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12:05 PM 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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The End Of The Bushes?  —  Peggy Noonan, one of my favorite columnists …
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.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Dan Bartlett resigns.
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Candor of Obama  —  You want to know why I can't stop myself being impressed?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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
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
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
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.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review Online:
Better Off Fred?  —  Here are just a few little-known facts about Fred Thompson:  —  Every night before going to sleep, Osama bin Laden checks under his bed for Fred Thompson.  —  Though Fred Thompson left the Senate in 2003, Harry Reid still hasn't stopped wetting his pants.
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
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
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
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Los Angeles Times:
Missing Irvine man imprisoned in Iran
James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
Group plans billboard to goad McConnell
Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
Iraq Is Not Vietnam—Or Korea Either
New York Times:
Dow Jones Says It Will Consider Options for Sale
Discussion: Gawker and CJR
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
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Plame Sues C.I.A. for Blocking Her Memoir
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
An Egghead for the Oval Office
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Norwegianity
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
Invitation / Economist:
Tony Blair reflects on the lessons of his decade as Britain's prime minister
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Hot Air
Leila Fadel / Real Cities:
U.S. trying to open a dialogue with al-Sadr, commander says
Daniel J. Levitin / Washington Post:
It Was 40 Years Ago Today

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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Laurence Peter / BBC:
Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

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