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9:50 AM ET, June 19, 2007

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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.
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Telegraph:   US launches campaign against al-Qa'eda
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times
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Caroline B. Glick / Jewish World Review:
Grounded in fantasy  —  WHY are Bush and Olmert set to embrace Fatah and Abbas today?
Discussion: Power Line
Associated Press:
Fatah leadership decides to cut all contact with Hamas
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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 …
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safo2008.com:
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.
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Thomas Sowell / Jewish World Review:
Unfinished business  —  Not only is Nifong still liable to civil lawsuits from the three young men whose lives he tried to ruin, and criminal prosecution for his obstruction of justice and making false statements to a judge, there are many other people who disgraced themselves in hyping …
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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 ABCNews.com.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Althouse and Unqualified Offerings
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.
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Karoun Demirjian / Chicago Tribune:   Immigration measure gets 1 last chance
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 …
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.
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
McCain voices optimism on immigration plan  —  Says his support for measure has affected campaign  —  Senator John McCain had a wide-ranging interview yesterday with reporters and editors at the Globe.  (MICHELE McDONALD/GLOBE STAFF)  —  Senator John McCain of Arizona said yesterday that he was …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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: Say Anything and Lonewacko
CNN:
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.
Discussion: Say Anything
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.
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: Think Progress
 
 
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Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
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USA Today:
Troops' 1-month breaks blocked
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Dispute delays arms-control talks with Moscow
Roger Simon / The Politico:
You're nobody until somebody pardons you
Discussion: TIME and Reason Magazine
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Faith In Government  —  Obama takes the Christianist route …
Discussion: National Review
Guardian:
Plans to release 2,000 prisoners early
Tom Baxter / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Race for Norwood's seat closely watched
Wall Street Journal:
Supremes 2, Tort Bar 0
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New York Sun:
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Discussion: Redstate and Wizbang
New York Times:
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RADAR:
EX-MARINE: FOX PUT U.S. TROOPS AT RISK
Discussion: Hot Air, Debbie Schlussel and TBogg
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Despite Bush's Promises, Georgians Remain Skeptical About Immigration Bill
Charles Levinson / Conflict Blotter:
Gaza bits and pieces
David Morgan / Reuters:
Iraq now ranked second among world's failed states
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Fred Thompson seeks Thatcher's blessing