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8:05 PM ET, June 1, 2007

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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The End Of The Bushes?  —  Peggy Noonan, one of my favorite columnists and always a great read, today turns her substantial rhetorical guns on what she sees as the biggest threat to the Republican Party — George Bush.  Accusing him of following his father in squandering a great political inheritance …
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Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com:
RNC Outsources Phone Solicitation to DNC, Apparently  —  Well, either that, or the WSJ editorial board is manning the phones.  —  You heard yesterday that the RNC canned its in-house phone bank employees, partly due to an estimated 40% drop in small donations.
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.
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 …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Too Bad  —  President Bush has torn the conservative coalition asunder.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Firing The Collectors: Desperation Or Efficiency?
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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.
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Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Ex-Governor Says Affidavit Shows Politics in Bribe Case
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Obama's Inconvenient Truths  —  Presidential-primary politics tends to be played like a game of connect the dots, with all the would-be nominees running from interest group to interest group, knowing and delivering precisely what each constituency is expecting to hear.
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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 …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rice Insists Cheney Supports Diplomacy for Iran
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Senior Bush Aide Dan Bartlett to Resign  —  White House Counselor Among President's Longest Serving Advisers  —  White House counselor Dan Bartlett, one of President Bush's top aides and among his longest serving, said today he will resign in July,becoming the latest administration official …
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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.
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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.
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).
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.
John W. Dean / FindLaw's Writ:
The Bush Administration's Dilemma Regarding a Possible Libby Pardon  —  And How Outsiders Such as Fred Thompson Appear to Be Working on a Solution  —  On June 5, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton will sentence Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby …
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.
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.
 
 
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