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9:05 AM ET, June 20, 2007

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New York Times:
Bloomberg Severs G.O.P. Ties, Fueling Talk of '08 Bid  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Tuesday that he was dropping his Republican affiliation, a step that could clear the way for him to make an independent bid for the presidency.  —  The announcement was released during …
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Sewell Chan / City Room:
Bloomberg Leaving Republican Party  —  Michael R. Bloomberg, a longtime Democrat who switched to the Republican Party to run for mayor of New York City in 2001, announced this evening that he is changing his party status and registering as an independent.  —  Mr. Bloomberg maintained that …
Jill Gardiner / New York Sun:
Bloomberg Leaves GOP  —  Speculation Soars Over His Plans  —  Mayor Bloomberg's decision to quit the Republican Party is being interpreted as a significant step in the direction of declaring an independent run for the White House.  —  Mr. Bloomberg sent out a statement last night saying …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and Time
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Mike Bloomberg: Registered Independent  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is changing his party affiliation from "Republican" to "unaffiliated", a move certain to fuel talk that he is preparing for an independent run for president in 2008.  —  "Although my plans for the future haven't changed …
Marcia Kramer / WCBS-TV:
Bloomberg Leaves GOP  —  Now Independent, Will He Run For President?  —  Reporting  —  (CBS) NEW YORK New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving the Republican party and will remain unaffiliated with any political party, CBS 2 HD learned Tuesday night.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Billion-dollar elephant inches toward run  —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed Monday that he has ended his marriage of convenience with the Republican Party, thrusting himself firmly onto the national stage as a potential independent candidate for president - a billion-dollar elephant in the room of presidential politics.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Carla Marinucci / SFGate:
Bloomberg-Schwarzenegger in '08?  —  Potential running mates surround L …
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:   The Potential Ramifications of a Bloomberg Run
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Bloomberg Quits G.O.P., Stirring Talk About '08 Race
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg Leaves GOP
Azi Paybarah / New York Observer:
Bloomberg No Longer a Republican
Discussion: The Politico and Alarming News
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The new Hillary Clinton video is a take on the last scene of "The Sopranos."  —  It's clever, the way the video uses the jukebox business from the last "Sopranos" episode to remind us of Hillary's theme song contest.  In case you care, I'll just tell you that the winner is "You and I," …
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Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Two for the price of one, if Hillary wins  —  If Americans elect Hillary Clinton as president next year they will also be re-electing her husband Bill, according to the author of a new biography of the former First Lady.  —  Carl Bernstein, one of the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Hillary Clinton Spoofs The Last Scene Of The Sopranos  —  This Hillary Clinton video spoofing the last scene of The Sopranos is a masterful use of American culture.  Can you spot the real cast member from The Sopranos?  —  http://www.youtube.com/watch?  v=9BEPcJlz2wE
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Crystal Patterson / HillaryClinton.com:
And the Winner Is.....  I LOVE this "Sopranos" spoof video!!!!
Discussion: Dean's World
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Digby  —  From the Take Back America conference — Joe Wilson, Digby, Rick Perlstein.  —  No Trackbacks to "Ladies and Gentlemen, Digby"  —  dakine01 says: … SeamusD says: … Joe Klein's conscience says: … Jane Hamsher says:
Discussion: The American Street and NO QUARTER
Guardian:
China overtakes US as world's biggest CO2 emitter  —  China has overtaken the United States as the world's biggest producer of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, figures released today show.  —  The surprising announcement will increase anxiety about China's growing role in driving man …
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Roger Harrabin / BBC:   China building more power plants
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
News Corp explores swap of MySpace site for Yahoo! stake  —  News Corporation has discussed swapping MySpace, its internet social networking unit, with Yahoo! in return for a 30 per cent stake in the enlarged group.  —  The discussions remain tentative and could collapse after the departure …
Discussion: BuzzMachine
David Millward / Telegraph:
Passport checks threaten chaos at airports  —  Holidaymakers were warned yesterday to expect summer holiday travel chaos as the first signs emerged that the Government's new border controls are causing significant delays at airports.  —  The introduction of sophisticated scanning machinery …
Michael D. Evans / Jerusalem Post:
Father of the Iranian revolution  —  We just don't get it.  The Left in America is screaming to high heaven that the mess we are in in Iraq and the war on terrorism has been caused by the right-wing and that George W. Bush, the so-called "dim-witted cowboy," has created the entire mess.
Discussion: Power Line
Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:
Scalia asks, 'Are you going to convict Jack Bauer?'  —  It's surprisingly disappointing just how little progress we've made on certain basic questions about torture. … It's likely that Scalia was using a cultural reference to prove a broader point about torture and the rule of law, but I'm not entirely sure what that point is.
Associated Press:
Geronimo Great-Grandson Wants Bones Back  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — Legend has it that Yale University's ultrasecret Skull and Bones society swiped the remains of American Indian leader Geronimo nearly a century ago from an army outpost in Oklahoma, and now Geronimo's great-grandson wants the remains returned.
 
 
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Nick Schulz / TCS Daily:
Dumbocracy in America  —  Editor's note: Bryan Caplan …
Eyewitness News WPRI:
Report: wife of missing Mass. soldier facing deportation
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steve Herman / Associated Press:
Simulation finds 9/11 fireproofing key
Discussion: Truthdig
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Seeks to Block Exits for Iraq Insurgents
Heritage Foundation:
The Senate Immigration Bill: A National Security Nightmare
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
White House:
President Bush Meets With Prime Minister Olmert of Israel
Discussion: Reuters and Israpundit
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Bush Weighs Reaching Out To 'Brothers'
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Microsoft Will Alter Vista Operating System
 Earlier Items: 
Editor and Publisher:
GALLUP: 7 in 10 Americans Say Economy Is 'Getting Worse'
Heritage Foundation:
The Senate's Second Secret Immigration Bill
Discussion: National Review
Simon Heffer / Telegraph:
BBC can't be cured of bias - so sell it off
Discussion: Tim Worstall
Bob Cesca / The Huffington Post:
A Real Question For The Candidates
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Democrats woo union voters at AFSCME forum
Discussion: Ian Schwartz
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Court: Israel must aid Gazans at Erez
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SiCKO....Andrew Tobias does a movie review today:
Nicole Gaouette / Los Angeles Times:
House Republicans introduce their own immigration bill