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4:00 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
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
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.
NASA Chief Questions Urgency of Global Warming  —  · NASA administrator Michael Griffin defends the space agency's programs, including plans for a permanent moon base and manned missions to Mars.  He also says that while NASA studies climate change, the agency has no authorization to …
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 …
New York Times:
Injustice 5, Justice 4  —  The Supreme Court struck a blow for discrimination this week by stripping a key civil rights law of much of its potency.  The majority opinion, by Justice Samuel Alito, forced an unreasonable reading on the law, and tossed aside longstanding precedents to rule …
Discussion: QandO and TalkLeft
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Oral Dissents Give Ginsburg a New Voice on Court
Discussion: Althouse and k / o
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.
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.
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.
Associated Press:
White House envisions "Korean model" in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush would like to see the U.S. military provide long-term stability in Iraq as it has in South Korea, where thousands of American troops have been based for more than half a century, the White House said Wednesday.
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 …
Lou Dobbs / CNN:
An answer for my critics  —  Editor's note: Lou Dobbs' commentary appears weekly on  This commentary is a transcript of a commentary Lou delivered on "Lou Dobbs Tonight"  —  NEW YORK — I've been — over the years, because of our reporting on controversial issues and my strongly held beliefs …
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake, TalkLeft and Daily Kos
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.
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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
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Foreign Affairs:
Renewing American Leadership
Rob Bluey / Bluey Blog:
Jeb Bush, Ken Mehlman: Illegal Aliens Will Vote Republican
Joe Klein / Time:
Mitt Romney's Disappointing Campaign
Jules Crittenden:
About That Pajamas Thing  —  Reader Salty Dog correctly notes …
Associated Press:
Donor gives $100 million for low-income scholarships
 Earlier Items: 
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
With Spear And Magic Helmet?
Washington Post:
A Presidential Daughter Gears Up for the Next Chapter in Her Life
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Md. Bank Freezes Funds of Scholar Jailed in Tehran
Des Moines Register:
Yepsen: Biden's vote for war funding a profile in courage
Washington Post:
Bush Reaches to Putin as Relations Continue to Slide
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Economic Growth Skids to a Near Halt
Discussion: Thought Theater
Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:
What Would Americans Tell President Bush to Do About Iraq?
Gateway Pundit:
Human Shields in Iraq