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11:50 AM ET, June 4, 2007

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New York Times:
The Democrats' Second 2008 Presidential Debate  —  The following is a transcript of the 2008 Democratic primary presidential debate hosted by CNN.  The participants were Senator Joesph Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Rep. Dennis Kucinich …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Debate  —  I think the question I enjoyed the most in the Democratic debate was the one where Wolf asked them all what they would do if they were tied to a bed naked with a ticking time bomb and a bunch of terrorists rushed into the room and started kibitzing among themselves about where to get the best Botox in Miami.
Washington Post:
Democrats Focus on Iraq In Contentious Second Debate  —  Democratic presidential candidates clashed sharply over Iraq in the second debate of the campaign Sunday night, with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) rejecting criticism from former senator John Edwards …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Defining Democrats And Herself
Discussion: Eschaton
Peter S. Canellos / Boston Globe:
Clinton borrows page from husband's playbook
Discussion: TIME
CNN:   CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL
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 …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Politico Playbook: The 'A' word  —  Good Monday morning.  As Iraq dominated last night's Democratic debate, expect CNN's Wolf Blitzer to burrow in hard on immigration when he gets the Republicans on his set on Tuesday night.  Sen. John McCain make a preemptive strike this morning at a hotel in Coral Gables …
Discussion: Power Line and Captain's Quarters
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Backers of Immigration Bill More Optimistic  —  After a week at home with their constituents, the Senate architects of a delicate immigration compromise are increasingly convinced that they will hold together this week to pass an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws …
Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
Thompson's First Test: Raising Funds Fast  —  After a Late Start,  —  Campaign Targets  —  Web, Fence-Sitters  —  As a late entry into the crowded, expensive, presidential campaign, Fred Thompson's first big test of viability will be his ability to raise money quickly.
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Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Thompson and the 'Laziness' Issue
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Alarming News
New York Times:
Papers Portray Plot as More Talk Than Action  —  The plot as painted by law enforcement officials was cataclysmic: A home-grown Islamic terrorist had in mind detonating fuel storage tanks and pipelines and setting fire to Kennedy International Airport, not to mention a substantial swath of Queens.
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Tom Incantalupo / Newsday:
JFK TERROR PLOT: three under arrest
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Plot to blow up JFK is 'tip of the iceberg'
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and JammieWearingFool
Aman Ali / The Hill:
Gingrich hints again of White House run  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) fueled further speculation Sunday about entering the Republican race for president by taking shots at the Bush administration.  —  "The government is not functioning," Gingrich said on Fox News.
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Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Hatch Act Hatchet Job
Discussion: Firedoglake and Brian Beutler
The Blotter:
New Video Shows Missing U.S. Soldiers' ID Cards  —  Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz Report:  —  An Iraqi insurgent group posted a videotape on the Internet today showing what it said were the military ID cards and other personal items of the two U.S. soldiers believed to have been captured last month in Iraq.
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CNN:
Missing soldiers' IDs shown on insurgent Web site
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Islamic Groups Named in Hamas Funding Case  —  Federal prosecutors have named three prominent Islamic organizations in America as participants in an alleged criminal conspiracy to support a Palestinian Arab terrorist group, Hamas.  —  Prosecutors applied the label of "unindicted co-conspirator" …
Gateway Pundit:
Remembering the Massacre at Tiananmen Square- 18 Yrs Ago Today  —  On June 4, 1989, hundreds of innocent civilians were shot dead by the Chinese army during a bloody military operation to crush a democratic uprising in Peking's (Beijing) Tiananmen Square.  —  Tanks rumbled through …
Discussion: BBC and QandO
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Russia's missiles to target Europe  —  Kremlin warning on eve of G8 as gulf widens over US defence shield plans  —  President Vladimir Putin yesterday declared that a new arms race and cold war with the west had begun and announced that Russia would retaliate against US missile defence plans …
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David Gower / Times of London:   'I'm a pure and absolute democrat.  It's a tragedy that I'm the only one'
Real Clear Politics:
Sandy Berger and the Clinton Cover-Up - Why It Matters  —  On May 17th, Sandy Berger, President Bill Clinton's National Security Adviser, voluntarily gave up his law license and with it the right to practice law.  That is a stunning move for an accomplished lawyer, one of the nation's most influential public officials.
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.
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.
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
Long-time Democratic Campaign Strategist Tells All
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court protects trial judges on juror dismissal
Discussion: Althouse and How Appealing
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Searching for Friends
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Stay-the-Course Plus  —  Obama, Romney and Foreign Engagement on Steroids
Nora Ephron / The Huffington Post:
How to Foil a Terrorist Plot in Seven Simple Steps
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Lee Silver / Newsweek:
Life 2.0  —  A new generation of scientific mavericks …
Al Franken / The Huffington Post:
If You Ever Wonder Whether We Really Need Public Financing …
Discussion: WorkingForChange
 Earlier Items: 
Mvdg / Michael P.F. van der Galiën:
What's American Liberalism... Exactly: Part II?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Bring A Long Ladder For That Last Helicopter
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Obama in Second Place
Graeme Paton / Telegraph:
Islamic courses 'can breed radicals'
Engram / Back Talk:
Pre- vs. Post-War Iraq
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael R. Wickline / NWAnews.com:
GOP chief: New strategy key