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3:05 PM ET, May 30, 2007

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Fred Thompson running for president  —  Fred Dalton Thompson is planning to enter the presidential race over the Fourth of July holiday, announcing that week that he has already raised several million dollars and is being backed by insiders from the past three Republican administrations, Thompson advisers told The Politico.
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Fred Thompson to Form Presidential Committee  —  "Law and Order" star Fred Thompson  —  will make his flirtation with a White  —  House bid official this week, forming  —  a presidential committee and launching  —  a fundraising effort that could culminate  —  in a formal announcement over the July 4th
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Testing the Waters  —  Fred Thompson, candidate-in-waiting.  —  FRED THOMPSON IS RUNNING for the Republican presidential nomination.  In a conference call Monday, Thompson addressed a group of more than 100 supporters and fundraisers whom the campaign has dubbed First Day Founders.
National Review:
No July 4 Announcement For Fred Thompson  —  Just talked to a Thompson source I'll call "TA3" (Thompson Associate 3).  Much more coming shortly, but the first word was, there will not be a presidential announcement from Fred Thompson on July 4.  —  (The Politico got it wrong, it appears.)
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME
Ryan Sager / New York Sun:
Thompson To Dip His Toes
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
How Fred Thompson skews GOP race
Discussion: The Fix and TIME: Swampland
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Right-wing noise machine: Plame not covert  —  (updated below - updated again - Update III)  —  NBC News, yesterday: … The right-wing noise machine spent the last two years repeatedly, continuously and emphatically telling their followers the exact opposite:
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economix: Truth, Fiction and Lou Dobbs  —  The whole controversy involving Lou Dobbs and leprosy started with a "60 Minutes" segment a few weeks ago.  —  The segment was a profile of Mr. Dobbs, and while doing background research for it, a "60 Minutes" producer came across a 2005 news report …
The Hill:
GOP plots blue-slip attack  —  House conservatives are ready to stop the Senate immigration bill in its tracks with a potent procedural weapon should the contentious measure win passage in the upper chamber.  —  The trump card conservatives may hold is a constitutional rule that revenue-related bills must originate in the House.
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Pat Milton / Associated Press:
ACLU: Boeing offshoot helped CIA  —  NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday it is suing Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Co., claiming it provided secret CIA transportation services to shuttle three terrorism suspects overseas, where they were tortured.
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ACLU:   ACLU Sues Boeing Subsidiary for Participation in CIA Kidnapping and Torture Flights
Michelle Malkin:
The persecution of Lina Joy, continued  —  No, you cannot convert: Three cheers for sharia!  —  Last August, I wrote about the plight of an ex-Muslim woman in Malaysia named Lina Joy.  She had converted to Christianity and wanted to marry a Christian man.
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Reuters:
Malaysia's Lina Joy loses Islam conversion case
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Mahdi army 'seized kidnapped Britons'  —  A Shia militia commander claimed today that the five British nationals kidnapped in Baghdad were driven straight into a hostage holding centre in a neighbourhood ruled by the firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.  —  A cell commander in Sadr's Mahdi army …
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Martin Samuel / Times of London:
SAS team ready for Iraq hostage hunt
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama won't play by the book  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) isn't playing it by the book.  —  As other White House hopefuls for the Democratic nomination scramble to attend every major event in key primary states, Obama picks and chooses.  —  And while Democratic candidates court their liberal base …
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Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog:
Lieberman in Iraq sees "progress," says so-called surge "would start to break the insurgency"  —  What a coincidence.  Two years after Cheney said the insurgency was in its last throes, Joe Lieberman made essentially the same prediction.  —  CNN reports that Lieberman is on an unannounced "surprise" visit to Baghdad.
David Boaz / NY Daily News:
Libertarians, beware the rigid reign of Rudy  —  Behind Rudy Giuliani's impressive lead in the polls is one fact that puzzles the pundits: Many cultural conservatives are backing a pro-choice, pro-gun control candidate.  But what should be equally surprising is the strong support Giuliani …
Reuters:
Bush envisions U.S. presence in Iraq like S.Korea  —  Source: Reuters  —  President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Dying for an Iraq That Isn't  —  Of all the absurdities attending our unending war in Iraq, the greatest is this: We are fighting to defend that which is not there.  —  We are fighting for a national government that is not national but sectarian, and has shown no capacity to govern.
Bill Blakemore / ABCNEWS:
NASA: Danger Point Closer Than Thought From Warming  —  'Disastrous Effects' of Global Warming Tipping Points Near, According to New Study  —  Even "moderate additional" greenhouse emissions are likely to push Earth past "critical tipping points" with "dangerous consequences for the planet …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices' Ruling Limits Suits on Pay Disparity  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it harder for many workers to sue their employers for discrimination in pay, insisting in a 5-to-4 decision on a tight time frame to file such cases.  The dissenters said the ruling ignored workplace realities.
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
A Full Tank of Hypocrisy  —  It's one of those delicious moments when Washington's hypocrisy is on full and unembarrassed display.  On the one hand, some of America's leading politicians condemn high gasoline prices and contend that they stem from "gouging" by oil companies.
 
 
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