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2:10 PM ET, June 3, 2007

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Kos / Daily Kos:
Steve  —  In the early days of Daily Kos, when I was writing for dozens, maybe hundreds of people, I wrote mostly for myself.  There was no expectation that Daily Kos or any other blog was more than just a side diversion for other, weightier matters.  —  When reporters ask …
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Madkane / Mad Kane's Political Madness:
Steve Gilliard, Dead at 41 (Audio Interview With Steve)
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Steve Gilliard  —  As most of you know, Steve Gilliard …
Discussion: Six Meat Buffet
Sisyphus Shrugged:   Steve Gilliard, RIP
Newsweek:
Cheney vs. Rice: A Foreign-Policy Showdown  —  Condoleezza Rice has steered the administration back toward diplomacy, but she's still being harried by hard-liners.  —  Newsweek International  —  Condoleezza Rice seems in control of everything—except events.
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Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Iranian Flow Of Weapons Increasing, Officials Say
Discussion: The Fourth Rail
Newsweek:   With 19 Months Left, What Can Condi Do?
Beverly Keel / USA Today:
Gore: I'm not good at modern politics  —  NASHVILLE — Former vice president Al Gore said Friday that he still hasn't ruled out a presidential bid in 2008, but he doesn't expect to run and might not possess the skills necessary to be elected president now.  —  Gore spoke to The Tennessean today …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Goracle: I might be too rational for American politics
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   "I don't think that the skills I have are the ones that are most …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House keeps pet projects from scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON - After promising unprecedented openness regarding Congress' pork barrel practices, House Democrats are moving in the opposite direction as they draw up spending bills for the upcoming budget year.  —  Democrats are sidestepping rules approved …
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Proclaiming Liberalism, and What It Now Means  —  The struggle among conservatives to define their movement in the post-Bush era may be getting more attention these days, but liberal intellectuals and writers are doing some soul-searching of their own.  Not only are they trying to figure out what …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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Mvdg / Michael P.F. van der Galiën:
What's American Liberalism... Exactly?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Peter Hitchens / Daily Mail:
Hitchens vs Hitchens  —  Am I my brother's reviewer?  A word of explanation is needed here.  Some of you may know that I have a brother, Christopher, who disagrees with me about almost everything.  —  Some of those who read his books and articles also know that I exist, though they often dislike me if so.
Ynetnews:
Countdown to Israel's destruction has begun, says Ahmadinejad  —  Iranian president says Israel's disappearance imminent, 'Zionist regime' will have to bow down to Palestinians.  Iranian FM meets with Hamas, Jihad, leader in Damascus, urging them to continue struggle against Jewish state  —  Dudi Cohen
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
Zakaria: How to Restore America's Place in the World  —  What the world needs is an open, confident America.  —  Newsweek International  —  In the fall of 1982, I arrived in the United States as an 18-year-old student from India.  The country was in rough shape.
Washington Post:
Attacks on U.S. Troops in Iraq Grow in Lethality, Complexity  —  Bigger Bombs a Key Cause of May's High Death Toll  —  As U.S. troops push more deeply into Baghdad and its volatile outskirts, Iraqi insurgents are using increasingly sophisticated and lethal means of attack …
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Michael J. Totten:
Al Qaeda in Lebanon  —  It was bound to happen sooner or later.  Al Qaeda has moved into Lebanon.  —  Fatah al-Islam terrorists in the Palestinian Nahr al-Bared refugee camp (which is an urban ghetto in Tripoli, not a tent city) are, reportedly, mostly not Palestinian.
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Beirutspring / The Beirut Spring, a Lebanese Blog:
Busted: The Plan To Terrorize Tripoli And Convert It Into An "Islamic Emirate"
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Thompson Generates Buzz in Richmond  —  Speech at Virginia GOP Gala Comes the Day After He Filed Fundraising Papers  —  Actor and former senator Fred D. Thompson of Tennessee rallied a crowd of several hundred Republicans here last night, offering a bluntly conservative appeal …
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
The curse it is cast  —  A number of British personalities, including journalist John Pilger wrote the Guardian to announce their support for Chavez's shutdown of opposition TV stations.  "We believe that the decision of the Venezuelan government not to renew the broadcasting licence of RCTV …
Michael Smith / Times of London:
British Iraq pull-out plan  —  BRITISH commanders in Iraq have drawn up plans to allow Gordon Brown to withdraw almost all UK troops by the end of the year.  —  The British commander in southern Iraq, Major-General Jonathan Shaw, produced a "commander's tactical advice" several weeks ago, senior defence sources said last night.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Iraq's Curse: A Thirst for Final, Crushing Victory  —  PERHAPS no fact is more revealing about Iraq's history than this: The Iraqis have a word that means to utterly defeat and humiliate someone by dragging his corpse through the streets.  —  The word is "sahel," and it helps explain …
Washington Post:
Clinton, Giuliani Maintain Leads, But GOP Shows Signs of Shifting  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York holds a solid lead over her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, while the contest for the Republican nomination appears even more unsettled than it did when it began five months ago …
 
 
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Reuters:
Hustler offers $1 million for sex smut on Congress
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Maura Reynolds / Los Angeles Times:
A sudden barrage of ideas from Bush
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
HOW ABOUT THE DOG ATE MY FORTITUDE?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Various items  —  (1) Relating to yesterday's post regarding …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
With Korea as Model, U.S. Ponders Long Role in Iraq
Discussion: Daily Kos
William Glaberson / New York Times:
A Legal Debate in Guantánamo on Boy Fighters
Discussion: The Young Turks
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The Independent:
War in Afghanistan: No safe billet for Prince Harry as deaths mount in Helmand
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New York Times:
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Michael Scherer / Salon:
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