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2:30 AM ET, May 31, 2007


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It's official  —  The U.S. Justice Department has notified Arkansas's congressional delegation that Interim Eastern District U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin is resigning effective Friday, June 1.  Jane Duke will become acting U.S. attorney.  (This is the assistant in the office who the Justice Department once …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Rove-Protege Tim Griffin Resigns As U.S. Attorney  —  The Arkansas Times reports that the controversial U.S. attorney in Arkansas, Tim Griffin, has resigned: … Griffin, a former protege of Karl Rove, was formerly research director of the Republican National Committee.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Expands Probe To Include Hiring Practices
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
From Reuters ...  It is hard not to take this as another example that the White House is seriously out of touch with both history and reality when it comes to Iraq.  —  Let's run through a few differences.  First, Korea is an ethnically and culturally homogenous state.
Don Surber:   Iraq=Korea  —  Bush's insistence on amnesty for illegal aliens is terrible.
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Seeks to Double Spending for AIDS Program
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Rick Perlstein /
E. coli conservatism (19): the ne plus ultra  —  Offered without comment.  What is there possibly to say? … Oh, all right.  One small comment.  First, observe the contempt for liberty.  When E. coli conservatives say self-regulation is preferable to government, they're even lying about that.
Susan Page /
Thompson says he plans to run, wants to be 2008's outsider  —  STAMFORD, Conn. — Politician-turned-actor Fred Thompson plans an unconventional campaign for president using blogs, video posts and other Internet innovations to reach voters repelled by politics-as-usual in both parties, he told USA Today.
Kathleen Hennessey / Associated Press:
Clinton defends Iraq war funding vote  —  LAS VEGAS - White House hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday defended her vote against an Iraq war funding bill, saying she believes President Bush will begin withdrawing troops from Iraq soon.  —  The New York senator said she came …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CorrenteWire
Leila Fadel / Real Cities:
Lieberman talks to troops in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Spc. David Williams, 22, of Boston, Mass., had two note cards in his pocket Wednesday afternoon as he waited for Sen. Joseph Lieberman.  Williams serves in the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., the first of the five "surge" …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Washington Post:
U.N. Council Backs Tribunal For Lebanon  —  Beirut Braces for Unrest After Vote To Pursue Assassins of Former Premier  —  A sharply divided U.N. Security Council voted Wednesday to create an international criminal tribunal to prosecute the masterminds of the February 2005 suicide bombing …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Iraq—the Coming GOP Collapse?  —  Was talking to an influential Republican strategist who thinks if Iraq looks the way it does now in September, Bush will lose about 25 Senate Republicans on a bill with some sort of timetable for withdrawal.
Space News From SpaceDaily.Com:
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Not Sure Global Warming A Problem  —  Michael Griffin NASA Administrator has told America's National Public Radio that while he has no doubt a trend of global warming exists "I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with."
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Gordy Slack / Salon:
Inside the Creation Museum  —  Adam and Eve frolic amid the dinosaurs in the new $27 million museum that demonstrates Darwin has nothing on the Book of Genesis.  —  Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, depicted in the Creation Museum.  —  The Creation Museum swung open its stegosaurus-guarded gates …
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Our 44th President  —  Fred Thompson is so three hours ago.  Via Ballot Access News comes new info about former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, last seen punching a Capitol Hill cop and then losing re-election: … Please note that she includes "impeachment of the president" among her potential campaign planks …
Chris Achorn / My Two Sense:
Glenn Beck Ratings Report (May 21-25)  —  Glenn Beck's ratings for the week of May 21-25 were staggering in how low Beck's ratings have fallen.  When you think his ratings have hit rock bottom, they manage to dig just a little lower.  —  These are the numbers are for the 7pm hour.
Scott Lanman / Bloomberg:
Virginia's Kaine Warns Democrats Protectionism Is a `Loser'  —  May 30 (Bloomberg) — Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine, parting with some fellow Democrats, said he's ``passionate'' about strengthening global-trade ties and that those advocating protectionism have a ``loser's mentality.''
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Jim Garamone / DefenseLINK:
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U.S. soldiers with missing limbs are being allowed to return to active duty
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New Boss at World Bank
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Romney Interview  —  I just finished my one-on-one exclusive …
Prose Before Hos:
Happy Memorial Day … An Iraqi boy hides behind a U.S. soldier …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Biden's debate  —  The Fox News Channel/Congressional Black …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Jeff Gerth, meet Judith Miller
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TB Patient Says He Was Advised Not to Fly
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