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1:55 PM ET, June 19, 2007

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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 …
Multi-National Force:
Task Force Lightning strikes al-Qaeda
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
New York Times:
Truck Bomb Hits Baghdad Mosque as U.S. Presses Assault
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.
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
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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
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
No Dead Horse Left Behind
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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Associated Press:
Carter: Stop favoring Fatah over Hamas  —  The United States, Israel and the European Union must end their policy of favoring Fatah over Hamas, or they will doom the Palestinian people to deepening conflict between the rival movements, former US President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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 …
Brian C. Ledbetter / snapped shot:
"Sir" Salman Rushdie: Day Two  —  The saga continues...  Pakistan's protesters chant slogans to condemn the British government for awarding a knighthood to Salman Rushdie in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 19, 2007.  Pakistan's government summoned the British ambassador Tuesday to protest …
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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.
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
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 …
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.
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."
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.
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.
 
 
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