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10:15 AM ET, June 28, 2007


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James Risen / New York Times:
White House Is Subpoenaed on Wiretapping  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday issued subpoenas to the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney's office and the Justice Department after what the panel's chairman called "stonewalling of the worst kind" of efforts to investigate …
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush won't supply subpoenaed documents  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush, moving toward a constitutional showdown with Congress, asserted executive privilege Thursday and rejected lawmakers' demands for documents that could shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Bush facing GOP mutiny over immigration  —  The bitter fight over a comprehensive immigration overhaul has pushed President Bush and his fellow Republicans to the brink of divorce — and, for the first time, the opportunities for reconciliation appear severely limited.
Discussion: Donklephant
Bruce Fein / Slate:
Impeach Cheney  —  THE VICE PRESIDENT HAS RUN UTTERLY AMOK AND MUST BE STOPPED.  —  Under Dick Cheney, the office of the vice president has been transformed from a tiny acorn into an unprecedented giant oak.  In grasping and exercising presidential powers, Cheney has dulled political accountability …
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
The imperial vice presidency
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Cheney and the National Security Secrets Fraud
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Illegals bill loses support in Senate  —  The Senate immigration bill lost supporters yesterday and hangs on by a thread heading into this morning's showdown vote, after lawmakers voted down amendments making illegal aliens show roots to get legal status and cutting off their path to citizenship.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
New Senators Resist Overhaul of Immigration  —  In narrowly winning her seat last year, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri ran hard against what she saw as a flawed approach in Congress to dealing with illegal immigration.  Ms. McCaskill, a Democratic newcomer, says she is not about to change her view now.
Discussion: Hot Air and Taylor Marsh
Manu Raju / The Hill:
McConnell remains behind the scenes on immigration
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
USA Today:
Bloomberg: Neither party 'stands for anything'  —  NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who became an independent last week, showed his non-partisan colors Wednesday by criticizing both political parties.  —  Bloomberg, who left the GOP and is asked almost daily about running for president …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Bloomberg: Both Parties Have Become Meaningless
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Costs Skyrocket As DHS Runs Up No-Bid Contracts  —  $2 Million Security Project Balloons to $124 Million  —  The project started in 2003 with a $2 million contract to help the new Department of Homeland Security quickly get an intelligence operation up and running.
Robert M. Dunn Jr / TCS Daily:
How the Mexican Immigration Problem Will Solve Itself  —  As the debate over illegal immigration from Mexico rages in Washington and across the country, and as the administration's reform bill hangs by a thread, few Americans are aware that this problem will automatically decline and eventually become a vague memory.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
David Adesnik / OxBlog:
STOP PAYING ATTENTION TO MICHAEL MOORE: To what extent does criticism, no matter how harsh or how justified, only build Moore up into a bigger celebrity?  If one wanted to completely marginalize a public figure, how would one go about it?  The answer is not that if you ignore him, he'll go away.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jeannette Walls / MSNBC:
PETA blasts Michael Moore for eating meat
Discussion: Don Surber
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog:
NBC's David Gregory thinks we just need to "strip away" Ann Coulter's inflammatory rhetoric to listen to her points  —  Not kidding.  According to NBC's David Gregory we're all missing the very important points that Ann Coulter makes because we get caught up in her hate speech.
Discussion: Eschaton and Balloon Juice
Evan Coyne Maloney /
New York Times Covers Indoctrinate U  —  27 June 2007 @ 8:28AM >> Today's New York Times contains a discussion of Indoctrinate U and the issue of free speech on campus.  —  Most of the article was spent addressing cases that weren't in the film, rather than addressing what was in the film.
Ana Marie Cox / Time:
Romney's Cruel Canine Vacation  —  The reporter intended the anecdote that opened part four of the Boston Globe's profile of Mitt Romney to illustrate, as the story said, "emotion-free crisis management": Father deals with minor — but gross — incident during a 1983 family vacation, and saves the day.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Immigration Stance Is Costly for McCain  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is not wavering on immigration.  This week, he continued to stand firm with President Bush in seeking a Senate compromise on the issue in the face of intense opposition from core activists in the Republican Party.
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Rep. Pelosi reminds the left that she's on its side  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is working hard to make sure that the fiery liberal wing of the Democratic Party remembers that she is one of them.  She is also going out of her way to reassure opponents of the war that she is on their side.
Hal R. Varian / New York Times:
An iPod Has Global Value.  Ask the (Many) Countries That Make It.  —  Who makes the Apple iPod?  Here's a hint: It is not Apple.  The company outsources the entire manufacture of the device to a number of Asian enterprises, among them Asustek, Inventec Appliances and Foxconn.
Discussion: EconLog
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Even in Agreement, Scalia Puts Roberts to Lash  —  It's not every day that one Supreme Court justice, even one as rhetorically unrestrained as Justice Antonin Scalia, characterizes another justice, let alone the chief justice of the United States, as a wimp and a hypocrite.
Eric Pooley / Time:
Exclusive: Rupert Murdoch Speaks  —  "They're taking five billion dollars out of me and want to keep control," Rupert Murdoch was saying into the phone, "in an industry in crisis!  They can't sell their company and still control it — that's not how it works.  I'm sorry!"
Discussion: Gawker
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USA Today:
Hispanics turning back to Democrats for 2008
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House members seek pay raise of $4,400
Washington Post:
Car Bomb Kills at Least 22 in Iraq, 20 Found Beheaded
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Immigration Bill Prompts Some Menacing Responses
Thompson's Backers Check His `Fire in the Belly' for 2008 Race
Julian Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq strategy geared to U.S. pullout
Discussion: Informed Comment
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Bill Had His Al, and Hillary Might Have Her Bill
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and MSNBC
 Earlier Items: 
Report: Iraqi force training producing 'mixed results'
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Paris Hilton, Free To Speak Her Mind (Such as It Is)
Sharon Begley / Newsweek:
How your brain makes political decisions
Discussion: Hot Air, Althouse and TPMCafe blogs
Donna Smith / Reuters:
U.S. Senate heads for crucial immigration vote
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Heather Hollingsworth / Associated Press:
A.G. clears Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Majikthise
Melissa Nelson / Associated Press:
Fla. sheriff targets illegals
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Fired Prosecutor Says Gonzales Pushed Death Penalty