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9:30 AM ET, May 31, 2007

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ArkansasTimes:
It's official  —  The U.S. Justice Department has notified Arkansas's congressional delegation that Interim Eastern District U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin is resigning effective Friday, June 1.  Jane Duke will become acting U.S. attorney.  (This is the assistant in the office who the Justice Department once …
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Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
Minnesota case fits pattern in attorneys flap  —  Republicans wanted more vigorous efforts to legally challenge questionable voters in state.  —  For more than 15 years, clean-cut, square-jawed Tom Heffelfinger was the embodiment of a tough Republican prosecutor.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Rove-Protege Tim Griffin Resigns As U.S. Attorney  —  The Arkansas Times reports that the controversial U.S. attorney in Arkansas, Tim Griffin, has resigned: … Griffin, a former protege of Karl Rove, was formerly research director of the Republican National Committee.
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Justice Dept. probes its hirings
Discussion: The Sideshow and On Deadline
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Expands Probe To Include Hiring Practices
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Leila Fadel / Real Cities:
Lieberman talks to troops in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Spc. David Williams, 22, of Boston, Mass., had two note cards in his pocket Wednesday afternoon as he waited for Sen. Joseph Lieberman.  Williams serves in the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., the first of the five "surge" …
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Nico / Think Progress:
Lieberman Confronted By Troops In Iraq: 'When Are We Going To Get Out Of Here?'  —  Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) made an unannounced trip to Iraq today, telling reporters, "what I see here today is progress, significant progress."  Hours later, he was confronted by U.S. soldiers …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Of Market Forces And Organ Donors  —  Until now, I have not commented on the story regarding the Dutch game-show giveaway of two kidneys, which may surprise CQ readers, since the issue is one that hits very close to home for my family.  Michael van der Galien's post about the television competition …
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Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
One-time ally is set to compete vs. McCain  —  May. 31, 2007 12:00 AM He endorsed Sen. John McCain's 2000 insurgent campaign for president, at the time saying the Arizona Republican "has shown characteristics of leadership like nobody I've ever seen."  —  After that election …
Discussion: The Fix, The Caucus and USA Today
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New York Times:
Stir in G.O.P. as Ex-Senator Moves to Run
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 …
Neil Buckley / Financial Times:
Litvinenko was British spy, says Lugovoi  —  Andrei Lugovoi, the Russian accused by the UK of murdering Alexander Litvinenko has claimed he has evidence that British intelligence was involved in the poisoning of the former KGB officer.  —  Mr Lugovoi said he believed the UK intelligence services …
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AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Litvinenko Was British Spy, Lugovoi Was Being Recruited
James Meikle / Guardian:
Lecturers vote for Israel boycott  —  University lecturers threatened yesterday to provoke international condemnation by forcing their union into a year-long debate over boycotting work with Israeli universities.  —  Delegates at the first conference of the new University and College Union …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama and Romney Lay Out Positions on Iraq and Beyond  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney outline their respective foreign policy visions in lengthy articles in the next issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, offering sharp contrasts on issues including the war in Iraq and climate change.
Kathleen Hennessey / Associated Press:
Clinton defends Iraq war funding vote  —  LAS VEGAS - White House hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday defended her vote against an Iraq war funding bill, saying she believes President Bush will begin withdrawing troops from Iraq soon.  —  The New York senator said she came …
Discussion: CorrenteWire and Taylor Marsh
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Kathleen Hennessey / Associated Press:
Sen. Clinton Defends Private Jet Travel
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Giuliani Lashes Into Clinton Over 'Staggering' Tax Hike  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Mayor Giuliani is labeling Senator Clinton's plan to reverse President Bush's tax cuts "an astounding, staggering tax increase" that would turn back the clock and damage America's economy.
Gordy Slack / Salon:
Inside the Creation Museum  —  Adam and Eve frolic amid the dinosaurs in the new $27 million museum that demonstrates Darwin has nothing on the Book of Genesis.  —  Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, depicted in the Creation Museum.  —  The Creation Museum swung open its stegosaurus-guarded gates …
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Hopkins Aid Officer Was Paid More by Lenders Than Disclosed  —  Hopkins Official Paid by Lenders Was Seen as a Stickler  —  A former financial aid director at Johns Hopkins University who cultivated a national reputation as a stickler for ethics accepted more than $130,000 …
Space News From SpaceDaily.Com:
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Not Sure Global Warming A Problem  —  Michael Griffin NASA Administrator has told America's National Public Radio that while he has no doubt a trend of global warming exists "I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with."
Josh White / Washington Post:
Death of Guantanamo Detainee Is Apparent Suicide, Military Says  —  A Saudi detainee at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was found dead in his cell from an apparent suicide yesterday afternoon, military officials said.  He would be the fourth detainee to take his own life at the facility in the past year.
Washington Post:
U.N. Council Backs Tribunal For Lebanon  —  Beirut Braces for Unrest After Vote To Pursue Assassins of Former Premier  —  A sharply divided U.N. Security Council voted Wednesday to create an international criminal tribunal to prosecute the masterminds of the February 2005 suicide bombing …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
 
 
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Gerard Baker / Opinion Journal:
Continental Drift  —  Europe shows signs of life …
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Gateway Pundit:
Human Shields in Iraq
USA Today:
MRAPs can't stop newest weapon
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Big Disparities in Judging of Asylum Cases
Associated Press:
Lovers' Strife Over Religion Surfaces in Family Slaying Case
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
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Guardian:
Carbon labels to help save the planet
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Jim Garamone / DefenseLINK:
Officers Describe al Qaeda Prison Rescue Mission
Demetri Sevastopulo / MSNBC:
ACLU sues Boeing arm over CIA renditions
Scott Lanman / Bloomberg:
Virginia's Kaine Warns Democrats Protectionism Is a `Loser'
Associated Press:
U.S. soldiers with missing limbs are being allowed to return to active duty
Discussion: TalkLeft
National Review:
New Boss at World Bank
Discussion: Power Line
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
Iraq—the Coming GOP Collapse?