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It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

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Iraqi Vice President Al-Hashimi threatens pull out

Demanding the disarming of Shiite Militias and various revisions to the constitution, Sunni Arab VP Tariq Al-Hashimi today threaten to leave the government. The Sunni Arab have 58 seats, adding together with the 32 Sadrists, the government will not stand.

They are also demanding Iraqi unity. They will not allow a Kurdish state (vis a vis the Biden/Gleb plan) or the proposed 3 state Iraq break up. Not good stuff. Juan Cole has more