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10:45 AM ET, June 19, 2007

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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.
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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New York Times:   Assault Pressed on Insurgents Near Baghdad
Telegraph:   US launches campaign against al-Qa'eda
Associated Press:
Fatah leadership decides to cut all contact with Hamas  —  Fatah's top leadership body decided Tuesday to cut off all contacts with Hamas, a participant said.  —  The decision was made in a meeting of the Fatah Central Committee, said Azzam al-Ahmed.  —  "The Fatah Central Committee decided today …
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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
Washington Post:
'West Bank First': It Won't Work
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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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 …
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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Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Clinton on Fund-Raising Blitz
Discussion: TIME
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Administration Struggles With Interrogation Specifics  —  Eight months after President Bush signed a bill authorizing the CIA to resume using "enhanced interrogation techniques" on terrorism suspects, the administration has been unable to agree on what constitutes "humiliating and degrading treatment" of detainees.
Discussion: Think Progress
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New York Times:
Question Time for Nominee Linked to Interrogations
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Bluey Blog
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: New York Post, MSNBC and PoliPundit.com
 
 
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Sally Squires / Washington Post:
How Far Can Your Dollar Stretch?
Discussion: Abovethelaw.com
National Review Online:
The Day the Music Died  —  The shooting of JFK didn't just kill …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Interview With Bernard Goldberg About His New Book, Crazies …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
U.S. Is 'Really in Trouble,' Says Bloomberg, Sounding Like a Candidate
Discussion: New York Sun, Donklephant and MSNBC
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Persian Puzzles
Discussion: Eunomia
USA Today:
Troops' 1-month breaks blocked
Discussion: The Impolitic
The Hill:
Few senators read Iraq NIE report
Roger Simon / The Politico:
You're nobody until somebody pardons you
Discussion: Reason Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Faith In Government  —  Obama takes the Christianist route …
Discussion: National Review
Tom Baxter / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Race for Norwood's seat closely watched
Thomas Sowell / Jewish World Review:
Unfinished business  —  Not only is Nifong still liable …
Stephanie Simon / Los Angeles Times:
A conservative's answer to Wikipedia
CNN:
House pet projects stay private despite promises
Discussion: Say Anything
New York Times:
As More Toys Are Recalled, Trail Ends in China
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Despite Bush's Promises, Georgians Remain Skeptical About Immigration Bill
David Morgan / Reuters:
Iraq now ranked second among world's failed states