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2:20 PM ET, June 2, 2007

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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.
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CNN:
3 arrested in terror plot at JFK airport, official says … NEW YORK (CNN) — Three suspects have been arrested in what authorities say was a terror plot aimed at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.  A fourth suspect is being sought, law enforcement officials said on Saturday.
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Blotter:
FBI Feared JFK Plotters Linked to Top Terrorist
Discussion: Counterterrorism Blog
Little Green Footballs:   Breaking: Terror Plot at Kennedy Airport
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Feds bust terror plot at Kennedy airport in NYC? …
Discussion: CBS News, Associated Press and ABCNEWS
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.
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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
Associated Press:
U.S. Launches Strike Against Militant Base in Somalia  —  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.
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 …
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 …
Charles Moore / Telegraph:
What if Israelis had abducted BBC man?  —  Watching the horrible video of Alan Johnston of the BBC broadcasting Palestinian propaganda under orders from his kidnappers, I found myself asking what it would have been like had he been kidnapped by Israelis, and made to do the same thing the other way round.
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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.
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.
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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Walt Bogdanich / New York Times:
Toxic Toothpaste Made in China Is Found in U.S.  —  Consumers were advised yesterday to discard all toothpaste made in China after federal health officials said they found Chinese-made toothpaste containing a poison used in some antifreeze in three locations: Miami, the Port of Los Angeles and Puerto Rico.
Discussion: Shakesville and DownWithTyranny!
Fred Thompson / Townhall.com:
Speaking Up for Freedom  —  Well, he's done it.  Hugo Chavez was already systematically silencing criticism of his autocratic rule through threats and intimidation.  Journalists have been threatened, beaten and even killed.  Now he's shut down the last opposition television networks …
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Robert D. Novak / Townhall.com:
Rudy's Jersey Coup  —  WASHINGTON — Supporters of Rudy Giuliani for president are changing New Jersey's longtime proportional representation rules for allocating national convention delegates to winner-take-all, seeking a coup to give the former New York City mayor the lion's share of the state's 52 votes.
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.
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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Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Ex-aide to Rove resigns amid U.S. attorney flap
Discussion: ArkansasTimes and TalkLeft
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Exploitation Squared  —  Yesterday, I wrote about the Dutch television show that was to air today, where a dying woman would select the person who would receive her kidney for a transplant.  The show created a firestorm of controversy, as people around the world accused the producers of exploiting the sick and dying for entertainment.
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Tim Shorrock / Salon:
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Craig Shirley / The Politico:
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Scott Higham / Washington Post:
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Discussion: All Spin Zone
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Discussion: Althouse and PoliPundit.com
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
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Time Magazine's Joe Klein and Hugh get into it about his Romney hit piece this week.
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Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
McCain Confronts Rivals on Immigration to Regain Maverick Aura
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Media Matters for America:
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Agence France Presse:
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