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7:55 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 …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Al Qaeda's Enabler
Des Moines Register:
Norman: Grassley won't say how he'll vote on Gonzales  —  POTOMAC FEVER  —  A vote of no confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is brewing in the U.S. Senate, and Sen. Charles Grassley will not commit yet on how he would vote.  —  That lack of enthusiasm might be an answer in itself.
Bart Leahy /
For Space Entrepreneurs, Access Equals Economic Growth  —  DALLAS, Texas - Taking advantage of the theme of the panel he was speaking on, Jim Benson, CEO of the Benson Space Company, officially announced changes to the basic design of his company's Dream Chaser space tourism vehicle Friday.
Glenn Reynolds /
SO MY PANEL was on — hold your breath — blogging …
Discussion: MSNBC
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?
Michelle Malkin:
How not to honor a fallen soldier  —  Welcome to Memorial Day 2007.  Here's a lesson in How Not To Honor a Fallen Soldier 101.  Don't do what Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson did to fallen Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Austin:  —  Get his name wrong.  —  Exploit his death on the campaign trail.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!  —  It was five years ago today, or this weekend anyway, when I set up the original Power Line site on Blogger.  The site's name, as many of our readers already know, was suggested by a thirteen-year-old friend of my oldest daughter.  Scott and I had been writing together …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes  —  Tonight, I'm down at my Mom's house in Columbus, Georgia for a bit of preliminary birthday celebration (hooray!).  I walked outside my apartment in Athens this morning and the air smelled of burning, which means that the smoke from the massive …
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: Not to See the Fallen Is No Favor  —  On this Memorial Day, thousands of United States men and women are engaged in untold acts of bravery and drudgery on behalf of what our leaders have defined as vital American interests in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Discussion: The Impolitic
Scott Bronstein / CNN:
Group: Terrorism not focus of Homeland Security … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Claims of terrorism represented less than 0.01 percent of charges filed in recent years in immigration courts by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a report issued Sunday by an independent research group.
Discussion: The Impolitic and AMERICAblog
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
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
Jon Mooallem / New York Times:
The Unintended Consequences of Hyperhydration  —  It's easy to find, in the mightily expanding iconography of American waste, the monumental (a ziggurat of flattened cars), the sinister (ocher sludge foaming on a riverbank) and the sublime (a plastic bag fluttering in a Japanese maple).
Discussion: The Impolitic
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.
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
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