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11:40 PM ET, May 28, 2006

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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 …
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Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
Murtha: New scandal worse than Abu Ghraib  —  WASHINGTON - The fallout from the killing of as many as two dozen Iraqi civilians by Marines could undermine U.S. efforts in Iraq more than the Abu Ghraib prison scandal did, a lawmaker who is a prominent war critic said Sunday.
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.
Discussion: US Politics
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 …
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Christy Hardin Smith / firedoglake.com:
A Constitutional Crisis of Cheney's Making?  —  The Boston Globe's Charlie Savage has a follow-up article on Presidential signing statements — building on his previous piece of fantastic reporting on the issue — and this one concentrates on the role of Dick Cheney and David Addington …
Discussion: The Left Coaster and The Agonist
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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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.
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
Blair Bowed to U.S. Pressure in Speech, Paper Says  —  British Leader Said to Make 'Significant' Changes on Iran, Global Warming in Address at Georgetown  —  LONDON, May 29 — Prime Minister Tony Blair caved in to White House pressure by sharpening language on Iran and softening …
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Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Blair Calls for Unity, Support for Iraq
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.
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
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Bush Compares Himself To Harry Truman
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.
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.
Randy Paul / Beautiful Horizons:
Colombia Election Today  —  Colombia is holding its presidential election today and all indications are that President Uribe will be reëlected.  I'm certainly not enthusiastic about this.  I think that Uribe, while having accomplished some good, is also deeply enamored of a policy …
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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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, Eschaton and Pandagon
Allan Lengel / Washington Post:
Jefferson Probe Includes Other Suspected Schemes  —  FBI Is Said to Be Looking for a Pattern  —  The FBI is focusing on at least eight different suspected bribery schemes as part of its corruption probe of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), according to a federal affidavit and sources familiar with the investigation.
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
With Illegal Immigrants Fighting Wildfires, West Faces a Dilemma  —  SALEM, Ore. — The debate over immigration, which has filtered into almost every corner of American life in recent months, is now sweeping through the woods, and the implications could be immense for the coming fire season in the West.
Discussion: Steve Sailer
 
 
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