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9:45 PM ET, June 5, 2007


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Hilton Check-In / The Smoking Gun:
Scooter Libby Love Letters  —  Washington elite petition judge on behalf of convicted Cheney aide  —  Donald Rumsfeld, Henry Kissinger, Paul Wolfowitz, and John Bolton top the list of individuals who wrote a federal judge on behalf of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby …
Associated Press:
Libby sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison  —  WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation — the probe that showed a White House obsessed with criticism of its decision to go to war.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Who, Me?  —  Bush evades his responsibility with respect to Libby. … I FEEL TERRIBLE for Scooter Libby's family.  Millions of Americans feel terrible for Scooter Libby's family.  But we can't do anything about the injustice that has been done.  Nor can we do anything to avert …
Libby sentenced, Cheney 'saddened' … WASHINGTON (CNN) — I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for lying to investigators looking into the leak of a CIA operative's identity.  —  He also was fined $250,000.
Emptywheel / Firedoglake:   Libby Sentencing Five
Associated Press:
Huckabee Says Thompson's Likely '08 Bid Reminds Him of 'Mighty Mouse' Candidacy  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Monday the buzz about former Sen. Fred Thompson's expected entry into the race reminds him of a cartoon superhero.  —  "There is this almost created sense …
Discussion: Redstate
Nico / Think Progress:
Leahy To Schlozman: 'You're Trying To Break Gonzales' Record' Of Saying 'I Don't Recall'  —  Today before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Justice Department official Bradley Schlozman was supposed to testify on his role in the politicization of the Department's Civil Rights Division …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Schlozman and Graves Testimony Before Senate Judiciary, Part II  —  Testimony is set to begin at 2:30 pm ET in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  —  Witnesses today will be Bradley J. Schlozman, Associate Counsel to the Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Immigration Deal Under Threat in Senate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A broad bipartisan immigration deal was threatened Tuesday as the Senate prepared to vote on a Republican proposal to make it harder for millions of illegal immigrants to qualify for green cards.  —  The proposal by Sen. Wayne Allard …
Carrie Budoff / The Politico:
Immigration debate may stall
Dallas Morning News:
Conservatives: We must band together on immigration bill  —  The choice we face on immigration isn't between the Senate bill and perfection; it's between the Senate bill and the unacceptable status quo.  —  This is the most far-reaching and thoughtful reform of our immigration system …
Jason Lee Miller / Insider Reports Feed:
New AT&T Same As The Old AT&T  —  AT&T chief Ed Whitacre is out, retired, ready to sit back and enjoy his golden (and I mean golden) years.  As of yesterday, he's replaced by SBC front-man Randall Stephenson, a 25-year company man, and a man after Whitacre's own heart.
Tkarr / Save the Internet Blog:
Ed Whitacre: Gone But Not Forgotten
Amanda / Think Progress:
Petraeus: 'We Haven't Started The Surge Yet'  —  In April, during the congressional debate over war funding, Gen. David Petraeus pushed back against a withdrawal timeline from Iraq "because we're only about two months into the surge," assuring Congress that he would be able to report on progress in September:
Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:
Editor Admits: We Slanted the News  —  ( A former Israel Broadcasting Authority news editor admits: "We slanted the news towards a withdrawal from Lebanon - because we had sons there."  —  Speaking at the Haifa Radio Conference on Monday, several former and current news broadcasters …
Associated Press:
Sen. Clinton: God got me through marital strife … WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare public discussion of her husband's infidelity, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that she probably could not have gotten through her marital troubles without relying on her faith in God.
Marcia Kramer / WCBS-TV:
Bloomberg On JFK Plot: 'Stop Worrying, Get A Life'  —  (CBS) NEW YORK While questions continue to arise about the alleged plot to blow up a fuel pipeline beneath JFK Airport and surrounding neighborhoods, some are questioning why New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hasn't had a louder voice since the plot was foiled on Saturday.
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
BlogJam: Bloggers can't blunder  —  Last week we launched a new feature called BlogJam, in which we sketch bloggers who are affecting the ongoing political conversation.  —  We've taken a little heat for the name ("How low can you go?" wondered one reader at Mediabistro's FishbowlDC …
Libby Spencer / The Newshoggers:
Jeri Thompson - asset or albatross?  [Part Two]  —  It never fails.  You do a throw-away post at the end of the day that you think no one is even going to read and it generates a firestorm of criticism.  After over four years of blogging, I'm used to that.
Kevin Cullen / Boston Globe:
Graying duo keep passenger in check  —  Shortly before landing, Bob Hayden and a flight attendant had agreed on a signal: When she waved the plastic handcuffs, he would discreetly leave his seat and restrain an unruly passenger who had frightened some of the 150 people on board a Minneapolis …
Discussion: The Belmont Club and BLACKFIVE
Pew Research Center:
Thompson Demonstrates Broad Potential Appeal  —  Bush Approval Falls to 29% — Lowest Ever  —  Summary of Findings  —  Former Sen. Fred Thompson has broad potential appeal among Republican voters even before his expected entrance into the presidential race.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Irony Squigglies  —  Hey, remember that fawning Giuliani article …
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A New Definition of Feminism  —  Recently, a bright, young …
Confederate Yankee:
The Sliding War  —  According to professional media organizations …
Discussion: Reuters
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Rulings leave Guantánamo in legal limbo
Wall Street Journal:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL DOWN....The Washington Post reports …
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Obama warns of 'quiet riot' among blacks
Discussion: Hot Air and The American Mind
Margery Eagan / Boston Herald:
The Hill's got eyes: Medical marvel or makeup, new look turning heads
JMG / Barcepundit:
SO ETA'S hudna, declared fourteen months ago, is now officially over: