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11:20 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.
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
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 …
Washington Times:
RNC fires phone solicitors
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 …
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
The Connecticut Post Online:
Shays, Lieberman: Please stop talking  —  Maybe Messrs.  Shays and Lieberman can clear up a few things.  —  Those two esteemed congressional representatives are recently back from trips to the never-ending war in Iraq, but neither of them seems especially downbeat.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Administration Rebukes Putin on His Policies  —  A top Russia expert at the State Department issued an unusually sharp public criticism on Thursday of Moscow's behavior under President Vladimir V. Putin, describing the Kremlin as bullying its neighbors while silencing political opponents and suppressing individual rights at home.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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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
Thomas B. Edsall / Huffington Post:
Conservative Catholics Organize To Sink Rudy
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
I Present to You: Saint Libby
Discussion: New York Times
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
 Earlier Items: 
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
An Egghead for the Oval Office
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Norwegianity
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

From Techmeme:

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The House passes a TikTok divestiture bill with a longer sale deadline as part of a package of Ukraine/Israel aid bills, pressuring the Senate to vote on TikTok

Open-source GameCube and Wii emulator Dolphin is not coming to App Store as Apple doesn't allow JIT recompilers on iOS, possibly due to security considerations

Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:
How some parents, seeking the ability to reach their kids at all times, have become unexpected but forceful opponents of schools' attempts to ban phones

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