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9:30 PM ET, June 3, 2007

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Reuters:
Iran president sees "countdown" to Israel's end  —  TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's president said on Sunday the Lebanese and the Palestinians had pressed a "countdown button" to bring an end to Israel.  —  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who triggered outrage in the West two years ago when he said Israel …
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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  —  Arms Shipments Tracked To Iraqi, Afghan Groups  —  Iran has increased arms shipments to both Iraq's Shiite extremists and Afghanistan's Taliban in recent weeks in an apparent attempt to pressure American and other Western troops operating …
Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:
Unreasoning Hysteria as the Default Position: Joan Crawford Does Foreign Policy  —  With regard to the fearsome plot that might have, maybe, perhaps, in some other world subject to significantly different scientific laws, resulted in the Destruction of All the Universes for All Time Forevermore The End Period …
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Los Angeles Times:
Plot to blow up JFK airport disrupted
Megan Garvey / Los Angeles Times:
Alleged plot's damage would have been limited
Discussion: The Heretik
Washington Post:
After the Surge  —  THE BUSH administration's invocation of South Korea as a model for the future of the U.S. military mission in Iraq is misleading in some ways.  Opponents of the war, such as Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), tend to jump to the conclusion that President Bush hopes …
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Lawrence Solomon / National Post:
They call this a consensus?  —  "Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis.  The time for debate is over.  The science is settled."  —  S o said Al Gore ... in 1992.  Amazingly, he made his claims despite much evidence of their falsity.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
ABCNews.com: 'Murtha Ties Foiled JFK Plot to U.S. in Iraq'  —  On Saturday, a NewsBusters headline asked the following question: "JFK Terror Plot: How Soon Before Media Blame Bush For Timing of Arrests?"  —  Well, Sunday morning, ABCNews.com actually went one better by using a statement made by John Murtha …
Discussion: Flopping Aces, Hot Air and Ian Schwartz
Dean Barnett / Townhall.com:
In Memory of a Blogger  —  Most of you have probably never heard of Steve Gilliard.  Steve was a Daily Kos front-pager, and then when his time there expired he formed his own blog.  I always thought he was the most gifted wordsmith in the left half of the blogosphere.
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Libby Spencer / The Newshoggers:
Is America ready for a trophy wife as First Lady?  —  Fred Thompson made a big splash at a recent fundraiser.  Of course, being a professional actor, he delivered his lines perfectly, but didn't say anything particularly noteworthy.  As the WaPo reports, "Thompson managed to hit …
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Soviet-Style 'Torture' Becomes 'Interrogation'  —  HOW did the United States, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, come to adopt interrogation techniques copied from the Soviet Union and other cold war adversaries?  —  Investigators for the Senate Armed Services Committee are examining how the methods …
Washington Post:
Democrats to Face Off in Second Debate  —  Iraq War, Health Care Issues Likely to Dominate Discussion  —  The Democratic presidential candidates meet here Sunday night for their second debate of the young campaign season, with Iraq and health care likely to dominate much of the discussion.
MSNBC:
'Meet the Press' transcript for June 3, 2007  —  Bob Shrum on his new book; political strategists on Decision 2008  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Fred Thompson gears up for a presidential run.  What does this mean for Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney and the Republican field?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Matt Browner-Hamlin / Chris Dodd for President:
Talk Clock  —  Want this on your site? copy the code below!  —  Seriously, keep making stuff like this.  It's awesome.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton backs off Defense of Marriage Act  —  Human Rights Campaign has released the results (.pdf) of its candidate questionnaires in the form of a spreadsheet showing that ... all the leading Democrats agree on everything.  —  The form — which shows the candidates to be identical …
Discussion: Hot Air and protein wisdom
Rocky Mountain News:
Kopel: Talk-show hosts amok  —  If most parents aren't upset, why do Caplis, Silverman carry on so?  —  'With great power there must also come - great responsibility!  " So said the first Spider-Man comic book, in 1962.  In the last few weeks, talk radio's The Caplis & Silverman Show has abused its great power.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Los Angeles Times:
14 U.S. troops die as battle deepens  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — The U.S. military on Sunday announced the deaths of 14 more soldiers in the last three days, a heavy toll that underscored the increased exposure of American forces as reinforcements push deeper into war-torn neighborhoods of Baghdad …
 
 
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Reuters:
Hustler offers $1 million for sex smut on Congress
Maura Reynolds / Los Angeles Times:
A sudden barrage of ideas from Bush
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
The curse it is cast  —  A number of British personalities …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Various items  —  (1) Relating to yesterday's post regarding …
Washington Post:
Attacks on U.S. Troops in Iraq Grow in Lethality, Complexity
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House keeps pet projects from scrutiny
Peter Hitchens / Daily Mail:
Hitchens vs Hitchens  —  Am I my brother's reviewer?
Beverly Keel / USA Today:
Gore: I'm not good at modern politics