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12:25 PM ET, June 8, 2007


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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Defections to Fred Thompson Pose a Major Threat to McCain  —  John Dowd represented Sen. John McCain in his darkest hour, the "Keating Five" scandal.  He supported McCain the first time he ran for president in 2000 and signed up to be a major fundraiser for him in this year's presidential race.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A Failure of Leadership in a Flawed Political Culture  —  The collapse of comprehensive immigration revision in the Senate last night represents a political defeat for President Bush, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), the bill's most prominent sponsors.
New York Times:
Immigrant Bill, Short 15 Votes, Stalls in Senate  —  The sweeping immigration overhaul endorsed by President Bush crumbled in the Senate on Thursday night, leaving the future of one of the administration's chief domestic priorities in serious doubt.  —  After a day of tension and fruitless maneuvering …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Politico Playbook: McCain-watch
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Two Years of Humble Pie  —  In Britain, Canada and other civilized places, national elections are often called, run and concluded within six weeks.  In America, election campaigns go on forever.  It used to be one year, now it's two.  No one planned this, but like other evolutionary artifacts …
Fouad Ajami / Opinion Journal:
Fallen Soldier  —  Mr. President, do not leave this man behind.  —  Mr. President, some weeks ago, I wrote a letter of appeal, a character reference, to Judge Reggie B. Walton, urging leniency for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.  Scooter, I said, has seen the undoing of his world, but he comes before a …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A Defining Choice for The GOP
Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Peace Corps Is Edwards Terror Plan  —  Senator Edwards is outlining a new national security strategy that hinges on the creation of a 10,000-person civilian peace corps to stem the tide of terrorism in weak and unstable countries.  —  Mr. Edwards's plan, which he presented in Manhattan yesterday …
Discussion: Muckraked and JammieWearingFool
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Next Children's Crusade
Turning the Page: The Real Che?  —  He's the ultimate symbol of radical chic but was Che Guevara really a homophobic, racist square who personally ordered the jailing and executions of innocent men, women and children?  —  That's according to Humberto Fontova, the author of …
Discussion: Hot Air and QandO
New York Times:
It's Subpoena Time  —  For months, senators have listened to a parade of well-coached Justice Department witnesses claiming to know nothing about how nine prosecutors were chosen for firing.  This week, it was the turn of Bradley Schlozman, a former federal attorney in Missouri, to be uninformative and not credible.
Gregory / The Belgravia Dispatch:
WILY VLADIMIR  —  PUTIN TO BUSH: So, what's so special about putting the interceptors in Poland?  (Putin and Bush comment here).  —  Putin, I think it's fair to say, rather outmaneuvered Bush on this issue at the G-8 meeting, first by making the case there's nothing particularly magic …
Discussion: White House
Leading Conservative Activist Seeks Punitive Damages  —  Judge Robert Bork, one of the fathers of the modern judicial conservative movement whose nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by the Senate, is seeking $1,000,000 in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages, after he slipped and fell at the Yale Club of New York City.
Stephen Benjamin / New York Times:
Don't Ask, Don't Translate  —  IMAGINE for a moment an American soldier deep in the Iraqi desert.  His unit is about to head out when he receives a cable detailing an insurgent ambush right in his convoy's path.  With this information, he and his soldiers are now prepared for the danger that lies ahead.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Careful Strategy Is Used to Derail Immigration Bill  —  Two weeks ago, when the immigration bill landed on the Senate floor, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) voted against an amendment that targeted one of its key provisions: a guest-worker program that President Bush and many U.S. companies have sought for years.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Berger Is Disbarred After Archives Case  —  Samuel R.  "Sandy" Berger, a national security adviser to President Bill Clinton, was voluntarily disbarred from the practice of law yesterday by the D.C. Court of Appeals.  —  Berger agreed last month to relinquish his law license to the D.C. Board …
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Rise in China's Pork Prices Signals End to Cheap Output  —  Few things are as essential to the Chinese as their pigs.  —  From pork spare ribs and mu shu pork to char siu bao — barbecued pork buns — pork is a staple of the Chinese diet.  So in this Year of the Pig, an acute shortage …
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Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
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Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
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Leila Fadel / Real Cities:
Al-Sadr radio interview decries U.S. presence in Iraq
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Are We Disappearing Children?  —  Today, six human rights …
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
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Bob Johnson / Associated Press:
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Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
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Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
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