The Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq aims to capitalize on the disarray within Moqtada al-Sadr's movement ahead of provincial elections planned for October.
For voters, a resurgent Taliban may challenge McCain's view that Iraq is the center of the war on terror.
Readers write about Supreme Court politics, immigrant workers, potential conflict with Iran, and green lumberjack competitions.
Optimistic comments from the Iranian foreign minister suggest that an accord with West may yet be reached.
Secretary Rice has floated the idea of an interests-section office – a step down from an embassy.