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1:15 AM ET, June 1, 2007


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Washington Times:
RNC fires phone solicitors  —  The Republican National Committee, hit by a grass-roots donors' rebellion over President Bush's immigration policy, has fired all 65 of its telephone solicitors, Ralph Z. Hallow will report Friday in The Washington Times.  —  Faced with an estimated 40 percent fall-off …
CBS News:
Inspector Ignored Warning On TB Patient  —  Man Quarantined With Dangerous Strain Of Tuberculosis ID'd As Lawyer And Son-In-Law Of CDC Microbiologist  —  (CBS/AP) A U.S. border inspector who allowed an Atlanta lawyer infected with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis back into the country …
Steve Bainbridge / ®:   Flying TB Infected Lawyer's Liabilities
TB patient's relative works on TB research
Discussion: The RBC and Shakesville
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Awakening in Babil  —  The provinces of Iraq.  Click map to view.  —  A pro government tribal leader is targeted in Babil; the four provinces around Baghdad have established an Awakening movement  —  The formation of the regional Awakening movements—the groupings of anti-al Qaeda tribes …
Dallas Morning News:
A spreading terror  —  Iraq now set up as a school for insurgents ready to be exported, says GEORGIE ANNE GEYER  —  Anyone who knows anything about cancer knows that the danger point comes when the cancer suddenly and unexpectedly appears in another supposedly "clean" part of the body.
David Roberts / Gristmill:
Bush's 'new climate strategy'  —  Today's headlines are full of the news that President Bush is &;  quot;unveiling a new climate strategy.&;  quot; If your immediate reaction is cynicism, well ... looks like you learned something over the last seven years.  Let's look a little closer.
Discussion: Reuters, The Reaction and
White House:
President Bush Discusses United States International Development Agenda
Michael Yon:
The Final Option  —  Left to Right: Lieutenant Colonel Doug Crissman; General Hamid; Sayed the interpreter.  Seconds after this photo, LTC Doug Crissman grabbed General Hamid's pistol.  (Note: the pistol was already unsnapped.)  —  Hit, Anbar Province, Iraq
Discussion: Fox News and Neptunus Lex
Michael Link / Democratic National Committee:
McCain Agrees We Need a Cap To Maintain "White, Christian, Male Power Structure"  —  John McCain's campaign posted this YouTube clip of the Senator on the O'Reilly Factor:  —  Near the end of the video, there was this exchange:  —  Bill O'Reilly: But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want?
Media Research Center:
NINE DAYS AFTER PHOTOS RELEASED, NETS AND TOP PAPERS SILENT OVER AL-QAEDA TORTURE HOUSE  —  Yet Top Media Ran More Than 6,000 Stories on Abu Ghraib Abuses  —  "The elite media's liberal bias is abundantly clear in this case.  U.S. soldiers raided several al-Qaeda safe houses in Iraq …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Why Do We Stay In Iraq?  —  Josh Marshall heads down the path to madness in order  —  to try to answer that question.  —  The answer is unknowable because there isn't one.  There are a variety of powerful actors who have different motives.  It's as true, if not more true …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Case for Conservatism  —  Conservatism's recovery of its intellectual equilibrium requires a confident explanation of why America has two parties and why the conservative one is preferable.  Today's political argument involves perennial themes that give it more seriousness than many participants understand.
National Review:
Rudy Blasts Hillary [Larry Kudlow]  —  Rudy blasted Hillary's tax hike plan yesterday calling it an "astounding, staggering tax increase."  Good for him.  —  Hillary's been out proclaiming her government redistributionist message of "shared prosperity."  Her growth-paralyzing solution?
Discussion: Brian Beutler and Cliff Schecter
Ben McConville / Associated Press:
Man says he's got a new Loch Ness video  —  EDINBURGH, Scotland - The Loch Ness monster is back — and there's video.  A man has captured what Nessie watchers say is possible footage of the supposed mythical creature beneath Scotland's most mysterious lake.
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
50 More Years in Iraq?  —  The White House, long irritated by the frequent use of Vietnam as a metaphor for Iraq, embraced its own analogy yesterday: South Korea.  —  There's an undeniable attraction to holding up America's military presence in South Korea as a model for Iraq …
TeddySanFran / Firedoglake:
Let's Help Chris Dodd End the Occupation  —  How cool was that, firedoggies?  Wednesday afternoon, Connecticut Senator and presidential candidate Christopher Dodd vlogged at FireDogLake about his Amendment to this summer's Defense Authorization Bill.  We had a great dialogue …
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Hugh Hewitt /
Can Any Immigration Bill Be Saved?
New York Times:
Jihadist Groups Fill a Palestinian Power Vacuum
Little Green Footballs:
A Guest Post By Duncan Hunter
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Tammy Bruce
Associated Press:
Kyl Vows To Block Open Government Bill
John Diedrich / JSOnline:
Officer arrested; citizenship questioned
Robert Shrum / Time:
Kerry's Regrets About John Edwards
Henry A. Kissinger / Los Angeles Times:
The lessons of Vietnam  —  Iraq desperately needs a political solution …
Discussion: neo-neocon and Sister Toldjah
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
U.S. Economic Growth Weakest in Over 4 Years
 Earlier Items: 
Al Pessin / Voice of America:
US General Says He May Need More Time to Assess Iraq Surge
Discussion: Pax Americana
Ben Smith / The Politico:
John Edwards: 'I read Iraq report'
Fred Thompson /
Living in Terror  —  Let me ask you a hypothetical question.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Endgame Ahead  —  While the rest of us enjoyed our holiday …
Joe Klein / Time:
Mitt Romney's Disappointing Campaign
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
Reggie's Got Mail—But We'll Have Mail, Too, on June 5
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Fred Thompson, "tough guy" and "folksy cultural conservative"
NASA Chief Questions Urgency of Global Warming