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4:30 PM ET, June 4, 2007

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Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Rep. Jefferson indicted in bribery probe  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record), D-La., was indicted Monday on federal charges of racketeering, money-laundering and soliciting more than $400,000 in bribes in a long-running investigation into business deals he tried to broker in Africa.
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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 …
Associated Press:
U.S. congressman indicted in bribery case … WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-Louisiana, 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: QandO, CREW and Shakesville
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.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Rep. Jefferson Indicted on Corruption Charges  —  ABC News' Jason Ryan Reports: Congressman William Jefferson, D-La., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria.  —  The 16 count indictment has just been returned.  —  The charges include racketeering, solicitation of bribes …
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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Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Defining Democrats And Herself
Discussion: Eschaton and Norwegianity
Washington Post:
Democrats Focus on Iraq In Contentious Second Debate
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  —  The AP is reporting that a military court today threw out murder charges against Omar Khadr on the grounds that the military commission system as constituted may only try "alien unlawful enemy combatants" and Khadr was only previously found to be an "enemy combatant."
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
Judge dismisses charges against detainee
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Prairie Weather
Jane Sutton / Reuters:
Judge's ruling on Khadr may halt all Guantanamo trials
Discussion: Salon and All Spin Zone
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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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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Dick Armey / TIME: Swampland:
My Time in Swampland  —  As I settle in as a guest blogger here at Swampland, I'd like to thank Time and its readers for inviting me to share my views.  I hope I can raise the debate about the direction in which the conservative movement and the nation are heading.  I welcome questions and comments.
Discussion: Think Progress and Ezra Klein
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.
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 …
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  One of the few heroes in the U.S.'s shameful adoption of torture over the last few years is Tony Lagouranis.  Lagouranis, a former military interrogator, returned from Iraq — where, unlike Guantanamo Bay, the Bush administration has never contended that the Geneva Conventions …
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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