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12:45 PM ET, June 20, 2007

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New York Times:
Bloomberg Severs G.O.P. Ties, Fueling Talk of '08 Bid  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Tuesday that he was dropping his Republican affiliation, a step that could clear the way for him to make an independent bid for the presidency.  —  The announcement was released during …
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg Leaves GOP  —  Move Fuels Speculation About Independent Bid for the White House  —  New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg abruptly left the Republican Party yesterday, declaring himself free of a "rigid adherence" to ideology and stoking speculation that he will use …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Billion-dollar elephant inches toward run  —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed Monday that he has ended his marriage of convenience with the Republican Party, thrusting himself firmly onto the national stage as a potential independent candidate for president - a billion-dollar elephant in the room of presidential politics.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Townhall.com, TIME and Vox Popoli
National Review:
Bloomberg: Who Wins, Who Loses?
Discussion: News Bloggers Blog
NY Daily News:
Mayor to GOP: We're through
Discussion: New York Sun, Gawker and Gothamist
The Politico:
Edwards looks to N.H. to stay alive  —  John Edwards, battling signs he may be left behind by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, is seeking to reinvigorate his candidacy with a new focus on New Hampshire and a renewed emphasis on his populist "two Americas" message, advisers say.
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Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Clinton Gets Better Reception on Iraq  —  Here's a totally unscientific but not unimportant measure of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's evolution from Iraq war supporter to antiwar partisan in the last year: She was booed more lightly and gently at this morning's Take Back America gathering of liberal activists than she was a year ago.
Byron York / National Review:
Hillary Clinton Booed Again
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Will Pair Veto With New Cell Initiative  —  President Bush will issue an executive order intended to encourage scientific advances in regenerative medicine, according to senior White House officials who said Mr. Bush would announce the initiative on Wednesday, just as he vetoes a measure promoting embryonic stem cell research.
Discussion: Redstate, The Gavel and Washington Post
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Michael Cook / TCS Daily:
Will a Disruptive Technology Mothball Therapeutic Cloning?
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
June 20, 2007 - Clinton Tops Giuliani, Bloomberg In New York State, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Thompson Tops McCain Among Republicans  —  In a hypothetical all-New York presidential race, Sen. Hillary Clinton wins with 43 percent of voters statewide, followed by former …
Guardian:
China now world's biggest CO2 emitter  —  China has overtaken the United States as the world's biggest producer of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, figures released today show.  —  The surprising announcement will increase anxiety about China's growing role in driving man …
Los Angeles Times:
Passports, answers in high demand  —  Travelers and lawmakers are asking why officials weren't ready for the rush caused by post-9/11 regulations.  —  Desperate to obtain their U.S. passports, world travelers have been flying to Seattle, where the passport office is considered one of the nation's most efficient.
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Sheldon Alberts / canada.com:
Criticism flies over U.S. passport 'mess'
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Ryan Lizza / The New Republic:
RICHARDSON'S LATEST:  —  Yesterday at the Take Back America conference Bill Richardson attacked his Democratic primary opponents for supporting recent legislation on Iraq.  Said Richardson: … What is the nefarious legislation Richardson's opponents supported?
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Seeks to Block Exits for Iraq Insurgents  —  In more than four years in Iraq, American forces have been confounded by insurgents who have often slipped away only to fight another day.  The war in Iraq has been likened to the arcade game of whack-a-mole, where as soon as you knock down one mole another pops up.
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
A Spoiler Passes the Torch  —  Last night New York Mayor (and noted ubermensch) Michael Bloomberg skunked his GOP registration card and became an independent, presumably setting up a 2008 run for president.  As luck would have it I had talked with 1996/2000/2004 Green Party/independent …
National Lampoon Humor Network:
National Lampoon's 72 Virgins  —  Two idiot college students unwittingly join an Al Qaeda cell in order to get the 72 virgins promised to terrorists when they die.  From the makers of Animal House, Van Wilder, and the Vacation movies.  Join the Jihad at NationalLampoon.com!
Ahmed Yousef / New York Times:
What Hamas Wants  —  THE events in Gaza over the last few days have been described in the West as a coup.  In essence, they have been the opposite.  Eighteen months ago, our Hamas Party won the Palestinian parliamentary elections and entered office under Prime Minister Ismail Haniya …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Digby  —  From the Take Back America conference — Joe Wilson, Digby, Rick Perlstein.  —  No Trackbacks to "Ladies and Gentlemen, Digby"  —  dakine01 says: … SeamusD says: … Joe Klein's conscience says: … Jane Hamsher says:
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Two for the price of one, if Hillary wins  —  If Americans elect Hillary Clinton as president next year they will also be re-electing her husband Bill, according to the author of a new biography of the former First Lady.  —  Carl Bernstein, one of the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal …
Danny Kemp / Agence France Presse:
Muslims hold new protests against Rushdie knighthood  —  ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Anger mounted in the Muslim world Wednesday over Britain's knighthood for novelist Salman Rushdie, with protests spreading to Malaysia for the first time and fresh demonstrations in Pakistan.
Emmanuel Sivan / Haaretz:
Thus are reports about the Mideast generated  —  A friend of mine, a Lebanese journalist, tells the following story:  —  Three years ago, when his country was under Syrian control, he was stopped at a surprise Syrian roadblock north of Beirut.  A strong-looking mustachioed officer asked to see his papers.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Norm / normblog:
Rushdie, Self and Berlins  —  I don't know if Will Self's words as given here (scroll down) are complete, or accurate to what he said to the Guardian, but if they are, then they do him no credit: … Self allows an ambiguity: should Rushdie not have accepted the honour just because honours …
 
 
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
Alan Finder / New York Times:
Some Colleges to Drop Out of U.S. News Rankings
Matthew Yglesias / Guardian:
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Clash Nears in the Senate on Legislation Helping Unions Organize
Michael Oren / Wall Street Journal:
Fatah Isn't the Answer  —  America and its Middle Eastern allies …
Discussion: Israpundit
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Racial Role Reversal
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Simulation finds 9/11 fireproofing key
Heritage Foundation:
The Senate Immigration Bill: A National Security Nightmare
Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:
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Michael D. Evans / Jerusalem Post:
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Discussion: Power Line and Dr. Sanity
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
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