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4:30 PM ET, July 8, 2006


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Deb / South(west)paw:
white flag  —  I wrote some inflammatory comments at a blog by a guy named Jeff Goldstein called protein wisdom that infuriated many bloggers and commenters.  Many of these bloggers emailed my boss at the University of Arizona to tell on me.  —  In hindsight, the things I wrote were over the line of nastiness.
Confederate Yankee:
A Proud Member of the Toddler-Threatening Community  —  It was disgusting a year ago when Daily Kos posters were all for attacking the sexual orientation of four-year-old Jack Roberts, the son of then Supreme Court nominee (and now Chief Justice) John Roberts.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Michelle Malkin:
A BLOGGER UNDER SIEGE  —  ***scroll for updates: the moonbat 'fesses up, loses her job?  Jeff Goldstein, who has been such an inspiration and good friend ever since I started blogging, is under attack.  He—and his toddler son—have been the subject of abuse and harassment from a nutball leftist troll …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Attacking Bloggers' Children? Despicable (Updated)
Greg Tinti / Outside The Beltway | OTB:
Jeff Goldstein Gets Some Nasty Email
Discussion: NewsHog
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Secret Service reveals more Abramoff visits  —  WASHINGTON - The Secret Service on Friday revealed four more visits to the White House in 2001 by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, including one to see a domestic policy aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.  —  The newly released records …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Surprising Jump in Tax Revenues Curbs U.S. Deficit  —  WASHINGTON, July 8 — An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief.
Josh White / Washington Post:
Signs of Detainees' Planning Alleged  —  Three suicides at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may have been part of a broader plot by detainees who were using confidential lawyer-client papers and envelopes to pass handwritten notes their guards could not intercept …
Nick Wadhams / Associated Press:
Japan pushes for sanctions on N. Korea  —  UNITED NATIONS - Over Chinese and Russian objections, Japan introduced a draft Security Council resolution Friday that would impose sanctions on North Korea for its series of rocket test-launches and also order a halt to its development of ballistic missiles.
Peter Alford / The Australian:
War threat as North Korea talks tough
Discussion: Hot Air
Bush: I'd rather be right than popular
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
Robert Novak / Human Events:
Rudy for President?  —  Well-connected public figures report that they have been told recently by Rudolph Giuliani that, as of now, he intends to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.  —  The former mayor of New York was on top of last month's national Gallup poll measuring …
Associated Press:
DeLay Suggests He Might Not Retire  —  SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay suggested Friday that he may not be ready for retirement just yet, a day after a federal judge ruled that his name must remain on the November ballot even though he resigned from Congress.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Justices Tacitly Backed Use of Guantánamo, Bush Says  —  WASHINGTON, July 7 — In his most detailed comments to date on the Supreme Court's rejection of his decision to put detainees on trial before military commissions, President Bush said Friday that the court had tacitly approved …
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Israeli leader rejects Palestinian truce  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Hamas-led Palestinian government called for a cease-fire Saturday in its violent two-week standoff with Israel, but Israel rejected the offer because it did not call for releasing a soldier held by Hamas militants.
Jesse Noyes / Boston Herald:
Gays at Globe told to marry or lose benefits  —  Memo to Boston Globe gay and lesbian Guild employees: Get married or lose your domestic partner benefits.  —  Globe staffers have been told that health and dental benefits for gay employees' domestic partners are being discontinued.
Discussion: Wizbang
Lawrence Kudlow / Real Clear Politics:
The Big-Bang Story of U.S. Private Business  —  Did you know that just over the past 11 quarters, dating back to the June 2003 Bush tax cuts, America has increased the size of its entire economy by 20 percent?  In less than three years, the U.S. economic pie has expanded by $2.2 trillion …
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
At Colleges, Women Are Leaving Men in the Dust  —  Nearing graduation, Rick Kohn is not putting much energy into his final courses.  —  "I take the path of least resistance," said Mr. Kohn, who works 25 hours a week to put himself through the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Walid Phares / Counterterrorism Blog:
The New York Jihad flood starts in Lebanon?  —  More information has transpired about one of the designated participants in the alleged plot, which according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was to bomb the Holland Tunnel, connecting New Jersey with Manhattan, with the ostensible goal …
Discussion: Rantingprofs
Editor and Publisher:
Laura Bush Complains "Good Polls" Never Show Up on the Front Page  —  NEW YORK Intrerviewed with her husband on "Larry King Live" on Thursday night, Laura Bush once again charged that "good polls" for the president never end up on the front page.  —  She also said that she did not trust the polls at all …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Get Your Priorities Right  —  A rationalist crusader does the math on global warming.  —  NEW YORK—Bjorn Lomborg is a political scientist by training, but the charismatic, golden-haired Dane is offering me a history lesson.  Two hundred years ago, he explains, sitting forward in his chair …
Cori Dauber / Rantingprofs:
Damned If You Do . . .  A line from the reportage on the Miami arrests recurs in the reporting on the plot revealed yesterday:  —  One said the alleged plot was "not as far along" as described and was "more aspirational in nature."  —  Thus, in a sense, the better a job the intelligence community does …
Discussion: The Heretik
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Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Parliament Tells Europeans to Explain What They Knew About U.S …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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