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2:50 PM ET, June 4, 2007

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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: Reuters and Macsmind
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Scarborough Attacks Fred's Wife  —  Joe Scarborough offers his keen insight and classy analysis into today's political scene in an interview this morning with Congressional Quarterly's Craig Crawford.  During the Morning Joe program on MS-NBC, Scarborough suggested that Fred Thompson's wife is a whore (via the Palmetto Scoop):
Discussion: The Impolitic and The Newshoggers
Michelle Malkin:
Still dissing women at MSNBC
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
Judge dismisses charges against detainee  —  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - A military judge on Monday dismissed terrorism-related charges against a prisoner charged with killing an American soldier in Afghanistan, in a stunning reversal for the Bush administration's attempts to try Guantanamo detainees in military court.
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Prairie Weather
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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 …
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
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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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 …
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: IMAO and Angry Bear
Nora Ephron / The Huffington Post:
How to Foil a Terrorist Plot in Seven Simple Steps  —  1. In order to foil a terrorist plot, you must first find a terrorist plot.  This is not easy.  —  2. Not just anyone can find and then foil a terrorist plot.  You must have an incentive.  The best incentive is to be an accused felon, looking at a long prison term.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Atlas Shrugs
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, Maggie's Farm and QandO
WCBS-TV:
Drug Dealer Becomes Hero For Exposing Terror Plot  —  (CBS/AP) NEW YORK The question was simple: "Would you like to die as a martyr?"  The putative terrorist unhesitatingly replied yes—there was no greater way to die in Islam.  —  The right answer put the man in the midst of a terrorist plot conceived …
Discussion: Newsday, CANNONFIRE and TPMmuckraker
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
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 …
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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court protects trial judges on juror dismissal  —  The Supreme Court, dividing 5-4, ruled on Monday that federal courts must defer to trial courts in deciding whether to remove a juror from a death penalty trial because of the potential juror's views about capital punishment.
Discussion: Althouse and How Appealing
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Bring A Long Ladder For That Last Helicopter  —  Iraqis who have worked with the US to help bring peace and stability to their country now want some guarantees about their future if the troops start withdrawing in the face of terrorists.  They want assurances that they will not become the second Montagnards:
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
LEAVING IRAQ....In the current Newsweek, moderate conservative …
Don Kaplan / New York Post:
THE SURPRISE & FALL OF KATIE
The Iconic Midwest:
Begging for Billionaire$  —  Philip Klein wants to build a better battering ram.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and QandO
Steve / The Washington Note:
Richardson Voted For (and Against) "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Queen Elizabeth II / Michael Yon:
Death or Glory  —  In Iraq, I was allowed to accompany …
Discussion: Fox News
David Gower / Times of London:
'I'm a pure and absolute democrat.  It's a tragedy that I'm the only one'
Discussion: Publius Pundit
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