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  John Cole
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  Barry L. Ritholtz
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  Stirling Newberry
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  Nina Easton
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  Brad DeLong
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Brendan Nyhan
  Brendan Nyhan
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  Orrin Judd
  Peter Burnet
Captain's Quarters
  Captain Ed
  Tully @Centerfield
  Arthur Chrenkoff
Chronicle of the Conspiracy
The Corner
  K. J. Lopez
  Warren Bell
  Riggsveda @Corrente
  Lambert @Corrente
Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons
Daily Kos
  Kos @DailyKos
  Damian Penny
Daly Thoughts
  Gerry @DalyThoughts
  Daniel Drezner
Dean's World
  Dean Esmay
The Decembrist
  Mark Schmitt
  Eugene Oregon
  Zoe Kentucky
  Derek Chollet
Democratic Veteran
  Jo Fish
  Michael Froomkin
Drudge Report
  Steve Antler
  Ed Driscoll
  Ed Cone
Ezra Klein
  Ezra Klein
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  Robert Spencer
  Jeffrey M. Jones
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  Gateway Pundit
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  Julian Sanchez
  Matt Welch
  Jesse Walker
The Huffington Post
  Arianna Huffington
  Laurence Leamer
  David Corn
  Hugh Hewitt
The Indepundit
Informed Comment
  Juan Cole
  Glenn Reynolds
  Phillip Carter
Intermission 2005
  Scott Elliott
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  Joanne Jacobs
  Tom Maguire
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  Tom Lasseter
L.A. Observed
  Kevin Roderick
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  Paradox @LeftCoaster
  Mary @LeftCoaster
  Steve Soto
Little Green Footballs
  Charles Johnson
Los Angeles Times
  Jordan Rau
  Mary Curtius
  David Kelly
  Rosa Brooks
The Mahablog
  Barbara O'Brien
  Lindsay Beyerstein
  Brian Stelter
  Garrett M. Graff
Michael J. Totten
  Michael J. Totten
Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
  Joe Rospars
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  Andrew C. Revkin
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  Norm Geras
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  Leopold Stotch
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  Natasha @PacificViews
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Patterico's Pontifications
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
The Peking Duck
  Richard TPD
Pew Research Center
  Dr. Steven Taylor
  Alexander K. McClure
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  Paul @PowerLine
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  Dale Franks
  Cori Dauber
  Thomas Ferraro
  Michael Georgy
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  John Hawkins
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  James Martin Capozzola
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  Tim Dunlop
Roger L. Simon
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Scared Monkeys
  Red @ScaredMonkeys
Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
The Sideshow
  Avedon Carol
Signifying Nothing
  Chris Lawrence
  David Sirota
  David Dobbs
Southern Appeal
  Justin @SouthernAppeal
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  David Wooding
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  Taegan Goddard
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  Josh Marshall
  Jeralyn Merritt
  Matthew Yglesias
  Sam Rosenfeld
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  Judd @ThinkProgress
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  Jack Kemp
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Unqualified Offerings
  Jim Henley
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  DeWayne Wickham
USS Neverdock
  Marc @USSNeverdock
  Dale Eisman
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  Eugene Volokh
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  Laura Rozen
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Ex-Bush Aide Who Edited Climate Reports to Join ExxonMobil
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Philip A. Cooney, the White House staff member who repeatedly revised government scientific reports on global warming, will go to work for ExxonMobil in the fall, the oil company said today.
Judd @ThinkProgress: June 13, 2005: Cooney hired by ExxonMobil.
Gary Farber: You don't really need to read more than the headline: Ex-Bush Aide Who Edited Climate Reports to Join ExxonMobil.
Norbizness: (UPDATE: and that job is with noted environmental sensitivity conglomorate ExxonMobil. Sur-prise (x3)).

The Old and the Rested
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Men in their 70's raced on bikes for 40 kilometers in this month's National Senior Games in Pittsburgh. A 68-year-old woman threw the discus 85 feet, and a 69-year-old man hurled the javelin nearly half the length of a football field.
John Hawkins: Yet and still, John Tierney wrote a common sense column in the New York Times today pointing out the obvious: given the...
Matthew Yglesias: THE GOOD LIFE. Today's John Tierney column on how Social Security makes people fat and lazy sure is revealing.
Barbara O'Brien: Soylent Green Is People, II — In today's New York Times, John Tierney argues that it's selfish for old folks to retire while they are still in their 60s.
Ezra Klein: John Tierney, because he does the first job, has written a column addressed to all those lazy asses doing the second.
Lindsay Beyerstein: Geriatric marathoners are the new welfare queens — John Tierney rails against the sloth of America's elderly [snipped quote] They don't just feel entitled, they are entitled.
Jesse Taylor: And That's A Fact — Oh, John Tierney. You're David Brooks without the inspiration.
Also: Ann Althouse, Attaturk, Glenn Reynolds, John Cole

UPI Hears...
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
A former Bush team member during his first administration is now voicing serious doubts about the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9-11. Former chief economist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds...
Ace: Terrific: Former "Bush Team Member" Claims WTC Destroyed By "Controlled" (i.e., Government-executed) Demolition — The Bush team has its own Ramsey Clarke.
Charles Johnson: Morgan Reynolds: Economist, Moonbat — A former chief economist for the Department of Labor is now a full-time member of the Tin-Foil Hat Brigade.
Matt Welch: Look who isn't buying the government's explanation for the World Trade Center collapse: [snipped quote] Whole Washington Times item here; link via Sploid.
Vox Day: The truth will out — From the Washington Times: [snipped quote] Considering that the architect of the buildings was...
K. J. Lopez: EX-ADMIN. 9/11 CONSPIRACY FLIRTER Morgan Reynolds—he's been a 9/11 "skeptic" on LewRockwell.

GOP Senators May Make 69 Retirement Age
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Key Senate Republicans are considering gradually raising the Social Security retirement age as high as 69 over several years as they struggle to jump-start legislation that President Bush has placed atop his second-term agenda, officials said Tuesday.
Leopold Stotch: Upping the Retirement Age — GOP Senators May Make 69 Retirement Age (AP) [snipped quote] I'm looking for a little...
Jeralyn Merritt: Republicans Propose Retirement Age of 69 — After a long, hard day at work, the last thing I needed to see when I got...
Spoons: Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 69 — GOP Senators May Make 69 Retirement Age In 1940, when the...

Raped, Kidnapped and Silenced
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
No wonder the Pakistan government can't catch Osama bin Laden. It is too busy harassing, detaining - and now kidnapping - a gang-rape victim for daring to protest and for planning a visit to the United States.
Mipe @ThinkProgress: Pakistan: "No wonder the Pakistan government can't catch Osama bin Laden.
Cori Dauber: Here's one. (And, no, nothing that's happened at Gitmo or abu Ghraib in any one hinders or undermines or ability to advocate a case of this nature.)
Norm Geras: A symbol of courage and altruism — Read about Mukhtaran Bibi... "... a woman who was sentenced by a tribal council in...
Laura Rozen: Here's place number one where the Sharansky vision of a human rights-driven foreign policy might be applied by the Bush...
Gary Farber: THE BOOTS OF FREEDOM STRIDE YET FURTHER here. [snipped quote] Just remember: the enemies of your friends are... who?
Steve Antler: Business as usual... A week in the life of one of our closest allies.

Next Generation of Conservatives (By the Dormful)
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 13 - They are young and bright and ardently right. They tack Ronald Reagan calendars on their cubicle walls and devote brown bag lunches to the free market theories of Friedrich von Hayek. They come from 51 colleges and 28 states, calling for low taxes, strong defense and dorm rooms with a view.
Jo Fish: A place for recruiters to meet — With all the brouhaha ha ha ha about the recruiting numbers, I'm surprised that the...
David Sirota: In reading the New York Times piece about the Heritage Foundation's sophisticated system of incubating young fascists, you can really see how successful they've been.
Hugh Hewitt: The New York Times has an article on the Heritage Foundation's fabled summer internship program, "Next Generation of Conservatives (By the Dormful)".
Brad: What we need now is some sort ofâ summer camp, where we can train the next generation of these delightful little figures.
Ezra Klein: Free Work, Emphasis on the Work — The New York Times clocks in this morning with a superb article on the Heritage Foundation's attitude towards its Summer interns.
Kos @DailyKos: It's much, much harder when service means getting your head blown off in the service of Bush's Iraq adventure, when...
Also: Roger Ailes, Jesse Taylor, Don, Gerry @DalyThoughts, Taegan Goddard, Will Wilkinson, Attaturk, Betsy, John J. Miller, Pejman Yousefzadeh, Orrin Judd

Memo Suggests Oil-For-Food Link to Annan
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
UNITED NATIONS - Investigators of the U.N. oil-for-food program said Tuesday they are "urgently reviewing" new information that suggests U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan may have known more than he revealed about a contract that was awarded to the company that employed his son.
Jan Haugland: UN investigators 'urgently reviewing' Cotecna memo — UNSCAM update from the Associated Press: Investigators of the U.N...
Jayson @PoliPundit: Grifter (crook)fi Annan. What's the over/under on how long it'll take before (crook)fi lawyers up??
Pejman Yousefzadeh: Kofi Annan's problems continue to grow: [snipped quote] The best thing that Annan could do now is to come completely...

Diet sodas linked to obesity
  By / Arizona Republic   —   Permalink 
Just when you thought the news about losing weight couldn't get any worse, try this: A review of 26 years of patient data found that people who drink diet soft drinks were more likely to become overweight.
John Hawkins: Diet Soda, Ice Cream, Rape & The Press — A story that has been getting a lot of play today is titled "diet soda linked to obesity".
Betsy: A researcher finds a link between diet sodas and obesity. "A review of 26 years of patient data found that people who drink diet soft drinks were more likely to become overweight.
James Joyner: Diet sodas linked to obesity [snipped quote] No kidding.

Senate Apologizes for Lynching-Ban Delays
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - One woman remembered a cousin who had died at the hands of a mob in Kentucky. Another recalled a teenager dragged from a relative's home in Mississippi only to turn up dead in a river.
James Cameron lived to recount his own brush with mob justice.
Dr. Steven Taylor: On Lynching, Apologies and the Past — Via the AP: Senate Apologizes for Lynching-Ban Delays "Seven presidents petitioned Congress to end lynchings.
Chris Lawrence: Progress and regress — As reputed Klansman Edgar Ray Killen goes on trial for his role in the Philadelphia Three...
Zoe Kentucky: Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) John...

Muslim Target
  By / Front Page Magazine   —   Permalink 
Oriana Fallaci is 75 years old. The renowned Italian journalist lives in hiding because of death threats she received after the publication in 2001 of her book The Rage and the Pride. She is dying of cancer. And now she is going to go on trial for "defaming Islam."
Charles Johnson: The Charges Against Oriana — Italian author Oriana Fallaci will be put on trial for the thoughtcrime of "defaming...
Michelle Malkin: Not in Italy, apparently. Says the IHT: [snipped quote] Robert Spencer has much more.
TheAnchoress: I don't think so." Meanwhile, Oriana Fallaci is being told, "freedom of speech for me, but not thee."

The Madrassa Myth
  NYT   —   Permalink 
IT is one of the widespread assumptions of the war on terrorism that the Muslim religious schools known as madrassas, catering to families that are often poor, are graduating students who become terrorists.
Phillip Carter: Deconstructing — and reconstructing — "The Madrassa Myth" — Peter Bergen (one of this country's leading thinkers and...
Cori Dauber: Education and Terrorism — An oped in today's Times points out that time after time the biographies of the terrorists...
K. J. Lopez: IT'S JUST HATE, DON'T WORRY — I'm sure lessons in glad anti-American fundamentalist hate would never sow the seeds for...
Ace: [Dave at Garfield Ridge] This here New York Times op-ed is garnering notice today for its insightful discussion and...
Joseph Alexander Norland: Interesting - if true — Considering the Jayson Blair tradition of the NYT, I hesitate to recommend any article that...
Orrin Judd: The Madrassa Myth (PETER BERGEN and SWATI PANDEY, 6/14/05, NY Times) "While madrassas may breed fundamentalists who...

Governor Puts Agenda on the Ballot
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
SACRAMENTO — His ultimatums rebuffed by lawmakers, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday ordered a Nov. 8 special election that could trim the power of California's Legislature and dampen the influence of the public employee unions that help finance its Democratic majority.
Kevin Roderick: No sooner is the mayor's race over than the drumbeats begin for the governor's agenda-pushing special election, called for Nov. 8.
Paradox @LeftCoaster: Unions Raise Dues to Battle Arnie for CA Election 2005 — When Arnie threw down the gauntlet yesterday for his...
Orrin Judd: THE BIG FIGHT: Governor Puts Agenda on the Ballot: Three special-election initiatives would wrest power from legislators and public employee unions.
Joe Gandelman: Arnold Schwarzenegger's Biggest Political Battle — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has now entered into his biggest...
Taegan Goddard: Schwarzenegger Calls Special Election — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) "ordered a Nov. 8 special election...
K. J. Lopez: CALIFORNIA VOTING — When Californians vote in a special electionon November 8, parental notification for minors' abortion will be on the ballot.

Schwarzenegger timeline
  USA Today   —   Permalink 
A look at the job approval rating of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger since his election in Oct. 2003.
Oct. 7: Californians vote to recall Gov. Gray Davis and choose Arnold Schwarzenegger to succeed him.
Laurence Leamer: And it was just another day of misfortune for the governor whose polls have dropped from 65% to 40 in four months.
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE: A USA Today timeline shows just how poorly Schwarzenegger has fared this year: from 60 percent approval in May...
Guest @ThinkProgress: After his election almost two years ago in the highly unorthodox open ballot format, polls show his approval ratings are at an all time low.

AP: Saudis Reject Call for Inspections
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Saudi Arabia is defying the United States, the European Union and Australia by resisting U.N. efforts to verify that it has no nuclear assets worth inspecting, according to a confidential EU document obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Norbizness: (7) It seems that Uzbekikitty ( Get Your War On) doesn't want anyone to find out how the hundreds of corpses in its...
Daniel Drezner: This Associated Press report by George Jahn makes me wonder just how many governments will be deploying an SEP field

Where Will Rates Go From Here? Experts Consider the Fed's Path
  WSJ   —   Permalink 
In two weeks, the Federal Reserve Board will hold its two-day June meeting and will be considering what could be the ninth increase to the central bank's target for the federal-funds rate — the rate charged on overnight loans between banks and the key to the rates charged on a variety of consumer and business loans.
Brad DeLong: Mark Thoma and Barry Ritholtz on Interest Rates — They write, in an Econoblog: - Where Will Rates Go From Here?
Barry L. Ritholtz: WSJ: Debate on the Fed in Economy | Fixed Income | Investing | Politics > Here comes the reveal of the "project" referred to earlier today: "Econoblog: What should the Fed do?

The Consciometer
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Sometime in the next decade or so, neuroscientists will likely identify the specific neural networks and activity that generate the vague but vital thing we call consciousness.
Eugene Volokh: Scientific Fundamentalism: At the end of an otherwise quite interesting Slate piece, which discusses the potential...
Eugene Oregon: All Hail the Consciometer — David Dobbs has an interesting article in Slate predicting that, in the near future,...

Vice President Dick Cheney Talks With Sean Hannity
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
This is a partial transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," June 13, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.
Watch "Hannity & Colmes" weeknights at 9 p.m. ET!
SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: Mr. Vice President, great to see you again.
Paul @PowerLine: Unfortunately, I was stuck at work last night and didn't get to see Sean Hannity's interview of the Vice President,...
Praktike: Well here he goes again, assuring us breathlessly that "the important thing here to understand is that the people that are at Guantanamo are bad people."
Andrew Sullivan: THE CHENEY INFOMERCIAL: I found myself watching the Sean Hannity "interview" of vice-president Dick Cheney last night on Fox.

Colo. Gov. Drops Off GOP National Radar
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
DENVER - He was a cover boy for the National Review, a Republican governor whose tough talk on taxes and accountability in education made him a darling of conservatives who wondered whether he might be White House material in 2008.
Then something happened.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Supernova — The Associated Depressed profiles Colorado Gov. Bill Owens. Seriously, talk about a guy who cratered faster than the circulation for the Los Angeles Times!
K. J. Lopez: AP writes Bill Owens off.

U.S. Opposed Calls at NATO for Probe of Uzbek Killings
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Defense officials from Russia and the United States last week helped block a new demand for an international probe into the Uzbekistan government's shooting of hundreds of protesters last month, according to U.S. and diplomatic officials.
Joe Gandelman: We all need to write "NEVER MIND" on our posts about President George Bush's inaugural address talking about how the...
Praktike: The article is a little confusing: Defense officials from Russia and the United States last week helped block a new...
Mipe @ThinkProgress: Let's take stock of how President Bush's "friends" are doing: Uzbekistan: "Defense officials from Russia and the United...
Michael J. Totten: Carrying Karimov's Water - Again — Our relationship with Uzbekistan's tyrant Islam Karimov gets slimier by the day.
Smash: THIS IS DISAPPOINTING: [snipped quote] The Kharsi-Khanabad airbase is important, but not that important.
Jan Haugland: US blocks NATO request for probe of Uzbek killings — This is not at all good: Defense officials from Russia and the...
Also: Hilzoy @ObsidianWings, Cernig, Randy Paul, Jim Henley, Gary Farber, Matthew Yglesias, Atrios, Jesse Walker, Laura Rozen, Billmon

Who's the best?
  AP   —   Permalink 
1. New jail promises to ease crowding
2. Grandfather of 'mystery girl' charged
3. Chief escapes drunk driving prosecution
Jay Tea: But if this is an example of Libertarian thinking, I might have to reconsider.
John Cole: This, via Wizbangblog, is the second reason why I have not made the Libertarian party my home: [snipped quote] I bet he...

Clintons Pay Off Whitewater Legal Bills
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Clintons' long financial hangover from Whitewater and impeachment has finally ended, thanks to millions of dollars in post-White House payments for speaking appearances and book contracts.
Fontana Labs: Our long national nightmare is finally over — The Clintons have finished paying off their Whitewater legal bills.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Zero Balance — For the Klingons, er, I mean the Clintons.

Senate Issues Apology Over Failure on Lynching Law
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 13 - Anthony Crawford's granddaughter went to her grave without speaking a word to her own children about his lynching, so painful was the family history.
LeanLeft: First, the person sponsoring the bill originally seems to have sponsored it only to direct attention away from his own...
Dr. Steven Taylor: That Mississippi number is a substantial proportion of the recorded incidents of lynching (via the NYT): "There have...
Attaturk: UPDATE: Kos also discusses the matter in greater detail. Reuters says there were 20 non-signers. John Kerry is on it.
Captain Ed: Apologizing For The Filibuster — The Senate yesterday issued a historic apology to African-Americans for its refusal to...
Sam Rosenfeld: It's never too late to see the light: [snipped quote] Gotta love these guys.
Brendan Nyhan: Also, it's worth noting that the New York Times joined the Post in pointing out the political incentives for Allen to...
Also: Kos @DailyKos, Jeralyn Merritt

5 unions plan new group to fuel labor
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Five labor unions are drawing up a framework for a new coalition to represent their 5 million members because they are increasingly dissatisfied with the AFL-CIO's strategy to bolster the labor movement.
Hugh Hewitt: It cannot be good news for the Dems when huge cracks develop in one of their base coalitions.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic — The unions. Jimmy Hoffa is rolling over in his (Meadowlands) grave.

Memo: U.S. Lacked Full Postwar Iraq Plan
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
A briefing paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers eight months before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq concluded that the U.S. military was not preparing adequately for what the British memo predicted would be a "protracted and costly" postwar occupation of that country.
Echidne: This weekend the Washington Post wrote: "A briefing paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top...
Arianna Huffington: Arianna Huffington: Russ Feingold Standing Tall on Iraq... and Standing Alone — With memos pouring out of the U.K...

Senate apologizes for nation's lynchings
  By / Virginian-Pilot   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — With many members straggling back to town from a weekend at home, and only six coming to the floor to vote, the Senate delivered a historic apology Monday night for failing to move against a wave of lynchings that claimed more than 4,700 Americans - most of them black - from the 1880s until the 1960s.
John Cole: Not hardly (via TalkLeft): "With many members straggling back to town from a weekend at home, and only six coming to the...
Dr. Steven Taylor: On the Apology — Of course, this is a pretty lame way to engage in symbolic politics: via the Virgina Pilot online:...
Commissar: The Democrats and Leftie bloggers who do this are stomach-turning, hateful, propagandists to tar their political opponents this way.
Jeralyn Merritt: This article says that while there were 80 co-sponsors of the bill, only six Senators showed up for the voice vote.

Lawyer says Jackson won't share his bed with boys anymore
  AP   —   Permalink 
SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Basking in the jurors' decision to acquit his client of all counts, Michael Jackson's lawyer said today the singer will no longer share his bed with young boys.
"He's not going to do that anymore," attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. told NBC's Today.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Juror #5 better get a sense of perspective. Oh, but know his lawyer says, he is not going to do that anymore.
Joe Gandelman: His lawyer, speaking on NBC's Today Show, says yes: [quote] "He's not going to do that anymore," attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. told NBC's Today.[end quote]

Is Tom turning Katie into a sect addict?
  NY Daily News   —   Permalink 
Talk about a war of the worlds!
I hear that Katie Holmes is driving Warner Bros. Pictures absolutely batty with her insistence - or maybe it's boyfriend Tom Cruise's insistence - that a Church of Scientology official accompany the starlet every step of the way on her "Batman Begins" press tour.
Brian Stelter: Matthews Lands 7-Figure 2-Book Deal matthewsjune14.jpg"I hear that Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's 'Hardball,' has...
Michelle Malkin: BUTTINSKI OF THE DAY AWARD... ...goes to CBS News's Mike Wallace (scroll down). What is it with people who can't wait in line?

Democrats, don't put muzzle on Dean
  By / USA Today   —   Permalink 
Instead of muzzling Howard Dean, Democrats should give him a bullhorn. Rather than urging him to retreat from his attack on Republicans, party leaders ought to send him off to a political war college — preferably the one the late GOP strategist Lee Atwater attended.
Dale Franks: Let Howard be Howard — DeWayne Wickham argues that Democrats shouldn't be trying to muzzle Howard Dean.
Jayson @PoliPundit: When the Left and the Right Can Agree — Liberal columnist, DeWayne Wickham, says: "Democrats should give [Howard Dean] a bullhorn."

Senate Issues an Apology for Inaction on Lynchings
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — Seventy-five years after an Indiana mob dragged him from his jail cell and nearly hanged him, James Cameron was on hand Monday to watch the Senate apologize for its failure to try to stop the lynchings that terrorized African Americans well into the 20th century.
Kevin Drum: Deborah Crawford, whose great-grandfather was lynched in South Carolina in 1916 after arguing with a white farmer over...
Patterico: L.A. Times Buries How Senate Obstructed Anti-Lynching Laws The L.A. Times reports: Senate Issues an Apology for Inaction on Lynchings.

Memo Seems to Link Annan to Contract of Son's Company
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
A memo written by someone who was then an executive of a major contractor in the United Nations oil-for-food program states that he briefly discussed the company's effort to win the contract in late 1998 with Secretary General Kofi Annan and his "entourage" and that the executive was told that "we could count on their support."
Roger L. Simon: Meanwhile, the NYT has news of a memo that links Kofi Annan to the OFF contract of his son Kojo's company Cotecna.
Jan Haugland: UNSCAM: Smoking gun memo links Kofi to Kojo's dealings — A memo just disclosed by the Swiss firm Cotecna, which...
Glenn Reynolds: UNSCAM UPDATE: The New York Times has an interesting memo report: [snipped quote] I'm not terribly confident that the...
McQ: Today we have the latest involving Kofi Annan and the oil-for-food contract.
Captain Ed: However, Cotecna has found an e-mail that indicates their executives did indeed meet with Kofi, making his earlier...
Marc @USSNeverdock: Iraq - Koffi Annan Linked to Oil Scandal — The New York Times reports: "A memo written by someone who was then an...
Also: Josh Marshall

A tale of two tax cuts
  By /   —   Permalink 
The latest budget data confirm once again what I've been saying for the last 30 years: Cutting tax rates in the right way clears jobs and boosts economic revenues.
PGL: Update II: Movie Guy alerts us to Jack Kemp and Daniel Mitchell who NOW claim that the 2001 tax cut they promoted was never really anything they said would work.
Justin @SouthernAppeal: A Tale of Two Tax Cuts: Jack Kemp weighs in. "The historical record couldn't be clearer.

Conservative's popularity may be problem for GOP
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — As Republican strategists weigh the party's prospects for 2006 and 2008, they are increasingly worried about a political confrontation with Roy S. Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who became a hero to religious...
Kevin Drum: WEDGE POLITICS...Melanie Mattson passes on a Boston Globe story suggesting that Alabama judge Roy "Ten Commandments"...
K. J. Lopez: YOU KNOW THE GUY'S OFF WHEN — This can be said of him (Roy Moore): "At a recent conference of conservatives in...
Taegan Goddard: Republicans Worry About Moore — "As Republican strategists weigh the party's prospects for 2006 and 2008, they are...

U.S. Army Celebrates 230 Years of Service to Our Nation
  U.S. Newswire   —   Permalink 
Contact: Sarah Ryan, 703-693-7369, 703-963-9492 (cell) or sarah.rya & #109;; Kassidie Blackstock, 703-693-7380 or...
Tully @Centerfield: Happy 230th Birthday! To the United States Army. UPDATE: Today is also Flag Day.
K. J. Lopez: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the U.S. Army—230 today.

Trust, But Verify
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
DURING THE MOST RECENT PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, various antagonists repeatedly urged John Kerry to sign a Standard Form 180; by signing Form 180, Kerry would have released the entirety of his military records for public consumption. The senator stubbornly refused these pleas.
Michelle Malkin: QUESTIONS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE — Polipundit has one. Tom Lipscomb has more. Update: So does Dean Barnett.
PoliPundit: The SF-180 — More questions about Kerry's Form 180: "IN ORDER TO FOLLOW THIS TALE, it's important to be familiar with some of the minutiae surrounding Form 180.

Close Gitmo?
  NRO   —   Permalink 
The misguided chants continue.
The retreat is on. Even Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel (Nebraska) and Mel Martinez (Florida) are scurrying along with the panicked pack calling on the U.S. to close its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
TheAnchoress: Rich Lowry says, "close Gitmo? I don't think so." Meanwhile, Oriana Fallaci is being told, "freedom of speech for me, but not thee."
Michelle Malkin: They are right, but only if nervous Republicans don't cave in first. Update: Rich Lowry's right on. And Lileks rocks.

Bureau aide told to 'give MDL a break'; records released by Taft say Conrad gave the order
  Toledo Blade   —   Permalink 
COLUMBUS — As multimillion-dollar losses by a Pittsburgh investment firm mounted last year, the chief financial officer of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation told another top agency official that he had been told to "give MDL a break,'' according to records released yesterday by Gov. Bob Taft.
Josh Marshall: More on ' Coingate' from the Toledo Blade.
Atrios: Coingate Rolls On — Toledo Blade: "COLUMBUS — As multimillion-dollar losses by a Pittsburgh investment firm mounted...

Putin's 'cannibals' gaffe
  By / The Sun   —   Permalink 
RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin sparked uproar yesterday by saying Africans had a history of CANNIBALISM.
He lashed out at the continent's past after being challenged about his human rights' record.
Roger L. Simon: START MAIN STORY: Maybe Howard Dean and Vladimir Putin were separated at birth because they both have habit of putting their foot in their mouth.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Vladimir Putin, for example, has yesterday defended the human rights record of Russia against comparison with that of...

UnThriller   —   Permalink 
A very strange thing happened during what had been breathlessly billed as the "trial of the century." Americans turned off. Yes, the Michael Jackson trial has spawned its "media circus," its occasional tabloid splashes, and its cable news shows.
Steve Antler: One thing the world simply doesn't need... A new essay on Michael Jackson by Andrew Sullivan.
K. J. Lopez: MICHAEL JACKSON — Andrew Sullivan: "Some may find it hard to feel pity for someone as wealthy as Jackson, but if you...

Schwarzenegger Calls Election on 3 Proposals
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
SAN FRANCISCO, June 13 - Making good on a threat he made in January and perhaps putting his political future on the line, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California announced on Monday that the state would hold a special election in November so voters can consider three of his proposed changes to state government.
Guest @ThinkProgress: Democracy Schwarzenegger Style — Governor Schwarzenegger is changing the nature of democracy in California by bypassing...
Kevin Roderick: Dean E. Murphy, San Francisco bureau chief for the New York Times, filed a staff story for his paper too.
Stirling Newberry: California is now on a collision course for such a conflict.

The Second Memo
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
A second British memo from 2002 emerged over the weekend chronicling how senior officials there saw the Bush administration as bent on war in Iraq and inattentive to postwar consequences.
Just last week, the MSM (that's mainstream media) turned its attention to the first DSM (that's Downing Street Memo) in earnest.
Michael Froomkin: My brother's column yesterday, The Second Memo, closes with this little jem: The folks over at would...
Attaturk: I Can Hardly wait for the DSM-IV Memo — Froomkin yesterday: [snipped quote] Once again... Conducting a "War of Agression" is a War Crime.

U.S. Senate apologizes for shame of lynchings
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Monday formally apologized for having rejected decades of pleas to make lynching a federal crime as scores victims' descendants watched from the chamber's gallery.
Brendan Nyhan: My answer is no. Update 6/14: It passed on a voice vote — apparently a handful of senators didn't want to go on record supporting it.
Kos @DailyKos: Reuters: "The Senate on Monday formally apologized for having rejected decades of pleas to make lynching a federal...
Lindsay Beyerstein: Oh, that white christianist party — Kos names names: [snipped quote] I love the way the Reuters report describes the...

Unsocialized Medicine
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
Let's hope Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy were sitting down when they heard the news of the latest bombshell Supreme Court ruling. From the Supreme Court of Canada, that is. That high court issued an opinion last Thursday saying, in effect, that Canada's vaunted public health-care system produces intolerable inequality.
Forkum: Queuetopia — From The Wall Street Journal: Unsocialized Medicine; A landmark ruling exposes Canada's health-care...
Don: This just in from Canada:[The Canada Supreme Court] issued an opinion last Thursday saying, in effect, that Canada's...
Hugh Hewitt: First read the Wall Street Journal's editorial on last week's Canadian Supreme Court decision on Canada's health care system.
Dean Esmay: Oh by the way, click here to read the rest of the Journal's piece on the story.
Steve Antler: The Canadian Supreme Court, etc., etc. : "Access to a waiting list is not access to health care," wrote Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin for the 4-3 Court last week.
Scott Elliott: A recent landmark ruling by Canada's Supreme Court sheds light on the bad side of socialized medicine.
Also: Justin @SouthernAppeal, Dale Franks

Hard Cash Is Main Course for GOP Fundraiser
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
How do you collect $23 million, $2,500 at a time?
That is what Republican lawmakers have spent months doing in preparation for tonight's President's Dinner, a fundraiser for the party's House and Senate campaign committees that lures well-off donors from...
Joe Rospars: From the DNC: Dean, Staff Calling Grassroots Donors During Glitzy GOP Dinner — From the diaries—Chris While the...
Kevin Drum: DIALING FOR DOLLARS...I've read plenty of stories like this in the past, but even so it's almost painful to read about...
Taegan Goddard: Raising Millions in $2,500 Increments — Because of the McCain-Feingold fundraising limits enacted in 2002, the two...

Guantanamo Bay to Stay Open, Cheney Says
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Vice President Cheney offered a vigorous defense yesterday of the secretive prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said the United States has no plans to shut it down.
Captain Ed: Cheney: Guantanamo Or Something Like It — Vice President Dick Cheney told the American public twice yesterday that Camp...
Tom Smith: Cheney understands — Story here. Some people want Gitmo closed because it is an effective weapon against terror.

As the Verdict Comes Down, Pundits' Crystal Balls Go Foggy
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Television brought the country together like one big rubbernecking family as the verdict was read yesterday in Michael Jackson's 3 1/2 -month trial on child-molestation charges.
At 3:34 p.m., when word came out that the jury had reached a verdict in its seventh day of deliberation, cable news networks shifted into high gear.
Brian Stelter: Jacko Not Guilty: Morning Papers jacksonmediajune14.jpg > Lisa de Moraes, Washington Post: The cable nets were great at...
Jim Romenesko: > Goodman: Verdict is in, but this is a story without end (SF Chronicle) > Murphy explains why Jackson trial didn't get...

Losing Our Country
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Baby boomers like me grew up in a relatively equal society. In the 1960's America was a place in which very few people were extremely wealthy, many blue-collar workers earned wages that placed them comfortably in the middle class, and working families could expect steadily rising living standards and a reasonable degree of economic security.
John @PowerLine: Once again, the Democrats are unable to criticize the economy on the usual grounds, and therefore must fall back on...
Betsy: John Hinderaker exposes the deceptive statistics and analysis in Paul Krugman's diatribe about income stagnation under the Republicans.

Lost to the Only Life They Knew
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
ST. GEORGE, Utah — Abandoned by his family, faith and community, Gideon Barlow arrived here an orphan from another world.
At first, he played the tough guy, aloof and hard. But when no one was watching, he would cry.
Captain Ed: (Update: Here's the Los Angeles Times link to tomorrow's story.)
Richard TPD: Religious cults aren't unique to China — This is right here in my backyard, and it makes me totally sick.
Jesse Taylor: We All Know Who To Blame — Just a reminder of what will happen if we let gaydom take over the world: polygamists will treat kids like crap.
Atrios: Bobo's World — Link: "ST. GEORGE, Utah — Abandoned by his family, faith and community, Gideon Barlow arrived here an orphan from another world.

Thrillionaires: The New Space Capitalists
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Paul G. Allen's first foray into rocketry, as he recalls it, was inauspicious.
"My cousin and I tried to build a rocket out of an aluminum armchair leg," he said. At just 12 years old, the future billionaire raided his chemistry set for zinc and sulfur, and packed the fuel mixture into the tube.
Lambert @Corrente: [quote] Many self-professed "space geeks" say the possibility that entrepreneurs like Richard Branson of the Virgin Group may...[end quote]
Gary Farber: You've read about them, but this is a nice look at those funding private space travel: the Paul Allens and Jeff Bezos's.
Julian Sanchez: It's All About "You Can Do It" — The New York Times profiles the private sector space entrepreneurs who've taken over exploring the final frontier from NASA.

China: Containment Won't Work
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The relationship between the United States and China is beset by ambiguity. On the one hand, it represents perhaps the most consistent expression of a bipartisan, long-range American foreign policy.
James Joyner: China: Containment Won't Work (WaPo, Jun 13, A19) "[...] The rise of China — and of Asia — will, over the next...
Jim Henley: . . CHINA I think the op-ed of the day is Kissinger's latest apologia on behalf of the Chinese.
David Adesnik: KISSINGER — THE DELUSIONS OF A REALIST: Once again, old Henry has persuaded the WaPo to publish one of his rambling...

Michael Jackson Acquitted of All Charges
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Wanly blowing kisses of gratitude to his screaming fans, Michael Jackson left court a free man Monday and went back to Neverland to pick up the pieces of his shattered career after he was cleared of all charges in his child-molestation trial.
Acidman: justice was done — Michael Jackson was acquitted on all charges in his three-ring circus child-molestation trial.
Leopold Stotch: Not Guilty, Nobody Cares — Michael Jackson Acquitted of All Charges (AP) By now the entire world knows that Michael...

An End To 'Everybody's Press'?
  By / TCS   —   Permalink 
TCS Editor Nick Schulz interviewed FEC Commissioner Brad Smith about regulation of speech on the Internet and what it might mean for blogs, websites and the future of technology and politics.
NICK SCHULZ: Your colleague, Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, said in a recent interview:
Mark Schmitt: Now along comes Bradley A. Smith, a member of that agency and recently its chair, with another one of his interviews with the lobbyist-owned TechCentral Station.
Avedon Carol: Check these out — The rightward Tech Central Station has an interesting interview with FEC Commissioner Brad Smith...
Kos @DailyKos: FEC Comissioner Bradley speaks (again) FEC commissioner Brad Smith is interviewed over at the conservative Tech Central Stations regarding FEC regulation of the Internet.
Joe Katzman: An End to 'Everybody's Press'? contains a number of interesting comments, including Smith's contention that "we are...
Dale Franks: Nick Schulz, the editor of TechCentralStation, interviews FEC Commissioner Brad Smith, and the news for the Internet in general, and blogging in particular, doesn't look good.
Betsy: Nick Schulz of TechCentral Station has a great interview up with FEC Commissioner Brad Smith about the possibility of the FEC regulating blogs and the Internet.
Also: Dean Esmay, Pejman Yousefzadeh, Orrin Judd, Steve Bainbridge, Jeff Goldstein, Glenn Reynolds, Mike Rappaport

Prewar British Memo Says War Decision Wasn't Made
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 12 - A memorandum written by Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet office in late July 2002 explicitly states that the Bush administration had made "no political decisions" to invade Iraq, but that American military planning for the possibility was advanced.
Avedon Carol: Document jam — A couple days ago the NYT published a clueless article by David Sanger about another document (which the...
Juan Cole: Linguist Jean-Philippe Marcotte at Stanford, in an email to me today, contrasts the Pincus article to the treatment...
Tom Maguire: Does this latest NY Times story (buried in Section A) quash the hopes of our friends on the left, who hold out hopes...
Riggsveda @Corrente: A small sign that reporters are remembering that their job is getting at the truth and informing the public as opposed...
Natasha @PacificViews: Downing Street Blues — From David Sanger at the New York Times: Prewar British Memo Says War Decision Wasn't Made "A...
Brad DeLong: Department) David Sanger leads his article in this morning's New York Times with: Prewar British Memo Says War Decision...
Also: Captain Ed, Nico @ThinkProgress, McQ, Gerry @DalyThoughts, John Cole, K. J. Lopez

Jurors reach verdict in Jackson trial
  CNN   —   Permalink 
SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) — Jurors in the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial told the trial judge Monday that they have reached a verdict.
The announcement came after about 32 hours of deliberations.
The verdict will be read at 1:45 p.m. (4:45 p.m. ET).
Zoe Kentucky: In 15 minutes it's all over! Finally— it's the Michael Jackson trial verdict!
Damian Penny: Long national nightmare soon to end — The Michael Jackson verdict will be revealed at approximately 4:30PM Eastern.
Steve Bainbridge: Whacko Jacko got off. Personally, I don't believe anybody associated with this trial came off very well.
Red @ScaredMonkeys: Does it really seem appropriate to cheer a man or whatever who admits to sleeping with boys?
Joe Gandelman: CNN reports: "Jurors in the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial told the trial judge Monday that they have reached a verdict.
Julian Sanchez: Actually nothing criminal, according to the jury: Jackson's been acquitted on all counts.
Also: James Joyner, Ann Althouse, Sadly, No!, Smash

How Deep Throat Fooled the FBI
  The Nation   —   Permalink 
The recent dramatic revelation about W. Mark Felt—the former top FBI man who has confessed to being Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's secret source during the Watergate scandal—has yielded what seems to be the final chapter in the Deep Throat saga, and thus the conclusion to a three-decade-long whodunit rich in detail, psychology and irony.
Garrett M. Graff: As David Corn and Jeff Goldberg write, "In a twist worthy of le Carré, Deep Throat was assigned the mission of unearthing—and stopping—Deep Throat."
Jim Romenesko: Report: Felt's mission was to unearth and stop Deep Throat — The Nation Mark Felt was, at heated moments during the...
Taegan Goddard: How Deep Throat Fooled the FBI — David Corn and Jeff Goldberg have an exclusive in The Nation that reports Mark Felt...
David Corn: It's an amusing tale that adds another level of intrigue to the Deep Throat saga. (Click here to read the whole piece.)
Jesse Walker: A Scanner Darkly — The Nation is reporting that Mark Felt, a.k.a. Deep Throat, [snipped quote] And as long as I'm...
Jim Henley: One lonely comment » Oh the Non-Alanis Irony Nixon tasked Mark Felt with finding out who the hell this Deep Throat guy was, according to the Nation.
Also: Orrin Judd

Many Americans Call O'Reilly a Journalist
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — About 40 percent of Americans say they consider talk show host Bill O'Reilly a journalist — more than would define famed Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward the same way, according to a poll conducted this spring.
Brendan Nyhan: Read this: WASHINGTON (AP) — About 40 percent of Americans say they consider talk show host Bill O'Reilly a journalist...
Brian Stelter: That's the (slightly misleading) lead on this AP story.
Alexander K. McClure: Journalism — According to a new poll, 40% consider Bill O'Reilly a journalist. That puts him ahead of the Washington Post's Bob Woodward.
James Martin Capozzola: WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST — Popular Misconceptions Oh for crying out loud: "About 40 percent of Americans say they...
Orrin Judd: Many Americans Call O'Reilly a Journalist (WILL LESTER, June 13, 2005, Associated Press) [snipped quote] Either the...
Jim Romenesko: About 40% of Americans consider FNC's O'Reilly a journalist — Associated Press Bill O'Reilly does better than Bob Woodward in the Annenberg survey.

Military action won't end insurgency, growing number of U.S. officers believe
  By / Knight Ridder   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A growing number of senior American military officers in Iraq have concluded that there is no long-term military solution to an insurgency that has killed thousands of Iraqis and more than 1,300 U.S. troops during the past two years.
Randall Parker: US Officers See No Military Solution In Iraq — Tom Lasseter of the Knight Ridder Newspapers has written an excellent...
Jason: Firm grasp of the obvious department — Knight Ridder's Tom Lasseter files this breathless report from the front: "A...
Cernig: On Sunday, Knight Ridder in Washington reported that "growing number of senior American military officers in Iraq have...
Billmon: Throwing in the Towel — In an institution where can-do optimism is about as mandatory as patriotism, it's remarkable to...
Norbizness: Sorry, I found this important item on Memeorandum, sandwiching some boring drivel about military commanders not...
Kevin Drum: According to Knight Ridder's Tom Lasseter, even the military brass doesn't think so anymore: [snipped quote] Elsewhere in...
Also: Mary @LeftCoaster, John Cole

High Court Rejects Enemy Combatant Appeal
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court refused Monday to be drawn into a dispute over President Bush's power to detain American terror suspects and deny them traditional legal rights.
Michelle Malkin: Related news development: High Court Rejects Enemy Combatant Appeal
Jo Fish: It could happen 2 U — The El Supremo's have just handed (it seems) the 1600 Crew another victory in their war on Everyone who's not a Rich White Guy Campaign Contributor.
James Joyner: Supreme Court Rejects Enemy Combatant Appeal — High Court Rejects Enemy Combatant Appeal (WaPo) [snipped quote] While...
Andrew Sullivan: SENTENCE OF THE DAY: "But justices declined to address a separate issue: whether American citizens arrested on U.S. soil...

  Drudge Report   —   Permalink 
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton turned furious and considered legal action after learning bestselling author Ed Klein would allege in a new book: Bill Clinton raped her — resulting in the conception of daughter Chelsea Clinton!
Kevin Aylward: Rape And Lesbian Allegation In Forthcoming Hillary Clinton Book — Sunday The Drudge Report showcased one of the...
Joe Gandelman: A Sign Of How Far Journalism, Politics, And Internet News Has Fallen — A new charge in a book that Bill Clinton raped...
Captain Ed: However, no one could have predicted that former Newsweek editor Ed Klein, of all people, would fan the flames of...
Betsy: Now, Drudge comes out with word of a new story in the anti-Hillary book, The Truth About Hillary, by former Newsweek...
Dr. Steven Taylor: Klein's Rape Charge — Matt Drudge is reporting that Ed Klein's new book on Hillary (yes, as advertised to the left)...
Ezra Klein: Hillary Haters — In one of the weirdest stories I've ever read, Matt Drudge is reporting that Ed Klein's upcoming,...
Also: Paul @PowerLine, Kevin Drum, Jon Henke, Jan Haugland, Gerry @DalyThoughts, Marc @USSNeverdock, Ace, Ann Althouse, Tom Maguire, Clayton Cramer, John Cole, Lorie Byrd

As Iraqi Army Trains, Word in the Field Is It May Take Years
  NYT   —   Permalink 
MAHMUDIYA, Iraq - A small but telling test of Iraq's fledgling army came recently in this troubled farm town south of Baghdad, when a group of Iraqi soldiers, ending a house raid and rushing to board pickups they use as troop carriers, abandoned the blindfolded, handcuffed man they had come to arrest.
Randall Parker: Writing for the New York Times Sabrina Tavernise and John F. Burns report on the poor state of the Iraqi military.
Cernig: The New York Times reports credible estimates from Americans working with the Iraqis in the field who " believe that it...
Hugh Hewitt: Two stories stand out: "As Iraqi Army Trains, Word in the Field Is It May Take Years," from the Times, and "Fewer applying to US military academies" from the Boston Globe.
Bill Roggio: The New York Times weighs in on the issue of the status of the training of the Iraqi military, and estimates it will...
Praktike: Train & Equip — Apropos of the recent discussions of "train & equip," here's a solid Times piece on the efforts of Gen. Petraeus.
Ed Cone: This national media story doesn't sound so great, but it's certainly not about a "transitory setback" or of "inflated...
Also: Kevin Drum, Attaturk, John Cole

Children to be labeled 'criminal' by age 3
  WorldNetDaily   —   Permalink 
A leaked 250-page report on proposed crime-fighting strategies, drawn up on instructions of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, recommends training nursery workers to target children as young as 3 years of age as potential criminals.
Ann Althouse: I know it's harsh to call a 3-year-old a "potential criminal"... But doesn't it make sense to intervene and help a child when he's most likely to respond?
Pejman Yousefzadeh: I'M ALL IN FAVOR OF NIPPING PROBLEMATIC BUDS . . . But isn't the idea that is the subject of this post a little extreme?
Joanne Jacobs: Spotting criminals in nursery school — Children as young as 3 should be identified as potential criminals if they're...

Katie Holmes Converting to Scientology
  AP   —   Permalink 
LONDON - Katie Holmes says she's converting to the Church of Scientology, embracing the religion of her boyfriend, Tom Cruise.
Holmes, in London to promote her new film, "Batman Begins," said Monday that she's excited about her lessons in Scientology, a religion founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
Ace: May I Interrupt For An Important Announcement [New Vintage] Katie Holmes Converting to Scientology Why?
Warren Bell: KATIE HOLMES NEEDS HELP — And I guess she's going to get it from Scientology.
Joe Gandelman: Acting Like A Dork On Oprah Can Pay Off The news we HAD to know: overexposed mega-star Tom Cruise' beloved Katie Holmes is going to convert to guess which religion?

Michael Jackson acquitted of molesting teenage boy
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
SANTA MARIA - A jury acquitted Michael Jackson on Monday of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch - exonerating the pop star who insisted he was the victim of mother-and-son con artists and a prosecutor with a vendetta.
Michelle Malkin: MICHAEL JACKSON RIOT WATCH — So, the verdict is due in less than 15 minutes. Hurry up and get it over with already.
Ed Driscoll: He Beat It — [snipped quote] —Hugh Hewitt on the Michael Jackson verdict.

Michael Jackson Jury Reaches Verdict
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
SANTA MARIA, Calif. — The jury in the Michael Jackson trial reached a verdict Monday in the child molestation and conspiracy case against the pop superstar.
Sheriff's deputies and court officials said the verdict was to be read after attorneys and Jackson reached the courthouse.
Kevin Aylward: REUTERS/Rick Wilking The jury in the Michael Jackson trial has reached a verdict.SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — The jury in...
Smash: Jacko Verdict — MICHAEL JACKSON has been found NOT GUILTY of one count of conspiracy, seven counts of child molestation...
Red @ScaredMonkeys: NOT GUILTY? Michael Jackson acquitted on all counts of child molestation.

Cheney: Guantanamo policy 'is the correct one'
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday he doesn't believe revelations about the treatment of prisoners at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay have become an image problem for the United States and that the facility should not be shut down.
Jo Fish: Teabag Dick — Dick, and I use that term perjoratively, Cheney says that all the bad things being said about GITMO are just whining and hot air from disgruntled ex-detainees.
Randy Paul: Here: [snipped quote] Still waist deep in the big muddy and those two fools keep saying, push on.
Tim Dunlop: A few bad men — American Vice President Dick Cheney today endorsed the abuse and torture of prisoners at Guantanamo...

Bolton's Broken World
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
Despite his well-earned reputation as a bully and a blowhard, John Bolton, the guy who says "it is a big mistake for us to grant any validity to international law," seems poised to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Mary @LeftCoaster: Open Thread — Via Laura Rozen, we find that Michael Kinsley has found a female oped writer for the LA Times - one who adds an interesting twist to the Bolton story today.
Laura Rozen: More from the new LA Times' columnist, Rosa Brooks.

Nearly 6 in 10 Americans Support Troop Reductions in Iraq
  By / Gallup   —   Permalink 
PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds most Americans favoring a partial or complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq, and for the first time, a majority say they would be upset with the president if he decided to send more troops.
Derek Chollet: I flew home yesterday morning to find this article blaring across the right-hand column of the USA Today about the new...
Kos @DailyKos: U.S. Public: 'Get out of Iraq! ' Gallup: [snipped quote] Then there's this
Steve Soto: But check this out from Gallup's online summary of their poll: "More generally, 72% of Democrats say they...

The long march to Mao
  By / The Australian   —   Permalink 
FOURTEEN years after readers last heard from her in her bestseller Wild Swans, Jung Chang is back with another monumental offering.
Wild Swans, which told the story of modern China through the lives of Chang's grandmother, her mother and herself, became...
Ed Driscoll: Mao: "The Great Poet And Visionary" — Orrin Judd links to a profile that appears in The Australian of Jung Chang and...
Peter Burnet: LACKING IN NUANCE — The long march to Mao (Peter Wilson, The Australian, June 14, 2005) [snipped quote] Surely we can all agree that his poetry redeems him.

Survey: Most States Allow Speed Cushion
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Authorities patrolling U.S. highways tend to give motorists a cushion of up to 10 miles per hour above the speed limit before pulling them over, says a survey by a group of state traffic safety officials.
Steve Bainbridge: "(Link)"
Ace: Sammy Hagar Won't Like This Story. [Dave at Garfield Ridge] Hell, if Ace won't post anything, I might as well offer you something.
Justin @SouthernAppeal: I really don't have much of an opinion on this but nonetheless I find it interesting that there's such a brouhaha over...

Iraq News Increases Calls for Troop Withdrawal
  Pew Research Center   —   Permalink 
The steady drip of negative news from Iraq is significantly undermining support for the U.S. military operation there. With the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq exceeding 1,700, there is widespread awareness of the rising American death toll.
Steve Soto: 46% In New Pew Center Poll Say Bring Troops Home As Soon As Possible (Graphic courtesy of the Pew Center) Late today,...
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Pew Poll: Nearly half of all Americans unaware of number of soldiers killed in Iraq — Pew.

Saddam composed in face of judge's questions
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Stroking his beard, Saddam Hussein looked relaxed and confident as a judge questioned him about the killings of dozens of Shi'ite villagers, a test case Iraq's government believes might make for a swift trial.

"Answer the question.
Gateway Pundit: Saddam's aides appear tired in the new videos that were released: Iraqi officials have suggested a trial could start in...
Jayson @PoliPundit: (Emphasis added.) Suffered? Suffered??? Suffered%#@%!

Report: Syria Foils Planned Terror Attacks
  Yahoo! News   —   Permalink 
Syrian forces raided a suspected terrorist hideout near the capital, killing two men, arresting a third and foiling alleged bombing plots that targeted the nation's Justice Palace, the official news agency reported.
Marc @USSNeverdock: So what should we deduce from the AP's use of the word terror and terrorists in this report?
Charles Johnson: But attack a dictatorial Ba'athist regime and suddenly you're a terrorist, sans scare quotes: Report: Syria Foils Planned Terror Attacks.