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5:10 PM ET, May 21, 2007


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Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
McCain Hits Romney Hard  —  Mitt Romney has been trying to make quite a bit of political hay out of the compromise immigration bill — he sees it as one of John McCain's key weaknesses as relates to the Republican base and a great way to differentiate himself as the One True Conservative in the race …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
McCain Conference Call  —  I just completed a conference call with John McCain which meant to cover a wide range of topics — but in the end focused almost entirely on immigration.  Senator McCain clearly understood that the press reports of his sharp exchange with Senator Jon Cornyn had nicked …
Discussion: and Macsmind
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney's camp punches back at McCain  —  Sen. John McCain used a blogger conference call today to unleash his toughest — and most personal — attack yet on former Gov. Mitt Romney.  —  Per a McCain aide, one of the bloggers asked about the immigration issue and Romney's attack on the compromise.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
McCain on Immigration Bill  —  I just got off a blogger conference call with Senator John McCain.  The main topic, as one might imagine, was the immigration bill he and Senator Teddy Kennedy have put together.  —  His position and mine are identical at a high level, although we likely disagree on some of the nuts and bolts.
Discussion: and Fausta's blog
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Another blogger conference call with McCain.  —  Starting momentarily.  I don't have a question planned.  Too busy getting that podcast up and so forth.  I'm not going to ask why he said "f*ck you" to Senator Cornyn, or why he thinks people aren't going to think that he's too much of a hothead …
Francis Elliott / Times of London:
Secret plans to turn staff into police informers  —  Council workers, charity staff and doctors will be required to tip off police about anyone whom they believe could commit a violent crime, under secret Home Office plans.  —  Civil liberties campaigners last night said that the proposal raised …
Plan to identify potential violent offenders condemned  —  Sara Gaines and agencies  —  —  Council staff, charity workers and doctors will be obliged to tip off police about anyone they believe might commit a violent crime, under a Home Office plan revealed in a leaked document today.
Andrew Heining / Christian Science Monitor:
Leaked British plan would turn doctors, social workers into police informants
Pentagon Studies Long-Term Commitment in Iraq  —  · The White House and Pentagon are under increasing pressure from Congress and the public to end U.S. military involvement in Iraq.  But the Pentagon is considering maintaining a core group of forces in Iraq, possibly for decades.
Associated Press:
Early primary gives Florida big say  —  State jumps ahead of most others with primary set for Jan. 29, 2008  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill Monday moving Florida's 2008 presidential primary up to Jan. 29, leapfrogging several other states in a change …
Brian Skoloff / Associated Press:
Florida leapfrogs other state primaries
Discussion: MSNBC, Hot Air and PoliBlog (TM)
Gunbattle rages around Lebanon refugee camp … BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) — Smoke billowed Monday over a Palestinian refugee camp as Lebanese forces battled Islamic militants for a second day near the northern city of Tripoli.  The clashes have left dozens dead and wounded.
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
"White House Calls Carter "irrelevant"  —  Good start.  Now if they could just find a way to get him into a home for the ubiquitously tedious: … Okay.  Let's talk turkey.  —  The only reason certain people continue to take Carter seriously is that he happens to share their contempt …
The Atlantic Online:
The Ultimate Nineties Alt-Rock Playlist  —  By popular demand, you'll find the playlist for the Nineties Alt-Rock Party below.  A few words.  For one thing, this is just the songs in alphabetical order; at the party itself, the Party Shuffle was in effect.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Unfogged
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
In 4th Decade On High Court, Stevens Stays True to Form  —  Justice Known for Dissents Enters Top 10 for Tenure  —  Those who wonder if Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens might be tiring of the same old same old after 31 years on the job won't find any evidence in the court's workload this term.
Discussion: Law Blog and Left in the West
Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Lott, `Scorned' After Katrina, Targets State Farm, Allstate  —  ``Are you kidding me?'' says Senator Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican, when asked why he's so critical of insurance companies.  —  Lott, 65, launches into a critique of the industry, peppering it with words such as ``arrogant …
Discussion: Think Progress and First Draft
The Atlantic Online:
Copyright Forever  —  Mark Helprin's gone and done us all the service of advocating the idea that dare not speak its name: Rather than endlessly retroactively extending copyrights, why not make them last forever?  —  Unfortunately, he doesn't consider any of the various reasons that make this a terrible idea.
The Atlantic Online:
Iraqi Civil War: Now With Better Drive Shafts  —  David Ignatius reaches a truly bizarre conclusion about Iraq: … This is a kind of awesomely topsy-turvey inversion of the dictum that war is politics by other means.  Here, somehow, the political objectives can be screwed up and military objectives …
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 …
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Sawyer's Interview Focuses On Media's Obsessions With Gore …
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The administration's FISA falsehoods continue unabated
Ze'ev Schiff / Haaretz:
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Greg Gordon / Real Cities:
Efforts to stop `voter fraud' may have curbed legitimate voting
The New / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senator Says Gonzales Might Quit
Sen. John McCain / MSNBC:
'Meet the Press' transcript for May 20, 2007
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Chronicle to cut 25% of jobs in newsroom
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
Discord on the Immigration Accord