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12:50 PM ET, May 14, 2007


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What I learnt from my stay with a Muslim family  —  Last week, Tory leader David Cameron spent two days in Birmingham with the Rehmans  —  The challenges of cohesion and integration are among the greatest we face.  I wrote in these pages in January that we cannot bully people into feeling British: we have to inspire them.
Discussion: Daimnation!
Melanie Phillips / Melanie Phillips's Diary:
The soft brainlessness of denying 'Islamist terror'  —  The Tory leader David Cameron says in today's Observer, after his stunt spending two days with a Muslim family in Birmingham, that the term 'Islamic' or 'Islamist' terrorism is a form of 'racism or soft bigotry' and that those who employ such terms
Associated Press:
Teachers fake gunman attack on sixth graders … MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (AP) — Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables.
Discussion: Truthdig
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Al Qaeda Claim: We Have Captured US Troops  —  UPDATE: And We Will Coordinate With The Democratic Party For Maximum Political Impact  —  Above the Fold Update: Al Qaeda knows who its allies are. … Notice Al Qaeda is not pressuring us to stay, which is odd, because I keep being told …
Discussion: Power Line and Los Angeles Times
Michelle Malkin:
"Coalition forces are using every means at our disposal...  Make no mistake: We will never stop looking for our soldiers..."  —  By Michelle Malkin  · May 13, 2007 09:33 pm  —  ***Scroll for updates...milblog readers mull over questions about the patrol...President Bush is …
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Toll Mounts in Pakistan On Second Day of Clashes  —  Clashes between government supporters and opposition activists flared for a second day Sunday in the country's largest city, bringing the weekend death toll to about 40.  —  The clashes in the southern city of Karachi were prompted …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Faisal Aziz / Reuters:
Pakistani troops told to shoot rioters
Discussion: The Agonist
PLS /   Someone's Got Pervez Musharraf Worried (and It Isn't the Taliban)
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
High Stakes In Pakistan
Discussion: Shakesville
Anthony DePalma / New York Times:
Ground Zero Illnesses Clouding Giuliani's Legacy  —  Anyone who watched Rudolph W. Giuliani preside over ground zero in the days after 9/11 glimpsed elements of his strength: decisiveness, determination, self-confidence.  —  Those qualities were also on display over the months he directed …
Steve Bainbridge / ®:
Haven't We had Enough Good ol' Boys For a While?  —  Dean Barnett conjures up a terrifying picture (albeit not one that scares him): … That's not pop culture.  That's rural Southern culture.  Nascar.  The opiate of the good ol' boy masses.  Gary Cooper.  A great movie, but hardly au courant.
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
Battlefield Earth and Other Faves
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Transcript: Rudy Giuliani on 'FNS'  —  WASHINGTON — The following is a partial transcript of the May 13, 2007, edition of "FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace":  —  "FOX NEWS SUNDAY" HOST CHRIS WALLACE: Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has been in the center …
Discussion: Lonewacko
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
Conserva-bible  —  I can't resist following Conservapedia, the Tlön version of Wikipedia, in which the liberal, anti-American bias of the Earth version is replaced with virtue and apple pie.  But where did this bias come from, and how is it so deeply rooted in our culture?
Discussion: Shrillblog
CBS News:
Hagel-Bloomberg In '08?  You Never Know  —  Senator Says Today's GOP Is Not The Party He Joined; Considers An Independent Ticket In '08  —  (CBS) The Republican Party has been "hijacked" and led away from its core values, Chuck Hagel, the Republican Senator from Nebraska, said Sunday on Face The Nation.
Discussion: The Caucus and The Atlantic Online
Washington Post:
U.S., Iran Plan Talks on Pacifying Iraq  —  White House Says Meeting Will Focus on 'Productive Role' for Neighbor  —  The White House confirmed yesterday that the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad is likely to meet in the next several weeks with Iranian officials about stabilizing Iraq …
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
Peter Beaumont / Observer:
'More troops' call as Iraq murders soar  —  234 bodies dumped in Baghdad in only 11 days  —  The US military surge in Iraq, designed to turn around the course of the war, appears to be failing as senior US officers admit they need yet more troops and new figures show a sharp increase in the victims of death squads in Baghdad.
Obama Seeks War-Funding Compromise  —  The Democratic Candidate Could Support Bill with Benchmarks but No Timetable for Withdrawal  —  Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., could support a war-funding bill that includes benchmarks but lacks a timetable for withdrawal, the 2008 Democratic presidential …
Vanessa Blum / Sun-Sentinel:
Judge in Padilla case comes under pressure  —  When Jose Padilla first entered her courtroom in 2006, Miami federal judge Marcia Cooke ordered security guards to uncuff the al-Qaida suspect.  —  "No handcuffs in court, please," she said.  —  It was a small gesture, but one that signaled …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:   Padilla case has changed a lot in 5 years
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Matt / Think Progress:
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Washington Post:
Voter-Fraud Complaints by GOP Drove Dismissals
Bush Is No Reagan  —  I recently discovered that Strategic Vision …
Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
Shaping the future
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Jurassicpork / Pottersville:
FRANK RICH: Earth to G.O.P.: The Gipper Is Dead
Hindrocket / Power Line:
More Pageantry  —  It's that time of year again: the Miss …
Discussion: protein wisdom
 Earlier Items: 
Sonja Barisic / Associated Press:
Bush playfully conducts orchestra in Va.
L. Paul Bremer / Washington Post:
What We Got Right in Iraq
Jana Winter / New York Post:
Ezra Klein / Los Angeles Times:
Give bigger government a chance
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Hullabaloo
Warren P. Strobel / Real Cities:
IRAQ WAR: U.S. options in Iraq could soon narrow, ranging …
Discussion: The Blue State