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6:40 PM ET, May 22, 2007

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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 …
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Senator Russ Feingold / Daily Kos:
A Collapse for Democrats  —  I wanted to link to a couple really good posts that I've seen in the past few days about the Democrats' strategy on the Iraq supplemental spending bill.  They drive home what a mistake it is to just give up and pass a supplemental that doesn't include language to stop the war:
CNN:
Dems pull deadline from war funding bill … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi will present a plan to House Democrats for a war funding bill that won't include a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq but will feature benchmarks with consequences, according to Democratic leadership aides.
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
Withdrawal timetable dropped from war spending bill
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.
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Some US Muslims say suicide attacks OK  —  WASHINGTON - One in four younger U.S. Muslims said in a poll that 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.
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Stewart M. Powell / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
U.S. quietly, dramatically increasing Iraq troop levels  —  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.  —  This "second surge" of troops in Iraq …
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
After the Surge  —  The Administration Floats Ideas for a New Approach in Iraq
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.
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Faiz / Think Progress:   Bob Kerrey: Wrong Before Going Into Iraq And Still Wrong Today
Faiz / Think Progress:
Snow Slams Gore's Book, Says It Should Be 'Reprinted' Because It Calls …
Discussion: The Republic of T.
ABCNEWS:
Bomb Plot Thwarted at Falwell's Funeral  —  Student Arrested With Homemade Bombs, Three Other Suspects Sought  —  Even in death, the Rev. Jerry Falwell rouses the most volatile of emotions.  —  Authorities arrested a Liberty University student for having several homemade bombs in his car.
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
The group blog of The American Prospect  —  PRE-SUFFRAGETTE CITY.  Jill Filipovic points us to this Times article about the new strategy to justify using state coercion to force women to carry pregnancies to term by claiming that women are too irrational to know what's good for them, and offers a modest proposal.
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.
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Ken Silverstein / Harper's:   Six Questions for Marcus Stern on Duke Cunningham
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
The redemption of John Ashcroft  —  If history can rehabilitate the onetime conservative boogeyman, can it do the same for Bush?  —  HERE'S MORE reason to love democracy: In the Soviet Union, you had to be thrown into internal exile before you could be rehabilitated.
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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.
Sharon Weinberger / Danger Room:
Military Dragged Feet on Bomb-Proof Vehicles (Updated Again)  —  The Marine Corps waited over a year before acting on an "priority 1 urgent" request to send blast-resistant vehicles to Iraq, DANGER ROOM has learned.  —  According to a Marine Corps document provided to DANGER ROOM …
 
 
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