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8:00 AM ET, June 21, 2007


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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.
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.
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
Reid, Pelosi And The Drive For The Cellar
Discussion: Don Surber
New York Times:
For 2 Years, Bloomberg Aides Prepared for Bid  —  The announcement by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York that he was leaving the Republican Party to become an independent was made after nearly two years in which his aides had laid the groundwork for a potential independent run for president.
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.
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.
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
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Political Hiring in Justice Division Probed  —  Karen Stevens, Tovah Calderon and Teresa Kwong had a lot in common.  They had good performance ratings as career lawyers in the Justice Department's civil rights division.  And they were minority women transferred out of their jobs two years ago …
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.
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
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
CBS News:
Missing Soldier's Wife Faces Deportation  —  As Military Searches For Kidnapped Soldier In Iraq, U.S. Threatens To Send Wife Back To Dominican Republic  —  (CBS/AP) While the U.S. military searches for a soldier missing in Iraq, kidnapped by insurgents possibly allied with al Qaeda …
Discussion: KnoxViews
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 …
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
Chicago Tribune:
The drip, drip, drip on Obama  —  Some practitioners in politics, law enforcement and journalism call it "scrubbing": the process of examining someone's past in search of illegalities, or serious embarrassments, or innocent but peculiar actions that will be difficult to explain.
Ian Black / Guardian:
Medical staff held in Libya 'could be freed in weeks'  —  Hopes are rising that five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya for allegedly infecting children with the HIV will be released within weeks in a deal involving a multimillion-dollar international fund for healthcare to treat the victims.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Michael Yon:
Operation Arrowhead Ripper: Day One
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Richard Beeston / Times of London:
British hostages held by 'Iran-backed' killers
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Los Angeles Times:
Abused orphans found in Baghdad
Discussion: Informed Comment
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: In Which Dr. Freud Demands a Retraction
The Atlantic Online:
Defining Extremism Down  —  It's two days old, but this whole …
David Kaspar / Davids Medienkritik:
Groundbreaking CBN Report on Anti-Americanism in European Media
Discussion: Gay Patriot and Gateway Pundit
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rice Orders That Diplomatic Jobs in Iraq Be Filled First
 Earlier Items: 
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'
New York Times:
U.S. to Hold Direct Talks in North Korea on Arms
Discussion: The Agonist
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Precedents Begin to Fall for Roberts Court
Discussion: TalkLeft
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann Mocks O'Reilly's "Serious" Reporting
Talking Points Memo:
What's next? No Justice, No Peace?
Discussion: Corrente, Hullabaloo and Needlenose
The Age:
Is Osama a hero? …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Tim Blair
Sinfonian / Blast Off!:
Digby speaks  —  The remarkable wisdom of Digby now has a public face.

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Wall Street Journal:
The FTC bans noncompete clauses that restrict job switching, the first time in 50+ years that the FTC has issued a regulation mandating an economy-wide change

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The US Senate passes the TikTok divestment bill by a margin of 79-18; the legislation now heads to President Biden, who has committed to sign it into law

Victoria Song / The Verge:
Meta rolls out multimodal AI in early access for the Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses, mainly to help identify objects, translate signs, and write Instagram captions

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