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12:05 PM ET, June 10, 2007

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New York Times:
The Guidebook for Taking a Life  —  We were in a small house in Zarqa, Jordan, trying to interview two heavily bearded Islamic militants about their distribution of recruitment videos when one of us asked one too many questions.  —  "He's American?" one of the militants growled.  "Let's kidnap and kill him."
Discussion: TigerHawk and Spectator
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Mvdg / Michael P.F. van der Galiën:
Kill... With Manners  —  A fascinating article at the New York Times about informal Jihadi rules of conduct; or, Jihad etiquette. … The rules:  —  Rule #1: You can kill bystanders without feeling a lot of guilt.  —  This is the "let-God-sort-them-out"-line of thinking …
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Snow: Bush standing firm behind Gonzales  —  WASHINGTON - The White House on Sunday dismissed Senate plans to hold a no-confidence vote on the attorney general and said the outcome will not undermine President Bush's resolve to keep Alberto Gonzales at the Justice Department.  —  "Not a bit.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Hank Plante / KPIX-TV:
Pentagon Confirms It Sought To Build A 'Gay Bomb'  —  (CBS 5) BERKELEY A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.
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David E / David E's Fablog:
FAIT DIVERS: POLITICAL SCIENCE  —  Surely the facts are not in dispute: … "No one likes us  —  I don't know why.  —  We may not be perfect  —  But heaven knows we try.  —  But all around even our old friends put us down.  —  Let's drop the big one and see what happens.  —  We give them money
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Military Envisions Longer Stay in Iraq  —  Officers Anticipate Small 'Post-Occupation' Force  —  BAGHDAD — U.S. military officials here are increasingly envisioning a "post-occupation" troop presence in Iraq that neither maintains current levels nor leads to a complete pullout …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Zero-to-60 Thompson Run  —  Fred gears up for 2008.  —  In early March, only a handful of Fred Thompson's good friends knew that he was even thinking about a bid for president.  Three months later, according to several polls, Thompson is in second place nationally, trailing frontrunner Rudy Giuliani.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Fatwa forbids PA Muslims to emigrate  —  Alarmed by the growing number of Palestinians who are emigrating from the Palestinian territories, the Palestinian Authority's mufti has issued a fatwa [religious decree] forbidding Muslims to leave.  —  Sources in the PA Foreign Ministry told …
Mark Stevenson / Associated Press:
Gonzales: US eyeing gun flow into Mexico  —  CUERNAVACA, Mexico — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday that Washington is taking steps to address Mexican concerns the U.S. is not doing enough to stop illegal weapons from being smuggled across the border and into the hands of brutal drug gangs.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Judge Walton's Lesson  —  Years ago, when campaigns were drowning in political rhetoric on the crime issue, I got The Post to reassign me temporarily to the District of Columbia courthouse so I could learn from front-line law enforcement what worked — and what didn't — to keep the streets safe.
Discussion: Mercury Rising and TalkLeft
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
5 Myths About Scooter and the Slammer
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The $5 Million Man?  —  If the latest report pans out, Ron Paul has leaped out of the asterisk box in the GOP campaign.  His largely online funding, if verified, would put him on a par with McCain.  Money quote: … I'd credit the Internet, wouldn't you?  Stay tuned for confirmation.
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
UN warns of five million Iraqi refugees  —  Half of displaced people have no access to food aid  —  Omar, a Sunni driver, lived in a pleasant house in a Shia neighbourhood of al-Jihad district in west Baghdad until he decided that it was too dangerous for his family to stay.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Why Washington Can't Get Much Done  —  MEMBERS of Congress — with the possible exceptions of Senator Robert C. Byrd and Representative John D. Dingell — come and go.  So do presidents and even Supreme Court justices.  —  But some big issues come to the nation's capital and never leave …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TPMCafe blogs
Mvdg / Michael P.F. van der Galiën:
Chinese Leave Guantánamo for Albanian Limbo  —  Another Gitmo success story: … Why?  Well, because they live in "a squalid government refugee center on the grubby outskirts of Tirana, guarded by armed policemen."  They have been told that they will "need to get work to move out of the center …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Bush Violates Papal Protocol  —  People are apparently upset that President Bush violated protocol in his meeting with Joe Ratzinger this morning. … This causes gasps?  Really?  —  Bush isn't Catholic.  He's the leader of the dominant country on the planet.
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Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Disrespecting the Pope  —  It seems that American president …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Instahoglets June 9th 2007
Discussion: The Agonist
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Grass Roots Roared and Immigration Plan Collapsed  —  The undoing of the immigration bill in the Senate this week had many players, but none more effective than angry voters like Monique Thibodeaux, who joined a nationwide campaign to derail it.  —  Mrs. Thibodeaux, an office manager …
 
 
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Mvdg / Michael P.F. van der Galiën:
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Gateway Pundit:
Czech Hero Vaclav Havel Blasts EU On Policies of Appeasement (Video)
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