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7:45 AM ET, June 7, 2007


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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Official: Cheney Urged Wiretaps  —  Stand-In for Ashcroft Alleges Interference  —  Vice President Cheney told Justice Department officials that he disagreed with their objections to a secret surveillance program during a high-level White House meeting in March 2004, a former senior Justice official told senators yesterday.
Washington Times:
Bush 'surprised' by conservative anger  —  President Bush did not intend to single out his conservative supporters for criticism in a speech on immigration reform last week and was "surprised" that his remarks angered Republicans, White House spokesman Tony Snow said today.
Nico / Think Progress:
Goodling In Private Email: 'Send Directly Up To Me, Outside The System'  —  New Justice Department communications released tonight include an email from Monica Goodling, former counsel to Alberto Gonzales, directing another official to draw up a directive giving her unprecedented authority to hire and fire political staffers.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Rook's Rant
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
GOP Lawmakers Demand Probe of ABC News Story
Discussion: Don Surber and Wizbang
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Cheney blocked official's promotion
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Cheney's Office Recycling The War Hype  —  I see ABC's Blotter has a new bit of anonymously sourced war-hype to tout this evening (H/T The Agonist).  Well, not exactly new unless you count an alleged official document from an un-named NATO nation and an anonymous source from an un-named Coalition nation as new.
Hindrocket / Power Line:   Bedfellows  —  We wrote here about the capture, in Afghanistan …
Mary Katharine Ham /
D-Day: On the Beaches, Over the Cliffs, and Behind the Lines  —  I watched "Band of Brothers" this weekend.  All 10 hours of it.  It was just about the perfect thing to spend a weekend doing, especially the weekend between Memorial Day and D-Day.  I would recommend it to anyone.
Discussion: Wizbang
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
Discussion: Power Line
Financial Times:
Researchers make stem cells from skin  —  By Clive Cookson in London and Rebecca Knight in Boston  —  Three scientific teams published separate studies on Wednesday showing that embryonic stem cells can be made by reprogramming some of the genes in adult skin cells, without having to create an embryo - at least in mice.
Discussion: Nature
Joe Klein / Time:
Beware the Bloggers' Bile  —  A strange thing happened to me the day the House of Representatives voted to pass the Iraq-war-funding bill.  Congresswoman Jane Harman of California called as the debate was taking place.  "Look, I would love to have cast a vote against Bush on this," she told me.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Campaign Funds for Alaskan; Road Aid to Florida  —  It is no secret that campaign contributions sometimes lead to lucrative official favors.  Rarely, though, are the tradeoffs quite as obvious as in the twisted case of Coconut Road.  —  The road, a stretch of pavement near Fort Myers …
'Homosexuality Isn't Natural or Healthy'  —  Bush's Choice for Top Doc Compared Human Genitalia to Pipe Fittings and Said Homosexual Practices Can Cause Injury or Death  —  President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, Dr. James W. Holsinger Jr., wrote a paper in 1991 that purported …
Discussion: The Reaction
Roy Sekoff / Huffington Post:
Obama To Beat Clinton In Second Quarter Fundraising  —  The Huffington Post has learned from sources close to both candidates that the Obama campaign will surpass the Clinton campaign in second quarter fundraising.  "It's a matter of pure mathematics," an Obama fundraiser told HuffPost.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Lynne Cheney, Susan Thomas floated as possible replacements for late Sen. Craig Thomas  —  Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, is being floated in Senate GOP leadership circles as a possible replacement for the late Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.), who died Monday night.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Immigrant Measure Survives Challenges  —  The plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system survived its most serious challenges yesterday, when the Senate defeated amendments to disqualify hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from legalization and to extend visas to hundreds …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Brian Beutler
I'm a McCain Man, Through and Through—Unless the Democrats Nominate Obama.  Then, Forget the McCain Thing  —  Barack Obama cultivates an image as a politician whose appeal reaches across party lines.  But even he might be surprised to learn that one of his biggest admirers works for GOP Sen. John McCain …
Discussion: Hot Air
Bob Geiger:
Latest Intelligence Report Yet Another Smoking Gun On Bush  —  When Army Chief of Staff, General Eric Shinseki appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 25, 2003 to discuss preparations for a possible invasion of Iraq, he was asked by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) …
Jon Henke / QandO:
I'M WITH FRED — AND NEW MEDIA STRATEGIES  —  It's been six months since I last posted here at QandO to announce that I'd taken a position as New Media Advisor to the Senate Republicans.  I believe we accomplished a great deal over the past six months and gave the Senate Republicans …
Raphael G. Satter / Associated Press:
Report: 39 secretly imprisoned by U.S.  —  LONDON - A coalition of human rights groups has drawn up a list of 39 terror suspects it believes are being secretly imprisoned by U.S. authorities and published their names in a report released Thursday.  —  Information about the so-called …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
"Live Free or Die"
The Atlantic Online:
The Challenge  —  To me, the takeaway message of watching …
Aunt B. / Tiny Cat Pants:
An Open Letter To Patriot Boy (Aka Jesus' General)
Ben Lando / UPI:
Andrew Mangino / Yale Daily News:
Feds arrest dozens of illegal immigrants in New Haven raids
Discussion: Lonewacko and Left in the West
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
When Pardons Turn Political
Rich Noyes /
AP Reporter Sees 9-11 As 'Bush Administration Conspiracy Hung on Al-Qaeda'
Washington Times:
CBO's misleading immigration $ numbers
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Porn king Flynt seeks information on sexual exploits of lawmakers
BAE accused of secretly paying £1bn to Saudi prince
Discussion: Tim Worstall
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
The Republicans' Hispanic Delusion
Discussion: ParaPundit
Patrick Ruffini /
Thompson Raises $220K Online in 18 Hours
Discussion: Hot Air, Eunomia and IMAO
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Giuliani, McCain Skipping Ames Straw Poll
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq's leader can't get out of 1st gear
Victor Comras / Counterterrorism Blog:
Europe's New Anti Terrorism Convention Strong on Substance, Short on Adherents
M.E. Sprengelmeyer / Rocky Mountain News:
Tancredo to change direction of his campaign