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Wish fulfillment? Jeffrey Goldberg cover story in next month’s Atlantic, just posted, says Israel likely to bomb Iran. 

So much for Obama’s Iraq exit. NYT‘s TIm Arango reports: "The reality in Iraq may defy that deadline, because many American and Iraqi officials deem the American presence to be in each nation’s interest."

TPM with full primary night wrapup, with Tea Party win (and Bennet survival)  in Colorado, wrestling mogul takes CT, cliffhangers in Georgia and Minnesota, more… Today’s chuckle: John Fund at WSJ claims HiIlary for President 2012 bandwagon gaining steam!

New Yorker‘s Rick Herzberg with good piece on the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" that isn’t…. NYT seems to blame those behind Islam Center for trouble — due to their "missteps." accept it…. Daily Show had great segment on the "mosque" controversy last night, as follows:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Municipal Land-Use Hearing Update
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party


New York City’s transit agency approved a bus ad of a plane flying toward the World Trade Center’s towers as they burn across from a depiction of the proposed Islam center. The ad was paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, who sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority demanding that they okay it.

Upcoming NYT cover story on Andrew Cuomo just posted here.

The Onion gives a foreign policy update: "Hillary Clinton Drags Taliban Leader’s Body Through Streets of Kabul."

OLBERMANN PROS AND CONS No shocker: Keith Olbermann comments on Robert Gibbs’ slam of  "professional Left" too critical of Obama.  Says real problem is the "professional Right."   Don’t miss: My photo of new sign at White House telling "lefties" where to go.

GOP TAKES THE HILL?  Can Republicans take the Senate this fall? Unlikely, but not impossible.

BYTES & PIECES:   Where did the years (and my hair) go? Doonesbury is turning 40…  Federal tests so far sustain my early prediction:  Toyota’s "acceleration" problem mainly due to drivers hitting gas instead of brake…. Thomas Frank’s final WSJ column. … Jon Stewart owes this to Ted Stevens: Jon’s "Series of Tubes" segments help boost Daily Show popularity years back … Krugman blog post: Rightwingers claim theory of relativity is liberal, maybe Commie, plot.

OBAMA  VS. OBAMA ON AFGHANISTAN  Great new video mashup by Ben Craw of Huff Post, the master:


BRINGNG A BONG, GET IT ON  Rand Paul blasts that GQ story on his "kooky" college days — and uses it to raise money.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan on wrestling mogul Linda McMahon win: "Today the party of Bob Dole, Jack Kemp and Dick Lugar nominated a candidate who kicks men in the crotch, thinks of scenes of necrophilia as ‘entertainment,’ and runs an operation where women are forced to bark like dogs. This is what has become of the once grand old party."


I don’t go along with the folk hero worship of Jet Blue flight attendant Steve Slater and his rather unusual way to quit his job, but we can all enjoy one of those wacky Taiwanese animations.


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 The great Rosanne Cash on GMA plus excerpt from her new memoir.  And, below, she sings her terrific recent "September When It Comes," with her dad joining in.