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4:50 PM ET, May 29, 2007

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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 …
Fox News:
Mexican Audience Boos Miss USA During Miss Universe Pageant  —  MEXICO CITY — It wasn't Miss USA's night.  —  Booed mercilessly at the Miss Universe pageant by a Mexican audience angry at U.S. immigration policy, and seen by millions of TV viewers as she slipped and fell on the pageant stage …
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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.
White House:
President Bush Discusses Genocide in Darfur, Implements Sanctions  —  Fact Sheet: Fighting Genocide in Darfur  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  For too long, the people of Darfur have suffered at the hands of a government that is complicit in the bombing, murder, and rape of innocent civilians.
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Washington Post:
Bush Intensifies Pressure on Sudan
CBS News:
Cindy Sheehan Calls It Quits  —  Anti-War Activist And Mom Of Killed G.I. In Iraq Resigns Role As "Face" Of Movement  —  (CBS/AP) Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan announced Monday she is giving up her role as the "face" of the American anti-war movement.  —  "I've been wondering …
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Angela K. Brown / Associated Press:
Sheehan 'resigns' as protest leader
Discussion: In From the Cold and All Spin Zone
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Court Protects Gender Discrimintion  —  As Ruth Bader Ginsburg notes, the evidence of gender discrimination in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear, decided today by the Supreme Court, is unambiguous: … Despite this, and contrary to the judgment of the EEOC, the Court by a bare 5-4 majority threw …
Discussion: TalkLeft and First Draft
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Worker Job-Bias Claims Limited by U.S. Supreme Court (Correct)
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 …
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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Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:   Send Wolfowitz to Iraq, Says GOP Lawmaker
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.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Campaign Puts New Strain on Secret Service  —  Big Field and Early Start Force Cuts in Other Efforts  —  The U.S. Secret Service expects to borrow more than 2,000 immigration officers and federal airport screeners next year to help guard an ever-expanding field of presidential candidates …
Rafael Noboa / Agence France Presse:
Venezuela protests TV clampdown by Chavez  —  CARACAS (AFP) - President Hugo Chavez's clampdown on opposition television stations widened Monday as police used rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators protesting what they called an attack on free speech.
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Romney Says 'No Salary' if President  —  DOVER, N.H. (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney, conceding that his business career helped him make more money than he expected, said Tuesday he would likely decline a salary as president and instead donate the money - and more - to charity.
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.
JD Johannes / Outside the Wire:
Kharmah Awakens  —  "In fact, there is a civil war in progress in Iraq, one comparable in important respects to other civil wars that have occurred in postcolonial states with weak institutions.  Those cases suggest that the Bush administration's political objective in Iraq—creating a stable …
Discussion: Pundit Review and BLACKFIVE
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?
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.
David Barboza / New York Times:
China Sentences Former Drug Regulator to Death  —  The former head of China's top food and drug safety agency was sentenced to death today after pleading guilty to corruption and accepting bribes, according to the state-controlled news media.  —  Zheng Xiaoyu, who served as director …
National Review:
Texas is a Better Place  —  Here follows a letter from a woman who recently attended the Texas funeral of her nephew, KIA in Iraq.  In many places around the country, members of the Sheehan-Reid-Obama-Clinton cult disrupt military funerals, but I doubt they would attempt to perform …
 
 
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Fitzgerald Again Points to Cheney
Discussion: The Mahablog and Guardian
White House:
President Bush Discusses Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Glynco, Georgia
Discussion: First Draft
Michel Comte / Middle East Times:
Afghans 'pessimistic' about NATO
Discussion: National Review
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Feds eye Stevens' home remodeling project
Julie Keller / E! Online:
Rosie Views End of Friendship with Elisabeth
BBC:
Outcry over TV kidney competition
Discussion: Althouse, On Deadline and Truthdig
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
"Verschärfte Vernehmung"
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
After everything we did for them  —  Tony Blair, in The Sunday Times this weekend:
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The Case for Talking to Syria
Ron Haskins / Washington Post:
The Rise Of the Bottom Fifth
Nancy Cleeland / The Huffington Post Full Blog Feed:
Why I'm Leaving The L.A. Times
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Analysis: The Bush take on U.S. opinion
Jeffrey Goldberg / New Yorker:
PARTY UNFAITHFUL
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
U.S. and Iranian Officials Meet in Baghdad, but Talks Yield No Breakthroughs
David A. Patten / Middle East Quarterly:
Is Iraq in a Civil War?
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Lawmakers Push for Big Subsidies for Coal Process