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1:00 AM ET, June 5, 2007


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Associated Press:
Rep. Jefferson indicted in bribery probe  —  WASHINGTON - Louisiana congressman William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record) received more than $500,000 in bribes and sought millions more in nearly a dozen separate schemes to enrich himself by using his office to broker business deals in Africa, according to a federal indictment Monday.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP to push for Jefferson expulsion  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) moved quickly to force the expulsion of Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) from Congress following his indictment Monday on federal corruption charges.  —  The Republican leader will ask members of the House …
Discussion: MyDD and Sister Toldjah
Washington Post:
Indictment Sought Against Rep. Jefferson  —  FBI Probes Allegations Lawmaker Took Bribes to Promote Business Ventures  —  Federal prosecutors are seeking an indictment today against Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) in a longstanding FBI corruption probe centering on allegations that he took bribes …
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Judge Throws Out Charges in Guantánamo Prisoner Case  —  A military judge here dismissed the war crimes charges against a Canadian detainee today, saying there was a flaw in the procedure the military has used to file such charges against Guantánamo detainees.
Discussion: Washington Post and Balkinization
Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
Guantanamo judge dismisses terror case  —  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - A military judge dismissed terrorism-related charges Monday against a prisoner charged with killing an American soldier in Afghanistan, delivering a blow to the Bush administration's attempt to try Guantanamo detainees in military courts.
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Military Judges Dismiss Charges for 2 Detainees
Discussion: Balkinization
Jane Sutton / Reuters:
Judge's ruling on Khadr may halt all Guantanamo trials
Discussion: Salon and All Spin Zone
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas Dies at 74  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas, a three-term conservative Republican who stayed clear of the Washington limelight and political catfights, died Monday.  He was 74.  —  The senator's family issued a statement saying he died Monday evening …
Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas dies … (CNN) — Republican Sen. Craig Thomas of Wyoming, who had been battling leukemia since November, died Monday night at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, a family spokesperson told CNN.  He was 74.  —  Reacting to the news of Thomas' death …
Discussion: The American Mind
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Democrats Lose Their Edge  —  Poll Shows Congressional Approval Ratings Have Returned to Pre-Election Levels  —  The Democrats in Congress have lost much of the leadership edge they carried out of the 2006 midterm election, with the lack of progress in Iraq being the leading cause.
Washington Post:
Discontent Over Iraq Increasing, Poll Finds  —  Growing frustration with the performance of the Democratic Congress, combined with widespread public pessimism over President Bush's temporary troop buildup in Iraq, has left satisfaction with the overall direction of the country at its lowest point …
Washington Times:
CBO: Bill would only reduce illegals by 25%  —  The Senate's immigration bill will only reduce illegal immigration by about 25 percent a year, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report, Stephen Dinan will report Tuesday in The Washington Times.  —  The bill's new guest-worker program …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Ruling Helps Prosecutors in Death Penalty Cases  —  The Supreme Court today strengthened the hand of prosecutors in death penalty cases by making it easier to remove potential jurors who express ambivalence about the death penalty or confusion about how it should be applied.
John Leo / City Journal:   Taking a Flier on Free Speech
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The great right-wing fraud to repudiate George W. Bush  —  The great fraud being perpetrated in our political discourse is the concerted attempt by movement conservatives, now that the Bush presidency lay irreversibly in ruins, to repudiate George Bush by claiming that he is not, and never has been, a "real conservative."
Brendan Carlin / Telegraph:
London unveils 2012 Olympics logo  —  Bosses of the 2012 Olympics were plunged into a fresh row last night after spending £400,000 on a controversial new logo for the London Games..  —  In a move billed as the most significant event since London beat Paris in 2005 in the race to host the Games …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Cynocephalus /   A superb logo is unveiled for the London Olympics
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Rebuffed by Court on Indecency Fines  —  If President Bush and Vice President Cheney can use vulgar language, then the government cannot punish others for doing the same thing on television.  —  That, in essence, was the decision today when a federal appeals court struck …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Key Bush backers rally to Fred Thompson  —  George P. Bush, a nephew of President Bush who recently joined the Navy Reserve, has contributed to the prospective presidential campaign of Fred Thompson and signed an e-mail asking friends and associates to do the same, The Politico has learned.
The Palmetto Scoop:
Scarborough has an "Imus moment"  —  Presidential candidate Fred Thompson's second-and-current wife Jeri, who is considered by some to be a "trophy wife," was the topic of an interesting conversation on Friday's Morning Joe radio talk show, which aired live on MSNBC.
Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times:
Chicken bones say Polynesians beat Europeans to New World  —  Researchers use genetic analysis and radiocarbon dating of bones found in Chile to turn previously held ideas on their head.  —  After decades of contention, New Zealand researchers have provided the first direct evidence …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Ezra Klein:
Knocked Up  —  That right there's a good movie.  Possibly not as funny as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but close, and almost certainly the better film.  Where the-40-Year-Old Virgin took, in reality, male relationships as its subject, Knocked Up focuses on male maturation.
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Fox News:
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Matt / Think Progress:
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