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12:35 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.
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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:
Assault Pressed on Insurgents Near Baghdad
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 and JustOneMinute
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Andrew Cohen / Bench Conference:
The Price of Blind Loyalty
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Administration Struggles With Interrogation Specifics
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Hillary Conundrum
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Ballgame ruled foul
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Yahoo's Chief Resigns, and a Founder Takes Over
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
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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
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John Tierney / New York Times:
Taxes a Pleasure? Check the Brain Scan
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Gregg Goldstein / Hollywood Reporter:
'Sicko' leaks have studios crying malpractice
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Associated Press:
House Panel Says Records of E-Mails Are Missing
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National Review Online:
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Interview With Bernard Goldberg About His New Book, Crazies …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Clinton on Fund-Raising Blitz
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USA Today:
Troops' 1-month breaks blocked
Discussion: The Impolitic
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
McCain voices optimism on immigration plan
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
CBS News:
Iraqi Orphanage Nightmare