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12:55 AM ET, May 28, 2007


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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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   TRAINING THE ENEMY....In the New York Times today, Michael Kamber writes …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Flight 327: More To The Story
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: Washington Times
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The Constitutional Crisis Within  —  After the White House Counsel and Chief of Staff had tried to shake down the sedated and ailing Attorney General in his hospital bed.  —  After those two officials did not so much as acknowledge the presence of the Acting Attorney General and the head of OLC, standing there in the hospital room.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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.
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
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Death Cult Children's Theater  —  Uploaded to YouTube by a Hamas supporter last April, this is one of the most unbelievably evil videos I've ever seen.  —  It's a home movie from hell, featuring a group of young girls dressed as suicide bombers and terrorists, waving knives and guns …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: School pageant, Palestinian style; Update: YouTube deleting comments?
New York Times:
Militants Widen Reach as Terror Seeps Out of Iraq  —  When Muhammad al-Darsi got out of prison in Libya last year after serving time for militant activities, he had one goal: killing Americans in Iraq.  —  A recruiter he found on the Internet arranged to meet him on a bridge in Damascus, Syria.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Prairie Weather
Eric Felten / Wall Street Journal:
In Search of the Real Tom Collins  —  How a classic cocktail got a bad name — and how to make it right  —  Memorial Day wasn't always on a Monday.  Inaugurated shortly after the Civil War, the holiday was originally known as "Decoration Day," and came to be observed in most states on May 30 of each year.
Discussion: National Review
Venezuela TV station says troops seized equipment  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan troops have seized an anti-government television channel's broadcast equipment, the station said on Sunday, ahead of a controversial midnight EDT/0400 GMT takeover by President Hugo Chavez that will take the broadcaster off the air.
Daniel / Venezuela News And Views:
The countdown to RCTV closing  —  The hours are tense and spirits frayed.  The Metropolitan police is becoming aggressive, protesters also.  —  The government keeps up its increasing inanities.  Foreign and national condemnations keep arriving and chavismo can only speak of an international conspiracy.
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Memo: A Devil in the Details, but Not the Constitution  —  When people think, if they ever do, about a Supreme Court justice's daily routine, many undoubtedly envision a life spent contemplating the great issues: due process, equal protection and other resonant constitutional concepts.
The Atlantic Online:
Back to the Schools  —  Oh man.  I don't think I've seen anyone make a serious effort to argue that ongoing school construction endeavors in Iraq outweigh the fact that we aren't achieving any of our mission objectives, but apparently Chris Muir didn't get the memo that these talking points are inoperative:
Discussion: Eunomia
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: Hot Air and Blue Crab Boulevard
Don Surber:
That unmentioned al-Qaeda torture handbook is being used
Bob Johnson / Associated Press:
Ala. Terror Web Site Angers Activists  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Homeland Security has taken down a Web site it operated that included gay rights and anti-war organizations in a list of groups that could include terrorists.  —  The Web site identified different types of terrorists …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Glenn Reynolds /
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: and MSNBC
KC Johnson / Durham-in-Wonderland:
Trustees, Dartmouth, and the AP  —  The Duke case has provided a good example of how Boards of Trustees, by taking an excessively passive approach to their oversight role, can cause significant harm to an institution.  —  But Duke is hardly alone.  The Dartmouth administration also made a name …
Discussion: Power Line
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Buffoon  —  When I was a younger [lad] man, there was no one around …
Holly / The Moderate Voice:
An Interreligious Conversation with MvdG: Part One
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
McCain: Current Iraq plan is best option
More than 100 U.S. soldiers killed in May
Washington Post:
Democrats Prepare for Another Funding Battle
Kevorkian Release Nears
Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Antiwar base directs wrath at Democrats
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Sessions: Time to draw down troops is coming
 Earlier Items: 
The Raw Story:
In video, booing is at 1:52 remaining in the video
Discussion: News Hounds
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Matt / Think Progress:
Borger Predicts 'Mass Resignation' Of House Members Due To Stricter Ethics Standards
Anthony DePalma / New York Times:
Michael Moore's Math: 'Sicko,' Castro and the '120 Years Club'
Washington Post:
Unflattering Books Cause Hardly a Ripple
Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: Bush 'Was Furious' Over NYT Report Of 2008 Withdrawal
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Reuters
Washington Post:
U.S. Security Contractors Open Fire in Baghdad
Gary J. Bass / New York Times:
Clueless  —  Of all the people who deserve some blame …