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4:15 AM ET, June 19, 2007


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Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
The Use of RNC E-Mail Accounts by White House Officials  —  The Oversight Committee has been investigating whether White House officials violated the Presidential Records Act by using e-mail accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee and the Bush Cheney '04 campaign for official White House communications.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:   Countdown: White House, RNC E-Mail Scandal Bigger Than Originally Thought
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 …
Ben Hoyle / Times of London:
Muslim world inflamed by Rushdie knighthood
Discussion: Power Line
Intimidation Shouldn't Pay
Discussion: The Belmont Club
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.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Sepia Mutiny
Des Moines Register:
Obama: Campaign's 'Punjab' remark was 'stupid'  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama referred to as "stupid" and "caustic" his campaign's memo last week that implied rival Hillary Clinton's investments in India made her fit to represent the south Asian country.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Duke University, Three Lacrosse Players Announce Settlement  —  Durham, NC — On Monday, Duke University leaders announced they have reached a settlement with David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann.  Below are statements about the settlement.  —  STATEMENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND THE PRESIDENT OF DUKE UNIVERSITY:
Anne Blythe / Raleigh News & Observer:
Duke, lacrosse players reach settlement  —  The university made the announcement this afternoon.  —  According to a press release issued by Duke, the terms of the settlement will not be disclosed.  —  In a statement, Duke officials said the board of trustees and Duke President Richard Brodhead …
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 …
Michael Duffy / Time:
Surge Architect: More Time Needed  —  Fred Kagan, the man widely seen as the "architect" of the military surge in Iraq, sees signs of progress but warns that September is too early to make a final decision about how well it has achieved its goals.  Instead, in an interview with …
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.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and Hot Air
Charles Levinson / Conflict Blotter:
Gaza bits and pieces  —  Hamas has moved to restore law and order in Gaza, including putting traffic cops at busy intersections to direct traffic.  We passed a particularly tough looking bearded militant-turned-traffic cop and I couldn't help but reflect on how dreary governing must now seem to a lot of these guys.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  MR. SNOW: Good afternoon.  One thing to add to this morning's gaggle — the President this morning had a 52-minute secure video teleconference with the members of the presidential council in Iraq …
Discussion: First Draft and Daily Kos
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Fred Thompson seeks Thatcher's blessing  —  Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator who is expected to announce next month he is running for president, flew to London on Monday to meet Margaret Thatcher and deliver a foreign policy speech, his advisers tell The Politico.
Maria Glod / Washington Post:
Va. School's No-Contact Rule Is a Touchy Subject  —  Fairfax County middle school student Hal Beaulieu hopped up from his lunch table one day a few months ago, sat next to his girlfriend and slipped his arm around her shoulder.  That landed him a trip to the school office.  —  Among his crimes: hugging.
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New York Sun:
A Schwarzman Tax?  —  It's hard to think of a recent example …
Discussion: Redstate and Wizbang
New York Times:
As More Toys Are Recalled, the Trail Ends in China
Discussion: Hot Air, Debbie Schlussel and TBogg
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Despite Bush's Promises, Georgians Remain Skeptical About Immigration Bill
The Young Turks:
Sherrod Brown (D-OH) from Take Back America
Robert E. Rector / Heritage Foundation:
Setting the Record Straight: Illegal Immigrants Will Receive …
Judge Boots Nifong From Office, Names Special Prosecutor
David Morgan / Reuters:
Iraq now ranked second among world's failed states
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Discussion: Pundit Review
Frank Langfitt / NPR:
Women File Suit to Defend Online Reputation
Discussion: Althouse and Feministe
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Pentagon hires ABC reporter to improve PR
Democratic Candidates Moving Left
Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
In New Hampshire, Senate Candidate Swett Sours On Lieberman
Douglas Burns / Iowa Independent:
Edwards Suggests Obama, Clinton Could Cost Swing States
James S. Gilmore III / Washington Post:
Redefining the U.S. Role in Iraq