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4:20 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 …
USA Today:
Tribes help U.S. against al-Qaeda  —  BAGHDAD — More than 10 Iraqi tribes in the Baghdad area have reached agreements with U.S. and Iraqi forces for the first time to oppose al-Qaeda, raising the U.S. military's hopes that a trend started in western Iraq is spreading here.
Discussion: Power Line and The Strata-Sphere
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Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The Battle of Iraq - 2007  —  Baghdad and the Belts.  Red bordered units identified as active in offensive operations.  Click map to view.  —  By Bill Roggio and DJ Elliott  —  A look at the largest offensive operation in Iraq since 2003  —  Five days after the announcement …
Discussion: Multi-National Force
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.
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
Ahmed Yousef / Washington Post:
Engage With Hamas  —  GAZA CITY, Palestine — The Palestinian …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Barack Obama wins Politico.com Straw Poll  —  Senator Barack Obama scored a victory among progressive activists Wednesday, winning the Politico.com Straw Poll of attendees at the Take Back America Conference in Washington.  —  Obama received 29% of the 720 votes cast in the straw poll …
Discussion: MyDD, TIME and MSNBC
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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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
GIULIANI FOLLOWUP....Remember that Newsday story from yesterday about Rudy Giuliani getting kicked off the Iraq Study Group because he couldn't find the time in his busy schedule to attend their meetings?  You could be excused if you don't, since apparently no one in our press corps considered either …
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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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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.
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.
Maddy Sauer Reports / The Blotter:
New Taliban Leader Had Been in Afghan Custody; Released in Hostage Deal  —  Maddy Sauer Reports:  —  The Taliban military commander who led the "graduation ceremony" for 300 suicide bombers was one of five men released from an Afghanistan prison earlier this year in exchange for a kidnapped Italian journalist.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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 …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
In N.C., GOPer Raises, Then Lowers, Voter Fraud Alarms  —  On June 5, less than thirty minutes before the North Carolina State Senate was scheduled to vote on a bill that would allow voters to register up until three days before an election (down from 25), the Republican state auditor sent …
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.
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 …
 
 
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