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2:55 AM ET, June 15, 2007


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Bob Geiger:
The Politico Fails Journalism 100  —  When I was studying journalism way back in the early 1980s, they hammered on us pretty hard about fact checking, verifying sources and not accepting things as fact based on hearsay.  I don't think we covered conference calls specifically …
Fox News:
Reid Calls Joint Chiefs Chairman 'Incompetent'  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed Thursday that he told liberal bloggers last week that he thinks outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace is "incompetent."  —  Reid acknowledged similarly disparaging Army …
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Politico Story Saying Reid Called Generals "Incompetent" Is Denied  —  One of the big stories of the day is this front-page piece in The Politico that claims that Harry Reid blasted General Peter Pace as "incompetent" and described General David Petraeus in similar terms on a recent conference call with liberal bloggers.
Fox News:
Majority Leader Reid Close to Reviving Senate Immigration Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will approve a new deal on immigration on Thursday and move to bring the once-dead legislation back to the Senate floor next week, Democratic sources told FOX News.
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Obtained: A Tape Of Reid's Conference Call With Bloggers — Reid Did Blast Pace  —  Okay, as we noted below, we've been trying to find out as much as possible about the conference call that Harry Reid held with liberal bloggers that's created so much noise today.  —  Now we've obtained a tape of the relevant chunk of the call.
BarbinMD / Daily Kos:
Politico Continues To Make Up News: Updated  —  Since its inception a few short months ago, Politico, the online soul-mate to the Drudge Report, has gotten into the habit of creating news stories through innuendo, omission, outright error, and now today, out of thin air.
Jules Crittenden:
Put It On A Bumpersticker
Discussion: TalkLeft
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:   Reid Faults Petraeus as Not 'in Touch'
Agence France Presse:
Anti-war Democrats round on Iraq war Generals
Discussion: National Review
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Chris Matthews on Fred Thompson's sexiness and smells  —  I've written a fair amount recently about the media's obsession with the faux-masculinity of GOP candidates in general, and the tough-guy military persona of Fred Thompson in particular, and don't have all that much to add about that specific topic at the moment.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Tweety: Thompson is the Aqua Velva man
MSNBC:   'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for June 13
Street battles leave Gaza in chaos … GAZA CITY (CNN) — Fighters from the Islamic party Hamas claimed full control of Palestinian Authority security agencies in Gaza late Thursday as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved his unity government and declared a state of emergency.
The Big Pharaoh:
Hamastan: Egypt's New Neighbour
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and The Belmont Club
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Israel's options: Disconnect from Gaza or talk to Hamas
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
Discussion: JunkYardBlog and alicublog
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Doing the jobs Americans aren't willing to do  —  Given the recent rhetoric in Republican circles about immigration policy, I found this story spectacularly amusing. … Wait, it gets funnier.  Matthews was hired by Michael Kamburowski, the state GOP's chief operations officer, who is ... wait for it ... an Australian citizen.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Corrente
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
State GOP goes outside the U.S. to hire top aide  —  The California Republican Party has decided no American is qualified to take one of its most crucial positions — state deputy political director — and has hired a Canadian for the job through a coveted H-1B visa, a program favored …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE WAR OVER EARMARKS, CONT.  —  As we noted a few days ago, the House of Representatives has been embroiled in a battle over the Democrats' effort to roll back the earmark reforms that were initiated in the last Congress by the Republicans.  The Democrats are trying to adopt a program …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gonzales Meeting With Aide Scrutinized  —  Justice Dept. Checking For Possible Wrongdoing  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales sought to improperly influence the testimony of a departing senior aide, two of its senior officials said yesterday …
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
Libby Loses Liberty  —  Walton: As a prelude to my ruling, the fact that I've written lengthy decisions does not suggest I think an issue is close.  We are expected to give significant consideration to what we do.  My effort is to try to get it right, so this is why I tke my time so length does …
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Legislators vote to defeat same-sex marriage ban  —  A proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was swiftly defeated today by a joint session of the Legislature by a vote of 45 to 151, eliminating any chance of getting it on the ballot in November 2008.  The measure needed at least 50 votes to advance.
New York Times:
Senators Agree to Revive Immigration Bill  —  Senate Democratic and Republican leaders announced on Thursday that they had agreed on a way to revive a comprehensive immigration bill that was pulled off the Senate floor seven days ago.  —  The majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada …
Inside Higher Ed:
Students and Faith  —  Whether the source is God and Man at Yale or any number of more recent studies, the conflict between a college education and the faith that students bring to campus (secular campuses at least) is well accepted.  The more you pursue a higher education …
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Nicholas Thompson / Free Republic:
Spokesman for President Bush Posts on Free Republic About Immigration Bill
International Herald Tribune:
The return of Authoritarian Capitalists
Discussion: Economist's View
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Why the 'L.A. Times' Called for Iraq Pullout
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Does FOX News have insider info on Cheney and a pardon?
The American Left's Silly Victim Complex
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
To Avoid Conflicts, Clintons Liquidate Holdings
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
The Atlantic Online:
Romney Plans Major Arena Fundraiser To End Quarter
"Thomas and Friends" railway toys recalled
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Grunwald / Time:
Bloomberg and Schwarzenegger: The New Action Heroes
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court rules against public employee unions
Discussion: Don Surber and SCOTUSblog
Will / Attytood:
Great moments in TV journalism: Covering the Darfur crisis …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Fasten Your Seat Belts
Discussion: Firedoglake and driftglass
Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
Hillary's race to lose