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11:25 AM ET, June 1, 2007


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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Too Bad  —  President Bush has torn the conservative coalition asunder.  —  What political conservatives and on-the-ground Republicans must understand at this point is that they are not breaking with the White House on immigration.  They are not resisting, fighting and thereby setting …
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Top Bush Aide Leaving White House  —  WASHINGTON — Dan Bartlett, one of President Bush's most trusted advisers and his longest-serving aide, said Friday he is resigning to begin a career outside of government.  —  The move was announced on Bartlett's 36th birthday.
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
RNC faces donor falloff, fires 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, The Washington Times has learned.  —  Faced with an estimated 40 percent falloff …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Firing The Collectors: Desperation Or Efficiency?
Discussion: Power and Control
Washington Times:
RNC fires phone solicitors
New York Times:
Aide Says Edwards Misspoke on Reading Classified Iraq Report  —  Former Senator John Edwards, a Democratic presidential candidate, told an interviewer on Wednesday that he had read the classified October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate before voting to authorize force in Iraq, but his campaign retracted the statement yesterday.
Politics / Washington Post:
Separation of Church and State and Tax Exemptions
Discussion: Bring it On! and Shakesville
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
One Place Where Obama Goes Elbow to Elbow  —  Last Christmas, Senator Barack Obama flew to Hawaii to contemplate a presidential bid in the peace of his childhood home.  But there, on a humid playground near Waikiki Beach, he found himself being roughed up by some of his best friends.
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Obama's Inconvenient Truths
Discussion: MSNBC
John Ward Anderson / Washington Post:
Sunni Insurgents Battle in Baghdad  —  Residents of Western Neighborhood Join Groups' Fight Against Al-Qaeda in Iraq  —  Sunni residents of a west Baghdad neighborhood used assault rifles and a roadside bomb to battle the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq this week …
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Month 50 of the Iraq War: The Surge That Isn't
Discussion: Kiko's House
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Senate Panel Questions C.I.A. Detentions  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday questioned the continuing value of the Central Intelligence Agency's secret interrogation program for terrorism suspects, suggesting that international condemnation and the obstacles it has created …
Tony Paterson / The Independent:
German brain drain at highest level since 1940s  —  For a nation that invented the term "guest worker" for its immigrant labourers, Germany is facing the sobering fact that record numbers of its own often highly-qualified citizens are fleeing the country to work abroad in the biggest mass exodus for 60 years.
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Get in Line, Einstein  —  Beware legislative behemoths.  Beware "comprehensive immigration reform."  Any bill that is 380 pages long is bound to have nooks and crannies reflecting private deals, quiet paybacks and ad hoc arrangements that you often don't learn about until it's too late.
Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Kyl Unmasked as 'Senator Secrecy' on FOIA Reform; Defends Big Government's First Line of Defense  —  Sen. Jon Kyl, R-AZ, has conceded that he is the senator behind the secret hold on the proposed Open Government Reform Act of 2007, which would provide much-needed improvements in the federal Freedom of Information Act.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Bluey Blog
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
I Present to You: Saint Libby  —  Warning: Do not read this on a queasy or otherwise weak stomach.  —  Did I say we had reached the PR phase of this defense?  Sure looks like it, from the job Comstock Team Libby did on the sentencing memorandum.  Here's how it starts. … "Beyond question"?
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
Thomas B. Edsall / Huffington Post:
Conservative Catholics Organize To Sink Rudy  —  The early success of Rudy Giuliani's presidential bid has provoked a groundswell of opposition from disparate forces including conservative Catholics, remnants of Pat Buchanan's presidential campaigns and regional political operatives seeking to break into the Republican firmament.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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New York Times:
Dow Jones Says It Will Consider Options for Sale
Discussion: Gawker and CJR
Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
How Depressing Was the Depression?
Discussion: EconLog
Jonah Goldberg / National Review Online:
Better Off Fred?
Discussion: alicublog and IMAO
Patterico's Pontifications:
Air Marshal Goes on the Record Stating His Opinion That Flight 327 Was a Dry Run
The Connecticut Post Online:
Shays, Lieberman: Please stop talking
Stephen Beale / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Iraq to dominate Presidential debates
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Is America at China's Mercy?
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
An Egghead for the Oval Office
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Norwegianity
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Administration Rebukes Putin on His Policies
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Boehner Leads Effort to Polish GOP 'Brand'
Dan Gilgoff / US News:
Fired McCain Religion-Outreach Aides Say They Were Ignored
Discussion: New Pairodimes
Daniel J. Levitin / Washington Post:
It Was 40 Years Ago Today
Yahoo! News:
Brokeback Hill  —  Mike Rogers has outed so many closeted gay …
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Rove Pick for US Attorney Resigned After …
Discussion: Slate and CANNONFIRE
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Baghdad embassy plans appear on Internet

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Messaging app Signal finally rolls out usernames in beta, letting users conceal their phone numbers; Signal still requires inputting a phone number to register

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Apple says the iPhone 15 lineup can retain 80% of its original battery capacity after 1,000 charge cycles, up from its original estimate of 500 charge cycles

Stephen Totilo / Game File:
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