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3:45 PM ET, June 4, 2011


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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
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: TalkLeft, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Bernard Gwertzman / New York Times:
Lawrence Eagleburger, a Top Diplomat, Dies at 80  —  Lawrence S. Eagleburger, a troubleshooting diplomat and senior foreign policy adviser to presidents who served the country for more than 40 years, including 42 days as secretary of state at the close of President George Bush's term, died on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. He was 80.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and JSOnline
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
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Religious Leaders: GOP's ‘Ayn Rand’ Budget Targets Poor, Goes Against Religious Values  —  While religious conservatives and Republican political leaders gathered at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington this weekend, another group of religious leaders held a small gathering across …
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.
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 …
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
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Where Prisoners Can Do Anything, Except Leave  —  PORLAMAR, Venezuela — On the outside, the San Antonio prison on Margarita Island looks like any other Venezuelan penitentiary.  Soldiers in green fatigues stand at its gates.  Sharpshooters squint from watchtowers.
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.
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 …
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
Matthew Cole / ABCNEWS:
New Al Qaeda Video: American Muslims Should Buy Guns, Start Shooting People  —  In a new video message released on the internet Friday, American-born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn calls on Muslims living in America to carry out deadly one-man terrorist acts using fully automatic weapons purchased …
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.
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
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Brian / Right Wing Watch:
Hartzler: Gay Marriage Is Like Incest, Letting Three-Year Old Children Drive
Discussion: Good As You and ThinkProgress
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Still rogue, Palin embraces media
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Weiner helping junk the country
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty, Romney focus fire on Obama, spare each other
Discussion: The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Andrew Breitbart Did Not Run ‘Weinergate’ Evidence Which Turned Out To Be Fake
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The New Mitt  —  The most interesting aspect of the speech …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Pollster Stan Greenberg Warns Democrats To Face ‘The Real Economy’
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TalkLeft
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
Emmy nominations numbers: Netflix took top spot with 107; FX, 93; HBO/Max, 91; Apple TV+, 72; ABC and CBS, 38 each; Prime Video, 37; Hulu, 26; and Disney+, 19

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