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7:40 PM ET, May 27, 2007

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Peter S. Canellos / Boston Globe:
GOP rivals embrace unproven Iraq-9/11 tie  —  WASHINGTON — In defending the Iraq war, leading Republican presidential contenders are increasingly echoing words and phrases used by President Bush in the run-up to the war that reinforce the misleading impression that Iraq was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
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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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Al Qaeda's Enabler  —  The president's press conference last week left me at a loss for words.  Spluttering is not a real response.  But how else to respond to man who has spawned a catastrophe in the Middle East and then behaves as if it's his critics who are out of touch with reality?
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Impolitic
Newsweek:
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 …
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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
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
More details on Flight 327 released  —  The inspector general for Homeland Security late Friday released new details of what federal air marshals say was a terrorist dry run aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 327 from Detroit to Los Angeles on June 29, 2004.  —  Several portions of the report remain redacted.
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:   NORTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT 327: A TERRORIST DRY RUN
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Flight 327: More To The Story
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed Driscoll.com
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.
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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 …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
U.S. rescues 42 Iraqis from Al Qaeda hideout  —  BAGHDAD — U.S. forces raided an Al Qaeda hide-out northeast of Baghdad on Sunday and freed 42 Iraqis imprisoned inside, including some who had been tortured and suffered broken bones, a senior U.S. military official said Sunday.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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Don Surber:
That unmentioned al-Qaeda torture handbook is being used
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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" …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
SO MY PANEL was on — hold your breath — blogging, and featured Anthony Duignan-Cabrera of Space.Com, Alan Boyle of MSNBC's Cosmic Log, Rob Pearlman of CollectSpace, and uber-spaceblogger Jeff Foust.  (Another uber-spaceblogger, Clark Lindsey, wasn't here, and was missed.)
Discussion: SPACE.com
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 …
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Financial Times:
Tehran confident ahead of US talks  —  By Gareth Smyth in Tehran and Guy Dinmore in Washington  —  Iran enters talks with the US in Baghdad on Monday confident that the situation in Iraq is working in its favour but wary that Washington may not have abandoned hopes for regime change in Iran or may plan to bomb its nuclear facilities.
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.
Michael Kamber / New York Times:
Doubts Grow as G.I.'s in Iraq Find Allies in Enemy Ranks  —  BAGHDAD — Staff Sgt. David Safstrom does not regret his previous tours in Iraq, not even a difficult second stint when two comrades were killed while trying to capture insurgents.  —  "In Mosul, in 2003, it felt like we were making the city a better place," he said.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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."
A.M. Mora y Leon / Publius Pundit:
Rallying Big For Free Speech In Venezuela  —  Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans demonstrate for free speech in Caracas  —  Imagine a world with no free press.  For many Venezuelans, this has dawned on them that this is no imaginative idea anymore, for the first time.
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.
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.
 
 
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Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
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Faiz / Think Progress:
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Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Turnabout  —  Suppose the U.S. President were to propose …
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Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
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Steven Pinker / New York Times:
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