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2:55 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
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Will Pair Veto With New Cell Initiative  —  President Bush will issue an executive order intended to encourage scientific advances in regenerative medicine, according to senior White House officials who said Mr. Bush would announce the initiative on Wednesday, just as he vetoes a measure promoting embryonic stem cell research.
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Michael Cook / TCS Daily:
Will a Disruptive Technology Mothball Therapeutic Cloning?
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
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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The Politico:
Edwards looks to N.H. to stay alive  —  John Edwards, battling signs he may be left behind by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, is seeking to reinvigorate his candidacy with a new focus on New Hampshire and a renewed emphasis on his populist "two Americas" message, advisers say.
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Associated Press:   Illinois moves up primary to Feb. 5
Steve Herman / Associated Press:
Simulation finds 9/11 fireproofing key  —  INDIANAPOLIS - A computer simulation of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks supports a federal agency's findings that the initial impact from the hijacked airplanes stripped away crucial fireproofing material and that the weakened towers collapsed under their own weight.
Heritage Foundation:
The Senate Immigration Bill: A National Security Nightmare  —  by Kris W. Kobach, D.Phil., J.D.  —  WebMemo #1513  —  Proponents of the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill are attempting to rhetorically recast the massive amnesty proposal as national security legislation.
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 …
Associated Press:
Venezuelan TV chief eyes possible deals in Mexico … MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — The head of an opposition-aligned Venezuelan television station that was forced off the air by that nation's government said he has received offers to co-produce and transmit programming from Mexico.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Washington Post:
Strong CAFE Needed  —  WHEN IT COMES to corporate average fuel economy standards — CAFE — the Senate's massive energy bill strikes a reasonable position.  All cars and light trucks, up to 10,000 pounds, should have a CAFE of 35 miles per gallon by 2020.  Each year after that until 2030 …
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?
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
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!
 
 
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Faiz / Think Progress:
REPORT: The Right Wing Domination Of Talk Radio And How To End It
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Former Sen. Allen supports Fred Thompson's candidacy
Discussion: Power Line
Maddy Sauer Reports / The Blotter:
New Taliban Leader Had Been in Afghan Custody; Released in Hostage Deal
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
Newt's lesson for Pelosi
USA Today:
Tribes help U.S. against al-Qaeda
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Gazans Adjust to Power Shift as New Rulers Revel
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Report Slams Small's Tenure
Matthew Yglesias / Guardian:
How to lose Afghanistan  —  Air strikes against a counter-insurgency …
Discussion: The Impolitic
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