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12:00 PM 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.
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.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and The Fourth Rail
New York Times:
Assault Pressed on Insurgents Near Baghdad
Discussion: INTEL DUMP
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Battle of Baqubah II
Discussion: Multi-National Force
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 …
Associated Press:
Fatah leadership decides to cut all contact with Hamas
Washington Post:
'West Bank First': It Won't Work
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.
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.
Andrew Cohen / Bench Conference:
The Price of Blind Loyalty  —  For months now we've talked about how the scandal at the Justice Department would have a terrible impact upon the government's ability to adequately and accurately enforce and ensure the rule of law.  Now we are beginning to see precisely how this is happening.
New York Times:
Question Time for Nominee Linked to Interrogations
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and JustOneMinute
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.
Danny Kemp / Agence France Presse:   British queen's effigy burns as Rushdie anger mounts
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary — Inevitable?  —  The line on Hillary Clinton in this election cycle has her as an inevitability for the Democratic presidential nomination.  Despite misgivings over her strong negatives, the Democrats have not seen any candidate of substance challenging her in the primaries.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Hillary Conundrum
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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 …
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."
Discussion: New York Sun, Donklephant and MSNBC
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.
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
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Tim Grieve / Salon:
What the Democrats would do about Iraq
Sholnn Freeman / Washington Post:
Congressmen Back Off Bid That Delayed Energy Bill
Discussion: the talking dog
Some Mormons Worry as Faith Comes Under Scrutiny
John Tierney / New York Times:
Taxes a Pleasure? Check the Brain Scan
Discussion: Economist's View
Gregg Goldstein / Hollywood Reporter:
'Sicko' leaks have studios crying malpractice
Discussion: Say Anything and Althouse
Associated Press:
House Panel Says Records of E-Mails Are Missing
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Clinton on Fund-Raising Blitz
Discussion:, MSNBC and TIME
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Persian Puzzles
Discussion: Eunomia
USA Today:
Troops' 1-month breaks blocked
Discussion: The Impolitic
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Faith In Government  —  Obama takes the Christianist route …
Discussion: National Review
Thomas Sowell / Jewish World Review:
Unfinished business  —  Not only is Nifong still liable …
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Illegals using fire to clear border
Discussion: Say Anything and Lonewacko
House pet projects stay private despite promises
Discussion: Say Anything
CBS News:
Iraqi Orphanage Nightmare