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7:45 PM ET, May 25, 2007

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ABCNEWS:
O'Donnell Will Not Be Back on 'The View'  —  ABC Announces Early Departure for Host  —  The saga is over.  —  Rosie O'Donnell will not be returning to "The View."  —  In a statement today, Brian Frons, the president of Disney-ABC's Daytime Television Group, said, "We had hoped that Rosie …
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New York Post:
SHE'S DEFACE OF ROSIE REVENGE  —  ROSIE O'Donnell left "The View" with a bang, not a whimper, following her on-air smackdown with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday.  —  Yesterday, Rosie's chief writer, Janette Barber, was allegedly escorted from the building after she was caught drawing moustaches …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain responds and then some  —  McCain responds to Obama in tough enough, if predictable, language:  —  "While Senator Obama's two years in the U.S. Senate certainly entitle him to vote against funding our troops, my service and experience combined with conversations with military leaders …
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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Obama Rips Romney And McCain, Scorns McCain's Baghdad Stroll  —  The back and forth between Dem and GOP Presidential candidates is heating up big time over Iraq.  —  Barack Obama has just unleashed the following statement hammering John McCain and Mitt Romney for criticizing Obama's vote …
Discussion: Angry Bear
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Shiite Cleric Resurfaces With Anti-U.S. Sermon  —  The populist Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr appeared in public for the first time in months on Friday, delivering a fiercely anti-American sermon and offering himself in a new guise as a nationalist intent on bridging the divide between Iraq's warring communities of Shiites and Sunnis.
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The Nation:
John Boehner's Crying Game  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner wept Thursday night, as he delivered the final Republican appeal on behalf of funding President Bush's perpetual war in Iraq.  —  This is obviously a serious matter for the tear-inclined Ohio congressman …
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IAN / Hot Air:
Video: Boehner gets emotional during Iraq war funding debate
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
See You in September  —  "Let's grow up, conservatives!"  —  Barry M. Goldwater's declaration at the 1960 Republican National Convention was designed to quell a rebellion against Richard M. Nixon, whom conservatives saw as selling out to liberals on various platform planks.
Real Cities:
Fewer candidates apply for positions as U.S. attorneys  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration's decision to fire nine U.S. attorneys last year has created a new problem for the White House: The controversy appears to be discouraging applications for some of the 22 prosecutor posts that President Bush needs to fill.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and The Blue State
Ben Smith / The Politico:
No shocks in HRC book leaks  —  The most striking thing about today's Washington Post get of two, embargoed, much-anticipated investigative books about Hillary Clinton is what's not there: a single, memorable new fact that changes the way the public will view Clinton.
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Libby On The Verge Of Sentencing  —  There has been a lot of grist from the Beltway rumor mill of late on Scooter Libby and his upcoming sentencing hearing — but it has amounted to a whole lot of speculation and innuendo and wishful thinking, and not much substance with any real factual basis in which to dig.
Discussion: UPI, Crooks and Liars and New York Sun
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Iraq War Takes Helicopters Needed for U.S. Disaster Missions  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  While the Defense Department has pushed extra equipment to units in hurricane-prone states in part to compensate for what has been ordered to Iraq, an ABCNews.com investigation has found some Plains …
Michael Freund / Jerusalem Post:
Saudis arrest Christian for entering Mecca  —  Saudi officials have arrested a man in Mecca for being a Christian, saying that the city, which Muslims consider to be holy, is off-limits to non-Muslims.  —  Nirosh Kamanda, a Sri Lankan Christian, was detained by the Saudi Expatriates Monitoring Committee …
Byron York / National Review:
Fact-Checking Valerie Plame Wilson, Pt. 1  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee has just released a new report as part of its continuing investigation into prewar intelligence.  In the report, the committee's vice chairman, Republican Sen. Christopher Bond, has included a set of "additional views" …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Macsmind
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE END OF THE DREAM....Everyone knows that income inequality has been widening dramatically in the past three decades, as the rich get (lots) richer and the working class mostly stagnates.  But hey — this is America!  At least we still have lots of social mobility, right?
Discussion: Angry Bear and The Atlantic Online
Wall Street Journal:
Should Policies Nudge People To Make Certain Choices?  —  Driven by research in behavioral economics that suggests people don't always act in their own best interests, some economists are arguing for new policies that would challenge traditional "hard" tools for changing behavior, such as sin taxes and outright bans.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Letting Fear Rule  —  Nativism Is a Recipe for Long-Term GOP Losses  —  In 1882, Congress passed and President Chester Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act.  Today we don't name laws as bluntly as we used to.  But anti-immigrant sentiments are very much alive, this time expressed …
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Prosecutors: Up to 3 years for Libby  —  WASHINGTON - Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has shown no remorse for corrupting the legal system and deserves to spend 2 1/2 to three years in prison for obstructing the CIA leak investigation, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said Friday.
 
 
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GEN Petraeus' Chief Counter-Insurgency Adviser on "Iraqi Narratives"
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Media Totally Ignore Al Qaeda Torture Manual
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Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Cheney's Iran Fantasy
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From Brooks Brother Rioter to Judge
Los Angeles Times:
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Tawfik Hamid / Opinion Journal:
How to End 'Islamophobia'  —  The latest survey of American Muslims …
Journalism.org:
IRAQ DOMINATES PEJ'S FIRST QUARTERLY NCI REPORT
Discussion: CBS News
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Report: IRS poor at finding terrorists
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Michael O'Hare / The RBC:
More on transit and urban planning
Booman Tribune:
Joke Line Is Looking Foolish
National Review:
Now here's a thing.  On the way to the tree house this morning …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In the Rose Garden, It Was All Al-Qaeda