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9:50 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 …
Associated Press:
Rosie O'Donnell won't return to 'The View'  —  Announcement comes two days after heated on-air fight with co-host  —  Elisabeth Hasselbeck, left, Rosie O'Donnell sparred frequently on "The View," though they profess to be good friends off camera.  —  MSNBC video  —  Rosie quits 'The View' early
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
Andy McCarthy / National Review:   Sen. McCain, Keep Giving 'Em Flak ... er, Flack
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.
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Manna  —  Emptywheel arrived in CT today.  In much the same …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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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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
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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
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.
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
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 …
Associated Press:
North Carolina Judge: Court Witnesses Can Take Oath With Koran  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — A Wake County judge ruled Thursday that any religious text can be used to swear in a witness or juror in the state's courtrooms, not just the Bible.  —  The American Civil Liberties Union argued a law …
Discussion: protein wisdom, Hot Air and Iowa Voice
Darla Miles / WFAA-TV:
FW students protest TAKS decision  —  FORT WORTH — Students who had been planning to walk across the stage at graduation ceremonies this weekend were instead walking a picket line Thursday morning.  —  The Trimble Tech High School seniors marched in front of Fort Worth Independent School …
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.
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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