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1:00 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...
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 …
Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
Talks called positive as US asks Iran for help on Iraq  —  Tehran offers plan for security  —  WASHINGTON — In the highest-level public talks between the United States and Iran in nearly 30 years, US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker yesterday reached out to his Iranian counterpart for help …
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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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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: This ain't Hell …
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.
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.
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
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:
After everything we did for them  —  Tony Blair, in The Sunday Times this weekend:
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New York Times:
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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
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
Nancy Cleeland / The Huffington Post Full Blog Feed:
Why I'm Leaving The L.A. Times
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Jeffrey Goldberg / New Yorker:
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Steven Thomma / Real Cities:
LETTER FROM WASHINGTON …
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AP Still Gets Kyoto History Wrong
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
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