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5:40 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 …
New York Times:
Shiite Cleric Appears in Iraq After Stay in Iran  —  The powerful Iraqi cleric Moktada al- Sadr surfaced in his home base of Kufa in southern Iraq today, delivering a sermon in a local mosque after what American intelligence officials called a four-month sojourn in Iran.
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Faiz / Think Progress:
John Boehner Breaks Down Again, Weeps Openly On House Floor During Iraq Debate  —  Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) broke down on the House floor today, sobbing uncontrollably as he urged his colleagues to vote in favor of the $100 billion Iraq war spending bill.
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The Nation:
John Boehner's Crying Game
IAN / Hot Air:
Video: Boehner gets emotional during Iraq war funding debate
MSNBC:
NBC: CIA warned of risks of war in the Mideast  —  Pre-war reports say agency predicted dangers of toppling Saddam's regime  —  Men place the coffin of an attack victim atop a vehicle in Baghdad on Friday.  —  NBC News Investigative Unit  —  In a move sure to raise even more questions …
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
From Brooks Brother Rioter to Judge  —  Monica Goodling says she was given the green light to hire immigration judges based on their political qualifications.  So how'd that happen?  And who's been getting the gig?  —  As a story in The Legal Times last year explained …
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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
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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 3 years in prison for obstructing the CIA leak investigation, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said Friday.
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.
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 …
Discussion: TIME: Swampland, Hot Air and Angry Bear
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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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
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 …
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: The Atlantic Online and Angry Bear
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Cheney's Iran Fantasy  —  I can confirm, through military and intelligence sources, part of Steve Clemons' account of Cheney's crazed bellicosity regarding Iran.  In fact, having just received a second-source confirmation of the following story, I was intending to post it today:
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Fred Thompson Goes Nutmeg  —  STAMFORD, Conn. — In his second major outing as a presidential candidate in waiting, Fred Thompson spoke last night to the Connecticut Republican Party for its annual Prescott Bush awards dinner.  It was a somewhat unlikely venue for the conservative former Tennessee senator …
The Daily Howler:
OSTRICH IS STUPID!  We libs still have our heads in the sand.  We've met Stupid—and Stupid is Us:  —  PROVING IT ALL WEEK LONG: It's obvious how it's going to go as the press corps pretends to discuss Al Gore's book.  Gore has said our discourse is broken—and our pundits are going to rush out to prove it.
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
 
 
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Tawfik Hamid / Opinion Journal:
How to End 'Islamophobia'  —  The latest survey of American Muslims …
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Journalism.org:
IRAQ DOMINATES PEJ'S FIRST QUARTERLY NCI REPORT
Discussion: CBS News
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Report: IRS poor at finding terrorists
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Michael O'Hare / The RBC:
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National Review:
Now here's a thing.  On the way to the tree house this morning …
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