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4:20 AM ET, June 20, 2007


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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 …
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.
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 …
Bloomberg Presidential Buzz Grows  —  NYC Mayor Changes Party Affiliation — Is He Contemplating a Third-Party Bid?  —  With an increasingly cacophonous buzz that he's contemplating an independent run for president despite public pleas to the contrary, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Bloomberg Switches ... Again  —  Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire mayor of New York City, announced that he would no longer remain a Republican.  This comes six years after he announced that he would no longer remain a Democrat in order to run as Rudy Giuliani's successor in 2001:
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Macsmind
New York Times:
Bloomberg Severs G.O.P. Ties, Fueling Talk of '08 Bid
Discussion: News Bloggers Blog
Tapscott's Copy Desk:   Headlines Say NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 'Leaving' the GOP ...
Azi Paybarah / New York Observer:
Bloomberg No Longer a Republican
Discussion: Alarming News and The Politico
Sometimes an Onion Ring is Just an Onion Ring  —  Ann Althouse looks at the new Hillary Clinton ad and writes … By all means, Ann, let me be the first.  —  And Ann, so long as you're discussing symbolism: what does your facial expression in the above photo — which is kinda reminiscent …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Clinton Sings Soprano, Sort of  —  For a few seconds there, as the opening piano riff jolted our senses, we were getting very excited about Senator Hillary Clinton's theme-song pick, as she began thumbing through a jukebox at a diner: … Whoa!  We were on a Journey back as it played softly …
TRex / Firedoglake:   Late Nite FDL: Because a Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Might Makes Right?  —  What kind of world leader would instruct the international community to engage with Hamas, even though it just committed an armed insurrection against the Palestinian Authority?  Who among the world's experts would argue that the coup d'etat legitimized their claim to speak for the Palestinian people?
Discussion: Power Line and GINA COBB
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Court: Israel must aid Gazans at Erez
Discussion: American Thinker and Israel Matzav
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
The Awful Truth About 9/11  —  The guerrilla reporters of Infowars—last seen being broken up and hauled out of the spin room at CNN's Republican debate—nailed Michael Moore at a screening of Sicko and got him to discuss 9/11 conspiracy theories.  (Sorry, other theories of the events of 9/11.)
Kyle Smith / Movies:
Kyle Smith on Michael Moore's 'Sicko'  —  Tuesday's New York Post features my review of Michael Moore's "Sicko," a film that will be released in theaters on June 29 but has already been released nationwide, on many Web sites, free, with Moore's blessing.  What follows is a greatly expanded …
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: NO QUARTER
Katherine Baldwin / Reuters:
Republican Thompson highlights serious Iran threat  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Tougher sanctions or a blockade on Iran could help foment growing internal dissent to topple the government, former U.S. Republican senator Fred Thompson, a potential presidential candidate, said on Tuesday.
Nicole Gaouette / Los Angeles Times:
House Republicans introduce their own immigration bill  —  The measure, a rebuke to Bush, would bar amnesty for illegal immigrants and require legal-status checks for all workers.  —  WASHINGTON — In a sharp rebuke to President Bush, House Republicans unveiled legislation Tuesday …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush to veto stem cell bill
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 …
Discussion: BBC and
Washington Post:
Bush Names Ex-Rep. Nussle Budget Chief  —  Portman to Leave In August, May Run For Ohio Governor  —  President Bush selected a veteran of the 1994 GOP takeover of Congress to become the new head of the White House budget office after current Office of Management and Budget Director Rob …
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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
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court Protects Email from Secret Government Searches
Discussion: Liberal Values
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Democrats woo union voters at AFSCME forum
Discussion: Ian Schwartz
Crystal Patterson /
And the Winner Is.....  I LOVE this "Sopranos" spoof video!!!!
Discussion: Dean's World
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
'No massacre in Nanking,' Japanese lawmakers say
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Report: Iraq Violence Leading to Abortions, Drug Abuse Among Civilians
Discussion: Think Progress
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Romney just "smells great!"
Discussion: The Reaction
Rich Horton / Michael P.F. van der Galiën:
The Limits Of Political Junkiedom
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Election Central:
Hillary's Campaign Song Originally Written For...Air Canada Ad
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Ezra Klein And Liberal Hawks