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3:55 PM ET, June 4, 2007

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Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Jury indicts Jefferson in bribery probe  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record), D-La., was indicted Monday on federal charges of racketeering, soliciting bribes and money-laundering in a long-running bribery investigation into business deals he tried to broker in Africa.
Discussion: Macsmind, CREW, QandO and Angry Bear
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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 …
CBS News:
Indictment Sought Against Rep. Jefferson  —  CBS News: Sources Say Corruption Charges To Be Brought Against Democratic Congressman  —  (CBS) Sources tell CBS News that authorities are seeking an indictment against Congressman William Jefferson, D-La., on more than a dozen counts involving public corruption.
Times-Picayune:
N.O. congressman faces 16 counts
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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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CNN:
CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL  —  New Hamposhire Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  SCOTT SPRADLING, WMUR: Senator Obama, you get the first question of the night.  —  It has been nearly six years since 9/11.
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Defining Democrats And Herself
Discussion: Eschaton and Norwegianity
Washington Post:
Democrats Focus on Iraq In Contentious Second Debate
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.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:   Key Bush backers rally to Fred Thompson
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 …
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Guardian:
Guantánamo Bay case thrown out  —  The US military's system of tribunals at Guantánamo Bay was thrown into chaos today after a military judge threw out all charges against a young Canadian detainee.  —  One senior military official said the ruling in the case of Omar Khadr could have a …
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Andy McCarthy / National Review:
Stunning Gitmo Development — Charges Thrown Out
Discussion: Associated Press
Jane Sutton / Reuters:
Judge's ruling on Khadr may halt all Guantanamo trials
Discussion: Salon and All Spin Zone
National Review:
Breaking with Bush  —  I take from Mark Steyn and Jonah Goldberg's comments that conservatives have been tolerant of President Bush for a long time, given his embrace of big-government from the start.  And they have.  But I don't think the issue is that conservatives are generally surprised …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The great right-wing fraud to repudiate George W. Bush
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Hatch Act Hatchet Job  —  A year ago Lurita Alexis Doan, an innovative African American entrepreneur from Northern Virginia, took a big government job: chief executive of the General Services Administration (GSA).  After 12 months she is on the ropes.  She is the victim of a fiercely partisan …
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Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats plan a Capitol barrage over Iraq  —  Summer plans include new withdrawal legislation and more pressure on GOP lawmakers.  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic congressional leaders, whose efforts to force a withdrawal from Iraq were stymied last month, plan a summer of repeated Iraq-related votes designed …
The Blotter:
Iraqi Insurgents Claim to Have Killed Missing Soldiers  —  Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz Report:  —  An Iraqi insurgent group says it has killed two missing American soldiers who they said had been captured alive.  —  According to a full translation of a ten-minute video released …
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
Bloomberg Cast as Enemy No. 1 of Gun Rights  —  In New York, Michael R. Bloomberg is known as the billionaire media mogul who became mayor.  But in many parts of the country, he is the man who would take away your guns.  —  An editorial writer in Harrisburg, Pa., accuses him of "ranting" about illegal firearms.
Selcan Hacaoglu / Associated Press:
7 Turkish Troops Killed in Rebel Attack  —  ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Kurdish rebels fired rockets and grenades at a Turkish military outpost Monday, killing seven soldiers in an attack that heightened tension at a time when Ankara has threatened military action against the rebels in northern Iraq.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE BITTER END....It's a common refrain among liberals that the best way to "support the troops" is to get them out of Iraq and bring them home.  In the current issue of the Monthly, Spencer Ackerman says plainly that this is rubbish: … This is God's own truth.
Discussion: Angry Bear and IMAO
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, The Impolitic, Maggie's Farm and QandO
Dan Newling / Daily Mail:
Smokers told to quit or surgery will be refused  —  Smokers are to be denied operations on the Health Service unless they give up cigarettes for at least four weeks beforehand.  —  Doctors will police the rule by ordering patients to take a blood test to prove they have not been smoking.
Discussion: Moonbattery and Pajamas Media
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.
 
 
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Brit Hume uses the racist phrase "spearchucker" to describe John Glenn
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
LEAVING IRAQ....In the current Newsweek, moderate conservative …
The Iconic Midwest:
Begging for Billionaire$  —  Philip Klein wants to build a better battering ram.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and QandO
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court protects trial judges on juror dismissal
Discussion: Althouse and How Appealing
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Stay-the-Course Plus  —  Obama, Romney and Foreign Engagement on Steroids
 Earlier Items: 
Nora Ephron / The Huffington Post:
How to Foil a Terrorist Plot in Seven Simple Steps
Discussion: TigerHawk and Atlas Shrugs
Al Franken / The Huffington Post:
If You Ever Wonder Whether We Really Need Public Financing …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Bring A Long Ladder For That Last Helicopter
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Ruling Brings Split in Antiabortion Movement