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12:10 PM ET, June 3, 2007

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Kevin Hayden / The American Street:
A HUGE loss : RIP  —  His ongoing struggle with an ailing heart is now past, as that extraordinary blogger, Steve Gilliard, has died.  —  He was only 41.  —  You will find many who will note this with sadness, as do I. They'll speak of his powerful words, his unrelenting moral insistence.
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Bob Geiger / AlterNet.org:   Steve Gilliard, 1966-2007  —  Bob Geiger: Great Progressive blogger dies at 41
Sara Robinson / Orcinus:
Steve Gilliard, 1966-2007  —  It's not news to anyone …
Discussion: The Sideshow and Tom Watson
Madkane / Mad Kane's Political Madness:
Steve Gilliard, Dead at 41 (Audio Interview With Steve)
Sisyphus Shrugged:   Steve Gilliard, RIP
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Steve Gilliard  —  As most of you know, Steve Gilliard …
Discussion: Six Meat Buffet
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 …
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 …
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Mvdg / Michael P.F. van der Galiën:
What's American Liberalism... Exactly?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats hide pet projects from voters  —  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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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Newsweek:   With 19 Months Left, What Can Condi Do?
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.
Discussion: Don Surber and Carry on America
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
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Various items  —  (1) Relating to yesterday's post regarding Mike Allen's worshipful and one-sided profile of the departing Dan Bartlett, Newsweek's Richard "the-press-here-does-a-fantastic- job" Wolffe was on Countdown Friday night echoing, with an almost mournful tone, Allen's tribute to Bartlett.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
 
 
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
With Korea as Model, U.S. Ponders Long Role in Iraq
William Glaberson / New York Times:
A Legal Debate in Guantánamo on Boy Fighters
Discussion: The Young Turks
The Independent:
War in Afghanistan: No safe billet for Prince Harry as deaths mount in Helmand
Frank Rich / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Failed Presidents Ain't What They Used to Be
Guardian:
Truth about Kyoto: huge profits, little carbon saved
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
New York Times:
Dick Cheney Rules
Michael Smith / Times of London:
British Iraq pull-out plan
Michael Scherer / Salon:
Ron Paul is blowing up real good
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Class-Action Firms Extend Reach to Global Rights Cases
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Bid to rescue the Claiborne issue
Martha Bellisle / Reno Gazette-Journal …:
Judge: Mack's confession can't be used
Discussion: TalkLeft
Globe and Mail:
Exclusive: Putin threatens to target Europe with missiles
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Violent Crime Up For Second Year
Reuters:
Democracy stuns Polish man 19 years in coma