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12:05 PM ET, June 2, 2007

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Mike Allen, consummate Beltway "journalist"  —  The Politico's "Chief Political Correspondent" Mike Allen (until recently Time's White House Correspondent") has a characteristically hard-hitting, insightful new article on Rove protegee Dan Bartlett and his departure from the White House.
Discussion: CorrenteWire and Washington Post
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush's 'truth-teller' leaving president's side  —  Someone else will have to turn out the lights 600 days from now.  Dan Bartlett, who has perhaps a closer personal relationship with President Bush than anyone else in the White House, announced today that he will leave July 4 after well over a decade at Bush's side.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush's Longest-Serving Aide Plans to Depart
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Mooneycnn / CNN Political Ticker:   Gonzales vows 'sprint to the finish line'
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Ex-aide to Rove resigns amid U.S. attorney flap
Discussion: ArkansasTimes and TalkLeft
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: QandO
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Exploitation Squared  —  Yesterday, I wrote about the Dutch …
Jules Crittenden:
Show Won't Go On  —  What a disappointment.  That Dutch kidney reality show.
Discussion: BBC
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Ingraham outraged by being called "outspoken"  —  Conservative radio talkie, Laura Ingraham was discussing Bush's immigration plan and the attacks he's making on conservative vocal critics of it with John Roberts of CNN, when she weakly tried to play the CNN is liberal elite card on Roberts.
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Nitpicker:   Miss Laura Ingraham, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
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.
Juan Forero / Washington Post:
Protests in Venezuela Reinvigorate Opposition  —  Rallies by Free Press Advocates Deride Chávez Over TV License  —  Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's decision to pull the plug on an anti-government television station has prompted days of protests and generated international condemnation …
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.
WNBC:
4 Charged In Plot To Blow Up Jet Fuel At JFK  —  NEW YORK — According to NewsChannel4's Jonathan Dienst, sources said federal investigators have made arrests in an alleged terror plot on Kennedy Airport.  —  Four people have been charged.  One is in custody in New York.  Three suspects are thought to be overseas.
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  Ok, so you're Republicans, your brand is in the toilet, you fight wars like Alberto Gonzalez Attorney Generals, you spend more money that it costs Fred Thompson to get his dome shined (take that Huckabee!) etc. and so forth...so who do you pick to resuscitate the brand?
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser  —  A rich man in a poor man's shirt  —  Imagine how the media would react if a multimillionaire, East Coast, big-city, thrice-married presidential candidate who was a progressive Democrat said his most recent music purchase was opera, his favorite fitness activity …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
The Troop Funding Trap  —  What are you supposed to do, according to supporters of the Iraq war, if you think that the war is a dreadful mistake?  Suppose you are a member of Congress, elected by constituents who also, like most Americans, according to opinion polls, oppose the war.
 
 
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Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
Faith adopts key role in 2008 campaign
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
McCain Confronts Rivals on Immigration to Regain Maverick Aura
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Nitpicker and Boston Globe
Walt Bogdanich / New York Times:
Toxic Toothpaste Made in China Is Found in U.S.
Discussion: Shakesville
Real Clear Politics:
Hillary vs. The 'On Your Own' Society
Agence France Presse:
Thousands gather in Pakistan to hear Taliban speeches
Fred Thompson / Townhall.com:
Speaking Up for Freedom
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
U.N. Team Still Looking for Iraq's Arsenal
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Bush Calls on Iran to Release Detained U.S. Citizens
Mark Martin / San Francisco Chronicle:
Gays and lesbians allowed conjugal visits in prisons
Discussion: TalkLeft
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Venezuela's counter-revolution won't be televised... but it will be on YouTube
World Tribune.com:
Al Qaida suspects sue Boeing, with ACLU's help
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
Happy Sgt. Pepper's Day!  —  Yep, 40 years ago today …
Eli / Firedoglake:
The GOP's White Knight
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CHENEY AND IRAN....Remember that report from Steve Clemons …
 

 
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