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12:30 AM ET, June 20, 2007

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Sewell Chan / City Room:
Bloomberg Leaving Republican Party  —  Michael R. Bloomberg, a longtime Democrat who switched to the Republican Party to run for mayor of New York City in 2001, announced this evening that he is changing his party status and registering as an independent.  —  Mr. Bloomberg maintained that …
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Marcia Kramer / WCBS-TV:
Bloomberg Leaves GOP  —  Now Independent, Will He Run For President?  —  Reporting  —  (CBS) NEW YORK New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving the Republican party and will remain unaffiliated with any political party, CBS 2 HD learned Tuesday night.
Discussion: Don Surber, Sister Toldjah and MyDD
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mike Bloomberg: Registered Independent  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is changing his party affiliation from "Republican" to "unaffiliated", a move certain to fuel talk that he is preparing for an independent run for president in 2008.  —  "Although my plans for the future haven't changed …
ABCNEWS:   Bloomberg Presidential Buzz Grows
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Bloomberg Switches ... Again
Discussion: Tapscott's Copy Desk and Macsmind
Associated Press:
Carter: Stop favoring Fatah over Hamas  —  The United States, Israel and the European Union must end their policy of favoring Fatah over Hamas, or they will doom the Palestinian people to deepening conflict between the rival movements, former US President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Might Makes Right?  —  What kind of world leader would instruct the international community to engage with Hamas, even though it just committed an armed insurrection against the Palestinian Authority?  Who among the world's experts would argue that the coup d'etat legitimized their claim to speak for the Palestinian people?
Discussion: Power Line and GINA COBB
Hindrocket / Power Line:
CARTER ATTACKS U.S., STICKS UP FOR HAMAS  —  Jimmy Carter was in Ireland today to speak to the ninth annual NGO Forum on Human Rights.  Along the way, he picked up a check for $1.2 million from the Irish government to the Carter Center.  The former President, loyal as always to his financial backers …
Michelle Malkin:   Jimmy Carter said what? Part 999
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The new Hillary Clinton video is a take on the last scene of "The Sopranos."  —  It's clever, the way the video uses the jukebox business from the last "Sopranos" episode to remind us of Hillary's theme song contest.  In case you care, I'll just tell you that the winner is "You and I," …
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Sometimes an Onion Ring is Just an Onion Ring  —  Ann Althouse looks at the new Hillary Clinton ad and writes … By all means, Ann, let me be the first.  —  And Ann, so long as you're discussing symbolism: what does your facial expression in the above photo — which is kinda reminiscent …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Clinton Sings Soprano, Sort of  —  For a few seconds there, as the opening piano riff jolted our senses, we were getting very excited about Senator Hillary Clinton's theme-song pick, as she began thumbing through a jukebox at a diner: … Whoa!  We were on a Journey back as it played softly …
Fred Thompson / Townhall.com:
Fred Thompson's Remarks to Policy Exchange in London  —  Thank you very much.  Charles Moore, Anthony Browne, Dean Godson, distinguished guests: I appreciate the cordial welcome to London.  I always look forward to visiting the United Kingdom, and this time around I couldn't ask for a better host than the Policy Exchange.
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The State:
State treasurer indicted on drug charges  —  State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent distribute cocaine, federal and state authorities said at a news conference at SLED headquarters this afternoon.
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David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
The Awful Truth About 9/11  —  The guerrilla reporters of Infowars—last seen being broken up and hauled out of the spin room at CNN's Republican debate—nailed Michael Moore at a screening of Sicko and got him to discuss 9/11 conspiracy theories.  (Sorry, other theories of the events of 9/11.)
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Craig Gordon / Newsday:
Rudy missing in action for Iraq panel  —  Giuliani's campaign fundraising kept him from commitment to panel studying Iraq.  —  WASHINGTON — Rudolph Giuliani's membership on an elite Iraq study panel came to an abrupt end last spring after he failed to show up for a single official meeting of the group …
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ZOA / Zionist Organization of America:
Mahmoud Abbas Is No Moderate & Deserves No Support  —  The Zionist Organization of America is opposing any Israeli and American support for Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah terrorist group.  ( Jerusalem Post, June 17, 2007).  —  Mahmoud Abbas in his own words:
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Israpundit
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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Bush, Olmert Praise Palestinian Leader
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and TIME
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Romney just "smells great!"  —  So says Alina Cho of CNN from Monday's "American Morning" show.  John Roberts was wrapping up an interview segment with Mitt Romney when Alina chimed in with this astute observation...  Download (904) |  Play (909) Download (532) |  Play (551)
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