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8:40 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 …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CHENEY AND IRAN....Remember that report from Steve Clemons …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Bush Calls on Iran to Release Detained U.S. Citizens
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
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: The Moderate Voice
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Exploitation Squared  —  Yesterday, I wrote about the Dutch …
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
You Know, This Actually Makes It Worse
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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 …
Jeff Stein / CQ.com:
Defense Officials Tried to Reverse China Policy, Says Powell Aide  —  The same top Bush administration neoconservatives who leap-frogged Washington's foreign policy establishment to topple Saddam Hussein nearly pulled off a similar coup in U.S.-China relations—creating the potential …
Mohamed Olad Hassan / Associated Press:
Report: U.S. hits militants' Somali base  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia - At least one U.S. warship bombarded a remote, mountainous village in Somalia where Islamic militants had set up a base, officials in the northern region of Puntland said Saturday.  —  The attack from a U.S. destroyer took place late Friday …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Gates won't say who's winning terror war  —  SINGAPORE - Declining to say whether the U.S. and its partners are winning the war on terror, Defense Secretary Robert Gates called Saturday for more focus on combating poverty and other underlying causes of extremism.
Discussion: Greatscat! and AMERICAblog
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush's Longest-Serving Aide Plans to Depart  —  Dan Bartlett, one of President Bush's longest-serving aides and closest confidants, said Friday that he would leave the administration in the summer.  Mr. Bartlett's is the latest and most significant departure in what has been a shrinking of Mr. Bush's inner circle.
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Abuse and incompetence in fight against global warming  —  Up to 20% of carbon savings in doubt as monitoring firms criticised by UN body  —  A Guardian investigation has found evidence of serious irregularities at the heart of the process the world is relying on to control global warming.
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
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
 
 
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Fox News:
U.S. Launches Strike Against Al Qaeda in Somalia
Discussion: Don Surber
Agence France Presse:
Thousands gather in Pakistan to hear Taliban speeches
Fred Thompson / Townhall.com:
Speaking Up for Freedom
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
Outsiders Like Us  —  At a table on the patio of a downtown bistro …
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
Happy Sgt. Pepper's Day!  —  Yep, 40 years ago today …
Eli / Firedoglake:
The GOP's White Knight
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.
 Earlier Items: 
David Ivanovich / Houston Chronicle:
Energy ads beat up on the '70s
Discussion: The Politico
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
C. Jacob / MEMRI:
'We Are Facing a Second Nakba'-Reactions in the Palestinian Press …
MSNBC:
'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for May 31
Wendy Norris / Colorado Confidential:
UPDATE: Whoops! Retract. Retract. Retract.
Rasmussen Reports:
Number of Republicans in U.S. Hits New Low, Number of Democrats Also Decline
Matt Taibbiposted / Rolling Stone:
Giuliani: Worse Than Bush