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2:45 PM ET, May 22, 2007


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Pew Research Center:
Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream  —  War on Terror Concerns  —  The first-ever, nationwide, random sample survey of Muslim Americans finds them to be largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Some US Muslims justify suicide attacks  —  WASHINGTON - One in four younger U.S. Muslims say suicide bombings to defend their religion are acceptable at least in some circumstances, though most Muslim Americans overwhelmingly reject the tactic and are critical of Islamic extremism and al-Qaida, a poll says.
Marc Schulman / The Moderate Voice:
A Sobering Report on American Muslims
Discussion: Blogs of War
Faiz / Think Progress:   Bob Kerrey: Wrong Before Going Into Iraq And Still Wrong Today
National Review:
Re: Kerry Lovefest
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Stewart M. Powell / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bush could double force by Christmas  —  (05-22) 04:00 PDT Washington — The Bush administration is quietly on track to nearly double the number of combat troops in Iraq this year, an analysis of Pentagon deployment orders showed Monday.  —  The little-noticed second surge …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
After the Surge  —  The Administration Floats Ideas for a New Approach in Iraq  —  President Bush and his senior military and foreign policy advisers are beginning to discuss a "post-surge" strategy for Iraq that they hope could gain bipartisan political support.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  OK, so you knew Duke Cunningham was dirty, but you didn't know that he was this dirty.  —  The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught, the book about Cunningham by the reporters who brought him down, hits stores this coming Monday.
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Six Questions for Marcus Stern on Duke Cunningham  —  Marcus Stern and his colleagues Jerry Kammer, Dean Calbreath, and George E. Condon Jr. are the authors of the newly released book, The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Edwards charges $55,000 to speak to UC Davis students about poverty  —  Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who as a Democratic presidential candidate recently proposed an educational policy that urged "every financial barrier" be removed for American kids who want to go to college …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Getting Rich Off Of Poverty
Discussion: The Newshoggers and PSoTD
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
President Stands by Gonzales  —  President Bush said yesterday that Democrats in Congress are engaging in "pure political theater" by preparing resolutions of no confidence in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, and he repeated his support for his embattled aide and longtime friend.
Amanda / Think Progress:
New Documents Confirm Gonzales Lied To Senator About Plan …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Free To Be Al Gore  —  Boy, it would be fun if Al Gore changed his mind and ran for president — fun for the voters, anyway.  Imagine a candidate whose preelection book is devoted in large part to an attack on the media for waging war on reason.  —  Politicians, it is often said, never win by attacking the media.
Mayor: 4 killed in Turkey blast … ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) — Four people died and 56 were injured in an explosion in the Turkish capital of Ankara, Mayor Melih Gokchek told CNN Turk.  —  Police believe the most likely cause of the "major" explosion in the middle of a shopping district Tuesday was a bomb.
Tariq Panja / Associated Press:
Ex-KGB agent accused in Litvinenko death  —  LONDON - Prosecutors accused a former KGB agent Tuesday of murder in the radioactive poisoning of fellow ex-operative Alexander Litvinenko and sought his extradition from Russia.  The case is sure to challenge already-tense relations between London and Moscow.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and JURIST
Mike Nizza / The Lede:
Third Man in Russian Poisoning Case
Discussion: Reuters and TalkLeft
Michael Yon:
Maysan  —  A Small Battle in the Media War  —  As we drive to meet the Merlin helicopter, our vehicle displays a British flag on the dash.  We pass teams of British soldiers at Basra Air Station as they conduct morning runs, preparing for the next combat, perhaps only hours away.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Fox News
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Lieberman, Sticking With Democrats for Now, Warns Them on Iraq  —  Senator Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, says his disagreement with the Democrats over the Iraq war won't prevent him from working with his former party.  For now.  —  ``I hope the moment doesn't come that I feel …
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
U.S. Government Gave Airtime to Terrorists, Official Admits  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  Al Hurra television, the U.S. government's $63 million-a-year effort at public diplomacy broadcasting in the Middle East, is run by executives and officials who cannot speak Arabic, according to a senior official who oversees the program.
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Mark Benjamin / Salon:
The CIA's latest "ghost detainee"
Discussion: TalkLeft and TPMmuckraker
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Evangelicals at a Crossroads As Falwell's Generation Fades
Discussion: The Newshoggers and MSNBC
Eve Tahmincioglu / MSNBC:
Pregnancy discrimination is on the rise
Discussion: Feministing
Gateway Pundit:
Massive Protest Against Iranian Regime in Tabriz (Video!!)
Ilene Lelchuk / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F.'s same-sex couples asked to adopt foster kids
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Web Sites Listing Informants Concern Justice Dept.
Discussion: CBS News and Ezra Klein
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How Peace Came to Baghdad's Haifa Street
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Fred Thompson predicts immigration reform bill will fail
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Gary Kamiya / Salon:
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