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7:40 PM ET, June 7, 2007


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Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
(Updated) Paris Hilton Bawls Her Way Out of An L.A. Celebrity Slammer  —  Paris Hilton has finally done it to me.  She has so outraged my sensibilities that here I am blogging on this sack of celebrity excrement instead of analyzing every jot and tittle of the presidential race.
Drudge Report:
SHARPTON BLASTS JUSTICE SYSTEM  —  Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, and one of the country's foremost leaders for civil rights, is blasting the justice system for what appears to be favoritism in the early release of Paris Hilton.  —  "Though I have nothing …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Immigration bill fails key Senate test  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats scrambled Thursday to salvage a fragile compromise that would legalize millions of unlawful immigrants after it suffered setbacks.  —  The measure, a top priority for President Bush that's under attack from the right and left …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Immigration Bill Fails Key Senate Test Vote  —  The proposed overhaul of the nation's immigration laws teetered on the verge of collapse today, after four Republican senators switched their positions to help pass an amendment early this morning that would close the bill's guest worker program after five years.
Michelle Malkin:
Does your senator support enforcing our laws? …
Andy McCarthy / National Review:
Re: Libby, Ctd.  —  I have been trying to stay out of the Libby fray (too many friends on both sides), and I want nowhere near an argument over Derb's comments.  But as someone who has the battle scars attendant to defending Pat Fitzgerald here on our friendly Corner, I feel constrained …
William Otis / Washington Post:
Neither Prison Nor Pardon
Ari Melber / The Nation:
Senate Begins Real Push on Habeas Corpus  —  Today the Senate Judiciary Committee passed an important bill to restore habeas corpus, the sacrosanct Constitutional right to challenge government detention in court, by a vote of eleven to eight.  —  Habeas corpus was revoked …
New York Times:
Europe and U.S. Move Toward Climate Deal  —  The United States agreed today to "seriously consider" a European proposal to combat global warming by halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, breaking a trans-Atlantic deadlock at a meeting here of the world's richest industrial nations.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Candidates Lacking A Real-World Clue  —  GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — The 18 presidential candidates — eight Democrats and 10 Republicans — who came to Saint Anselm College here for a pair of debates this week displayed a remarkable ability to ignore the real-world consequences of many of the policies they were advocating.
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
A Contender's Worn-Out Welcome  —  The dynamic performance by John Edwards in Sunday's Democratic presidential debate, assailing his competitors for the nomination, got high marks from political reporters, Republican politicians and left-wing activists.  But not from the Democratic establishment.
Brian Beutler:
Null set blogging redux  —  Curious to determine if Romney's meaning had been accidently flipped—if maybe he meant to say, "this is a non-sequitur: Null-set!"  —I did me some googling and I found this from May 8, nearly one month ago. … This is interesting for two reasons: It's evidence that …
The Atlantic Online:
Null Set Blogging, Part Three
Discussion: and Shakesville
The Atlantic Online:
Romney's Up 17 In An Internal Campaign Poll  —  In an internal poll, ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney holds a whopping 17 point lead over the rest of the Republican field, further evidence to Romney's senior staff that his organizational prowess and early support in Iowa scared challengers John McCain and Rudy Giuliani away.
Bryan / Hot Air:
New Vent: Gorilla warfare against the open borders WSJ  —  The Wall Street Journal editorial board thinks conservatives who oppose the immigration bill are either xenophobes or bigots.  Michelle engages in guerilla gorilla warfare to prove them wrong.  —  Blowback
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Nothing New About It  —  KangroX over at Kos responds to Joe Klein's intemperate column today in which he takes bloggers to task for being ... intemperate.  —  He makes one point that I think it important for some of these journalists to understand:
Nico / Think Progress:
Lieberman 'Really Upset' At Troops Who Didn't 'Speak To Me From Their Heart'  —  During Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) trip to Iraq two weeks ago, McClatchy published an article highlighting how several soldiers who met with Lieberman had wanted to ask him, "When are we going to get out of here?"
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain loses an SC county chair over immigration  —  Despite his best case for the immigration compromise — and he made a good one at the debate the other nignt — the unalterable fact is that the issue is right now a major problem for the McCain campaign.  —  To wit, one of the first tangible signs …
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
Judge freezes congressman's assets  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A federal judge Thursday froze the assets of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who was indicted this week on charges of soliciting bribes.  —  A forfeiture charge is among the 16 criminal counts Jefferson is facing.
Paul R. Pillar / The National Interest:
The Other Intelligence Assessments on Iraq  —  Editor's note: The following is a preview of a longer article that will appear in a forthcoming issue of The National Interest.  —  What comes to mind when someone mentions intelligence and the Iraq War?  Why, of course, the intelligence estimate …
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Internet Absurdity: Bin Laden Listed at FOX Headquarters  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  An Ohio man says he has located Osama bin Laden in the United States and wants to claim the U.S. government's $25 million reward.  —  Using an online person search built from phone directories and other public records …
Discussion: Wonkette and News Hounds
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Armey Decoded  —  Dick: Seems to me, reading you this week, that although you've left public office, you're still infected with political blather, Frank Luntz-style.  For example, the word "Ownership."  That tested really well in focus groups, but what does it mean?
Mark Hayward / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Romney backs personal retirement accounts  —  MANCHESTER - Republican Mitt Romney yesterday praised the notion of personal accounts for Social Security recipients, a key aspect of the Social Security reform plan of President Bush that never made it out of Congress.
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Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
CBC digs in for Jefferson
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Time Out:
Is London's future Islamic?
Discussion: Hot Air
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Lute Backpedals on Hadley
Alexandra Zavis / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq death toll climbs by at least 20
David Cassel /
Do Obama and Lieberman think the internet is dangerous?
Discussion: Centerfield
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Defeat's Killing Fields
Kevin Naff / Washington Blade:
Trandahl breaks silence on Foley scandal
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
AP Poll: Bush Approval Hits Low Point
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Dirty snow may warm Arctic as much as greenhouse gases
Discussion: TigerHawk and National Review
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Biologists Make Skin Cells Work Like Stem Cells