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1:05 PM ET, June 14, 2007


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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
No Drop in Iraq Violence Seen Since Troop Buildup  —  Three months into the new U.S. military strategy that has sent tens of thousands of additional troops into Iraq, overall levels of violence in the country have not decreased, as attacks have shifted away from Baghdad and Anbar …
USA Today:
Petraeus says security crackdown working  —  BAGHDAD — When Gen. David Petraeus drives through the streets of Iraq's capital, he sees "astonishing signs of normalcy" in half, perhaps two-thirds of Baghdad.  —  "I'm talking about professional soccer leagues with real grass field stadiums …
Peter Spiegel / Los Angeles Times:   Iraq violence up since troop increase
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Violence Rising in Much of Iraq, Pentagon Says
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Reid labels military leader 'incompetent'  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, "incompetent" during an interview Tuesday with a group of liberal bloggers, a comment that was never reported.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Immigration Bill In Harry Reid's Court  —  It is hard to say who looked worse in the Senate's impasse on immigration legislation — Democrats or Republicans — but the responsibility for reviving that measure clearly rests most heavily on the shoulders of Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
For Democratic Leaders, a Fear That the Focus on the War Has Blurred
Discussion: Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Hamas Seizes Key Fatah Installation
Haaretz:   Southern Gaza town of Rafah falls to Hamas
Roger Friedman / Fox News:
Angelina Jolie's Freedom of Press, on Her Terms  —  Odds 'n' Ends  —  Angelina Jolie's Freedom of Press, on Her Terms  —  Angelina Jolie's true colors came out Wednesday as she promoted a film about freedom of the press and then tried to censor all her interviews.
Don Surber:
Desecrating Daniel Pearl
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Do As I Say, Hollywood Style  —  Angelina Jolie has begun promoting …
Discussion: alicublog
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton Made $10 Million for Talks  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Clinton made more than $10 million in paid speeches last year, according to new filings that show he and his presidential-candidate wife have at least $10 million in the bank, and may have closer to $50 million.
Washington Post:
Judge to Rule on Libby's Request to Remain Free Pending Appeal  —  The federal judge presiding over the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is scheduled to decide today whether Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff must report to prison within weeks to begin serving a 30-month sentence …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Judge in Libby trial receives threats.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
Sentencing Scooter Live Blog Part I  —  This morning we have the hearing as to whether or not Scooter Libby will be free on bond pending the outcome of his appeal.  —  For us lay people, here's the essential legal landscape:  —  Judge Walton has already said he is disinclined to leave Libby free …
Brody File Exclusive: Fred Thompson Abortion Questionnaire  —  The Brody File has in its' possession a Tennesseans for Choice questionnaire filled out by Fred Thompson.  It was provided to The Brody File by a rival campaign.  In it, he answers "no" when asked if he favors criminalizing abortion.
Discussion: Hot Air, MSNBC and
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Former Chairman of G.O.P. Will Join Bush's Inner Circle  —  Ed Gillespie, a prominent Washington lobbyist, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and longtime adviser to President Bush, will join the White House inner circle as the next counselor to the president, Mr. Bush said Wednesday.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Let's Get Serious  —  What do liberal hawks actually want to do regarding Iran?  —  "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so," said John Kenneth Galbraith, "almost everyone gets busy on the proof."  —  Today's liberal hawks are engaged in a slightly subtler game.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama aide wants Libby pardoned  —  Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) top lawyer publicly made the case yesterday for a presidential pardon for convicted White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.  —  Obama general counsel Robert Bauer did not ask his boss, a presidential candidate …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain buys anti-Romney URL  —  In another sign of John McCain's plan to assault former Mitt Romney over his alleged flip-flops, the Arizona senator's campaign has purchased the website "" and will launch it in the coming weeks as a compendium of what they say are the former governor's differing stances.
US town bans low-slung trousers  —  A town council in Louisiana has made it a crime to wear baggy trousers that expose the underwear.  —  Residents of Delcambre in the southern US state face six months in jail or a fine of $500 (£254) if they are caught wearing trousers which show their undergarments.
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The Raw Story:
Faced with law-breaking Bush official, GOP plays race card
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Tight vote looms on same-sex marriage
Katherine Mangu-Ward / Reason Magazine:
Local Lettuce=Liberty Cabbage
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Security Is Focus of Revised Effort on Immigration
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court rules foreign governments not immune to some taxes
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Frank Critical Of Bush On Suits
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Alito Calls Free-Speech Limits 'Dangerous' as Court Considers Cases
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Inside Story On What's Happening With The Senate Immigration Bill
Vaclav Klaus / Financial Times:
Freedom, not climate, is at risk
Ann Coulter / Human Events:
'No Drug Smuggler Left Behind!'
Los Angeles Times:
Research shows Hilton prison time longer than most