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7:55 PM ET, June 4, 2007

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Associated Press:
Rep. Jefferson indicted in bribery probe  —  WASHINGTON - Louisiana congressman William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record) received more than $500,000 in bribes and sought millions more in nearly a dozen separate schemes to enrich himself by using his office to broker business deals in Africa, according to a federal indictment Monday.
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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: CREW, QandO, Shakesville and TPMmuckraker
CBS News:
Indictment Sought Against Rep. Jefferson
Times-Picayune:
N.O. congressman faces 16 counts
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Dollar Bill Jefferson To Get Indicted: CBS (Update: No They Didn't)
Discussion: Wizbang
Andrew O. Selsky / Associated Press:
Guantanamo judge dismisses terror case  —  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - A military judge dismissed terrorism-related charges Monday against a prisoner charged with killing an American soldier in Afghanistan, delivering a blow to the Bush administration's attempt to try Guantanamo detainees in military courts.
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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."
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 …
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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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Democrats Lose Their Edge  —  Poll Shows Congressional Approval Ratings Have Returned to Pre-Election Levels  —  The Democrats in Congress have lost much of the leadership edge they carried out of the 2006 midterm election, with the lack of progress in Iraq being the leading cause.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Key Bush backers rally to Fred Thompson  —  George P. Bush, a nephew of President Bush who recently joined the Navy Reserve, has contributed to the prospective presidential campaign of Fred Thompson and signed an e-mail asking friends and associates to do the same, The Politico has learned.
Washington Times:
CBO: Bill would only reduce illegals by 25%  —  The Senate's immigration bill will only reduce illegal immigration by about 25 percent a year, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report, Stephen Dinan will report Tuesday in The Washington Times.  —  The bill's new guest-worker program …
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.
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 …
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 …
The Iconic Midwest:
Begging for Billionaire$  —  Philip Klein wants to build a better battering ram.  —  You might not think that is the the type of metaphor an eminent domain abuse crusader would employ, but Klein is a "fight fire with fire" sort if ever there was one.  —  "I think the tide is changing.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Brit Hume uses the racist phrase "spearchucker" to describe John Glenn  —  Brit Hume called former Senator John Glenn a "partisan—spearchucker" to describe his role in a Fred Thompson investigation back in his old Senate days on FOX News Sunday.  (via Wikpedia: Glenn also served …
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.
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.
 
 
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Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Romney candidacy has resurrected last days prophecy of Mormon saving …
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New York Post:
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Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
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Matt / Think Progress:
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USA Today:
Poll: Opinions go against immigration measure
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F.C.C. Rebuffed by Court on Indecency Fines
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