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12:45 PM ET, May 29, 2007

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David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
It's Something About Those Orange Backgrounds...  In the future, all journalism will be done for us by important people posting their thoughts on blogs.  Two examples from Daily Kos, where, over the weekend, Cindy Sheehan had announced she was quitting the Democrats.  Here's Sheehan again, quitting... the anti-war movement!
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CBS News:
Cindy Sheehan Calls It Quits
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Social conservatives bite bullet, back Rudy  —  Rudy Giuliani, whose positions on abortion and homosexuality mark him as the most socially liberal Republican presidential candidate in more than a generation, is so far winning the contest for the support of social conservatives, according to a new analysis of recent polls.
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
TO TEMPER IMAGE, GIULIANI TRADES GROWL FOR SMILE  —  ATLANTA — Oh, baby, here it comes.  The gray-haired woman raises her hand and compliments His Honor for his Sept. 11 bravery.  Then she asks him:  —  Why does so much of the world hate us?  Haven't we failed to understand Arab grievances?
Edward / Heading Right:
Choosy Social Cons Choose Rudy
Discussion: The American Mind
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Progress in Iraq likely to miss target  —  Military officers doubt any of the three top goals will be achieved before the September assessment.  —  BAGHDAD — U.S. military leaders in Iraq are increasingly convinced that most of the broad political goals President Bush laid out early this year …
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Rules 'hiding' trillions in debt  —  Liability $516,348 per U.S. household  —  The federal government recorded a $1.3 trillion loss last year — far more than the official $248 billion deficit — when corporate-style accounting standards are used, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
Eoin Callan / Financial Times:
Zoellick frontrunner to lead World Bank  —  Robert Zoellick, former US deputy secretary of state, has emerged as the frontrunner to be the next president of the World Bank.  —  Senior US administration officials expect a decision on the successor to Paul Wolfowitz, who steps down as bank president …
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Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
Frist withdraws name from World Bank
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and All Spin Zone
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Bush the Neoliberal  —  Years ago, someone coined the term "neoliberal."  I was never sure what it meant, and it has since fallen into disuse, but whatever the case, I'd like to revive (and mangle) the term and apply it — brace yourself — to George W. Bush.  He's more liberal than you might think.
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Lawmakers Push for Big Subsidies for Coal Process  —  Even as Congressional leaders draft legislation to reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming, a powerful roster of Democrats and Republicans is pushing to subsidize coal as the king of alternative fuels.
Gateway Pundit:
Bush Proposes Action On Darfur Genocide- Blasts UN Approach  —  Enough is Enough.  —  Hundreds of thousands have died.  —  The genocide in Darfur continues.  —  And, the UN approach has not stopped the bloodshed.  —  Sheikas, or traditional women leaders, are seen at the south Darfur refugee camp of Kalma April 10, 2007.
Discussion: White House, Aljazeera and Reuters
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush to Tighten Fiscal Penalties Against Sudan
The Prowler / American Spectator:
Sooner Rather Than Later  —  COBURN OK  —  Sen. Tom Coburn is mulling an entry into the Republican presidential primary, according to sources inside and outside the Senate.  Coburn, a senator from Oklahoma, is believed to be receiving encouragement from a small group of wealthy businessmen …
Katherine Zoepf / New York Times:
Desperate Iraqi Refugees Turn to Sex Trade in Syria  —  MARABA, Syria — Back home in Iraq, Umm Hiba's daughter was a devout schoolgirl, modest in her dress and serious about her studies.  Hiba, who is now 16, wore the hijab, or Islamic head scarf, and rose early each day to say the dawn prayer before classes.
David A. Patten / Middle East Quarterly:
Is Iraq in a Civil War?  —  Many politicians have determined Iraq to be in a civil war.  "We're not fighting terrorism in Iraq," Rep. John Murtha (Democrat-Penn.) said on January 27, 2006, "We're fighting a civil war in Iraq."  [1] He is not alone.  On November 27, 2006 …
Darrell Issa / Washington Post:
The Case for Talking to Syria  —  As distasteful as the Syrian government is, Washington must reconsider its policy of non-engagement with Damascus.  Negotiations alone cannot fix the U.S.-Syrian relationship, and we should hold no illusions about the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Peter Berkowitz / Opinion Journal:
The Conservative Mind  —  The American right is a cauldron of debate; the left isn't.  —  The left prides itself on, and frequently boasts of, its superior appreciation of the complexity and depth of moral and political life.  But political debate in America today tells a different story.
Kevin / Pundit Review:
Michael Yon on The Awakening, live from Hit, Iraq  —  Bruce McQuain from QandO joined us for our discussion with Michael Yon live from Hit, Iraq.  Hit is in Anbar province and we spent a lot of time covering the success in Anbar and the so-called "awakening".
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Obama offers universal health care plan  —  IOWA CITY, Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) on Tuesday offered a sweeping health care plan that would provide every citizen a means for coverage and calls on government, businesses and consumers to share the costs of the program.
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
U.S. and Iranian Officials Meet in Baghdad, but Talks Yield No Breakthroughs  —  The United States and Iran held rare face-to-face talks in Baghdad on Monday, adhering to an agenda that focused strictly on the war in Iraq and on ways the two bitter adversaries could help improve conditions here.
 
 
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Randi Rhodes of Air America, No Holds Barred
Discussion: Alternate Brain
David Barboza / New York Times:
China Sentences Former Drug Regulator to Death
Tony Blair / NEWS.com.au:
Extremism can be defeated
Associated Press:
Romney criticized for Mormon faith in NH
Discussion: Townhall.com
Brian DeBose / Washington Times:
Minority caucuses question alien bill
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Gunmen Abduct Westerners in Iraq, Officials Say
Discussion: Hot Air and IraqSlogger.com
Ron Haskins / Washington Post:
The Rise Of the Bottom Fifth
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Boston Globe:
With Iowa lead, Romney faces big expectations
Discussion: The Caucus
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Jeffrey Goldberg / New Yorker:
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New York Times:
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Campaign Puts New Strain on Secret Service
Steven Thomma / Real Cities:
LETTER FROM WASHINGTON …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
AP Still Gets Kyoto History Wrong
Faiza Saleh Ambah / Washington Post:
For Cloaked Saudi Women, Color Is the New Black
Hindrocket / Power Line:
MISS UNIVERSE PULLS AN UPSET