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4:48 PM ET, May 20, 2007


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Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Iraq's Sadr Overhauls His Tactics  —  NAJAF, Iraq — The movement of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has embarked on one of its most dramatic tactical shifts since the beginning of the war.  —  The 33-year-old populist is reaching out to a broad array of Sunni leaders, from politicians to insurgents …
Frederick W. Kagan / Weekly Standard:
Don't Abandon the Iraqis  —  The high stakes of the war.
Times of London:
For the US in Iraq, time is running out on 'two clocks'
Discussion: Hot Air and Telegraph
Richard Schickel / Los Angeles Times:
Not everybody's a critic  —  Sure, anyone with a blog can express an opinion about a book, but true criticism is more than just an opinion.  —  THE MOST grating words I've read in a newspaper recently were in a New York Times report on the shrinkage of book reviewing in many of the nation's leading newspapers.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   YOU HATE US, YOU REALLY HATE US!....Time's resident film reviewer …
Irwin Stelzer / Times of London:
Afghan soldiers mass on border, ready and willing to take on old foe  —  Anthony Loyd in Ghumruk, eastern Afghanistan  —  In the late-morning lull that followed the thump of shellfire and chatter of machineguns, the preparations for a small war seemed to be unfolding in the orchards …
Salena Zito /
Fred's watershed?  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  On the day of the first Southern-state Republican debate on the Fox News Channel, one undeclared GOP candidate performed a media leapfrog.  —  With the help of one 38-second video clip and a great sense of humor, Fred Thompson …
Discussion: Dean's World and Don Surber
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Western Allies In the Twilight  —  The two wounded warriors stood side by side in the sunshine of the White House Rose Garden.  Tony Blair and George Bush, partners in a transatlantic alliance that has come a cropper in Iraq, tried to shield each other from the slings and arrows of two nations' reporters.
Discussion: Daily Kos and WTF Is It Now??
Media Czech / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Selling Out  —  Well, as I watch Elvis Costello hawk Lexuses (Lexi?) on TV, I wave goodbye to one of the last holdouts from the pre-80's era.  Its now assumed that if you were a rock star with any integrity from this era, you now have no problem using your song about "social revolution" to sell jeans, trucks and Carnival cruises.
Discussion: Unfogged
Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
Selling out is so 20th century
Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
The Once and Future Pee-wee  —  IN the 1985 movie "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," the title character turns to a friend and murmurs darkly, "There are a lot of things about me, things you wouldn't understand, things you couldn't understand, things you shouldn't understand."
Discussion: Liberty Street
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Re: Why doesn't this surprise me?  —  Mark, I always thought the requirement in last year's bill was pretty sweet: You had to pay two out of three years' back taxes.  Most legal Americans would love that deal: Pay any two years of tax and we'll give you the third for free!
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Gingrich Assails 'Radical Secularism'  —  In Speech, Ex-Speaker Praises Falwell, Offers No Hints About His Political Plans  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich decried a "growing culture of radical secularism" Saturday morning as he hailed the life of Liberty University's late founder …
Des Moines Register:
Mitt Romney leads Republicans  —  Mitt Romney has sprinted ahead of presidential competitors John McCain and Rudy Giuliani in a new Iowa Poll of likely Republican caucus participants.  —  The Des Moines Register poll shows Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is the top choice of 30 percent …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Associated Press:
Carter: Bush 'worst' in world relations  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Former President Carter says President Bush's administration is "the worst in history" in international relations, taking aim at the White House's policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy.
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Border agents hit illegals bill  —  The leadership of all 11,000 nonsupervisory U.S. Border Patrol agents yesterday criticized an immigration compromise by senators and the Bush administration as "piecemeal" legislation that invites future terrorist attacks and fails to secure the nation's borders.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
GETTING OUT....Greg Miller of the LA Times reports today that the CIA deployed about 50 additional agents in Pakistan last year as part of a plan to replace the agents who were yanked out of Afghanistan in 2002 to help prepare for the war with Iraq.  The goal was to reinvigorate the search …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FDL Book Salon Welcomes Laura Flanders  —  (Please welcome author and Air America radio host Laura Flanders who is here to discuss her new book, Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics From the Politicans — JH)  —  Laura Flanders gets it.  And by that I don't mean in a "yeah …
Discussion: Orcinus
Molly Moore / Washington Post:
New Leadership Trio Could Put Europe Back on Political Map  —  Merkel, Sarkozy and Brown Seen Reenergizing Region  —  PARIS — Europe is undergoing its most dramatic changing of the guard in more than a decade.  New leaders in the European Union's three preeminent countries — Britain …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Matthew D. LaPlante / Salt Lake Tribune:
Dr. Laura son linked to lurid Web page
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and CorrenteWire
US surge is failing, says UK's Iraq envoy
Discussion: EU Referendum
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
Beyond Saber Rattling
Bay Fang / Chicago Tribune:
Now it's the Vulcans who are under attack
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Larry Flynt / Los Angeles Times:
My friend, Jerry Falwell
Channel NewsAsia:
Growing number of Hispanic Americans converting to Islam in the US
Adam Longo / WATE-TV:
Porn actress blogs about sex with on-duty THP trooper
Yahoo! News:
7 U.S. soldiers die in Iraq attacks … - Roadside bomb kills 6 U.S. soldiers in Baghdad
Discussion: The Reaction and All Spin Zone
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Pope denounces attacks on Israeli border towns
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Decline and fall of the neocons
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
TMLutas / w w w . s n a p p …:
Russia's Caspian Interest
Liz Garrigan / Washington Post:
He Sure Can Act the Part
The New Republic:
New York Times:
Editorial: The Immigration Deal
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Coal Man  —  There's at least one CEO left who is not buying global warming hysteria.
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Bush removes provision requiring back taxes from illegal immigrants