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5:30 PM ET, May 31, 2007


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Sam Brownback / New York Times:
What I Think About Evolution  —  IN our sound-bite political culture, it is unrealistic to expect that every complicated issue will be addressed with the nuance or subtlety it deserves.  So I suppose I should not have been surprised earlier this month when, during the first Republican presidential debate …
National Review:
Sam I Am  —  Here is Sam Brownback talking about evolutionary biology.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Macsmind
Dallas Morning News:
A spreading terror  —  Iraq now set up as a school for insurgents ready to be exported, says GEORGIE ANNE GEYER  —  Anyone who knows anything about cancer knows that the danger point comes when the cancer suddenly and unexpectedly appears in another supposedly "clean" part of the body.
NASA's Top Official Questions Global Warming  —  NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Questions Need to Combat Warming  —  NASA administrator Michael Griffin is drawing the ire of his agency's preeminent climate scientists after apparently downplaying the need to combat global warming.
Associated Press:
U.S. Commanders Talking to Iraqi Militants About Cease-Fires  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. military commanders are talking with Iraqi militants about cease-fires and other arrangements to try to stop the violence, the No. 2 American commander said Thursday.  —  Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno …
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and The Newshoggers
CBS News:
Extreme TB Patient Taken To Denver  —  CBS News: Andrew Harley Speaker, 31, Undergoing Tests At Hospital Specializing In Respiratory Disorders  —  (CBS/AP) A tuberculosis patient under the first federal quarantine since 1963 was taken Thursday to National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver …
TB patient's relative works on TB research
Discussion: Shakesville and The RBC
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Time for 'Plan B-H' in Iraq?  —  President Bush said publicly last Thursday what his top aides have been discussing privately for weeks.  He talked about a transition to "a different configuration" in Iraq after the surge of U.S. troops is completed this summer.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:   Endgame Ahead  —  While the rest of us enjoyed our holiday …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Case for Conservatism  —  Conservatism's recovery of its intellectual equilibrium requires a confident explanation of why America has two parties and why the conservative one is preferable.  Today's political argument involves perennial themes that give it more seriousness than many participants understand.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Fred Thompson, "tough guy" and "folksy cultural conservative"  —  Newsweek's Howard Fineman — last seen expressing admiration for the "reassuring" "male" qualities exuded by the GOP presidential field — was on Hardball last night heaping praise on Fred Thompson.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards now saying he read Iraq report  —  John Edwards told a Google "town hall" yesterday that he had read the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate, the summary of the evidence that led to war in Iraq.  —  "There was this National Intelligence Estimate, that was confidential …
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
Reggie's Got Mail—But We'll Have Mail, Too, on June 5  —  First the bad news: we're not getting the letters sent in support of sentencing until the hearing.  I had hoped to send a letter urging for their earlier release.  The media and the blogosphere, after all, are going to be in a much better position …
White House:
President Bush Discusses United States International Development Agenda  —  Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center  —  Washington, D.C.  —  MRS. BUSH: Thank you, George, for that kind introduction.  Thanks to the United States Global Leadership Council for hosting us this morning.
Joe Klein / Time:
Mitt Romney's Disappointing Campaign  —  Mitt Romney is the fastest-talking presidential candidate I have ever seen.  He dashes through his stump speech like a racehorse in full gallop — he even looks a bit equine — his feet barely touching the ground as he skims the surface of issues.
Foreign Affairs:
Renewing American Leadership  —  Summary: After Iraq, we may be tempted to turn inward.  That would be a mistake.  The American moment is not over, but it must be seized anew.  We must bring the war to a responsible end and then renew our leadership — military, diplomatic, moral …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Caucus
Gerard Baker / Opinion Journal:
Continental Drift  —  Europe shows signs of life, but Walter Laqueur argues that it's still dying.  —  If you've heard the celebratory noises coming out of European capitals of late, you could be forgiven for thinking that, as with Mark Twain's prematurely recorded demise, reports of Europe's death may have been greatly exaggerated.
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Ex-Clinton FBI chief pushing Prez Rudy  —  Louis Freeh, Democrat Bill Clinton's FBI director, is going over to the other side in a big way today - endorsing Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, the Daily News has learned.  —  The high-profile endorsement is a boon to the former mayor …
Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:
What Would Americans Tell President Bush to Do About Iraq?  —  Majority would tell president to bring troops home from Iraq or develop exit strategy  —  PRINCETON, NJ — What would Americans say to President Bush if they could talk to him about the situation in Iraq for 15 minutes?
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Al Pessin / Voice of America:
US General Says He May Need More Time to Assess Iraq Surge
Michael Yon:
The Final Option  —  Left to Right: Lieutenant Colonel Doug Crissman …
Discussion: Fox News and Neptunus Lex
Bryan / Hot Air:
Arizona: The national GOP in microcosm
Discussion: Bluey Blog and The Jawa Report
National Review:
From last night's Special Report with Brit Hume: —On the Immigration Bill
Fred Thompson /
Living in Terror  —  Let me ask you a hypothetical question.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Why Do We Stay In Iraq?  —  Josh Marshall heads down the path to madness in order
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Putin: U.S. has triggered new arms race
Discussion: GINA COBB and Shakesville
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
OF ASHES AND SASHES  —  Vacancy Signs Point to a Very "Special" Summer
Discussion: Facing South and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Air Force Academy Commencement
Discussion: CJR and Early Warning
Associated Press:
Donor gives $100 million for low-income scholarships
Washington Post:
A Presidential Daughter Gears Up for the Next Chapter in Her Life
Associated Press:
White House envisions "Korean model" in Iraq
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Oral Dissents Give Ginsburg a New Voice on Court
Discussion: Althouse and k / o
Des Moines Register:
Yepsen: Biden's vote for war funding a profile in courage
Gateway Pundit:
Human Shields in Iraq