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4:40 PM ET, June 19, 2007

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Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Battle of Baqubah II  —  The Baqubah region.  Click map to view.  —  Major offensive in al Qaeda's so-called capital of the Islamic State of Iraq  —  The Diyala Campaign is underway.  As part of major offensive operations throughout the belts regions of Baghdad …
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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.
Washington Post:
U.S. Forces Target Insurgents in New Operation  —  U.S. troops backed by helicopters and Bradley Fighting Vehicles launched a major offensive Tuesday to clear the Sunni extremist group al-Qaeda in Iraq from its new stronghold in Diyala province north of the capital, the U.S. military said in a statement.
Multi-National Force:
Task Force Lightning strikes al-Qaeda
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Associated Press:
Carter: Stop favoring Fatah over Hamas  —  The United States, Israel and the European Union must end their policy of favoring Fatah over Hamas, or they will doom the Palestinian people to deepening conflict between the rival movements, former US President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday.
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
CARTER ATTACKS U.S., STICKS UP FOR HAMAS  —  Jimmy Carter was in Ireland today to speak to the ninth annual NGO Forum on Human Rights.  Along the way, he picked up a check for $1.2 million from the Irish government to the Carter Center.  The former President, loyal as always to his financial backers …
Discussion: Israpundit and Instapundit.com
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Might Makes Right?
Irish / ireland.com:   Irish champions of human rights - Carter
Fred Thompson / Townhall.com:
Fred Thompson's Remarks to Policy Exchange in London  —  Thank you very much.  Charles Moore, Anthony Browne, Dean Godson, distinguished guests: I appreciate the cordial welcome to London.  I always look forward to visiting the United Kingdom, and this time around I couldn't ask for a better host than the Policy Exchange.
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The Runaway Train That Hit Scooter Libby  —  The attorney general called a meeting.  He assembled all the U.S. attorneys in the Great Hall of the Justice Department and told them, in essence, that their chief responsibility was to decide whom not to prosecute.
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
The Awful Truth About 9/11  —  The guerrilla reporters of Infowars—last seen being broken up and hauled out of the spin room at CNN's Republican debate—nailed Michael Moore at a screening of Sicko and got him to discuss 9/11 conspiracy theories.  (Sorry, other theories of the events of 9/11.)
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Finally: Michael Moore embraces 9/11 Truth
Craig Gordon / Newsday:
Rudy missing in action for Iraq panel  —  Giuliani's campaign fundraising kept him from commitment to panel studying Iraq.  —  WASHINGTON — Rudolph Giuliani's membership on an elite Iraq study panel came to an abrupt end last spring after he failed to show up for a single official meeting of the group …
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Casual Lawbreaking at the White House  —  New evidence unearthed by House Democrats establishes that White House political adviser Karl Rove and many of his colleagues used Republican National Committee e-mail accounts for official business — even though White House policy is clear that doing …
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
OffTheBus: HuffPost's Citizen Journalism Project Gets A Name, and Gets Rolling  —  At the end of March, I told you about the exciting new citizen journalism project Huffington Post is launching in partnership with NYU professor Jay Rosen and his experimental site, NewAssignment.Net.
Austin Fenner / New York Post:
KERIK'S CRY OVER RUDY  —  LAMENTS LOSING HIS PAL  —  Disgraced ex-NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik can't stop crying over his fizzled friendship with former BFF Rudy Giuliani.  —  "I accept the distance created by Giuliani.  I understand it, but inside, it's killing me," Kerik said.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Scalia and Torture  —  The Supreme Court Justice cites Jack Bauer and the Hollywood torture show "24" as relevant background for constitutional jurisprudence: … Earth to Justice Scalia: Jack Bauer does not exist.  But the assumption that he does can lead to a lot of unusual places:
PittsburghLIVE.com:
Santorum involved in movie project  —  Rick Santorum is in early talks on a movie project with Hollywood producer Stephen McEveety.  —  Rumors have been buzzing throughout Harrisburg that Santorum was connecting with McEveety, who produced Mel Gibson blockbusters such as "Braveheart," …
The Politico:
Republican candidates begin snubbing Bush  —  A president with dismal approval ratings and a bitter intraparty rupture over immigration are obvious problems for Republican politicians.  —  In recent days, however, the combination is emerging as something less obvious: an opportunity.
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
US agencies disobey 6 laws that president challenged  —  Officials regarded some as advisory  —  WASHINGTON — Federal officials have disobeyed at least six new laws that President Bush challenged in his signing statements, a government study disclosed yesterday.
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com:
The Politically Incorrect Americanism of Alba, Pacino, and Arnold  —  Hablas Espanol?  —  Jessica Alba doesn't.  Is there anything wrong with that?  Apparently so.  —  The third-generation American and actress is under fire this week from fellow Latinos for comments she made to Para Todos magazine:
 
 
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Robin Wright / Washington Post:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Ezra Klein and Kevin Sullivan
George Walden / Times of London:
A bastion of rottenness and contempt for us all
Bob Geiger:
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Donald L. Horowitz / Opinion Journal:
Unifying Iraq  —  Partition is the path to more war—multiple wars, in fact.
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Jennifer Hunter / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama finding new allies: Republicans
Discussion: TIME, MSNBC and safo2008.com
Pakistan Daily Times:
Taliban ban TV, CDs in public in parts of South Waziristan
New York Times:
Question Time for Nominee Linked to Interrogations
Heritage Foundation:
How High Will Gas Prices Go?
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
U.S. Is 'Really in Trouble,' Says Bloomberg, Sounding Like a Candidate
The Hill:
Few senators read Iraq NIE report
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Taylor Marsh
Roger Simon / The Politico:
You're nobody until somebody pardons you
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
Getting Lost in the Great Indoors