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2:45 AM ET, May 27, 2007

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Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
U.S. deaths near grim Memorial Day mark  —  BAGHDAD - Americans have opened nearly 1,000 new graves to bury U.S. troops killed in Iraq since Memorial Day a year ago.  The figure is telling — and expected to rise in coming months.  —  In the period from Memorial Day 2006 through Saturday …
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New York Times:
Strife Foreseen in Iraq Exit, but Experts Split on Degree  —  There is one matter on which American military commanders, many Iraqis and some of the Bush administration's staunchest Congressional critics agree: if the United States withdrew its forces from Baghdad's streets this fall, the murder and mayhem would increase.
Caren Bohan / Reuters:   White House plays down report of Iraq troop cut
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Pat Lang & Lawrence Wilkerson Share Nightmare Encounters with Feith, Wolfowitz, and Tenet  —  (Lawrence Wilkerson and his regular Thursday students.  These are not the ones in the audience referred to below.)  —  Jeff Stein of Congressional Quarterly has a great recap of what former Pentagon …
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Jeff Stein / CQ.com:
Iraq Intelligence Horror Stories Shouldn't Be Old News
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Jonathan S. Landay / Real Cities:
Intelligence agencies warned Bush about challenges of Iraq invasion
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ace of Spades HQ:
UPDATE: WaPo Also Taken In By Fake Memo, It Seems Larry Johnson Claims: Theater-Wide Supply Problems Mean Our Troops In Iraq Will Go Hungry  —  Larry Johnson, famous "intelligence agent," has the Super-Duper Scoop: … He ads this update: … Ah.  His basic point wasn't that it was …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Memo mystery: Is this document real or not?
Discussion: Flopping Aces and The Populist
Little Green Footballs:   Fake But Accurate, Nutroots Edition
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Following up on an earlier post for a moment, it may seem odd that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is just now, in mid-2007, producing a report on the White House ignoring warnings about Iraq in 2003.  The war is already in its fifth year.  Where has this information been?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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James Gerstenzang / Los Angeles Times:
Bush was twice warned of Iraq challenges
White House:
Vice President's Remarks at the United States Military Academy Commencement  —  THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  General Hagenbeck; members of Congress; Military Academy faculty and staff; distinguished guests; officers, cadets, members of the Class of 2007:  —  Thank you all for the welcome to West Point.
Tim Blair / NEWS.com.au:
Just swap weather for terrorism  —  GLOBAL warming alarmists actually make a great deal of sense.  That is, once you imagine that every time they open their mouths they're talking not about the environment but about Islamic terrorism.  —  Put that particular informational adjustment in place …
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Critical Care Without Consent  —  Ethicists Disagree On Experimenting During Crises  —  The federal government is undertaking the most ambitious set of studies ever mounted under a controversial arrangement that allows researchers to conduct some kinds of medical experiments without first getting patients' permission.
Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
US unit created to pressure Iran, Syria disbanded  —  Occurs amid effort at talks  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration has dismantled a special committee that was established last year to coordinate aggressive actions against Iran and Syria, State Department officials said this week.
Discussion: Hot Air and IraqSlogger.com
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WorldNetDaily:
Christian arrested for visiting Mecca
Discussion: Publius Pundit
Andrew J. Bacevich / Washington Post:
I Lost My Son to a War I Oppose.  We Were Both Doing Our Duty.  —  Parents who lose children, whether through accident or illness, inevitably wonder what they could have done to prevent their loss.  When my son was killed in Iraq earlier this month at age 27, I found myself pondering my responsibility for his death.
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Immigration judges lack apt backgrounds  —  A growing number of the jurists have little or no experience in that area of law.  Some have strong Republican resumes.  —  WASHINGTON — Over the last two years, U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales has appointed more than two dozen individuals as federal immigration judges.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Hot Air
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Officials Say Justice Dept. Based Hires on Politics Before Goodling Tenure
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Etgar Lefkovits / Jerusalem Post:
Border policeman, security guard hurt in e.  J'lem shooting  —  Two Palestinian gunmen opened fired at an Israeli security patrol near a section of the separation barrier on the edge of Jerusalem on Saturday night, wounding two security guards - one seriously - police and rescue officials said.
William Yardley / New York Times:
Engulfed by Climate Change, Town Seeks Lifeline  —  NEWTOK, Alaska — The sturdy little Cessnas land whenever the fog lifts, delivering children's bicycles, boxes of bullets, outboard motors and cans of dried oats.  And then, with a rumble down a gravel strip, the planes are gone …
Discussion: Brian Beutler
New York Times:
For Democrats, Debate on Fox Reveals Divide  —  Four years ago, the leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus began looking for a television outlet to co-sponsor and broadcast a presidential debate to address the concerns of minority voters.  —  Only one news channel made an acceptable proposal …
Discussion: Brian Beutler
CNN:
16 'directly related' to Iraq troop abduction held … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — U.S. and Iraqi troops have detained 16 people they say are "directly related to the attack" on May 12 in which three U.S. soldiers were apparently captured, a U.S. military official said.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Associated Press:
Lawsuit cites plane trips for Clintons  —  WASHINGTON - A longtime Clinton benefactor used corporate jets to fly the former president and Hillary Rodham Clinton on business, personal and campaign trips that a lawsuit brands as wasteful company spending.  —  The supporter, Vinod Gupta …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ON BEING RATIONAL....In The Myth of the Rational Voter …
Discussion: EconLog and Economist's View
Agence France Presse:
Tehran's interest-rate cuts 'economic suicide for banks'
Discussion: National Review
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Iraq Supplemental: Is The Problem Cowardice? No, Poor Thinking
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Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Don't Panic!  Four Terror Suspects Escape Probation; one a Zarqawi associate