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2:45 PM ET, June 20, 2007

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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.
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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 …
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.
The Blotter:
Slim Chance Of Finding an Arabic Speaker at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad  —  Jonathan Karl and Maddy Sauer Report:  —  Of the 1,000 U.S. employees at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, only 10 have a working knowledge of Arabic, according to the State Department.
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Los Angeles Times:
Passports, answers in high demand
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
DHS acknowledges own computer break-ins
Discussion: Threat Level and Air America Radio
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 …
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 …
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Little Green Footballs:
New York Times Shills for Hamas (Again)
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Jawa Report
Media Matters for America:
Politico largely ignored Giuliani-ISG story, still flogging Edwards' haircuts  —  The Politico, which purports to cover "the politics of Capitol Hill and of the presidential campaign ... with enterprise, style, and impact," largely ignored a June 19 Newsday article reporting that former …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Michael Cook / TCS Daily:
Will a Disruptive Technology Mothball Therapeutic Cloning?  —  The global grandees of therapeutic cloning recently gathered in sun-soaked Cairns, the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, for their annual conference.  They have serious strategic issues to deal with along …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
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Alan Finder / New York Times:
Some Colleges to Drop Out of U.S. News Rankings  —  The presidents of dozens of liberal arts colleges have decided to stop participating in the annual college rankings by U.S. News and World Report.  —  The decision was announced Tuesday at the end of an annual meeting of the Annapolis Group …
John Steele Gordon / Opinion Journal:
Racial Role Reversal  —  What the Scottsboro Boys and the Duke lacrosse players have in common.  —  Imagine this: In a Southern town, a woman accuses several men of rape.  Despite the woman's limited credibility and ever-shifting story, the community and its legal establishment immediately decide the men are guilty.
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and Brendan Nyhan
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
The Prison Poets Of Guantanamo Find a Publisher  —  Military Security Clears 22  —  After Checking for Code;  —  What's Lost in Translation  —  Inmates at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, used pebbles to scratch messages into the foam cups they got with their meals.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What "truly motivates" George W. Bush?  —  Salon this morning has published a somewhat lengthy excerpt from my new book, A Tragic Legacy.  The excerpt is here, and it concerns the root premises which have led this country so explicitly to embrace the very policies and practices …
Paul Mirengoff / News Bloggers Blog:
Michael Moore — Irrelevant Even If He's Not Making It Up  —  Kyle Smith of the New York Post writes a nice takedown of Michael Moore's new move "Sicko."  The movie has not yet been released, so we don't yet know for sure whether, like previous Moore films, it will be premised on a lie.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Gazans Adjust to Power Shift as New Rulers Revel  —  Muhammad al-Borniah, 23, shook a little on Tuesday as he showed off the tiny cell, No. 13, where he spent five days in January as a prisoner of the Palestinian Preventive Security, the elite Fatah force that dealt with subversion.
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
Newt's lesson for Pelosi  —  The speaker should value loyalty, not longevity, for House leadership posts to keep Democrats in line.  —  HOUSE DEMOCRATS avoided a full-scale meltdown over their top domestic priority Monday when Speaker Nancy Pelosi forced Michigan Rep. John D. Dingell to shelve …
Michael Calderone / New York Observer:
Times Undertakes Multi-Bureau Rupert Murdoch Investigation  —  EDITION OF THE NEW YORK OBSERVER.  —  The New York Times is currently undertaking a major news investigation, led by managing editor Jill Abramson, into News Corp.'s business dealings throughout the world, according to a source with knowledge of the project.
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
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?
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!
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 …
Discussion: alicublog and Ed Driscoll.com
 
 
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Christi Parsons / Chicago Tribune:
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The Politico:
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