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8:30 AM ET, June 19, 2007


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Agence France Presse:
Pakistan says Rushdie knighthood may spark terrorism  —  Pakistan demanded on Monday that Britain withdraw a knighthood awarded to author Salman Rushdie, as a government minister said the honour gave a justification for suicide attacks by Muslims.  —  Angry protesters in several cities …
Ben Hoyle / Times of London:
Muslim world inflamed by Rushdie knighthood
Discussion: Power Line
Intimidation Shouldn't Pay
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Daniel Finkelstein / Comment Central:
Support Sir Salman
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Exclusive: Suicide Bomb Teams Sent to U.S., Europe  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  Large teams of newly trained suicide bombers are being sent to the United States and Europe, according to evidence contained on a new videotape obtained by the Blotter on
Senator Obama Responds to the Indian American Community  —  On Monday, June 18, Senator Barack Obama issued the following statement in response to the concerns expressed by the Indian American community regarding the Hillary Clinton opposition research memo.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Sepia Mutiny
Fred Dalton Thompson / ABC Radio Networks:
Reading Harry Reid  —  Well, you've heard by now that Senate leader Harry Reid insulted one of this country's brightest military minds, Marine Corps General Peter Pace — calling him "incompetent."  Let me take a few moments to put this in context.  —  First, Harry Reid voted for the war, like a majority of our legislators.
Karoun Demirjian / Chicago Tribune:   Immigration measure gets 1 last chance
CBS News:
Iraqi Orphanage Nightmare  —  Exclusive: U.S. Troops Discover And Rescue Orphan Boys Left Starving, Chained To Beds  —  (CBS) It was a scene that shocked battle-hardened soldiers, captured in photographs obtained exclusively by CBS News.  —  On a daytime patrol in central Baghdad …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Embassy Staff In Baghdad Inadequate, Rice Is Told  —  Ambassador's Memo Asks for 'Best People'  —  Ryan C. Crocker, the new U.S. ambassador to Iraq, bluntly told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a cable dated May 31 that the embassy in Baghdad — the largest and most expensive U.S. embassy …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Swamp
Associated Press:
Fatah leadership decides to cut all contact with Hamas  —  Fatah's top leadership body decided Tuesday to cut off all contacts with Hamas, a participant said.  —  The decision was made in a meeting of the Fatah Central Committee, said Azzam al-Ahmed.  —  "The Fatah Central Committee decided today …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Fouad Ajami / New York Times:   Brothers to the Bitter End
Michael Yon:
Be Not Afraid … [From a prayer card I found on a base in Anbar Province, Iraq.]  —  Thoughts flow on the eve of a great battle.  By the time these words are released, we will be in combat.  Few ears have heard even rumors of this battle, and fewer still are the eyes that will see its full scope.
Charles Levinson / Conflict Blotter:
Gaza bits and pieces  —  Hamas has moved to restore law and order in Gaza, including putting traffic cops at busy intersections to direct traffic.  We passed a particularly tough looking bearded militant-turned-traffic cop and I couldn't help but reflect on how dreary governing must now seem to a lot of these guys.
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
White House aides' e-mail records gone  —  WASHINGTON - E-mail records are missing for 51 of the 88 White House officials who had electronic message accounts with the Republican National Committee, the House Oversight Committee said Monday.  —  The Bush administration may have committed …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:   Countdown: White House, RNC E-Mail Scandal Bigger Than Originally Thought
New York Times:
As More Toys Are Recalled, the Trail Ends in China  —  China manufactured every one of the 24 kinds of toys recalled for safety reasons in the United States so far this year, including the enormously popular Thomas & Friends wooden train sets, a record that is causing alarm among consumer advocates, parents and regulators.
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Illegals using fire to clear border  —  U.S. Border Patrol agents seeking to secure the nation's border in some of the country's most pristine national forests are being targeted by illegal aliens, who are using intentionally set fires to burn agents out of observation posts and patrol routes.
Discussion: Lonewacko
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Despite Bush's Promises, Georgians Remain Skeptical About Immigration Bill  —  If President Bush thought he could win support for a comprehensive immigration bill by promising to secure the border and step up law enforcement, he would be dismayed by the reaction here.
Discussion: ParaPundit and DownWithTyranny!
New York Sun:
A Schwarzman Tax?  —  It's hard to think of a recent example of an entire country's tax laws getting changed because of a feeling that one person is making too much money, but that is what is in danger of happening to America in response to the success of one New Yorker, Stephen Schwarzman.
Discussion: Redstate and Wizbang
House pet projects stay private despite promises … (CNN) — Despite the new Democratic congressional leadership's promise of "openness and transparency" in the budget process, a CNN survey of the House found it nearly impossible to get information on lawmakers' pet projects.
Anne Blythe / Raleigh News & Observer:
Duke, lacrosse players reach settlement  —  The university made the announcement this afternoon.  —  According to a press release issued by Duke, the terms of the settlement will not be disclosed.  —  In a statement, Duke officials said the board of trustees and Duke President Richard Brodhead …
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The Atlantic Online:
Immigration and Inequality  —  Last week, Matt explained …
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The Young Turks:
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Robert E. Rector / Heritage Foundation:
Setting the Record Straight: Illegal Immigrants Will Receive …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Pentagon hires ABC reporter to improve PR
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: First Draft and Daily Kos
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Fred Thompson seeks Thatcher's blessing