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British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told aides that he will step down as the leader of his party on May 31, 2007, and resign as prime minister on July 26, according to the British tabloid The Sun. He had already announced he would not seek a fourth term in office, but this is the first news of a specific resignation date.

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More than a million worshipers in Spain showed up to hear the pope deliver a homily in which he made a veiled attack on Spain's liberal legal attitude toward gay marriage and divorce. Conspicuously not in attendance: the Spanish prime minister. It's apparently the first time in history that a Spanish leader has missed such an address. Que bueno. Memo to Pope Benedict XVI: Keep on dressing up hate speech as The Good News and you'll continue to be marginalized by more-enlightened world leaders.

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The media continues to fizz with excitement at Bush's "spontaneous" trip to Iraq, and his "eye to eye" with Prime Minister Maliki. However, continuously escalating violence reveals his visit to be just another misleading "Mission Accomplished" photo-op moment.

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The British leader has been battered in the polls as of late, and in the UK it's a lot easier to remove a head of government than it is here. AMERICAblog has the gossip (and that's all it is now.)

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