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1:20 PM ET, May 22, 2007


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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.
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.
Stephen Schwartz / TCS Daily:
The Myth of Muslim Silence; The Persistence of MSM Silence  —  "Muslim silence" in the face of terrorism has become a predictable cliché in Western discourse.  It is now widely believed by non-Muslims throughout the West that no representative of the faith of Muhammad will denounce violence …
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.
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.
National Review:
Re: Kerry Lovefest
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
Discussion: Shakesville, Law Blog and
Amanda / Think Progress:
New Documents Confirm Gonzales Lied To Senator About Plan …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
New York Times:   Bush Scorns Proposed Vote on Gonzales as Theater
New York Times:
CRITICS IN SENATE VOW TO ALTER IMMIGRATION BILL  —  As the Senate began work on a comprehensive immigration bill, lawmakers from both parties demanded substantial changes in the legislation on Monday and forced Senate leaders to extend debate beyond the Memorial Day recess.
Discussion: Brian Beutler and On Deadline
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
Bill Theobald / Jackson Sun:
Fred Thompson predicts immigration reform bill will fail  —  CHICAGO - The immigration reform bill worked out late last week by Senate Republicans and Democrats likely will fail, former senator and possible presidential candidate Fred Thompson said here Sunday.
Mike Glover / Associated Press:   Giuliani sends mixed signals about Iowa
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.
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
Books of The Times: Al Gore Speaks of a Nation in Danger
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
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: Fox News
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.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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 …
Discussion: and Sirotablog
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Mark Benjamin / Salon:
The CIA's latest "ghost detainee"
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Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Evangelicals at a Crossroads As Falwell's Generation Fades
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Global warming tour: Pelosi does Greenland
Discussion: Think Progress
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
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Think Progress
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
How Peace Came to Baghdad's Haifa Street
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Big news on Friday? Sounds a little fishy
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Los Angeles Times:
McCain's temper back on campaign's front-burner
Discussion: The Caucus
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Clinton, Obama whip for ''08
Discussion: New York Times
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