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11:35 AM ET, May 28, 2007


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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.
Gov. Bill Richardson / MSNBC:
'Meet the Press' transcript for May 27, 2007  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Our Meet the Candidates 2008 series continues.  An exclusive interview with Democrat Bill Richardson.  He is now in his fifth year as governor of New Mexico.  He was United States congressman …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Lonewacko
Boston Globe:
Contender Richardson wants to have it all  —  Can anyone be a New York Yankees fan and a Boston Red Sox fan at the same time and win the presidency?  —  Democratic candidate Bill Richardson wants to have it all.  —  "I'm a Red Sox fan," said the New Mexico governor, who was born in Pasadena …
Associated Press:
Richardson to Stop Using Name of Marine  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Presidential hopeful Bill Richardson said Sunday he will stop using the name of Marine from New Mexico who was killed in Iraq and whose story the Democratic governor has recounted while campaigning.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Tim Montgomerie / Britain and America:
British media could swing the next US election  —  By Tim Montgomerie, Editor of  —  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.
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.
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
Jules Crittenden:
Memorial Day on the Ground  —  A quick glance around:  —  Acute Politics with Promotion Party and Gator.  Not exactly Memorial Day pieces, but they are, when you live where every day is Memorial Day.  For the occasion, here's a reprise of the Devil's Windchimes, which Don calls The Road to Hell.
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.
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.
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.
Des Moines Register:
Vilsack becomes key player in Clinton campaign  —  Aides say the efforts seem to be tied to a possible role of running mate.  —  Sioux Center, Ia.  - Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has assumed a role in Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign unlike any of the New York Democrat's other national advisers.
Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
Cops: Japanese minister commits suicide  —  TOKYO - Japan's agriculture minister died Monday after hanging himself just hours before he was to face questioning in a political scandal, officials said, dealing a powerful blow to the increasingly beleaguered government ahead of July elections.
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
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 …
Gateway Pundit:
Hugo Chavez Silences the Opposition- Sends Tanks In!  —  UPDATE- This has been updated below since Hugo Chavez sent tanks in for the first time to an opposition rally!  —  There is very sad news from Venezuela this weekend.  —  Hugo Chavez is proceeding with his plan to silence all opposition.
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Another Top Bush Aide Makes an Exit
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Silence Speaks Volumes at Intersection of Views on Iraq War
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Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Charles Nelson Reilly, Tony-Winning Comic Actor, Dies at 76
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Associated Press:
Bush visits Arlington for Memorial Day
Weekly Standard:
Congress Gives In On War Funding
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Lee Bandy / The Politico:
Romney struggling in S.C.
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Memo: A Devil in the Details, but Not the Constitution
Eric Felten / Wall Street Journal:
In Search of the Real Tom Collins
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New York Times:
Militants Widen Reach as Terror Seeps Out of Iraq
Little Green Footballs:
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