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10:50 PM ET, May 26, 2007


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New York Times:
Increased Strife Is Foreseen in Iraq if U.S. Troops Leave  —  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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Major troop reductions imminent — again  —  Wonderful — and highly credible — front page news today, from The New York Times: … For four straight years, the same set of war supporters have constantly and reptitiously given the same exact false assurances about Iraq — virtually verbatim …
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
White House plays down report of Iraq troop cut  —  Source: Reuters  —  The White House on Saturday played down a newspaper report that the Bush administration was weighing a scenario for possibly sharp cuts in U.S. troop levels in Iraq next year.  —  The New York Times …
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Let Slip The Stenographers Of War
James Gerstenzang / Los Angeles Times:
Bush was twice warned of Iraq challenges  —  Prewar reports alerted the president to the difficulty of establishing democracy, among other assessments that proved accurate.  —  WASHINGTON — Two months before the invasion of Iraq, U.S. intelligence agencies twice warned the Bush administration …
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?
Jonathan S. Landay / Real Cities:
Intelligence agencies warned Bush about challenges of Iraq invasion
Discussion: The Mahablog and Crooks and Liars
Dan Collins / protein wisdom:   That American Can't Do Spirit  —  Celebrated by the LA Times …
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 …
Jeff Stein /
Iraq Intelligence Horror Stories Shouldn't Be Old News  —  Hearing horror stories about the manipulation of Iraq intelligence is like watching "The Exorcist" again and again: Each time you see something new and laugh at the parts that used to make your hair go up straight.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Officials Say Justice Dept. Based Hires on Politics Before Goodling Tenure  —  The Justice Department considered political affiliation in screening applicants for immigration court judgeships for several years until hiring was frozen in December after objections from department lawyers, current and former officials said yesterday.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Robert Stein / The Moderate Voice:
Everything a Reporter Should Be  —  When William Peters died this week, the world lost a good man, I lost a valued friend and journalists everywhere a role model for what a reporter should be.  —  His obituary tells much about his award-winning TV documentaries, books and magazine articles …
Discussion: The Populist
Margalit Fox / New York Times:   William Peters, 85, Journalist Who Examined Race in U.S., Dies
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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
U.S. Rejects G-8 Greenhouse Climate Proposals  —  Despite recent press reports suggesting that the United States might at least start to inch towards the same page on greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. has rejected a German proposal that reportedly enjoyed great support in Europe …
Discussion: BBC and Balloon Juice
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