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9:50 AM ET, June 26, 2007


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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Out-of-Afghanistan rumblings on the Hill  —  When they won control of Congress in November, Democrats pressed their case to withdraw troops from Iraq and refocus on Afghanistan, but some are growing impatient with U.S. operations in Afghanistan as well.  —  A few congressional Democrats …
Taliban Admits Defeat  —  The Taliban has admitted defeat, in their own unique way.  In recent media interviews, Taliban spokesmen announced a shift in emphasis to suicide bombings.  The Taliban also admitted that the Americans had infiltrated their high command, which led to the death …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Dr. Sanity
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Inevitable: Some Democrats now calling for withdrawal from Afghanistan
Discussion: QandO
Washington Times:
Rough road ahead for immigration bill  —  Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times From left, Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Jim DeMint of South Carolina voiced their opposition to the immigration-reform bill yesterday on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: MSNBC, Don Surber and
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP Backers Offer Immigration Bill Change  —  Provision Would Require Illegal Residents to Return Home to Gain Legal Status  —  With a crucial test vote scheduled for today, Republican supporters of a sweeping immigration bill threw their weight yesterday behind a significant change …
Dena Bunis / Orange County Register:
Key vote set for immigration bill
Discussion: Hot Air
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
A GOP Plan To Oust Cheney  —  The big question right now among Republicans is how to remove Vice President Cheney from office.  Even before this week's blockbuster series in The Post, discontent in Republican ranks was rising.  —  As the reputed architect of the war in Iraq …
Agence France Presse:
Iranian forces crossed Iraqi border: report  —  Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces have been spotted by British troops crossing the border into southern Iraq, The Sun tabloid reported on Tuesday.  —  Britain's defence ministry would not confirm or deny the report, with a spokesman declining to comment on "intelligence matters".
Tom Newton Dunn / The Sun:
Iran bombers attack Our Boys  —  IRANIAN forces are being choppered over the Iraqi border to bomb Our Boys, intelligence chiefs say.  —  Military experts claim this worrying move means we are at WAR with Iran in all but name.  —  Last night an intelligence source told The Sun …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Vox Popoli
Influential Republican urges Bush to change course on Iraq … WASHINGTON (CNN) — Republican support for President Bush's Iraq war policy suffered a significant crack Monday evening when Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana urged the president to change course in Iraq "very soon."
A Strong Push From Back Stage  —  Air Force Two touched down at the Greenbrier Valley Airport in West Virginia on Feb. 6, 2003, carrying Vice President Cheney to the annual retreat of Republican House and Senate leaders.  He had come to sell them on the economic centerpiece of President Bush's first term: a $674 billion tax cut.
New York Times:
Justices Loosen Ad Restrictions in Campaign Law  —  The Supreme Court on Monday took a sharp turn away from campaign finance regulation, opening a wide exception to the advertising restrictions that it upheld when the McCain-Feingold law first came before it four years ago.
Discussion: Althouse and Washington Post
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Court's newcomers lead a measured push to the right
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Iraqi Youth Face Lasting Scars of War  —  Conflict's Psychological Impact on Children Is Immense, Experts Say  —  BAGHDAD — Marwa Hussein watched as gunmen stormed into her home and executed her parents.  Afterward, her uncle brought her to the Alwiya Orphanage, a high-walled compound nestled …
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
28-Mile Virtual Fence Is Rising Along the Border  —  If the effort to catch people illegally crossing the border here in the southern Arizona desert is a cat-and-mouse struggle, the Homeland Security Department says it has a smarter cat.  —  It comes in the form of nine nearly 100-foot-tall towers …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
How the GOP Could Win  —  There are two ways to predict the winner of the 2008 presidential race: Check the polls or read some history.  The polls tell you that with George Bush's approval ratings abysmally low; with the war in Iraq becoming increasingly unpopular; with the GOP lacking a dominant candidate …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Romney to Tap Own Money for Campaign  —  Mitt Romney said yesterday he had once more turned to his personal fortune to help finance his presidential campaign and might do so again, suggesting that his fund-raising has fallen off since the first three months of the year.
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James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
The Truth About Guantanamo  —  Proposals to treat detainees …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan and Betsy's Page
David Rogers / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Add Further Pressure On White House
National Review:
The Morning Outlook  —  As the big day dawns, a plugged …
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
Study: 'BRICs' overtake U.S. in energy
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Real Iraq Debate
Discussion: and The Nation
'Honour' violence 'terror-linked'
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Audio: John Gibson versus Peter "At least Hitler and Stalin meant well" Mehlman
 Earlier Items: 
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Plan to Capture and Kill Insurgents in Baquba Fell Far Short …
Discussion: Needlenose
John Rogers / Associated Press:
World Awaits Paris Hilton's Return
Discussion: Think Progress
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
Germany bans Cruise film shoot from military sites
Joseph Kahn / New York Times:
Murdoch's Dealings in China: It's Business, and It's Personal
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Rudy's New SC Co-Chair Has History Of "Racially Charged" Remarks
Bob Geiger:
McCain To Hold Fundraiser With Swift Boater
Baron Bodissey / Gates of Vienna:
"For a Mohammedan-Free Denmark"