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9:45 PM ET, June 18, 2007


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Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
The Use of RNC E-Mail Accounts by White House Officials  —  The Oversight Committee has been investigating whether White House officials violated the Presidential Records Act by using e-mail accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee and the Bush Cheney '04 campaign for official White House communications.
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Interim Report on RNC Emails and the Presidential Records Act  —  The Oversight Committee has been investigating whether White House officials violated the Presidential Records Act by using e-mail accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee and the Bush Cheney '04 campaign for official White House communications.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Bush Officials Used RNC Server for Private E-mails  —  Disclosure Means Practice More Common Than Officials Acknowledged  —  Almost 90 White House officials have maintained private e-mail accounts on the server of the Republican National Committee, including top advisers such as Karl Rove …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker, Firedoglake and Corrente
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Fallout  —  While the RNC has been hitting the delete button …
Discussion: Norwegianity
Times of London:
Pakistan says Rushdie knighthood justifies suicide bombings  —  Britain's decision to award Salman Rushdie a knighthood set off a storm of protest in the Islamic world today, with a Pakistani government minister giving warning that it could provide justification for suicide bomb attacks.
Agence France Presse:
Pakistan says Rushdie knighthood may spark terrorism
Discussion: Redstate
Lloydshep / Dadblog:   Hello? Free speech people? You in?
Ben Hoyle / Times of London:
Muslim world inflamed by Rushdie knighthood
Discussion: Power Line
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
Des Moines Register:
Obama: Campaign's 'Punjab' remark was 'stupid'  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama referred to as "stupid" and "caustic" his campaign's memo last week that implied rival Hillary Clinton's investments in India made her fit to represent the south Asian country.
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
Tick Tock. . . Tick Tock. . .
Discussion: Associated Press and Sepia Mutiny
Michael Duffy / Time:
Surge Architect: More Time Needed  —  Fred Kagan, the man widely seen as the "architect" of the military surge in Iraq, sees signs of progress but warns that September is too early to make a final decision about how well it has achieved its goals.  Instead, in an interview with …
Maria Glod / Washington Post:
Va. School's No-Contact Rule Is a Touchy Subject  —  Fairfax County middle school student Hal Beaulieu hopped up from his lunch table one day a few months ago, sat next to his girlfriend and slipped his arm around her shoulder.  That landed him a trip to the school office.  —  Among his crimes: hugging.
Duke University, Three Lacrosse Players Announce Settlement  —  Durham, NC — On Monday, Duke University leaders announced they have reached a settlement with David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann.  Below are statements about the settlement.  —  STATEMENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND THE PRESIDENT OF DUKE UNIVERSITY:
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Newly empowered Democrats draw wrath of voters  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new Democratic-led Congress is drawing the ire of voters upset with its failure to quickly deliver on a promise to end the Iraq war.  —  This is reflected in polls that show Congress — plagued by partisan bickering mostly …
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  MR. SNOW: Good afternoon.  One thing to add to this morning's gaggle — the President this morning had a 52-minute secure video teleconference with the members of the presidential council in Iraq …
Discussion: First Draft and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and Hot Air
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Fred Thompson seeks Thatcher's blessing  —  Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator who is expected to announce next month he is running for president, flew to London on Monday to meet Margaret Thatcher and deliver a foreign policy speech, his advisers tell The Politico.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and TIME: Swampland
Andrew J. Bacevich / Los Angeles Times:
More troops, more troubles  —  Candidates who call for beefing up our armed forces to deter terrorism show a profound misunderstanding of the Mideast.  —  IS THE U.S. Army too small?  —  The Democrats vying to succeed George W. Bush think so.  Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton …
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