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9:00 PM ET, May 19, 2007


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Tristero / Hullabaloo:
Sexual Perversion And Modern Conservatism: Joined At The Hip?  —  Via Atrios, I learned about the arrest of S.D. Republican Ted Klaudt on rape charges.  The charges are revolting: He duped foster children in his care into letting him perform "exams" on them to see if they qualified as egg donors.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Pandagon
Former SD Legislator Arrested On Sex Charges  —  A former South Dakota lawmaker is accused of molesting his own foster children and legislative pages.  —  Ted Klaudt, 49, a Republican rancher from Walker, faces a long list of charges: eight counts of rape, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor …
Discussion: Pharyngula, HorsesAss.Org and Eschaton
Michelle Malkin:
Trutheriness and Ron Paul  —  First, some corrections: Last week, on John Gibson's Fox News Channel show, "The Big Story," I was asked to comment on 9/11 conspiracy theorists and Ron Paul.  Here's the video.  In the segment, I referred to "Students and Scholars for Truth."
Discussion: Don Surber and bustardblog
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Gonzales rapped as president's 'yes man'  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says his long friendship with President Bush makes it easier to say "no" to him on sticky legal issues.  —  Gonzales' critics say the attorney is far more likely to say "yes," and they say that leaves …
Discussion: Macsmind and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Poisoned Toothpaste in Panama Is Believed to Be From China  —  Diethylene glycol, a poisonous ingredient in some antifreeze, has been found in 6,000 tubes of toothpaste in Panama, and customs officials there said yesterday that the product appeared to have originated in China.
New York Times:
Death Toll for Contractors Reaches New High in Iraq  —  Casualties among private contractors in Iraq have soared to record levels this year, setting a pace that seems certain to turn 2007 into the bloodiest year yet for the civilians who work alongside the American military in the war zone, according to new government numbers.
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
The Saturday Profile: Sarkozy's Top Diplomat: Undiplomatic Opposite  —  BERNARD KOUCHNER, France's new top diplomat, would never describe himself as diplomatic.  —  Named as foreign minister, Mr. Kouchner is in many ways the political opposite of his new boss, President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Mujahadeen-e-Khalq on agenda of Iran-U.S. talks May 28  —  A radical Iranian opposition group will be one of the key discussion issues during talks between Iranian and U.S. officials in Iraq on May 28, an Iraqi newspaper reported Saturday.  —  Al-Sabah newspaper, a publication financed …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Uhm, No  —  Can't someone tell the monsignor that these endless paeans to his alleged salt-of-the-earth fabulousness are just a tad unseemly? … More questions than answers is right.  —  Is it really necessary that we hear over and over again about his Dad joining up after Pearl Harbor …
Discussion: and Pacific Views
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
RAISING MCCAIN  —  CUSSES GOP COMRADE IN SENATE TIRADE  —  Presidential hopeful John McCain - who has been dogged for years by questions about his volcanic temper - erupted in an angry, profanity-laced tirade at a fellow Republican senator, sources told The Post yesterday.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Russ Smith / Wall Street Journal:
It Was 40 Years Ago Today  —  With 'Sgt. Pepper,' the Beatles indulged their whims — and changed rock forever  —  It's possible for two reasonable adults, probably older than 45, to argue for hours about the most significant pop music event of the 1960s.  My own vote would be cast in favor …
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  And here's Mark Fiore with another great animation called The Pentagon Film Fest in which he tells us about such stellar Pentagon fiction as "Saving Private Lynch" and "Officer and a Tillman."  —  Click on the screenshot above or go here to see it.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Circular Conservative Firing Squad Update  —  The hysteria on the far right (is there any other sort any more?) about the immigration bill is remarkable to me.  It's not that there aren't obviously good arguments against amnesty; it's the fever-pitch mania that drives these people.
Claudia Rosett / Weekly Standard:
Crying Wolfowitz  —  . . . while the United Nations bankrolls dictators.  —  For two of Paul Wolfowitz's most prominent critics, Mark Malloch Brown and Ad Melkert, the war over the World Bank presidency could not have come at a better time.  Whatever else the ousting of Wolfowitz has achieved …
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
U.S. Embassy in Iraq to be biggest ever  —  WASHINGTON - The new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will be the world's largest and most expensive foreign mission, though it may not be large enough or secure enough to cope with the chaos in Iraq.  —  The Bush administration designed the 104-acre compound …
Associated Press:
Justice Thomas asks no questions during entire court term  —  WASHINGTON (AP) _ Justice Clarence Thomas sat through 68 hours of oral arguments in the Supreme Court's current term without uttering a word.  —  That's saying something _ or not _ even for the taciturn justice.
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Finally: The ACVR's 'Voter Fraud' Scam Outed in All Their Ignominious Shame in New Slate Article!  —  Rick Hasen's: 'The Fraudulent Fraud Squad - The Incredible, Disappearing American Center for Voting Rights'  —  I may have more thoughts on this article a bit later, but for now, allow me to just recommend it.
Discussion: Slate
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Michael Duffy / Time:
Donald Rumsfeld's Next Move
U.S. House Democrat defends trade deal with Bush
Daniel Howden / The Independent:
No, Blair! America's parting gift to Britain's PM
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog
Roger Friedman / Fox News:
'Sicko' Shows Michael Moore's Maturity as a Filmmaker
Discussion: Liberal Values
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
In S.C., Romney slams immigration plan
Discussion: Hot Air
Andrew Swallow /
Global warming debunked
Discussion: Don Surber
Washington Post:
Debate Rises On World Bank Succession
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
House GOP Uses Procedural Tactic To Frustrate Democratic Majority
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
Iglesias recounts a lunch with politics on the menu
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
American Icarus: Gonzales Loses More Feathers
Discussion: Kiko's House
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Israeli planes pound Hamas targets
Discussion: QandO and Captain's Quarters
Danny / Tech Daily Dose:
Holding A Finger To The Blogosphere Wind
Turcopolier / Sic Semper Tyrannis 2007:
Abu Sinan on Learning Arabic
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad / Guardian:
'Welcome to Tehran' - how Iran took control of Basra
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
House Dem Staffer: Liberals Are Worried That Leadership Will Cave On Iraq