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1:30 PM ET, May 8, 2007


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The Star-Ledger /
6 arrested in plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix  —  Federal investigators last night arrested six Islamic radicals who were planning a heavily armed attack against soldiers at Fort Dix as part of a jihad against America, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Associated Press:
Six Arrested in Alleged Fort Dix Murder Plot  —  MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — Six nationals of the former Yugoslavia were arrested on charges they plotted to attack the Fort Dix Army base and "kill as many soldiers as possible," federal authorities said Tuesday.  —  The six were scheduled to appear …
Six Arrests In Alleged Terror Plot To Kill N.J. Soldiers  —  NEW YORK — Six men from New Jersey have been arrested in an alleged terror plot against soldiers at Fort Dix, according investigators.  —  Investigators said the men planned to use automatic rifles to enter Fort Dix and kill as many soldiers as they could at the N.J. base.
Confederate Yankee:
Six Arrested in New Jersey Islamic Terror Plot  —  Via … According to WPVI, the six men attempted to purchase fully automatic AK-47s from an arms dealer working with the FBI.  WABC describes the six men as all being ethnic Albanians.  Their immigration status was not clear from news accounts.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The Right Angle
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Feds bust six in NJ plot to murder troops at Fort Dix; Update: At least three are illegal aliens; Update: Suspects ID'd, complaint added  —  No word yet on whether they're freelance or part of a cell, but there's a presser scheduled for this afternoon at 2:30. … Standby for updates.
Michelle Malkin:
Terrorist plot in Cherry Hill, NJ; illegal aliens among alleged plotters; a John Doe turned them in; press conference at 2:30pm Eastern;  —  Fort Dix has been a refuge for ethnic Albanians  —  Soldiers at Fort Dix: Targeted by jihadists  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer reports …
The Smoking Gun:
Fort Dix Terror Plot Foiled  —  FBI: New Jersey jihadists targeted servicemen at Army base  —  A group of Islamic radicals conspired to kill U.S. servicemen at New Jersey's Fort Dix Army base, but the plot was disrupted when the FBI infiltrated the cell with two paid informants.
Washington Post:
Fort Dix Soldiers Targets of Plot
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Justice: Islamist Plot To Attack Fort Dix
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Redstate
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Sarkozy Sets a New Course for Relations With U.S.  —  Two days before the first round of the presidential election last month, Nicolas Sarkozy donned a red checked shirt, jeans and cowboy boots, mounted a small white horse named Universe and rode around the Camargue country in France's deep south.
Jules Crittenden:   The Only Good Cowboy is a French Cowboy  —  New York Times …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Progressives' French Lesson
Discussion: The Corner and Blue Crab Boulevard
Jules Crittenden / Pajamas Media:
Ditch The Accordion  —  There's a great deal of justified excitement …
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
New York Times:
France Under New Leadership
Discussion: Media Blog and Human Events
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
World Bank Panel Finds Wolfowitz at Fault; Aide Resigns  —  A committee of World Bank directors has formally notified Paul D. Wolfowitz that they found him to be guilty of a conflict of interest in arranging for a pay raise and promotion for Shaha Ali Riza, his companion, in 2005.
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Deal Is Offered for Chief's Exit at World Bank  —  Leading governments of Europe, mounting a new campaign to push Paul D. Wolfowitz from his job as World Bank president, signaled Monday that they were willing to let the United States choose the bank's next chief, but only if Mr. Wolfowitz stepped down soon, European officials said.
Michael Barone / Opinion Journal:
The Realignment of America  —  The native-born are leaving "hip" cities for the heartland.  —  In 1950, when I was in kindergarten in Detroit, the city had a population of (rounded off) 1,850,000.  Today the latest census estimate for Detroit is 886,000, less than half as many.
Washington Post:
Comparison To Clinton Is Dismissed  —  French Counterpart Lacked Substance, Senator's Camp Says  —  There was a time when advisers to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) looked abroad for proof that women can get elected to a top leadership role in the modern world: Margaret Thatcher …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Republican quotes KKK founder on House floor  —  Roll Call reports today that a House Republican delivered a foreign policy speech yesterday in which he quoted Nathan Bedford Forrest, founder of the KKK. … "Controversial figure" doesn't quite cut it.  Most lists of the worst Americans …
Think Progress:   Rep. Poe Quotes Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard On House Floor
Nic Robertson / CNN:
Sunni demand could unravel Iraqi government … BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's top Sunni official has set a deadline of next week for pulling his entire bloc out of the government — a potentially devastating blow to reconciliation efforts within Iraq.  He also said he turned down an offer …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   IRAQI POLITICAL UPDATE....Remember the Iraqi constitution …
William Lowther / Daily Mail:
Blundering Bush makes ANOTHER gaffe as he winks at the Queen  —  When you've just made it sound like the Queen is more than 200 years old, there may be a few ways of recovering from the gaffe.  —  But turning to her and giving her a sly wink is probably not included in any book of royal etiquette.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Clinton Solidifies Lead Among Democrats, Giuliani Still Tops GOP Field  —  Clinton favorable rating back to 50%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds Hillary Clinton solidifying her lead over Barack Obama and the rest of the field for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Morris: It's 'Convenient' To Keep U.S. Troops In Iraq So Terrorists Can Kill Them 'Around The Corner'  —  President Bush has repeatedly argued that the United States needs to "eliminate terrorist threats abroad, so we do not have to face them here at home."  —  Last night on Hannity and Colmes …
Washington Post:
September Could Be Key Deadline in War  —  Lawmakers Call for Proof of Progress by Fall  —  Congressional leaders from both political parties are giving President Bush a matter of months to prove that the Iraq war effort has turned a corner, with September looking increasingly like a decisive deadline.
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House Democrats May Seek Short-Term Financing of War
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Rudy donated repeatedly to Planned Parenthood in the 1990s
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Vain In Our Highmindedness  —  It's funny that Atrios highlights …
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