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10:55 AM ET, June 22, 2007


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Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
In Aiding Poor, Edwards Built Bridge to 2008  —  John Edwards ended 2004 with a problem: how to keep alive his public profile without the benefit of a presidential campaign that could finance his travels and pay for his political staff.  —  Mr. Edwards, who reported this year that he had assets …
Susan Madrak / The Huffington Post:
It's Okay If You're A Republican  —  There is no better example of this rule than the New York Times Page 1-A story about John Edwards this morning.  —  The same paper that was oh, so reluctant to question the motives of the gang of crooks and liars that have been desecrating the White House …
Washington Post:
Guantanamo Splits Administration  —  Arguments Center on How to Handle Remaining Detainees  —  Senior Bush administration officials are engaged in active discussions about closing the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but deep divisions remain regarding the fate …
Discussion: CNN and Salon
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  Sorry, false alarm.  —  A major meeting was to take place today amongst the president's national security and legal advisers, the AP reported late yesterday; and the closing of Guantanamo Bay detention facility was on the table.  And "for the first time …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Melinda Henneberger / New York Times:
Why Pro-Choice Is a Bad Choice for Democrats  —  I KEEP reading about a universe in which social conservatives are warming to Rudy Giuliani.  But this would have to be a place where his estranged children and three wives and multiple appearances in fishnets were irrelevant to the Republican base.
The Politico:
New Yorkers salivating over 'subway election'  —  What a time to be a New York pol.  —  Three of the leading presidential candidates - judging, at least, by column inches in the largely New York-dominated national media - are New Yorkers: Its junior senator and its current and former mayors.
Jill Zuckman / Chicago Tribune:
Democrats promised way more than they've delivered so far
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and Newsweek
Ulrike Putz / Spiegel Online:
A Visit to Fatah's Torture Chamber  —  A building formerly occupied by Fatah's intelligence service in Gaza was long notorious for torture and execution.  Now Hamas is in control — and is letting former inmates visit the chamber of horrors.  —  The cells are small, perhaps six feet by six feet …
Arab News:
Abbas: Hamas Creating 'Empire of Darkness'
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Andy McCarthy / National Review:   Priceless: Fatah's Abbas Won't Negotiate with "Murderous Terrorists" from Hamas
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Cheney in Dispute on Oversight of His Office  —  For four years, Vice President Dick Cheney has resisted routine oversight of his office's handling of classified information, and when the office in charge of overseeing classification in the executive branch objected, the vice president's office suggested …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Cheney Defiant on Classified Material  —  Vice President Cheney's office has refused to comply with an executive order governing the handling of classified information for the past four years and recently tried to abolish the office that sought to enforce those rules, according to documents released …
Discussion: The Gavel and Corrente
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Research Finds Firstborns Gain the Higher I.Q.  —  The eldest children in families tend to develop higher I.Q.'s than their siblings, researchers are reporting today, in a large study that could settle more than a half-century of scientific debate about the relationship between I.Q. and birth order.
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
What's Not to Like  —  The soft side, and the underside, of Hillary Clinton's campaign.  —  Hillary Clinton doesn't have to prove she's a man.  She has to prove she's a woman.  —  She doesn't have to prove to people that she's tough enough or aggressive enough to be commander in chief.
Discussion: MSNBC
Real Clear Politics:
The Hillary Dilemma  —  Despite the breathless media reports …
Discussion: Don Surber and Carry on America
Boston Globe:
Romney aide is the focus of probe  —  Allegedly acted as State Police trooper  —  State Police are investigating one of Mitt Romney's top campaign aides for allegedly impersonating a trooper by calling a Wilmington company and threatening to cite the driver of a company van for erratic driving …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
White House contempt  —  House Judiciary Committee Democrats warned yesterday they would pursue a contempt of Congress motion if the White House fails respond to subpoenas for testimony and documents related to the firings of U.S. attorneys last year.  —  The deadline for a response is Thursday, June 28.
Discussion: Think Progress
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Partisan bickering erupts over website
Discussion: The American Street
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
The Man Who Knows Too Little  —  WHAT RUDY GIULIANI'S GREEDY DECISION TO QUIT THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP REVEALS ABOUT HIS CANDIDACY.  —  If you don't read Newsday, you might not know (I didn't until this week) that Rudy Giuliani was an original member of the Iraq Study Group …
David Von Drehle / Time:
Will Rudy's Get-Tough Image Backfire?
Discussion: The Caucus and MSNBC
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gore's 2000 team stays on sidelines  —  Most members of Al Gore's inner political circle have not yet signed up with any presidential campaign, triggering speculation that the 2000 Democratic nominee will jump into the race for the White House later this year.
Discussion: Liberal Values
Michael Yon:
Arrowhead Ripper: Surrender or Die  —  Battle for Baqubah  —  22 June 07  —  First a quick media round-up.  (This is not all inclusive.)  —  Alexandra Zavis from Los Angeles Times is down in the heat of the battle bringing home information.  Michael Gordon from New York Times is still slugging it out …
Henry Rollins / The Huffington Post:
The Sky is Green  —  Courtesy of The Henry Rollins Show  —  The invasion and occupation of Iraq and the resulting nightmare we are enduring are for some, a depressing, ongoing catastrophe with no end in sight.  For others, it is the only way to fight the War On Terror …
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
In Praise of Red Tape  —  Is there any figure in American political discourse more reviled than the bureaucrat?  Say the word and a potent caricature leaps to mind: the petty and shiftless paper pusher who wields his small amount of power with malice and caprice.
Washington Post:
CIA to Air Decades of Its Dirty Laundry  —  Assassination Attempts Among Abuses Detailed  —  The CIA will declassify hundreds of pages of long-secret records detailing some of the intelligence agency's worst illegal abuses — the so-called "family jewels" documenting a quarter-century …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Senate Adopts an Energy Bill Raising Mileage for Cars  —  The Senate passed a broad energy bill late Thursday that would, among other things, require the first big increase in fuel mileage requirements for passenger cars in more than two decades.  —  The vote, 65 to 27 …
Discussion: A Blog For All and
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
The Fred file  —  From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Hitchens Book Debunking The Deity Is Surprise Hit
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Panel Faces Partisanship Allegations
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Center for American Progress:
The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio
Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
The Incredible Shrinking New York Times
Discussion: Reuters and
Fox News:
Inhofe: Clinton, Boxer Want to Squash Conservative Radio Talk Shows
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Washington Post:
Voucher Students Show Few Gains in First Year
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Inside Story Of What's Happening With The Immigration Bill: Part 3
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Investors' Suits Face Higher Bar, Justices Rule
Discussion: Economist's View