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1:20 PM ET, June 4, 2011


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Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
The Dark Past Of The “Weinergate” Co-Pilot  —  Twitter avenger Mike Stack not your typical conservative agitator … The Twitter user who first floated the rumor that a lewd photo scandal was brewing for Representative Anthony Weiner is not your typical conservative avenger, an investigation by The Smoking Gun has determined.
Bill Roggio / 1 The Long War Journal:
Top al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri killed in US Predator strike  —  Ilyas Kashmiri, the leader of the Harkat-ul Jihad Islami and al Qaeda's Brigade 313.  —  The US has killed Ilyas Kashmiri, one of al Qaeda's most dangerous military commanders and strategists, in a Predator airstrike yesterday in South Waziristan.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Pakistani Militant Leader Reported Killed by U.S. Strike  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — One of Pakistan's most wanted militant commanders, Ilyas Kashmiri, has been killed in an American drone strike in the tribal territory of South Waziristan, residents and a militant member in the area said Saturday.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘Sign of the apocalypse’: Kucinich's GOP support on Libya  —  One Democrat called it the “sign of the apocalypse.”  —  An anti-war resolution authored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who spent years trying to impeach the last Republican president for prosecuting an illegal war …
Ros Krasny / Reuters:
“The world is getting warmer”: Romney  —  (Reuters) - Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Friday by saying he believes that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change.  —  “I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans …
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The New Mitt  —  The most interesting aspect of the speech …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty, Romney focus fire on Obama, spare each other
Discussion: The Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama looking good in Iowa
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Proof that S.F.'s circumcision ban Is anti-Semitic  —  As you may have heard by now, San Francisco will be voting this November on whether or not to ban circumcision in the city.  —  Defenders of the measure say it's all about “human rights” and “protecting babies” from unnecessary procedures.
Paul Krugman:
Yes, Medicare Is Sustainable In Its Current Form  —  I keep seeing people say that Medicare in its current form is not sustainable, as if that were an established fact.  It's anything but.  —  What is Medicare?  It's single-payer coverage for the elderly.
My IM Interview with PatriotUSA76  —  #weinergate.  sigh.  —  A couple of things.  I can not help but think that, out of pure circumstance, I am now somehow being dragged down the river to find Kurtz in his heart of darkness.  —  I am not a journalist.  I'm a filmmaker, and NOT of the documentary kind.
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
China Has Divested 97 Percent of Its Holdings in U.S. Treasury Bills  —  ( - China has dropped 97 percent of its holdings in U.S. Treasury bills, decreasing its ownership of the short-term U.S. government securities from a peak of $210.4 billion in May 2009 to $5.69 billion in March 2011 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: ‘This Is The Time’ For States To Outlaw Same-Sex Marriage  —  Yesterday, during a speech before the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington DC, potential presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) recounted her unsuccessful efforts to pass a constitutional …
Discussion: Advocate
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger dies  —  Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger has died at age 80, the Associated Press reports.  —  Eagleburger, a career foreign service officer, helmed the State Department in 1992 under President George H.W. Bush.
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Santorum touts social conservatism  —  The day after Haley Barbour implored the crowd not to put ideological purity over pragmatism for the general election as they pick a 2012 GOP candidate, Rick Santorum took to the podium at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington to make a different case.
Discussion: The Note
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Donald Trump: I Could Win The Presidency As An Independent  —  So much for dropping out — Donald Trump tells TPM he believes he can win the White House as an independent candidate, keeping his name in the presidential game despite declaring last month he would not run for the GOP nomination.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Trump jabs at China, Obama, Weiner and the press at voters' forum
Discussion: The Politico
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Still rogue, Palin embraces media  —  Editor's note: CNN Political reporter Peter Hamby followed Sarah Palin's “One Nation” bus from Washington D.C. to New Hampshire this week  —  Reporters were kept in the dark about Palin's whereabouts during her “One Nation” bus tour and were forced …
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Anna Badkhen / Foreign Policy:
The Lost Villages  —  Saying goodbye to a once-friendly land, now taken without a fight by the Taliban.  —  BALKH PROVINCE, Afghanistan — The villages fell without a battle.  —  Armed men on motorcycles simply showed up at orangeade dusk, summoned the elders, and announced the new laws.
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Weiner helping junk the country  —  After the tumult of the First World War, noted Winston Churchill, only the intractability of the Irish Question had emerged unscathed:  —  “Great Empires have been overturned.  The whole map of Europe has been changed,” he told the House of Commons.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Matthew Cole / ABCNEWS:
New Al Qaeda Video: American Muslims Should Buy Guns, Start Shooting People
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
So Now All These People Will Apologize to Sarah Palin About Paul Revere, Right?
Wall Street Journal:
A Texas Roundhouse for the Trial Lawyers
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Andrew Breitbart Did Not Run ‘Weinergate’ Evidence Which Turned Out To Be Fake
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Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Pollster Stan Greenberg Warns Democrats To Face ‘The Real Economy’
Jessica Chen / Crimes:
Torture: Finding our moral compass
Discussion: Hit & Run and Emptywheel
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Barney Frank: What I Read
Daily Mail:
‘I thought I was going to die... so I tried to kill as many as I could’: Hero Gurkha receives …
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Breitbart Source for Weiner Smear Deletes Twitter Account
Discussion: News Desk and Riehl World View

From Mediagazer:

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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