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5:30 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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Susan Page / Tennessean.com:
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 BuzzFlash.org
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, advisers to the former senator said.
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 …
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
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME
Rick Perlstein / commonsense.ourfuture.org:
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.
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Associated Press:
U.S. government fights to keep meatpackers from testing all …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Agonist
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.
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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 …
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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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.
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: Shakesville and Rising Hegemon
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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
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 …
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 …
Boston Herald:
Affleck: Clean-cut Romney GOP pick in '08  —  "Gone, Baby, Gone" director Ben Affleck, who tried mightily - but unsuccessfully - to get Sen. John Kerry elected to the White House, said he expects ex-Gov. Mitt Romney to be the Republican nominee in 2008.  —  Chatting about the upcoming presidential race …
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Lawyer: Cheney Visitor Logs Not Recorded  —  WASHINGTON — A lawyer for Vice President Dick Cheney told the Secret Service in September to eliminate data on who visited Cheney at his official residence, a newly disclosed letter states.  —  The Sept. 13, 2006, letter from Cheney's lawyer …
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
DDT, tobacco and the parallel universe  —  The piles of documents released as a result of litigation against Phillip Morris and Exxon are gifts that keep on giving for those of us interested in the process by which the Republican parallel universe has been constructed.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Deltoid
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.
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.
 
 
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Biden's debate  —  The Fox News Channel/Congressional Black …
Discussion: MyDD, Think Progress and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Hillary's War  —  On a Thursday afternoon in early May …
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Our 44th President  —  Fred Thompson is so three hours ago.
Discussion: Washington Times and Wonkette
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Jeff Gerth, meet Judith Miller
Discussion: Shakesville
James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. / Heritage Foundation:
1986 Redux: Proposed Senate Immigration Reform Repeats Past Failure
Discussion: Bluey Blog
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
Debate Could Turn on a 7-Letter Word
James Rosen / The State:
DeMint rips war 'wimps'
John Edwards for President:
Edwards Calls On FCC To Make Internet More Available And Affordable
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 Earlier Items: 
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Jason Steck / The Moderate Voice:
Romney and Rudy: Religious Rorschach for Republicans
ABCNEWS:
Boos for Miss USA Aimed at U.S. Lawmakers
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
CNN:
Terror suspects detained in Sadr City
Anna Johnson / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida video threatens attacks on U.S.
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Dying for an Iraq That Isn't  —  Of all the absurdities attending …
The Hill:
GOP plots blue-slip attack