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6:15 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
Carla Marinucci / SFGate:   Bloomberg-Schwarzenegger in '08?  —  Potential running mates surround L …
Azi Paybarah / New York Observer:
Bloomberg No Longer a Republican
Discussion: The Politico and Alarming News
Tapscott's Copy Desk:   Headlines Say NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 'Leaving' the GOP ...
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 …
Crystal Patterson /
And the Winner Is.....  I LOVE this "Sopranos" spoof video!!!!  It is wonderful and I really enjoyed it.  Although your song isn't what I picked, I am glad you made your decision!  —  by Thomas Senecal  —  Great build up, and I like how much excitement was generated!  —  Thomas Senecal
Discussion: Dean's World
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Because a Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Hillary Clinton Spoofs The Last Scene Of The Sopranos
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SiCKO....Andrew Tobias does a movie review today: … It's true that I wish Michael Moore were a wee bit more scrupulous with the facts in his films, but I sometimes wonder if he doesn't insert random distortions into his movies deliberately.  With rare exceptions, after all …
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
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Court: Israel must aid Gazans at Erez  —  The High Court of Justice instructed the State Attorney's Office on Tuesday night that "everything Israel can do to save human life must be done today," following a petition submitted by "Doctors for Human Rights" and "Gisha" that Erez Crossing …
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.
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
Heritage Foundation:
The Senate's Second Secret Immigration Bill  —  For weeks, Americans were told that there are only two options for dealing with the nation's illegal immigration problem: stay with the status quo or accept a "grand bargain"—a tenuous behind-closed-doors deal, first made public by The Heritage Foundation …
Discussion: National Review
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Ezra Klein And Liberal Hawks  —  Many bloggers are crying foul at Ezra Klein's recent screed against liberal interventionists.  Kevin Sullivan tees off: … Sullivan's point is well taken.  The policy decisions before us - how to redeploy, regroup or withdraw from Iraq …
Bob Cesca / The Huffington Post:
A Real Question For The Candidates  —  During an AFSCME candidates forum Tuesday, Chris Matthews was heckled for not asking Senator Clinton "a real question."  The senator played along, "A question about the real people in this audience."  And you know?  The senator and the hecklers were right.
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Chicago Tribune:
Expose the earmarks  —  The Democrats took control of Congress …
David Millward / Telegraph:
Passport checks threaten chaos at airports
Discussion: Tim Worstall
Simon Heffer / Telegraph:
BBC can't be cured of bias - so sell it off
Discussion: Tim Worstall
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
Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:
Some Texans Say Border Fence Will Sever Routine
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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Discussion: Think Progress
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Romney just "smells great!"
Discussion: The Reaction