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11:35 PM ET, May 27, 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.
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
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
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
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: Washington Times
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
'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
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
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and
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
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
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" …
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KC Johnson / Durham-in-Wonderland:
Trustees, Dartmouth, and the AP
Discussion: Power Line
Steve Vogel / Washington Post:
How the Pentagon Got Its Shape
Holly / The Moderate Voice:
An Interreligious Conversation with MvdG: Part One
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
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'
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
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Turnabout  —  Suppose the U.S. President were to propose …
Discussion: Angry Bear and Club for Growth
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 …