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4:55 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: Outside the Beltway
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.
Top jihadist leader killed, followers say
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 …
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.
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger dies
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.
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
Kelly Heffernan-Tabor /
Bank of America Gets Pad Locked After Homeowner Forecloses On It  —  Well, it has happened in Florida and involves a North Carolina based bank.  —  Instead of Bank of America foreclosing on some Florida homeowner, the homeowners had sheriff's deputies foreclose on the bank.
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Howard Dean warns Sarah Palin could beat Obama in 2012  —  Howard Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who helped Democrats capture the White House in 2008, warns that Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in 2012.  —  Dean says his fellow Democrats should beware …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
Discussion: Gawker
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Expert: Edwards case difficult one to prosecute  —  Legal analyst Jan Crawford says ex-Senator smart in fronting issue of doing “terrible things”; Witnesses' credibility poses problem for feds  —  It is a long fall for John Edwards, from former Senator and presidential candidate to an indictment on felony charges.
Discussion: neo-neocon and Washington Post
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.
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.
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
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.
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The Note:
Jon Huntsman avoiding Iowa ‘For A Reason’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Syrian Internet Shutdown
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Still rogue, Palin embraces media
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Weiner helping junk the country
Discussion: The Other McCain
Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘Sign of the apocalypse’: Kucinich's GOP support on Libya
 Earlier Items: 
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty, Romney focus fire on Obama, spare each other
Discussion: The Politico
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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