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9:30 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 …
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
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Tales From The Department Of Justice
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Flight 327: More To The Story
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed
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
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.
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
Don Surber:
That unmentioned al-Qaeda torture handbook is being used
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
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
'This Week' Immigration Showdown  —  Sen. Menendez and Secretary of Commerce Gutierrez Debate Family Reunification and the Proposed Immigration Reform  —  Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., spoke out against proposed immigration legislation in the Senate on ABC News' "This Week With George Stephanopoulos."
Discussion: The Caucus and LiberalOasis
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" …
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Bush sanctions 'black ops' against Iran  —  President George W Bush has given the CIA approval to launch covert "black" operations to achieve regime change in Iran, intelligence sources have revealed.  —  Mr Bush has signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a propaganda …
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
Holly / The Moderate Voice:
An Interreligious Conversation with MvdG: Part One  —  TMV Co-Blogger Michael vdG will ask me questions on his own blog and I will answer them here as time permits.  —  Michael begins by asking me what Jews believe about an Afterlife.  My best answer is, it depends!
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 …
William Lowther / Daily Mail:
Clinton 'planned to divorce Hillary to be with one of his many lovers'
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.
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 …
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A.M. Mora y Leon / Publius Pundit:
Rallying Big For Free Speech In Venezuela
Steve Vogel / Washington Post:
How the Pentagon Got Its Shape
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
The Raw Story:
In video, booing is at 1:52 remaining in the video
Discussion: News Hounds
 Earlier Items: 
Matt / Think Progress:
Borger Predicts 'Mass Resignation' Of House Members Due To Stricter Ethics Standards
Michelle Malkin:
Reporting from Iraq...and keeping an eye on Afghanistan
Anthony DePalma / New York Times:
Michael Moore's Math: 'Sicko,' Castro and the '120 Years Club'
Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol: Bush 'Was Furious' Over NYT Report Of 2008 Withdrawal
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Turnabout  —  Suppose the U.S. President were to propose …
Discussion: Angry Bear and Club for Growth
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 …
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
So much news, so little sense