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11:15 AM ET, May 22, 2007


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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
White House:
President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with NATO …
Discussion: First Draft
New York Times:   Bush Scorns Proposed Vote on Gonzales as Theater
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush to Urge NATO to Commit More Troops to Afghanistan
Discussion: The Agonist
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.
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
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.
New York Times:
Senate Critics Vow to Alter Immigration Measure  —  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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Discussion: CBS News and Ezra Klein
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
How Peace Came to Baghdad's Haifa Street
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Discussion: On Deadline
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Levin sees no rift with Rangel on China trade
Discussion: Sirotablog
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Pajamas Media:
Mind-Altering Worldviews  —  "We are fast approaching the point …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Gary Kamiya / Salon:
Why Bush hasn't been impeached  —  The Bush presidency is a lot of things.
 Earlier Items: 
Michael McCarthy / The Independent:
Early arrival of butterflies demonstrates impact of climate change
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Los Angeles Times:
McCain's temper back on campaign's front-burner
Discussion: The Caucus
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Mark Udall Gives a Middle Finger to the Base
Rick Perlstein / Campaign for America's Future blogs:
The Corleone Family of the right?
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Congress' reform promises fizzle
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Police, Improperly Clad Women Clash In Tehran
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