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2:10 PM ET, May 27, 2007


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Bush's Monica problem: the Gonzales mess  —  Gonzales, the president's lawyer and Texas buddy, is twisting slowly in the wind, facing a vote of no confidence from the Senate.  —  The United States Department of Justice has not always been above politics.  John F. Kennedy, after all …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Tales From The Department Of Justice  —  This keeps up, and I'm going to need more coffee.  Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas have quite the interesting article in Newsweek, but it requires a closer read because there is some connect the dots that needs to be done and several points …
Discussion: Norwegianity
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.
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 …
BBC:   Stop and quiz powers considered
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.
Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:   The Scarlet Tide  —  Andrew J. Bacevich on the death of his son in Iraq.
Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
Al-Qaeda chief urges Iraqis to export jihad  —  THE deputy leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has urged supporters in Iraq to extend their "holy war" to other Middle Eastern countries.  —  In a letter sent to the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq in the past few weeks, Zawahiri claims …
Michelle Malkin:
Reporting from Iraq...and keeping an eye on Afghanistan  —  Counterterrorism analyst Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is embedded in Iraq.  Read his latest dispatch from outside the wire: Patrolling Yarmouk.  —  Outside the Wire's J.D. Johannes, embedded with the Black Lions of Task Force 1-28 in Baghdad …
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
Unflattering Books Cause Hardly a Ripple  —  Politics as Usual As Sen. Clinton Traverses Iowa  —  As Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) campaigned across Iowa this weekend, she was asked about the war in Iraq, illegal immigration and even whether her husband, former president Bill Clinton …
Gary J. Bass / New York Times:
Clueless  —  Of all the people who deserve some blame for the debacle in Iraq, don't forget the American public.  Today, about two-thirds of Americans oppose the war.  But back in March 2003, when United States troops stormed into Iraq, nearly three out of four Americans supported the invasion.
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
So much news, so little sense  —  Item One: In Gaza, Islamic Jihad is planning to send waves of female suicide bombers into action against the Zionist Entity.  Asked by an Israeli reporter whether self-detonating ladies enjoy the same 72-virgin deal as the lads, an Arab scholar said no …
New York Post:
SHEEN RETHINKS NUTTY 9/11 FILM  —  SUPPORT for the loopy 9/11 documentary "Loose Change" - which argues that the World Trade Center terror attack was part of a secret U.S. government conspiracy - is quickly losing steam.  —  A source tells us Charlie Sheen "is having second thoughts" …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Washington Post:
U.S. Security Contractors Open Fire in Baghdad  —  Blackwater Employees Were Involved in Two Shooting Incidents in Past Week  —  Employees of Blackwater USA, a private security firm under contract to the State Department, opened fire on the streets of Baghdad twice in two days last week …
U.S. toll in Iraq for May surpasses 100
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.
Anthony DePalma / New York Times:
Michael Moore's Math: 'Sicko,' Castro and the '120 Years Club'  —  CUBA works hard to jam American TV signals and keep out decadent Hollywood films.  But it's a good bet that Fidel Castro's government will turn a blind eye to bootleg copies of "Sicko," Michael Moore's newest movie, if they show up on the streets of Havana.
Matt / Think Progress:
Borger Predicts 'Mass Resignation' Of House Members Due To Stricter Ethics Standards  —  On Thursday, the House passed new ethics legislation "that would penalize lawmakers who receive a wide range of favors from special interests, and would require lobbyists to disclose the campaign contributions they collect and deliver to lawmakers."
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
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Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Sessions: Time to draw down troops is coming
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Agence France Presse:
Al Gore slams 'trivialities and nonsense' in news media
Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: Bush 'Was Furious' Over NYT Report Of 2008 Withdrawal
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Turnabout  —  Suppose the U.S. President were to propose …
Discussion: Angry Bear and Club for Growth
Emily Friedlander / The Juggle:
Are You Better Off Than Your Parents?
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
A Long Time Gone  —  As Minnesota Guardsmen's Tour Is Extended …
Steven Pinker / New York Times:
The Known World  —  A baby sucks on a pencil and her panicky …
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House rejects forced microchip implants for violent criminals
William Yardley / New York Times:
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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
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Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Following up on an earlier post for a moment, it may seem odd …

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Thomas Germain / Gizmodo:
Google unveils Gemini, an AI model with Ultra, Pro, and Nano tiers, and plans a paid chatbot version in 2024; Google says Gemini Ultra beats GPT-4 on most tests

Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Apple and Google say the US government prevented them from detailing governments' push notification spying, and will now share info after Ron Wyden's letter

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
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