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6:10 AM ET, June 4, 2007


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CNN Political Ticker:
Columnist/Author released after being arrested in Spin Room  —  MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN ) - Columnist and author Eric Alterman has been released after being arrested Sunday night inside the debate spin room.  He was charged with criminal trespass after police say he refused repeated orders to leave.
Democrats clash on Iraq … MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) — Democratic presidential hopefuls traded barbs over the war in Iraq Sunday night in New Hampshire, with former Sen. John Edwards blasting two rivals for not taking the lead on a recent war spending bill.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Live-Blogging the New Hampshire Debate  —  9:15 p.m. With the debate over, most of the candidates have left, many to go to the Spin Room, or to mingle with the audience down on the floor.  But here is where the rock stars separate themselves from the pack: Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton have moved …
Eric Alterman / The Huffington Post:   "Top of the World, Ma"
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:   Senator Mike Gravel's Longshot, Just Became Far Longer
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Democratic presidential debate; Update: Iraq slapfight …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Eric Alterman Released After Arrest in Debate Spin Room
Discussion: Lonewacko
New York Times:
Commanders Say Push in Baghdad Is Short of Goal  —  Three months after the start of the Baghdad security plan that has added thousands of American and Iraqi troops to the capital, they control fewer than one-third of the city's neighborhoods, far short of the initial goal for the operation …
Mvdg / Michael P.F. van der Galiën:
The Democratic Debate  —  Yesterday, the Democratic candidates debated each other: for a lot of coverage (and videos) I suggest going to  —  Here is the video of a 'clash' (very mild one) between Edwards, Clinton and Obama:  —  Barack Obama's reaction was extremely weak.  He said exactly nothing.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Laura Blumenfeld / Washington Post:
The Tortured Lives of Interrogators  —  Veterans of Iraq, N. Ireland and Mideast Share Stark Memories  —  CHICAGO — The American interrogator was afraid.  Of what and why, he couldn't say.  He was riding the L train in Chicago, and his throat was closing.
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs, TalkLeft and Majikthise
Graeme Paton / Telegraph:
Islamic courses 'can breed radicals'  —  Islamic studies departments at British universities may be fuelling extremism among students, according to a Government report.  —  In a major review of the way Islam is taught on campuses, ministers will today call for courses to be improved …
Engram / Back Talk:
Pre- vs. Post-War Iraq  —  Having brought to you the continuing bad news about the security situation in Iraq, I did also want to remind you that, when asked, more Iraqis than not say that life is better today than it was under Saddam Hussein.  This always amazes me because, if you ask around …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Blue Monday at the WSJ  —  Things aren't looking good for the Wall Street Journal in terms of resisting the Murdoch takeover bid.  —  Via Romenesko, the Journal itself is reporting on a bitter rift opening within the 34-member Bancroft Family regarding the News Corp. offer.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TalkLeft
Wall Street Journal:
Behind the Bancrofts' Shift at Dow Jones
Discussion: New York Times
Michael R. Wickline /
GOP chief: New strategy key  —  The Republican Party of Arkansas, which was beaten decisively in last year's election, needs to dedicate itself to running next time on an anti-tax, pro-highway and pro-education agenda, its new chairman said.  —  Bryant businessman Dennis Milligan …
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Ruling Brings Split in Antiabortion Movement  —  In a highly visible rift in the anti-abortion movement, a coalition of evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic groups is attacking a longtime ally, Focus on the Family founder James C. Dobson.  —  Using rhetoric that they have reserved …
Discussion: Balkinization
Washington Times:
Opposition to amnesty pays for state GOPs  —  DEVELOPING President Bush's immigration bill is hurting fund-raising by the Republican National Committee, but fierce grassroots opposition to the legislation is helping several state Republican parties, Ralph Z. Hallow will report Monday in The Washington Times.
Discussion: Don Surber and Hot Air
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Valerie Plame's Pension Benefits Track Her Service Abroad  —  Groan!  Now we are going to hear about Valerie Plame's pension?  Tedium, thy name is... Just One Minute - this is important stuff!  The issue of whether Ms. Plame was actually a "covert agent" as defined by the Intelligence …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Macsmind
Megan Garvey / Los Angeles Times:
Alleged plot's damage would have been limited  —  Jet fuel doesn't explode easily, experts say, and fire would not have spread along airport pipelines.  —  The premise is right out of a disaster movie: Ignite the massive fuel tanks required to keep an international airport up and running each day …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and The Heretik
Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:
Unreasoning Hysteria as the Default Position: Joan Crawford Does Foreign Policy
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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Rice in Charge  —  The longstanding battle for dominance …
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National Review:
Thanks Mark  —  It's not only Darfur.  Everybody wants …
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Clinton backs off Defense of Marriage Act
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Is America ready for a trophy wife as First Lady?
Iran president sees "countdown" to Israel's end
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Soviet-Style 'Torture' Becomes 'Interrogation'
Lawrence Solomon / National Post:
They call this a consensus?
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