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1:30 PM 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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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg Leaves GOP  —  Move Fuels Speculation About Independent Bid for the White House  —  New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg abruptly left the Republican Party yesterday, declaring himself free of a "rigid adherence" to ideology and stoking speculation that he will use …
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
A Spoiler Passes the Torch  —  Last night New York Mayor (and noted ubermensch) Michael Bloomberg skunked his GOP registration card and became an independent, presumably setting up a 2008 run for president.  As luck would have it I had talked with 1996/2000/2004 Green Party/independent …
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: Bloomberg, Townhall.com, TIME and Vox Popoli
National Review:
Bloomberg: Who Wins, Who Loses?
Discussion: News Bloggers Blog
Bill Scher / commonsense.ourfuture.org:
What The Boos Were About  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton being booed during her remarks is likely to be the big story coming out of Day 3 of Take Back America.  What the boos were actually about is likely to be misreported.  —  Byron York at the National Review writes that the boos began after Clinton said …
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Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Clinton Gets Better Reception on Iraq  —  Here's a totally unscientific but not unimportant measure of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's evolution from Iraq war supporter to antiwar partisan in the last year: She was booed more lightly and gently at this morning's Take Back America gathering of liberal activists than she was a year ago.
Byron York / National Review:
Hillary Clinton Booed Again  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton was booed again this morning at the Take Back America conference, sponsored by the lefty activist group Campaign for America's Future here in Washington.  At this same conference last year, Sen. Clinton was booed for her position on the war in Iraq.
David Segal / Washington Post:
Carl Bernstein, Back on the Beat  —  With His Hillary Clinton Book, the Reporter Finally May Have Taken Charge of His Own Life  —  Carl Bernstein would like to talk about his book, a meaty, 640-page slab that is parked on a table where he is eating lunch one recent afternoon.
Discussion: mediabistro.com and Romenesko
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Seeks to Block Exits for Iraq Insurgents  —  In more than four years in Iraq, American forces have been confounded by insurgents who have often slipped away only to fight another day.  The war in Iraq has been likened to the arcade game of whack-a-mole, where as soon as you knock down one mole another pops up.
Discussion: The Heretik, The Swamp and Kiko's House
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USA Today:
Tribes help U.S. against al-Qaeda
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Battle of Iraq - 2007  —  Baghdad and the Belts.
Discussion: Multi-National Force
Norm / normblog:
Rushdie, Self and Berlins  —  I don't know if Will Self's words as given here (scroll down) are complete, or accurate to what he said to the Guardian, but if they are, then they do him no credit: … Self allows an ambiguity: should Rushdie not have accepted the honour just because honours …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A tragic legacy  —  How a good vs. evil mentality destroyed the Bush presidency.  —  Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from "A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency," which will be published June 26.  —  One of the principal dangers of vesting power …
Discussion: The Mahablog
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What "truly motivates" George W. Bush?
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
June 20, 2007 - Clinton Tops Giuliani, Bloomberg In New York State, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Thompson Tops McCain Among Republicans  —  In a hypothetical all-New York presidential race, Sen. Hillary Clinton wins with 43 percent of voters statewide, followed by former …
Editor and Publisher:
GALLUP: 7 in 10 Americans Say Economy Is 'Getting Worse'  —  NEW YORK A new Gallup Poll will only reinforce those who claim that while the rich get richer most Americans don't feel they are sharing in the growth in our economy.  The stock market may be climbing and the unemployment remains relatively low …
Agence France Presse:
French officials want their BlackBerrys despite security warning  —  Top French government officials are ignoring warnings to ditch their cherished BlackBerrys — smartphones with e-mail capacity — despite warnings their messages may be intercepted by US spy agencies, a report said Tuesday.
Discussion: Say Anything and Pajamas Media
Ed Kilgore / Strategist:
The Re-Emerging Democratic Majority  —  When Kevin Phillips published his brilliantly prescient book, The Emerging Republican Majority, in 1969, he couldn't have known that Watergate, the forced resignation of Richard Nixon, and the 1974 Democratic landslide would obscure the fundamental soundness of his analysis.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and TalkLeft
Ryan Lizza / The New Republic:
RICHARDSON'S LATEST:  —  Yesterday at the Take Back America conference Bill Richardson attacked his Democratic primary opponents for supporting recent legislation on Iraq.  Said Richardson: … What is the nefarious legislation Richardson's opponents supported?
Ahmed Yousef / New York Times:
What Hamas Wants  —  THE events in Gaza over the last few days have been described in the West as a coup.  In essence, they have been the opposite.  Eighteen months ago, our Hamas Party won the Palestinian parliamentary elections and entered office under Prime Minister Ismail Haniya …
National Lampoon Humor Network:
National Lampoon's 72 Virgins  —  Two idiot college students unwittingly join an Al Qaeda cell in order to get the 72 virgins promised to terrorists when they die.  From the makers of Animal House, Van Wilder, and the Vacation movies.  Join the Jihad at NationalLampoon.com!
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Former Sen. Allen supports Fred Thompson's candidacy  —  Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) is adjusting to life after the Senate, starting a political action committee (PAC) and finding other ways to stay busy.  —  So busy, in fact, Allen said this week he has no interest in running for chairman …
Discussion: Power Line
Christi Parsons / Chicago Tribune:
Liberals get their groove back-at least at conference  —  WASHINGTON — Six years ago, the Take Back America conference was just a meeting of a few dozen progressive activists held in a local office building, where they talked about how to voice their liberal views at a time of Republican domination in U.S. politics.
Discussion: The Swamp and TBogg
Matthew Yglesias / Guardian:
How to lose Afghanistan  —  Air strikes against a counter-insurgency should be a last resort.  But the US is undertaking them - and creating more enemies.  —  A headline like Seven afghan children killed in US-led airstrike, which I read in Monday's New York Times, can't help but make you angry.
Discussion: The Impolitic
White House:
President Bush Meets With Prime Minister Olmert of Israel  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. Prime Minister, thanks for coming.  I've been looking forward to this visit.  Last time we were together we had a long and serious discussion about what we can do together to keep the peace.
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Clash Nears in the Senate on Legislation Helping Unions Organize
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Michael Oren / Wall Street Journal:
Fatah Isn't the Answer  —  America and its Middle Eastern allies …
Discussion: Israpundit
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lawsuits hit a Romney money man
Discussion: D-Day
The Politico:
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Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
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