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4:50 AM ET, June 21, 2007


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Maria Newman / New York Times:
Bloomberg Insists He Is Not Running for President  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg used his 15 minutes of fame as a Potential Presidential Candidate to showcase one of his pet local projects, the city's 311 Call Center.  —  A day after he announced he was quitting the Republican Party …
Michael Powell / New York Times:   Giuliani May See a Rival in Successor
New York Times:
For 2 Years, Bloomberg Aides Prepared for Bid
Discussion: Brian Beutler
President Bush Bucking the Stem Cell Trend?  —  Bush's Veto of a Stem Cell Bill Comes as More People Say They Support Research  —  President Bush's pending veto of stem cell research legislation comes at a time when public support for such research is at an all-time high.
Gallup Guru:
New Gallup data show confidence in Congress at all time low  —  Just 14% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress.  —  This 14% Congressional confidence rating is the all-time low for this measure, which Gallup initiated in 1973.
National Post:
Read the sunspots  —  The mud at the bottom of B.C. fjords reveals that solar output drives climate change - and that we should prepare now for dangerous global cooling  —  Politicians and environmentalists these days convey the impression that climate-change research is an exceptionally dull field with little left to discover.
Dion Nissenbaum / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Fatah's last stand: collapse or conspiracy?  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — As they gave up compound after compound to advancing Hamas forces, weary Fatah fighters loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas fell back toward the seaside presidential compound in Gaza to make their last stand.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Barack Obama wins Straw Poll  —  Senator Barack Obama scored a victory among progressive activists Wednesday, winning the Straw Poll of attendees at the Take Back America Conference in Washington.  —  Obama received 29% of the 720 votes cast in the straw poll …
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Releases New FBI Documents: Osama bin Laden May Have Chartered Saudi Flight Out of U.S. after 9/11  —  (Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released new documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation …
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
The fights on the right  —  WHAT DO liberal Democrats think about the war in Iraq?  That's easy: It was a blunder that has become a debacle, and it should be brought to an end as soon as possible.  —  What do conservative Republicans think about the war?  That's not so easy.
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Jonas Parker /
...Fred Thompson's politics:  —  That about says it all!  —  This music makes my day!  Go Fred!  —  Sorry honey, Fred? already has a trophy wife — and her boobs are bigger than yours!  —  by Jefferson's Child 2007-06-20 12:57:24  —  How about a Fred Thompson/Newt Gingrich ticket?!
Discussion: Hot Air
Fred Dalton Thompson / ABC Radio Networks:
Good News about CAIR  —  I've talked before about the Council on American-Islamic Relations — most recently because it filed that lawsuit against Americans who reported suspicious behavior by Muslims on a U.S. Airways flight.  Better known just as CAIR, the lobbying group has come under …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Hot Air
Sinfonian / Blast Off!:
Digby speaks  —  The remarkable wisdom of Digby now has a public face.  —  Here are her remarks last night at the Take Back America 2007 conference in Washington.  —  In case you can't view the video, or if you just want it, here's a transcript:  —  Thank you very much, Ned.  That is overwhelming.
Arthur C. Brooks / American Enterprise Institute:
Happy for the Work  —  It is vacation season once again, giving occasion for the usual homilies about how Europeans are having a much better and healthier time of it than we are when it comes to work.  You've heard it a thousand times: Americans "live to work," while Europeans "work to live."
Discussion: Say Anything and Will Wilkinson
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Blair May Become Special Mideast Envoy  —  Bush Administration Envisions Role With Focus on Palestinians  —  The Bush administration is laying the groundwork for an announcement of Tony Blair's appointment as a special Middle East envoy for Palestinian governance and economic issues …
Discussion: Jay Currie
Brendan Carlin / Telegraph:
BBC 'risked safety of troops'  —  The BBC was accused last night of risking the safety of British forces in Iraq after trawling for information on troop movements in the war-torn country.  —  Politicians reacted in disbelief to the revelation that for over two hours yesterday …
Discussion: Biased BBC
UPI/Zogby Poll: Government Mishandling Immigration  —  Almost all Americans take dim view of Bush and Congressional actions on immigration reform  —  Americans give both President Bush and the Congress failing marks on their handling of immigration, according to a new UPI/Zogby poll on the topic.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and Say Anything
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Randy Hall / CNSNews:
Foes of Fox News Channel Cite Value of Collaboration
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: In Which Dr. Freud Demands a Retraction
Discussion: Althouse
David Kaspar / Davids Medienkritik:
Groundbreaking CBN Report on Anti-Americanism in European Media
Discussion: Gay Patriot and Gateway Pundit
Dvz / CAMERA Snapshots:
Still, the Silence  —  When gunmen start throwing one another off …
Discussion: Power Line
Matt / Think Progress:
'Fox News All-Stars' Bash Progressive Bloggers As 'Pungent,' 'Profane,' 'A Pox'
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Political Hiring in Justice Division Probed
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Chicago Tribune:
The drip, drip, drip on Obama
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann Mocks O'Reilly's "Serious" Reporting
 Earlier Items: 
Talking Points Memo:
What's next? No Justice, No Peace?
Discussion: Corrente, Hullabaloo and Needlenose
The Age:
Is Osama a hero? …
Discussion: Tim Blair
Merrill sells assets seized from hedge funds
Refugees struggle to cope
Discussion: NION
Jill / Buckeye State Blog:
Jerid, I'd like to make a suggestion
Discussion: techPresident and Taylor Marsh
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Cohen: Why Scooter Shouldn't Do Time  —  Washington Post …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
"Fringe liberal bloggers"
Michael Calderone / New York Observer:
Times Undertakes Multi-Bureau Rupert Murdoch Investigation

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