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9:55 AM ET, May 28, 2007


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Wolfowitz blames media for exit  —  The outgoing president of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz, has told the BBC an "overheated" atmosphere at the bank and in the media forced him to resign.  —  Mr Wolfowitz stood down after a scandal over his role in winning a new pay and promotion package for his girlfriend.
Tim Montgomerie / Britain and America:
British media could swing the next US election  —  Tim Montgomerie, Editor of, writes...  Paul Wolfowitz gave what I think was his first interview this morning since giving up his battle to stay World Bank President.  He chose to give it to the BBC World Service.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Trust and Betrayal  —  Future historians will shake their heads over how easily America was misled into war.
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 …
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.
Alison Leigh Cowan / New York Times:
Wealthy Enclave Offers Windfall for Candidates  —  Senator John McCain made his pitch to this gilded shoreline suburb back in April.  Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts came on May 7, followed one night later by former President Bill Clinton on behalf of his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
John / Argghhh!:
MEMORIAL DAY 2007.  —  Today, we honor those who have gone before.  In November, we honor the living.  —  I don't mind the sales.  Commerce built this country.  I don't mind "Going to the Lake" - having fun with family and friends makes life worth living.  And this day is about having a life worth living.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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
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.
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 …
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
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
Lee Bandy / The Politico:
Romney struggling in S.C.  —  Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has surged into the lead in polls in two early voting states — Iowa and New Hampshire.  But, for some strange reason, Romney has fallen short in his struggle to rise above single digits in South Carolina.
Discussion: The Blue State
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.
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?
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Peter Collier / Opinion Journal:
America's Honor  —  The stories behind Memorial Day.
Jon Mooallem / New York Times:
The Unintended Consequences of Hyperhydration
Discussion: The Impolitic
Atrios / Eschaton:
Buffoon  —  When I was a younger [lad] man, there was no one around …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Memo: A Devil in the Details, but Not the Constitution
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In Search of the Real Tom Collins
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Bob Johnson / Associated Press:
Ala. Terror Web Site Angers Activists
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Atlantic Online:
Back to the Schools  —  Oh man.  I don't think I've seen anyone …
A.M. Mora y Leon / Publius Pundit:
Rallying Big For Free Speech In Venezuela