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1:35 PM ET, May 30, 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.
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Testing the Waters  —  Fred Thompson, candidate-in-waiting.  —  FRED THOMPSON IS RUNNING for the Republican presidential nomination.  In a conference call Monday, Thompson addressed a group of more than 100 supporters and fundraisers whom the campaign has dubbed First Day Founders.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Fred Thompson to Form Presidential Committee  —  "Law and Order" star Fred Thompson  —  will make his flirtation with a White  —  House bid official this week, forming  —  a presidential committee and launching  —  a fundraising effort that could culminate  —  in a formal announcement over the July 4th
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ryan Sager / New York Sun:
Thompson To Dip His Toes  —  Speculation over whether Fred Thompson is serious about running for president just went toes-up.  Mr. Thompson's not-yet-a campaign has confirmed: He's dipping his toes in.  —  Specifically, a Thompson adviser told The New York Sun yesterday …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Thompson's On the Move Toward a Run
Discussion: Facing South, Daily Kos and MyDD
The Hill:
GOP plots blue-slip attack  —  House conservatives are ready to stop the Senate immigration bill in its tracks with a potent procedural weapon should the contentious measure win passage in the upper chamber.  —  The trump card conservatives may hold is a constitutional rule that revenue-related bills must originate in the House.
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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:
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Was Valerie Plame Covert?  Once More, with Feeling  —  Newsweek has an interesting view of the law, and the usual suspects amongst the lefty bloggers are falling in line behind it - when a prosecutor expresses an opinion in a sentencing memorandum, that is dispositive - case closed, no further questions, move on.
Telegraph:
Al-Sadr militia suspected of kidnapping Britons  —  Iraq's most prominent Shia militia has emerged as the chief suspect in the kidnappings of five British nationals in Iraq.  —  Negotiations with the Mahdi Army are already under way after one of several spokesmen for the armed force under …
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Martin Samuel / Times of London:
SAS team ready for Iraq hostage hunt
CNN:   Terror suspects detained in Sadr City
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Media Embarrassment Over Socialist Rhetoric?  —  Hillary Clinton announced that she would campaign on a platform that would emphasize the need for collective economics and move away from individual performance and success.  It could be called an extension of "It Takes A Village," …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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David Boaz / NY Daily News:
Libertarians, beware the rigid reign of Rudy  —  Behind Rudy Giuliani's impressive lead in the polls is one fact that puzzles the pundits: Many cultural conservatives are backing a pro-choice, pro-gun control candidate.  But what should be equally surprising is the strong support Giuliani …
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog:
Lieberman in Iraq sees "progress," says so-called surge "would start to break the insurgency"  —  What a coincidence.  Two years after Cheney said the insurgency was in its last throes, Joe Lieberman made essentially the same prediction.  —  CNN reports that Lieberman is on an unannounced "surprise" visit to Baghdad.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Justices' Ruling Limits Suits on Pay Disparity  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it harder for many workers to sue their employers for discrimination in pay, insisting in a 5-to-4 decision on a tight time frame to file such cases.  The dissenters said the ruling ignored workplace realities.
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Some Hitherto Staunch G.O.P. Voters Souring on Iraq  —  Through four elections, Debbie Thompson has supported Representative Mark Steven Kirk, a Republican and staunch backer of the Bush administration's policies in Iraq.  —  But Ms. Thompson, a mother of two from this affluent suburb of Chicago …
Michelle Malkin:
The persecution of Lina Joy, continued  —  No, you cannot convert: Three cheers for sharia!  —  Last August, I wrote about the plight of an ex-Muslim woman in Malaysia named Lina Joy.  She had converted to Christianity and wanted to marry a Christian man.
Discussion: Reuters, Time and The Sundries Shack
 
 
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ACLU:
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
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