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1:10 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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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
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush's Longest-Serving Aide Plans to Depart
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
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 …
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 …
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
Mooneycnn / CNN Political Ticker:   Gonzales vows 'sprint to the finish line'
hughhewitt.townhall.com:
Time Magazine's Joe Klein and Hugh get into it about his Romney hit piece this week.  —  The Hugh Hewitt Show  —  HH: This hour, we start with political correspondent extraordinaire, Joe Klein.  Joe Klein, of course, columnist for Time Magazine, author of a number of extraordinarily …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Klein and Hewitt: End of the Affair?
Discussion: Townhall.com
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.
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
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.
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America: Rep. Joe Sestak (PA-07)  —  [As always in Blue America threads, please stay on topic and be polite and respectful of our guest.  Any off-topic comments should be taken to the prior thread.  With that, please help me give Rep. Joe Sestak a warm FDL welcome - and let the conversation begin.
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.
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!
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
 
 
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Scott Higham / Washington Post:
GSA Head's Attorney Denounces Allegations
Discussion: All Spin Zone
Ian Schwartz:
Chris Dodd's Hateful Campaign Blogger
Discussion: Althouse and PoliPundit.com
Heather Robinson / New York Sun:
Recruited To Die  —  In 2004, 24-year-old Brooke Goldstein spent …
Guardian:
Transcript: the Alan Johnston video
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
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
The Troop Funding Trap
Real Clear Politics:
Hillary vs. The 'On Your Own' Society
 Earlier Items: 
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
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
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 …