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2:45 PM ET, May 25, 2007

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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.
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Congress Passes Deadline-Free War Funding Bill  —  Congress sent President Bush a new Iraq funding bill yesterday that lacked troop withdrawal deadlines demanded by liberal Democrats, but party leaders vowed it was only a temporary setback in their efforts to bring home American troops.
MSNBC:
NBC: CIA warned of Mideast war risks  —  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 about the decision …
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New York Times:
Bush Reaffirms His Support for Gonzales  —  President Bush said Thursday that he would correct any problems uncovered in the investigations of last year's dismissals of federal prosecutors, but he added that nothing had undermined his support for Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.
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Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Inquiry widens into Justice Department hiring  —  The move follows testimony by a former Gonzales aide that she had considered politics in screening applicants.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has broadened an internal investigation into whether aides to Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Firedoglake
Hanna Rosin / Washington Post:
The New Establishment  —  How Evangelicals Became Part of Washington's Fabric
Discussion: CorrenteWire
Washington Post:
Books Paint Critical Portraits of Clinton  —  2 Biographies Detail Marital Strife and Driving Ambition  —  Two new books on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York offer fresh and often critical portraits of the Democratic presidential candidate that depict a tortured relationship …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
No shocks in HRC book leaks
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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IAN / Hot Air:
Video: Boehner gets emotional during Iraq war funding debate  —  House minority leader John Boehner was brought to the brink of tears this evening during debate in the House over the Iraq spending bill, which eventually passed, 280-142.  CNN reports: … Blowback
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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 …
Don Surber:
Silence on al-Qaida torture  —  Yesterday, Matt Drudge broke this story: … The link was to The Smoking Gun, which reported: … What was Amnesty International's reaction? … Yet Amesty International just 3 days ago called for the US to close Guantanamo Bay.  —  Where did USA Today play the torture book story?
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 …
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.
Reuters:
Mehdi army leader in Basra killed -British military  —  Source: Reuters  —  Iraqi special forces killed the leader of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army militia in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Friday after he tried to resist arrest, the British military said.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In the Rose Garden, It Was All Al-Qaeda  —  Is there no safe haven for President Bush?  —  It happened midway through his news conference in the Rose Garden yesterday morning, in between his 10th and 11th mentions of al-Qaeda: A bird flew over the president and deposited a wet, white dropping on the upper left sleeve of his jacket.
Michael O'Hare / The RBC:
More on transit and urban planning  —  Megan McArdle was so upset by my post dinging Schwarzenegger for the transit cuts in his budget that she dipped a toe in the waters of sarcasm.  —  Her post commits several common errors in the discourse around this issue.  —  The first is to treat demand as though it's a number.
Discussion: Attytood and The Atlantic Online
National Review:
Belly of the Beast [John Derbyshire]  —  I thought Ramesh's response to that clip of the Wall Street Journal editorial conference was basically sound.  I'm just amazed that Ramesh stayed so calm all through it.  Me, I was... well, no, not foaming at the mouth, but gaping in wonder …
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Blackburn defects to Thompson
Pete Abel / Central Sanity:
Political Theater  —  H/t Justin Gardner for this one.
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Report: IRS poor at finding terrorists
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Wall Street Journal:
Should Policies Nudge People To Make Certain Choices?
New York Post:
SHE'S DEFACE OF ROSIE REVENGE
Rasmussen Reports:
NY Times/CBS Poll Finds that 69% Believe Illegal Immigrants Should Be Prosecuted
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Boo  —  Awhile back a congressional staffer suggested …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
House Votes to Lift Veil Over Lobbyists' Donations
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Goons of Iran  —  Iran's Crackdown on "Children of Allah Influenced …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Congress Passes Increase in the Minimum Wage
Discussion: Amygdala and Air America Radio
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Fred Thompson Goes Nutmeg
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards backs gay immigration rights
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
RONALD REAGAN ON IMMIGRATION: Conservative Republican …
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Al Gore Appearance at the Marin Civic Center
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
More Than Ever, It Pays to Be the Top Executive