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12:20 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.
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 …
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 weekend, the former senator's advisers said.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Thompson's On the Move Toward a Run
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Newsweek:
Fitzgerald Says Plame Was a Covert Agent
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 …
New York Times:
Advisers Fault Harsh Methods in Interrogation  —  As the Bush administration completes secret new rules governing interrogations, a group of experts advising the intelligence agencies argue that the harsh techniques used since the 2001 terrorist attacks are outmoded, amateurish and unreliable.
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Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Torture
Martin Samuel / Times of London:
SAS team ready for Iraq hostage hunt  —  Michael Evans, Defence Editor of The Times  —  A British hostage-crisis team of up to 20 specialists, including SAS and police experts, is on standby in London ready to leave for Baghdad and help find the five Britons kidnapped by insurgents …
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Telegraph:
Al-Sadr militia suspected of kidnapping Britons
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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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.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Dry Run Confirmed
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
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.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
A Special Blogger Poll On The Senate Immigration Bill  —  Right Wing News emailed more than 240 right-of-center bloggers and asked them to answer 8 questions.  The following 51 blogs responded,  —  Aaron's CC, Absinthe & Cookies, The Absurd Report, Argghhhh!, Baldilocks, The Baseball Crank …
Washington Post:
Bush takes aim at GOP critics of immigration deal  —  Says conservatives use scare tactics, 'haven't read bill'  —  President Bush's trip to Georgia opened a campaign intended to undercut the criticism that has consumed conservative talk shows and Internet sites, and educate the public.
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
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Atlantic Online
 
 
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
A Rocky Start for Nevada's New Governor
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Boston Herald:
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David Boaz / NY Daily News:
Libertarians, beware the rigid reign of Rudy
Daniel Pulliam / GovExec.com:
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Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Bush hits foes of alien bill
Discussion: New York Times and MSNBC
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama won't play by the book
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A Full Tank of Hypocrisy
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
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Dean Barnett / Townhall.com:
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Discussion: Althouse and The Jawa Report
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Bernstein Book Directly Contradicts A Key Charge In Gerth And Van Natta's Book