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10:05 AM ET, June 4, 2007


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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 …
David Yepsen / Associated Press:
Top three emerge as winners in debate  —  The three frontrunners in the Democratic race for president - John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - emerged as the winners of Sunday night's debate in New Hampshire.  —  Edwards probably did himself the most good.  —  He looked tanned and confident during the session.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Discussion: State of the Day and The Sideshow
Mvdg / Michael P.F. van der Galiën:
The Democratic Debate
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 …
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.
Eric Alterman / The Huffington Post:   "Top of the World, Ma"
Tom Incantalupo / Newsday:
JFK TERROR PLOT: three under arrest  —  Feds: Anger fueled airport bomb plot  —  The alleged plot to blow up Kennedy Airport's fuel system, intended to be more destructive and deadly than the Sept. 11 attacks, was driven by a deep-seated hatred of the United States and the West and now spotlights …
New York Times:
Papers Portray Plot as More Talk Than Action
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.
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Thompson and the 'Laziness' Issue
Discussion: and Alarming News
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Gillespie might replace Bartlett
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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" …
New York Times:
14 More American Servicemen Are Killed in Iraq, Most of Them by Makeshift Bombs  —  The pace of American troop deaths increased this weekend as 14 more servicemen were reported killed in Iraq, all but one from makeshift bombs that insurgents have been employing with greater lethality against American soldiers and armored vehicles.
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Attacks Kill 14 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq
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.
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 …
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
Mvdg / Michael P.F. van der Galiën:
What's American Liberalism... Exactly: Part II?  —  Yesterday, I published this post about American Liberalism.  I linked to the post at TMV, writing: … A little while later, three great bloggers, Pamela Leavey, Libby Spencer and Ron Chusid answered (some of) the questions raised in my post.
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.
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 …
Lee Silver / Newsweek:
Life 2.0  —  A new generation of scientific mavericks is not content to merely tinker with life's genetic code.  They want to rewrite it from scratch.  —  Newsweek International  —  It last happened about 3.6 billion years ago. a tiny living cell emerged from the dust of the Earth.
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If You Ever Wonder Whether We Really Need Public Financing …
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Bring A Long Ladder For That Last Helicopter
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[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Obama in Second Place
Reza Aslan / Los Angeles Times:
Making Iran our friend
Liala Helal /
A prom of their own  —  The state's first prom for young Muslim …
Discussion: QandO and Power Line
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Russia's missiles to target Europe
Washington Times:
Opposition to amnesty pays for state GOPs
Discussion: Don Surber and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Engram / Back Talk:
Pre- vs. Post-War Iraq
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Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Gaza: Female TV staff get death threat
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Supreme Court Ruling Brings Split in Antiabortion Movement
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Blue Monday at the WSJ
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Backers of Immigration Bill More Optimistic
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online: