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3:40 PM ET, July 4, 2008


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Former Sen. Jesse Helms dies  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, a North Carolina Republican who became an icon to conservatives, died Friday at the age of 86, a senior congressional source said.  —  The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Former Sen. Jesse Helms passes away.  —  Jesse Helms, a North Carolina Republican known as “Senator No,” died today at the age of 86.  Helms left the Senate in 2003 after serving five terms.  The Heritage Foundation credits Helms with establishing “the conservative movement and became …
Steven A. Holmes / New York Times:
Jesse Helms, Conservative Force in the Senate, Dies at 86  —  Jesse Helms, the former North Carolina Senator whose courtly manner and mossy drawl barely masked a hard-edged conservatism that opposed civil rights, gay rights, foreign aid and modern art, died early Friday.  He was 86.
Roger Clegg / The Corner:
The Jesse Helms “Racial Quota” Ad
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Bye, Jesse, you left quite a legacy
Former Senator Jesse Helms dead at 86
Discussion: Group News Blog and
Former Sen. Jesse Helms dies at 86
Discussion: TBogg
Associated Press:   Former Republican N.C. Sen. Jesse Helms dies at 86
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Jesse Helms passes away
Discussion: The Swamp
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Rove's Third Term  —  Al Gore never claimed that he invented the Internet.  Howard Dean didn't scream.  Hillary Clinton didn't say she was staying in the race because Barack Obama might be assassinated.  And Wesley Clark didn't impugn John McCain's military service.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A Man of Seasonal Principles  —  You'll notice Barack Obama is now wearing a flag pin.  Again.  During the primary campaign, he refused to, explaining that he'd worn one after Sept. 11 but then stopped because it “became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PLEASE, PLEASE, REPORTERS WITH BRAINS  —  I spent most of today in bed with some kind of nasty cold.  So I only caught up on any news this evening.  And I must confess to being little short of astounded by the avalanche of press BS I'm reading on Barack Obama's position on Iraq.
New York Times:
New and Not Improved  —  Senator Barack Obama stirred his legions of supporters, and raised our hopes, promising to change the old order of things.  He spoke with passion about breaking out of the partisan mold of bickering and catering to special pleaders, promised to end President Bush's abuses …
Matthew Yglesias:
The Difference  —  If conservatives want to argue that Barack Obama's been flip-flopping on Iraq, I'll disagree but I could see what they mean.  Charles Krauthammer, however, can't seriously believe that Obama's been “assiduously obliterat[ing] all differences with McCain on national security …
RubeWatch: Are the editors of the New York Times the rubes?
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
Associated Press:
Bush heckled at new citizen ceremony  —  President heckled during event at Thomas Jefferson's former home  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - President Bush invoked the memory of Thomas Jefferson Friday in welcoming new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Monticello, saying “I'll be proud to call you a fellow American.”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Daily Mail:
Schoolboys punished with detention for refusing to kneel in class and pray to Allah  —  Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and ‘pray to Allah’ during a religious education lesson.  —  Parents were outraged that the two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Condolezza Rice: ‘I Am Proud Of The Decision’ To Invade Iraq  —  In an interview last March with Bloomberg's Judy Woodruff, the late conservative scholar William F. Buckley said President Bush's legacy would be judged purely on Iraq.  He stressed, “It's important that we acknowledge …
Janine Zacharia / Bloomberg:
Condoleezza Rice Says She's ‘Proud’ of Decision to Invade Iraq
Discussion: On Deadline
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Economy?  Words Fail Me.  —  Think you're worried about the economy?  Phillip Swagel is a wreck.  —  The assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy, Swagel came out for his monthly economic briefing yesterday, 90 minutes after the Labor Department reported that the country …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
White House says ruling could free detainees in US  —  WASHINGTON - The White House said Thursday that dangerous detainees at Guantanamo Bay could end up walking Main Street U.S.A. as a result of last month's Supreme Court ruling about detainees' legal rights.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The Declaration: Timeless and of its time
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Mixed Feelings  —  My sense every July 4 is that I could get …
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Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Rabble Rousers Post Subversive “Declaration” in NYT
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama: Mental distress can't justify late abortion
Kevin Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
What The New NSA Spying Decision Means for the Immunity Debate
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: May A Million Twitters Bloom
Discussion: TechCrunch
A Clarification
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Robert / Jihad Watch:
What we should be fighting for this July 4  —  1. Freedom of religion
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Team Obama's convention game plan calls for stadium rally
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Daily Mail:
Pictured: The floating cities that could one day house climate change refugees
Associated Press:
National speed limit pushed as gas saver
Discussion: Mathew Gross
Aditya Chakrabortty / Guardian:
Biofuels are prime cause of food crisis - leaked report
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Barack Obama's policy switches are giving the Left whiplash
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
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