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3:40 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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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
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.
National Review:
No July 4 Announcement For Fred Thompson  —  Just talked to a Thompson source I'll call "TA3" (Thompson Associate 3).  Much more coming shortly, but the first word was, there will not be a presidential announcement from Fred Thompson on July 4.  —  (The Politico got it wrong, it appears.)
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
How Fred Thompson skews GOP race
Discussion: The Fix and TIME: Swampland
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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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economix: Truth, Fiction and Lou Dobbs  —  The whole controversy involving Lou Dobbs and leprosy started with a "60 Minutes" segment a few weeks ago.  —  The segment was a profile of Mr. Dobbs, and while doing background research for it, a "60 Minutes" producer came across a 2005 news report …
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Mahdi army 'seized kidnapped Britons'  —  A Shia militia commander claimed today that the five British nationals kidnapped in Baghdad were driven straight into a hostage holding centre in a neighbourhood ruled by the firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.  —  A cell commander in Sadr's Mahdi army …
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CNN:
Terror suspects detained in Sadr City
Discussion: Truthdig
Martin Samuel / Times of London:
SAS team ready for Iraq hostage hunt
ACLU:
ACLU Sues Boeing Subsidiary for Participation in CIA Kidnapping and Torture Flights  —  Group Also Appeals to United States Supreme Court in Khaled El-Masri Lawsuit  —  NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. …
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Pat Milton / Associated Press:
ACLU: Boeing offshoot helped CIA  —  NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday it is suing Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Co., claiming it provided secret CIA transportation services to shuttle three terrorism suspects overseas, where they were tortured.
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.
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Reuters:
Malaysia's Lina Joy loses Islam conversion case
Discussion: Donklephant and The Sundries Shack
Anahad O'Connor / New York Times:
TB Patient Says He Was Advised Not to Fly  —  A man who may have exposed passengers and crew members on two trans-Atlantic flights earlier this month to a highly drug-resistant form of tuberculosis knew he was infected, and had been advised by health officials not to travel overseas.
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
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Reuters:
Bush envisions U.S. presence in Iraq like S.Korea  —  Source: Reuters  —  President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Secures Endorsement of the Mayor of Los Angeles  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton have delivered another one-two punch that reflects their combined political power: corralling the endorsement of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles …
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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.
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," …
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Report confirms terror dry run  —  A newly released inspector general report backs eyewitness accounts of suspicious behavior by 13 Middle Eastern men on a Northwest Airlines flight in 2004 and reveals several missteps by government officials, including failure to file an incident report until a month after the matter became public.
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.
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Dying for an Iraq That Isn't  —  Of all the absurdities attending our unending war in Iraq, the greatest is this: We are fighting to defend that which is not there.  —  We are fighting for a national government that is not national but sectarian, and has shown no capacity to govern.
 
 
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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 and The Agonist
Rick Perlstein / commonsense.ourfuture.org:
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Faiz / Think Progress:
CNN's Assault On Reason: New Reporter Hired To Cover 'Britney And Michael Jackson'
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Lawyer: Cheney Visitor Logs Not Recorded
Jason Steck / The Moderate Voice:
Romney and Rudy: Religious Rorschach for Republicans
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DDT, tobacco and the parallel universe
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
A Rocky Start for Nevada's New Governor
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and All Spin Zone
The Hill:
GOP plots blue-slip attack
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Microsoft Surface: Behind-the-Scenes First Look (with Video)
Bill Blakemore / ABCNEWS:
NASA: Danger Point Closer Than Thought From Warming
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
A Special Blogger Poll On The Senate Immigration Bill
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
A Full Tank of Hypocrisy
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Some Hitherto Staunch G.O.P. Voters Souring on Iraq