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2:50 AM ET, June 2, 2007

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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Not Pushing for Attack on Iran, Rice Says  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought today to minimize any sense of division within the Bush administration over Iran after the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency delivered a pointed new warning against what he called the …
Discussion: Balkinization
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rice Insists Cheney Supports Diplomacy for Iran  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday that Vice President Cheney fully supports a diplomatic course over Iran's nuclear program, denying impressions of divisions among President Bush's foreign-policy advisers.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CHENEY AND IRAN....Remember that report from Steve Clemons …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
ABCNEWS:
Soldiering On  —  ABC News Learns of Plans to Keep Troops in Iraq Beyond 2009  —  Sgt. John Guerra, 21, from Dallas, Tex., walks with his platoon from the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team during a patrol in the Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 16, 2007.
Adam Zagorin / Time:
Rove Linked to Prosecution of Ex-Alabama Governor  —  In the rough and tumble of Alabama politics, the scramble for power is often a blood sport.  At the moment, the state's former Democratic governor, Don Siegelman, stands convicted of bribery and conspiracy charges and faces a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and TIME: Swampland
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Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Ex-Governor Says Affidavit Shows Politics in Bribe Case
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Eli / Firedoglake:
The GOP's White Knight  —  I already covered some of this at my place, but I wanted to make sure the subject got a wider audience.  If David Brooks' latest travesty of a column is any indication, it looks like the Republicans want to set up a McCain-esque Straight-Shooter-Who-Will-Clean-Up- The-Beltway narrative around Fred Thompson:
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Paul Mirengoff / News Bloggers Blog:
Buyer's remorse  —  Yesterday, Cenk Uygur wrote this line: "Come on, Mr. Conservative-I-support-the-Bush- administration-no-matter-what, you don't even believe that."  As anyone with a passing familiarity of current events realizes, however, there are essentially no conservatives who support the Bush administration across-the-board.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The End Of The Bushes?  —  Peggy Noonan, one of my favorite columnists …
Crunchy Con:
Noonan to Bush: It's over
World Tribune.com:
Al Qaida suspects sue Boeing, with ACLU's help  —  WASHINGTON — Boeing has been sued by suspected Al Qaida operatives transported by the CIA to Arab countries for interrogation and torture.  —  The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan …
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Jules Crittenden
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
U.N. Team Still Looking for Iraq's Arsenal  —  Though Work Is Seen as Irrelevant, Security Council Can't Agree to End It  —  UNITED NATIONS — More than four years after the fall of Baghdad, the United Nations is spending millions of dollars in Iraqi oil money to continue the hunt …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Venezuela's counter-revolution won't be televised... but it will be on YouTube  —  When YouTube CEO Chad Hurley told a Congressional committee that his company "advances democracy," perhaps this was the sort of thing he had in mind.  —  An opposition Venezuelan television station whose broadcast license …
C. Jacob / MEMRI:
'We Are Facing a Second Nakba'-Reactions in the Palestinian Press to the Hamas-Fatah Clashes … Introduction  —  The current wave of violent Hamas-Fatah clashes is one of the most brutal the PA has known, especially considering that it broke out only a short while after the signing of the Mecca Agreement …
Mark Martin / San Francisco Chronicle:
Gays and lesbians allowed conjugal visits in prisons  —  (06-01) 04:00 PDT Sacramento — California's prison system is changing its regulations to allow conjugal visits for gay and lesbian inmates in response to a legal threat and a 2003 law that gave domestic partners many of the same rights as married couples.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rasmussen Reports:
Number of Republicans in U.S. Hits New Low, Number of Democrats Also Decline  —  For the fourth straight month, the number of people identifying themselves as Republicans has decreased.  For the third straight month, the number of people identifying themselves as Democrats has also decreased (see history).
Reuters:
Kidney-donor TV show a hoax, producers admit … AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) — A Dutch reality television show in which a supposedly dying woman had to pick one of three contestants to whom she would donate a kidney was revealed as an elaborate hoax on Friday.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Mooneycnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Gonzales vows 'sprint to the finish line'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Beleaguered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales vowed Friday to remain in his post through the end of President Bush's second term, in a "sprint to the finish line."  —  In his most definitive statement on the issue to date …
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Isikoff: Congress Wants Ashcroft's Testimony  —  The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have asked the former attorney general to testify about his role in a dramatic showdown over a controversial eavesdropping program.  Will he play ball?  —  The Senate and House Intelligence Committees …
Art Jester / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Holsinger's church role scrutinized  —  HAND IN METHODIST RULINGS RAISES CONCERN IN GAY COMMUNITY  —  The nomination of University of Kentucky professor Dr. James W. Holsinger as U.S. surgeon general has come under fire from groups that fear his actions as a high-ranking official in the United Methodist Church indicate he is anti-gay.
 
 
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Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Bush Calls on Iran to Release Detained U.S. Citizens
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
Happy Sgt. Pepper's Day!  —  Yep, 40 years ago today …
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Accuses Opponents of Immigration Bill of Fear-Mongering
Discussion: Liberty Street
Inside Higher Ed:
Economics Education 101  —  Market demand curves.  Marginal utility.
The Atlantic Online:
Beyond Polling  —  Kevin Drum kindly links to my review of Bob Shrum's memoir.
Robert Knight / NewsBusters.org:
B-I-A-S: Media Largely Ignore Spelling Bee Champ's Homeschooled Status
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Death Cult Kindergarten Graduation
Discussion: CNSNews, Solomonia and Hot Air
MSNBC:
'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for May 31
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Wendy Norris / Colorado Confidential:
UPDATE: Whoops! Retract. Retract. Retract.
Matt Taibbiposted / Rolling Stone:
Giuliani: Worse Than Bush
Amy Fagan / Washington Times:
Colleges veer left for '07 speakers
Discussion: Attytood and Roger Ailes
Adam Zagorin / Time:
Detainee Abuse Was Well Planned
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Susan Beck / LAW.com:
Lone Star  —  Bracewell partners got a big name when they hired Rudolph Giuliani.
Discussion: Facing South
Ilan Wurman / The Hill:
PETA seeks tax breaks for vegetarians
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com:
RNC Outsources Phone Solicitation to DNC, Apparently
Tony Paterson / The Independent:
German brain drain at highest level since 1940s
 

 
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