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10:50 AM ET, June 24, 2007


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'A Different Understanding With the President' … Just past the Oval Office, in the private dining room overlooking the South Lawn, Vice President Cheney joined President Bush at a round parquet table they shared once a week.  Cheney brought a four-page text, written in strict secrecy by his lawyer.
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Old girlfriends cast their vote for Thompson  —  IN the battle for the women's vote, Fred Thompson has a secret weapon against Hillary Clinton - the legions of former girlfriends who still adore him and who want him to be president.  —  The Hollywood actor and former Tennessee senator racked …
Associated Press:
'We Will Try to Form an Islamic Society'  —  Mahmoud Zahar — a founder of Hamas, and one of its most militant hardliners — has called for an Islamic state in the Gaza Strip.  After the Hamas takeover of the territory last week, he's also threatened Fatah with more violence in the West Bank.
Charles Levinson / Telegraph:
Fatah vows to wipe Hamas from West Bank  —  Just two weeks ago, they were on the same uneasy side of the Palestinian fence: a butcher's son, who had spent nine years in an Israeli jail, and a mother of five children who, as deputy mayor of Nablus, supported the unity government formed in April.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
We've replaced Rushdie in hiding  —  A year or so after the Ayatollah Khomeini took out an Islamist mob contract on Salman Rushdie in 1989, the novelist appeared, after elaborate security arrangements, on a television arts show in London.  His host was Melvyn Bragg, a longtime British telly grandee …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
Where is the West's outcry?  —  FOR a writer, Salman Rushdie …
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Matt Taibbi Answers Your Questions  —  We asked for emails, and you responded: Rolling Stone political writer Matt Taibbi responds to two dozen reader questions below.  Note: Questions have been edited for length and/or clarity. … As a child I wanted to be a zoologist.
New York Times:
General's Iraq Progress Report Has Competition  —  Last month, Congress set a deadline for the American commander in Iraq, declaring that by Sept. 15 he would have to assess progress there before billions more dollars are approved to finance the military effort to stabilize the country.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and NION
Robynn Tysver / Omaha World-Herald:
Kerrey not hushing talk on possible Senate bid  —  Bob Kerrey is once again playing the political flirt.  —  The former Nebraska governor and senator is showing just enough skin, and making all the right moves, to give supporters hope that he will return to the state and run for U.S. Senate.
Nick Denton / Valleywag:
Microsoft pays star writers to recite slogan  —  The stodgy old media industry has a rule that newspaper reporters, and TV news hosts, shouldn't trade on their public trust to endorse products.  It's become redundant: the reading public typically wants journalists to drop the pretense of objectivity …
Richard Cowan / Reuters:
Lawmaker urges condoms for border control  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressman is pushing a not-so-quick fix in the debate over illegal immigrants from Mexico: free contraceptives.  —  "A slower rate of growth of Mexico's population would improve the economy of Mexico.
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
The myth of "The Myth of the Paperless Office"  —  The "paperless office" is one of those catchphrases that gets bandied about for a while, only to disappoint and eventually be used in a purely derisive way.  As Wikipedia says, it has become 'a metaphor for the touting of new technology …
Alisa Tang / Associated Press:
U.S., NATO See Surge in Afghan Deaths  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S.-led coalition and NATO forces fighting insurgents in Afghanistan have killed at least 203 civilians so far this year—surpassing the 178 civilians killed in militant attacks, according to an Associated Press tally.
Discussion: Think Progress
Washington Times:
How conservative is Fred Thompson?  —  After John East, a stalwart conservative from North Carolina, entered the U.S. Senate in 1981, wags began referring to Jesse Helms as "the liberal senator from the Tar Heel state."  We are reminded of this tale as Republican activists rush to encourage …
Discussion: Power Line
Tom Hilton / If I Ran the Zoo:
More on the Anti-Abortion Concern Troll  —  Yesterday's Wanker of the Day, Melinda Henneberger, has already been well and suitably chastised by other bloggers for being hopelessly wrong about Democrats and abortion.  I won't repeat what they said.  Instead, I'll focus on a passage that raised a red flag for me:
Discussion: The Crone Speaks
Digby / Hullabaloo:
All American Girl  —  Ms Henneberger ventured out into the wilds …
Discussion: The Sideshow and Eschaton
Marilynn Marchione / Associated Press:
Gov't struggles to care for wounded GI's  —  More than 800 of them have lost an arm, a leg, fingers or toes.  More than 100 are blind.  Dozens need tubes and machines to keep them alive.  Hundreds are disfigured by burns, and thousands have brain injuries and mangled minds.
Discussion: bustardblog
Glenn Reynolds /
DICK CHENEY AS A LEGISLATIVE OFFICIAL: Ed Morrissey is not impressed with this gem of a legal argument.  He's right not to be, and he's right that this is a political and legal embarrassment for the Administration, but it's not because of the constitutional language he quotes.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Silent Running
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Asra Q. Nomani / Washington Post:
A Mighty Shame  —  It's the Story of Our Search for Danny Pearl.
Discussion: Althouse
Bari Weiss / Opinion Journal:
Looking for a Few Good Men
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Dr. Helen
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
FDL Late Nite: Dear John. . .
Discussion: QandO
David Barboza / New York Times:
My Time as a Hostage, and I'm a Business Reporter
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Cameron's bag raises a few eyebrows
Paul Mirengoff / News Bloggers Blog:
Beyond "Sicko"  —  Jeff Hoard wonders why Americans are suspicious of Socialized Medicine.
Discussion: Power Line
Los Angeles Times:
No Guns founder pleads not guilty to gun charges
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Nichols / NY Daily News:
Christie blasts Rudy on WTC air
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Lowering Flag for War's Dead Brings a New Rift
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Texas Town, Now Divided, Forged Bush's Stand on Immigration
Thomas B. Edsall / Huffington Post:
HuffPost Exclusive: More Lobbyists On McCain Staff Than Any Other 08 Candidate
Brock Vergakis / Associated Press:
Romney objects to campaign attacks
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Steve Gorman / Reuters:
Two U.S. networks pass on Paris Hilton interview
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Iran Cracks Down on Dissent, Parading Examples