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12:00 AM ET, May 31, 2007


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Fred Thompson running for president  —  Fred Dalton Thompson is planning to enter the presidential race over the Fourth of July holiday, announcing that week that he has already raised several million dollars and is being backed by insiders from the past three Republican administrations, Thompson advisers told The Politico.
USA Today:
Thompson wants to be 2008's outsider  —  STAMFORD, Conn. — Politician-turned-actor Fred Thompson has been coy with audiences as he flirts with a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  In an interview with USA TODAY, however, the former Tennessee senator not only makes it clear …
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.
Discussion: KnoxViews and
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
How Fred Thompson skews GOP race
Discussion: TIME: Swampland and The Fix
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
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.
Associated Press:
U.S. government fights to keep meatpackers from testing all slaughtered cattle for mad cow  —  WASHINGTON: The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.  —  The Agriculture Department tests fewer than 1 percent …
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Seeks to Double Spending for AIDS Program
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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" …
Nico / Think Progress:   Lieberman Confronted By Troops In Iraq: 'When Are We Going To Get Out Of Here?'
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Right-wing noise machine: Plame not covert  —  (updated below - updated again - Update III)  —  NBC News, yesterday: … The right-wing noise machine spent the last two years repeatedly, continuously and emphatically telling their followers the exact opposite:
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: CorrenteWire
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
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.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Multi Medium
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Jeff Gerth, meet Judith Miller  —  Isn't former New York Times reporter Jeff Gerth writing the definitive book about Hillary Clinton sort of like Judith Miller deciding to write the definitive book about Iraq's WMDs?  It just doesn't add up.  —  After all, both Gerth and Miller …
Discussion: Shakesville and Election Central
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US Airways seeks imam-suit dismissal
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Concerned Women for America spokesman blasts Mary Cheney and …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Romney Interview  —  I just finished my one-on-one exclusive …
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Happy Memorial Day … An Iraqi boy hides behind a U.S. soldier …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Biden's debate  —  The Fox News Channel/Congressional Black …
Discussion: MyDD, Daily Kos and Think Progress
Maddy Sauer Reports / The Blotter:
'Russian' Grenades Being Used to Kill U.S. Troops?
James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. / Heritage Foundation:
1986 Redux: Proposed Senate Immigration Reform Repeats Past Failure
Discussion: Bluey Blog
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
TB Patient Says He Was Advised Not to Fly
Discussion: Shakesville and Rising Hegemon
James Rosen / The State:
DeMint rips war 'wimps'
John Edwards for President:
Edwards Calls On FCC To Make Internet More Available And Affordable
Discussion: MyDD, techPresident and The Agonist
Edward Wong / New York Times:
In North Iraq, Sunni Arabs Drive Out Kurds