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7:30 AM ET, May 27, 2007


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David Cracknell / Times of London:
Police to get tough new terror powers  —  NEW anti-terrorism laws are to be pushed through before Tony Blair leaves office giving "wartime" powers to the police to stop and question people.  —  John Reid, the home secretary, who is also quitting next month, intends to extend Northern Ireland's …
Stop and quiz powers considered  —  The government is considering giving police officers across the UK "stop and question" powers under new anti-terror laws, says the Home Office.  —  The proposal, allowing police to ask people about their identity and movement, is among measures being considered by Home Secretary John Reid.
U.S. toll in Iraq for May surpasses 100 … 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.  —  The three men disappeared …
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 …
Tim Blair /
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 …
Discussion: GINA COBB
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.
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?
James Gerstenzang / Los Angeles Times:
Bush was twice warned of Iraq challenges
Jonathan S. Landay / Real Cities:
Intelligence agencies warned Bush about challenges of Iraq invasion
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Maha / The Mahablog:
The Coming Outrage
Discussion: Angry Bear and
Tony Blair / Times of London:
Shackled in the war on terror  —  The absconding of three people on control orders because of suspicion of their involvement in terrorism has, once again, thrown into sharp relief the debate about terrorism and civil liberty.  Within the next few weeks we will publish new proposals on anti-terror laws.
Discussion: Tim Worstall and
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.
Pat / Screw Loose Change:
One Last Shot of 9-11 Denial on the View  —  Ro leads with Willie Rodriguez and the poor man with his skin falling off, as usual assuming this means explosives.  But of course the man was burned by the fireball that traveled down the elevator shaft—even Willie used to admit that.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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: and Hot Air
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
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