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T.G.I. FRIDAY ITEMS
As Obama heads to New Orleans, BP now says won’t know about Top Kill success for yet another day. Rubber balls may be added to mix……Devastating from WSJ: "nobody in charge" on Deepwater Horizon rig on day of explosion.…. Newsweek on BP’s "photo blockade" of coverage of the spill….McClatchy on longterm economic fallout
NYT Magazine this Sunday takes hard look at singer M.I.A. (story online now), her "agitprop" and unsavory political link to Tamil Tigers. This led singer to tweet phone number of the writer, veteran Lynn Hirschberg—which led to deluge of calls to Lynn.
Another U.S. fatality in Afghanistan brings American military death toll there to 1,000 in AP’s count today, just in time for Memorial Day.
Charlie Savage: Senior U.N. official set to ask U.S. to halt CIA drone attacks. Should be interesting.
Hannah Allam, the longtime and great McClatchy/Knight Ridder bureau boss in Middle East, files good piece on life getting harder for average Iraqis during this "transition" period.
The Guardian with wonderful story about dozens of Italian women who have slept with priests who have written the Pope asking for easing of celibacy rules.
NOTE: No updates later today, sorry.
BLAIR WHICH? Full review of HBO film coming Saturday on "Special Relationship" between Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid) and Tony Blair (Michael Sheen, yet again). Hope Davis as Hillary, with a Lewinsky interlude.
Alex Massie in The Spectator on ex-Nation intern Nick Clegg’s challenge—and responsibility—as "Veep" of UK.