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12:45 PM ET, June 27, 2007


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Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Cheney Aide Explains Stance on Classified Material  —  Vice President Cheney's office offered its first public written explanation yesterday for its refusal to comply with an executive order regulating the handling of classified material, arguing that the order makes clear that the vice president …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dems force Cheney flip-flop on secret docs  —  Dick Cheney's office is abandoning a justification for keeping the Vice-President's secret papers out of the hands of the National Archives.  —  Officials working for Cheney had tried to claim he is separate from the executive branch …
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  White House Conference Center Briefing Room  —  MR. SNOW: Hello.  How may I help you?  (Laughter.)  —  Q Good morning.  How are you doing?  —  MR. SNOW: Good afternoon.  I'm feeling well, thank you.  —  Q Did the President watch the vote?
Discussion: First Draft
New York Times:
New Poll Finds That Young Americans Are Leaning Left  —  Young Americans are more likely than the general public to favor a government-run universal health care insurance system, an open-door policy on immigration and the legalization of gay marriage, according to a New York Times/CBS News/MTV poll.
CBS News:
Poll: Young Voters Favor Obama, Clinton  —  CBS/NYT/MTV Poll: More 17- To 29-Year-Olds Paying Attention To 2008 Presidential Campaign  —  (CBS) Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are the favored presidential candidates of younger Americans, according to a poll conducted by CBS News, The New York Times and MTV.
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Clinton and Obama, Romney and Giuliani Seek Bragging Rights
Discussion: ABCNEWS and MSNBC
CNN Political Ticker:
Edwards confronts Coulter in on-air clash
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
GOP Skepticism On Iraq Growing  —  Key Republican senators, signaling increasing GOP skepticism about President Bush's strategy in Iraq, have called for a reduction in U.S. forces and launched preemptive efforts to counter a much-awaited administration progress report due in September.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: The Whole World Is Watching  —  The blogosphere has made the global discussion so much richer — and each of us so much more transparent.
Leaving No Tracks  —  Sue Ellen Wooldridge, the 19th-ranking Interior Department official, arrived at her desk in Room 6140 a few months after Inauguration Day 2001.  A phone message awaited her.  —  "This is Dick Cheney," said the man on her voice mail, Wooldridge recalled in an interview.
New York Times:
Files on Illegal Spying Show C.I.A. Skeletons From Cold War  —  Long-secret documents released Tuesday provide new details about how the Central Intelligence Agency illegally spied on Americans decades ago, including trying to bug a Las Vegas hotel room for evidence of infidelity and tracking …
Discussion: Washington Post and Norwegianity
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Working With The Mob: Your Government Dollars At Work
Discussion: Associated Press
Gary Shapiro / New York Sun:
Publishers Abuzz Over Possible Rumsfeld Book  —  The publishing world is abuzz over the news that a former defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, may write a memoir justifying the military strategy for the war in Iraq.  While a deal has not yet been struck, Mr. Rumsfeld has toured …
Think Progress:
Rumsfeld Shopping Memoir On Iraq Failures For 'Large Cash Advance'
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Giuliani Slams Bill Clinton on Terrorism  —  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday accused former President Clinton of not responding forcefully enough to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing or later terrorist attacks.
John Leo / City Journal:
Bowling With Our Own  —  Robert Putnam's sobering new diversity research scares its author.  —  Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, is very nervous about releasing his new research, and understandably so.  His five-year study shows that immigration …
Jonah Goldberg /
The Cheney Irony  —  I'm a longtime member of a pretty select group: the Dick Cheney Fan Club.  Chapters gather in phone booths, refrigerator boxes and, at the annual convention, we take up three whole booths in the back of a nearby Arby's.  —  Why do I like Dick Cheney?
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Key Criteria For Ensign on the Immigration Bill
Pete Wells / New York Times:
Chef Sues Over Intellectual Property (the Menu)
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
House GOP rebukes Senate bill
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
Blacks in Fairfax, Montgomery Outdo U.S. Peers in AP
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
USA Today:
Under new Baghdad plan, U.S. is a careful referee
Discussion: National Review
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Ex-Senator Returns Home but Is Quiet on Candidacy
Discussion: MSNBC and
Russell Berman / New York Sun:
Giuliani Gets a Standing Ovation At a Christian College
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Hillary Pollster Mark Penn's Firm Tests Negative Messages On Obama …
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Elana Schor / The Hill:
Legislators consider fixes to Supreme Court rulings
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Hyphengate: Wasserman Schultz calls CQ sexist
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
An Exit to Disaster  —  History seems to be settling …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Rising Hegemon
Agence France Presse:
Blair not my poodle, Bush says
Tomoeh Murakami Tse / Washington Post:
Buffett Slams Tax System Disparities
Opinion Journal:
Immigration and the GOP  —  How to make Republicans a minority party once again.
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Israel lets Hamas member enter Gaza
Andrew Sullivan / Times of London:
Weeds and wasted lives on the farm run by UN's rural kingpin

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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

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