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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.
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 …
New York Times:
Truck Bomb Hits Baghdad Mosque as U.S. Presses Assault
Discussion: INTEL DUMP
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.
Fouad Ajami / New York Times:
Brothers to the Bitter End  —  SO the masked men of Fatah have the run of the West Bank while the masked men of Hamas have their dominion in Gaza.  Some see this as a tolerable situation, maybe even an improvement, envisioning a secularist Fatah-run state living peacefully alongside Israel and a small …
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Unfreezes Millions in Aid to Palestinians
Associated Press:
Carter: Stop favoring Fatah over Hamas
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Associated Press:
Fatah leadership decides to cut all contact with Hamas
New York Times:
Question Time for Nominee Linked to Interrogations  —  In the months after the Sept. 11 attacks, at a time when the Central Intelligence Agency had long been out of the interrogation business, senior C.I.A. officers scrambled to build a program to question terror suspects in secret jails abroad.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Administration Struggles With Interrogation Specifics
Discussion: Think Progress
Andrew Cohen / Bench Conference:
The Price of Blind Loyalty
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
No Dead Horse Left Behind
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Next Hurrah
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 …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Giuliani Prioritizes Fundraising Over Iraq Strategy
Discussion: State of the Day
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.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
'Signing Statements' Study Finds Administration Has Ignored Laws
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and TPMmuckraker
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
Getting Lost in the Great Indoors  —  Many Adults Worry Nature Is Disappearing From Children's Lives  —  Linda Pelzman appreciates the beauty of the outdoor world, sometimes pulling her children into the yard to gaze at a full moon or peer into a dense fog.
Heritage Foundation:
How High Will Gas Prices Go?  —  A state by state analysis  —  Mouse over map to view breakdown by state.  —  Based on a review of the energy legislation currently before the U.S. Senate, S. 1419, including the just completed section on tax changes, the price of regular unleaded gasoline …
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.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
You're nobody until somebody pardons you  —  When he was 13 years old, Anthony Circosta shot another kid in the arm with a BB gun, which was not a nice thing to do.  —  And even though Circosta's shot did not break the kid's skin, Circosta was convicted of assault.
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
U.S. Is 'Really in Trouble,' Says Bloomberg, Sounding Like a Candidate  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, sounding every inch the presidential candidate he insists he is not, brought his message of pragmatic, nonpartisan leadership to California on Monday, telling a crowd of Google employees that the nation was "really in trouble."
The Hill:
Few senators read Iraq NIE report  —  Only a handful of senators outside the Intelligence Committee say they read the full 92-page National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq's ability to attack the U.S. before voting to go to war, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
Guardian:
Rushdie honour 'justifies suicide attacks'  —  · Muslim Council of Britain says knighthood a final insult from departing prime Minister Tony Blair.  —  The award of a knighthood to the author Salman Rushdie justifies suicide attacks, a Pakistani government minister said today.
CNN:
9 'courageous firefighters' die in warehouse blaze … (CNN) — An inferno raced through a Charleston, South Carolina, furniture warehouse collapsing its roof and killing nine firefighters in a tragedy that the city's mayor described Tuesday as "difficult to fathom."
Discussion: Wonkette and Macsmind
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 …
 
 
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