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12:45 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.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Congress Passes Increase in the Minimum Wage
Discussion: Amygdala and Air America Radio
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Congress Passes War Funds Bill, Ending Impasse
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
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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.
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The Curious Case of Goodling and the Immigration Judges
Hanna Rosin / Washington Post:
The New Establishment  —  How Evangelicals Became Part of Washington's Fabric
Discussion: CorrenteWire
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: As '08 Race Heats Up, Hillary and Rudy Remain on Top
Discussion: Townhall.com and Left in the West
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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Juan / Informed Comment:
Democratic Party Divided on Iraq Supplemental
Discussion: Shakesville and Prairie Weather
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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IAN / Hot Air:
Video: Boehner gets emotional during Iraq war funding debate
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and Wizbang
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Rasmussen Reports:
NY Times/CBS Poll Finds that 69% Believe Illegal Immigrants Should Be Prosecuted
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
House Votes to Lift Veil Over Lobbyists' Donations  —  The House voted Thursday to drag into public view the role that registered lobbyists play in soliciting and collecting contributions for political campaigns, exposing for the first time one of the most effective ways that influence-seekers …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Unfogged
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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.
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.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Hyping al-Qaida  —  BUSH BUNGLES A PRESS CONFERENCE.  —  If you tuned in at the end of George W. Bush's press conference Thursday morning, just in time to watch him defend the immigration bill, you caught a glimpse of the leader he might have been, the "compassionate conservative" …
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 …
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?
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
RONALD REAGAN ON IMMIGRATION: Conservative Republican have been outdoing each other in claiming the mantle of Ronald Reagan.  Ironically, however, many conservatives are simultaneously outdoing each other in advocating immigration restriction - a stance Reagan would probably have abhorred.
Discussion: Central Sanity and eyeon08.com
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.
Discussion: MSNBC and KnoxViews
Ardeshir Arian / Pajamas Media:
Goons of Iran  —  Iran's Crackdown on "Children of Allah Influenced by International Imperialism" Continues — 3,000 Arrested, 1,200 Automobiles Confiscated, 1,000 Shops Closed, 75,000 Warnings Issued  —  Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers  —  The "Elevating Society's Security" …
 
 
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Reuters:
Mehdi army leader in Basra killed -British military
Michael Freund / Jerusalem Post:
Saudis arrest Christian for entering Mecca
Discussion: Yourish.com
Atrios / Eschaton:
Boo  —  Awhile back a congressional staffer suggested …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
National Review:
Belly of the Beast [John Derbyshire]
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Letting Fear Rule
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iran interest rate cut sparks panic
Tdog / the talking dog:
TD Blog Interview with Robert Rachlin
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Attacks on civilians, torture and lawless detentions
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Politics not his game, Gore says
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards backs gay immigration rights
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Cemeteries Seek Breathing Clientele
zombietime:
Al Gore Appearance at the Marin Civic Center
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
More Than Ever, It Pays to Be the Top Executive