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10:05 AM ET, May 22, 2007


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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.
Discussion: TAPPED, Sadly, No! and toohotfortnr
Fester / The Newshoggers:   Ignatius wants another pony
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Iran plans Iraq summer showdown  —  Iran is secretly forging ties with al-Qaida elements and Sunni Arab militias in Iraq in preparation for a summer showdown with coalition forces intended to tip a wavering US Congress into voting for full military withdrawal, US officials say.
Will / Attytood:
"Buying the War," Part II — now it's Iran
Discussion: The Impolitic and Jihad Watch
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Gunning for the Varmint  —  You know things have gotten serious in a campaign when the candidates are insulting the sizes of each other's guns.  And you know, in a crowded field such as the one for the Republican Party's nomination for president, the candidate who's winning is the one who isn't playing the game.
Discussion: Associated Press and Power Line
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Giuliani sends mixed signals about Iowa  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Some Iowa Republicans are questioning whether presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani intends to largely skip the state's leadoff caucuses.  —  A sluggish start to campaign organizing and indecision about whether to compete …
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 …
Bob Kerrey / Opinion Journal:
The Left's Iraq Muddle  —  Yes, it is central to the fight against Islamic radicalism.  —  At this year's graduation celebration at The New School in New York, Iranian lawyer, human-rights activist and Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi delivered our commencement address.
Discussion: The American Mind
White House:
President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with NATO Secretary General de Hoop Scheffer  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you all for coming.  Mr. Secretary General, thank you very much for joining us.  Laura and I are really happy to have you here at our place in Crawford.
Discussion: The Heretik and First Draft
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush to Urge NATO to Commit More Troops to Afghanistan
Discussion: The Agonist
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton, Obama whip for ''08  —  Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) have intensified their fight for congressional endorsements, setting up whip operations in which their surrogates are cajoling undecided lawmakers to get off the fence.
Discussion: New York Times
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Onetime Giuliani Insider Is Now a Critic From Outside  —  As Rudolph W. Giuliani runs for president, his image as a chief executive who steered New York through the disaster of Sept. 11 has become a pillar of his campaign.  But one former member of his inner circle keeps surfacing to revisit …
Discussion: Liberal Values and TalkLeft
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Immigration Compromise Faces New Opposition  —  Proposal Stays Alive, But Foes Lie in Wait  —  The Senate voted last night to move forward on an overhaul of immigration laws, but even proponents of the delicate compromise proposal conceded that the furor over the deal was surpassing their expectations and endangering the plan.
Rachel Lucas:
Rachel's Helpful Guide to Online Dating: For Men  —  Must get this one out of my system.  —  Almost all of the single people I know use online dating services; the taboo seems to have completely lifted in the last few years.  Because, would it really be better to meet men in bars?  Eww.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
House Dems Warn White House  —  The House Judiciary Committee is prepared to use subpoenas to compel the testimony of Karl Rove and other White House officials, Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and subcomittee Chairwoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA) warned White House counsel Fred Fielding today.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
President Stands by Gonzales
Discussion: Law Blog and
Gary Kamiya / Salon:
Why Bush hasn't been impeached  —  The Bush presidency is a lot of things.  It's a secretive cabal, a cavalcade of incompetence, a blood-stained Church Militant, a bad rerun of "The Godfather" in which scary men in suits pay ominous visits to hospital rooms.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Peanut Envy  —  THE LATEST ABSURDITIES TO EMERGE FROM JIMMY CARTER'S BIG, SMUG MOUTH.  —  Almost always, when former President Jimmy Carter opens his big, smug mouth, he has already made the psychological mistake that is going to reduce his words to absurdity.
Los Angeles Times:
McCain's temper back on campaign's front-burner  —  His shouting match with a Senate colleague raises new questions about an old issue.  —  An angry, profane exchange between Sen. John McCain and another Republican senator last week prompted a new round of questions Monday …
Discussion: The Caucus
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
We're Full Up On Lunatics, Thank You  —  The Lebanese government has ordered its army to finish off the Fatah Islam terrorist group holed up in the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp on its northern coast.  They want an end to the al-Qaeda affiliate before it has a chance to grow out of control …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Discussion: Sadly, No!
Michael McCarthy / The Independent:
Early arrival of butterflies demonstrates impact of climate change
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Mark Udall Gives a Middle Finger to the Base
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rick Perlstein / Campaign for America's Future blogs:
The Corleone Family of the right?
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Battle of the Iraq Supplemental Is Over: Bush Won
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Congress' reform promises fizzle
New York Times:
Senate Critics Vow to Alter Immigration Measure
 Earlier Items: 
Real Clear Politics:
The Amnesty Fraud  —  Nothing is more common than political …
Discussion: Power Line
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A Canadian philosopher worth reading
Stephanie Sandoval / Dallas Morning News:
Judge temporarily halts FB rental ban
Gregory / The Belgravia Dispatch:
Melik Kaylan / Opinion Journal:
Battling al Qaeda in Iraq
New York Times:
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Debra Dickerson / Salon:
Michelle Obama's sacrifice
Who's Your Daddy? Paternity Battle Between Brothers
Discussion: digg