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11:30 PM ET, June 7, 2007


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Michelle Malkin:
Kill The Bill...Update: Down, but not quite dead 8:55pm Cloture vote fails: 45-50; Roll added Reid vows to "put aside hurt feelings" - sniffle Post-debate thoughts: Yes, this was Bush's bill  —  Wire stories coming in: AP calls the cloture vote failure a "stunning setback."  Reuters: "A major legislative setback."
Senate Refuses to Limit Debate on Immigration Plan (Update6)  —  The Senate's proposed overhaul of U.S. immigration law failed a critical test vote as Democrats urged President George W. Bush to rally Republicans to rescue the legislation.  —  The 33 votes to limit debate were 27 short …
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.
Hugh Hewitt /
(Bumped With Audio)  —  UPDATE: Here is the audio file of the Trent Lott comments listed below.  —  Trent Lott's floor remarks in the Senate this morning were not certainly designed to asssure Republicans that their concerns on border security and illegal immigrants from countries …
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Time Out:
Is London's future Islamic?  —  It's the capital's fastest growing religion, based on noble traditions and compassionate principles, yet Islam can still be tainted by mistrust and misunderstanding.  Here Time Out argues that an Islamic London would be a better place
Discussion: Hot Air and QandO
Carrie Budoff / The Politico:
Immigration dead  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) just pulled the immigration overhaul bill from the floor after it failed to clear a procedural hurdle.  —  "We bent over backwards" to accomodate Republicans who disliked the bill, Reid said.  "We have to figure out a way to get this bill passed."
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Immigration: Another vote likely  —  From NBC's Ken Strickland  —  Even after it failed this morning, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid says there will be an identical procedural vote later today on the immigration reform bill.  That vote, which requires 60 for passage …
David Espo / Associated Press:
Sen. Johnson Expected to Return in Sept.
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 …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Clinton, Giuliani Seen as Top White House Candidates  —  NEW YORK — More voters see Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani as "very likely" to win the presidency, if nominated by their respective parties, than think the same of other top tier candidates, according to a new FOX News poll.
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:
National Review:
Now I Get It  —  I have often wondered why Time contributor Joe Klein …
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 …
Surprise offer defuses U.S.-Russia spat … HEILIGENDAMM, Germany (CNN) — U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Thursday at the G8 summit in Germany to cooperate on missile-defense systems, apparently cooling tensions between the two leaders.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:   Putin Presents Bush With Plan on Missile Shield
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.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Sister Of Slain Soldier: Candidates Didn't Answer Me About When U.S. Will 'Get Out' Of Iraq  —  At Tuesday's Republican presidential debate, one of the most memorable questions came from Erin Flanagan, whose brother died in Iraq last year.  She asked what the candidates would do to end the war in Iraq:
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
Attorney-general knew of BAE and the £1bn.  Then concealed it  —  Goldsmith hid secret money transfers from international anti-corruption organisation  —  British investigators were ordered by the attorney-general Lord Goldsmith to conceal from international anti-bribery watchdogs …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Feds to suspend border passport rule
National Review:
Bad Fitz  —  I must respond to my friend Andy.
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CNN Political Ticker:
The Ron Paul phenomenon?
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Matt / Think Progress:
Former Justice Official Suspects Foul Play In Election-Timed Indictments
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain loses an SC county chair over immigration
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexandra Zavis / Los Angeles Times:
On violent day, al-Sadr casts blame on U.S.
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Mark Hayward / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Romney backs personal retirement accounts
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Internet Absurdity: Bin Laden Listed at FOX Headquarters
Discussion: Wonkette and News Hounds
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
Armey Decoded  —  Dick: Seems to me, reading you this week …
David Cassel /
Do Obama and Lieberman think the internet is dangerous?
Discussion: Centerfield
Nico / Think Progress:
Lieberman 'Really Upset' At Troops Who Didn't 'Speak To Me From Their Heart'
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Candidates Lacking A Real-World Clue