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9:40 AM ET, May 26, 2007

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John Vidal / Guardian:
US rejects all climate proposals  —  The US has rejected any prospect of a deal on climate change at the G8 summit in Germany next month, according to a leaked document.  —  Despite Tony Blair's declaration on Thursday that Washington would sign up to "at least the beginnings" …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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New York Times:
U.S. Rebuffs Germany on Greenhouse Gas Cuts  —  The United States has rejected Germany's proposal for deep long-term cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, setting the stage for a battle that will pit President Bush against his European allies at next month's meeting of the world's richest countries.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
U.S. Rejects G-8 Climate Proposal  —  Germany Urges Limiting Emissions, Temperature Increase  —  U.S. officials have raised a second round of unusually bluntly worded objections to a proposed global-warming declaration that Germany prepared for next month's Group of Eight summit, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Andy McCarthy / National Review:
Sen. McCain, Keep Giving 'Em Flak ... er, Flack  —  Good for Senator McCain on his sharp rebuttal to Senator Obama.  May I add one point, though, that continues to make me nuts?  —  Senator Obama says: " It is time to end this war so that we can redeploy our forces to focus on the terrorists …
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Newsdesk / Chicago Tribune:
McCain to Obama: It's 'flak jacket'
Discussion: Power Line and The Blue State
The Huffington Post:   Dave Johnson and James Boyce: Right Fires Up The Smear Machine Against Obama.
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Obama Rips Romney And McCain, Scorns McCain's Baghdad Stroll
New York Times:
White House Is Said to Debate '08 Cut in Iraq Troops by 50%  —  The Bush administration is developing what are described as concepts for reducing American combat forces in Iraq by as much as half next year, according to senior administration officials in the midst of the internal debate.
Los Angeles Times:
Sadr reemerges, demands U.S. pullout from Iraq  —  KUFA, Iraq — Influential cleric Muqtada Sadr resurfaced today after months in hiding and delivered a fiery sermon in this Shiite Muslim holy city in which he reiterated his demand for the swift departure of U.S. forces.
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Shaun Waterman / UPI:
LIBBY TRIAL JUDGE JOINS SECRET FISA COURT  —  The judge who presided over the trial of vice presidential aide Lewis Libby has been appointed to the secret court that oversees U.S. intelligence wiretaps.  —  Reggie Walton, a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia …
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
"When painting there is a point u must step away from the canvas as the work is done."  —  That's Rosie O'Donnell's way of saying she's leaving "The View" before her contract expires.  She just can't deal with that vicious harpy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck.  If you've seen the video …
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Christopher Hayes / In These Times:
Who's Afraid of Democracy?  —  Believing that "people are rational as consumers and irrational as voters," many conservatives would favor free markets without democracy  —  SHARE Digg del.icio.us Reddit Newsvine  —  Behavioral economists at UC San Diego recently conducted a study …
Washington Post:
Top Talent Could Lose Fast Track to U.S.  —  Under Bill, Foreign Luminaries Would No Longer Skip Immigration Line  —  NEW YORK — Would America open its doors for the next Albert Einstein?  Under the new immigration bill, the answer is maybe, but maybe not.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Boy bags hog said bigger than 'Hogzilla'  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Hogzilla is being made into a horror movie.  But the sequel may be even bigger: Meet Monster Pig.  An 11-year-old Alabama boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog his father says weighed a staggering 1,051 pounds and measured 9-feet-4 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Hot Air
James Rowley / Bloomberg:
McConnell Says Immigration Doesn't Hurt Lawmakers' Re-Election  —  Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the controversial immigration bill in Congress won't cost ``a single member of either party'' at the polls next year and predicted the bipartisan compromise will win Senate approval next month.
Brian Lockhart / Greenwich Time:
Thompson headlines Prescott Bush Awards  —  STAMFORD — Character actor and former Sen. Fred Dalton Thompson's next role is as president — he's playing Ulysses S. Grant in the HBO film "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."  —  But Thompson last night did not end speculation about his possible run for the White House.
New York Times:
Danish Cyclist Admits Doping in Tour Victory  —  Bjarne Riis, a former Danish cyclist who won the 1996 Tour de France, admitted yesterday that he used several banned drugs, including EPO, steroids and human growth hormone, while competing in the 1990s, becoming the first champion of the sport's …
Matthew Yglesias / Washington Monthly:
Memoirs of the man who thrice saved us from a Democratic presidency  —  Walking around Washington, D.C., telling people you're reading Bob Shrum's forthcoming memoir turns out to be a fantastic small-talk gambit.  People are astounded, confused, sympathetic.  Someone gave him a book deal?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Seth Mydans / International Herald Tribune:
Thailand set to make Buddhism the state religion  —  BANGKOK: In a step that could sharpen divisions in its increasingly violent, largely Muslim southern provinces, Thailand appears ready for the first time to make Buddhism the state religion in a new constitution.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Ben Smith / The Politico:
How to kill a book, in 3 easy steps  —  Here's how you kill a book:  —  First, see to it that it emerges into the public eye on the Friday of a holiday weekend.  —  Then, express ostentatious boredom at its contents.  —  Then, attack.  —  Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson declined …
 
 
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Davidswanson / AfterDowningStreet.org:
What Congress Really Voted For: Benchmark #1: Privatizing Iraqi Oil …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Oh, When I Look Back Now...  So, our old pal ex-New York Times …
Wall Street Journal:
Should Policies Nudge People To Make Certain Choices?
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Harman Update  —  About an hour ago I received a call …
Discussion: Eschaton
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Dancing With Ghosts  —  American politics plays with the dangers of permanent opposition.
Robert W. Welkos / Los Angeles Times:
'Dr. Laura' asks for privacy while son is probed over lurid MySpace page
Associated Press:
Ohio lethal injection takes 2 hours, 10 tries
White House:
Press Gaggle by Scott Stanzel
Discussion: Bring it On!
 Earlier Items: 
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Manna  —  Emptywheel arrived in CT today.  In much the same …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Yvonne Roberts / Guardian:
Throw a pebble at Goliath: don't buy Israeli produce
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Candidates didn't read Iraq report
Discussion: Right Wing News
CNN:
Iran's arrest of Americans slammed
Austin Bay Blog:
GEN Petraeus' Chief Counter-Insurgency Adviser on "Iraqi Narratives"
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The Belmont Club
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Media Totally Ignore Al Qaeda Torture Manual
Real Cities:
U. S. ATTORNEYS: Fewer candidates apply for positions as U.S. attorneys
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Pre-War Intelligence Report on Iraq Released