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1:45 PM ET, May 29, 2007

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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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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!
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Chicago Tribune
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 …
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.
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Ezra Klein:
Preventive Care vs. Health Care?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Unfogged
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber and This ain't Hell …
Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
Frist withdraws name from World Bank  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has withdrawn his name from consideration for World Bank president, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Monday.  —  Frist, a Tennessee Republican …
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and All Spin Zone
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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 …
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?
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Denial of Service  —  Estonia has been under assault: … This has been interesting for a few reasons.  On the geopolitical stage this seems to be yet another demonstration by Russia that it is still willing and capable to throw its weight around in the near abroad, without much apparent concern for international opinion.
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 …
New York Times:
Editorial: Make a Bad Bill Better  —  The great immigration struggle of 2007 has moved from the Senate chamber in Washington to the continent at large.  With Congress taking the week off, it's time for constituents to weigh in.  You can be sure of this much: The debate will get louder before it gets better.
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.
Ron Haskins / Washington Post:
The Rise Of the Bottom Fifth  —  How to Build on the Gains Of Welfare Reform  —  Imagine a line composed of every household with children in the United States, arranged from lowest to highest income.  Now, divide the line into five equal parts.  Which of the groups do you think enjoyed big increases in income since 1991?
 
 
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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White House:
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BuzzFlash.org:
Randi Rhodes of Air America, No Holds Barred
Discussion: Alternate Brain
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China Sentences Former Drug Regulator to Death
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Gunmen Abduct Westerners in Iraq, Officials Say
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Boston Globe:
With Iowa lead, Romney faces big expectations
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Why I'm Leaving The L.A. Times
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
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Peter Berkowitz / Opinion Journal:
The Conservative Mind  —  The American right is a cauldron of debate; the left isn't.
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
U.S. and Iranian Officials Meet in Baghdad, but Talks Yield No Breakthroughs
Kevin / Pundit Review:
Michael Yon on The Awakening, live from Hit, Iraq
Steven Thomma / Real Cities:
LETTER FROM WASHINGTON …
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AP Still Gets Kyoto History Wrong
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