a Democratic war critic called …
Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
Murtha: New scandal worse than Abu Ghraib
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Raymond Whitaker / Independent:   The massacre and the Marines  —  US troops could face death penalty …
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, Wizbang and TBogg
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Christy Hardin Smith / firedoglake.com:
A Constitutional Crisis of Cheney's Making?
Discussion: The Left Coaster and The Agonist
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
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Bush Compares Himself To Harry Truman
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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Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Gingrich revolutionaries turn into arrogant elite  —  Of all the many marvelous Ronald Reagan lines, this is my favorite: ''We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around.''  —  He said it in his inaugural address in 1981, and, despite a Democrat-controlled Congress, he lived it.
Gateway Pundit:
Iran: U.S. Will Fail to Provoke Ethnic Strife... Oh, Really?!!  —  By the look of the mass protests and ethnic violence throughout the country, it doesn't look like the US will have to!  —  J.T.W. Network has several pictures from the massive and violent protests against the regime from northwest Iran this past week.
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Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Iran Chief Eclipses Power of Clerics
Discussion: Hot Air and BrothersJudd Blog
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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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.
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.
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.
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Analysis: Bush lands in same hole as dad  —  WASHINGTON - Through his presidency, George W. Bush has worked hard to avoid repeating the mistakes of his father.  He has done almost everything differently, yet now finds himself in the same hole despite trumping his dad by winning a second term.
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
THE HAWKS REGROUP....Jacob Heilbrunn surveys the scene in liberal hawk circles these days: … Indeed they do.  But here's the funny thing about that.  I read The Good Fight a couple of weeks ago, and Beinart is pretty clear that he now believes he was wrong about a whole host of things back in 2003.
Discussion: Making Light and Eschaton
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.
 
 
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