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The Age
  Margaret Simons
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The Anchoress
  Andrew Sullivan
  Stefan Beck
Arutz Sheva
Associated Press
  Jennifer Loven
  Woody Baird
  Tom Raum
  Jay Reeves
  Sharon Theimer
  Dylan T. Lovan
  Hope Yen
  Gina Holland
  Ted Bridis
The Australian
Balloon Juice
  John Cole
Begging to Differ
  Steve @BeggingToDiffer
  Kriston @BeggingToDiffer
Betsy's Page
  Betsy Newmark
The Big Picture
  Barry L. Ritholtz
Boston Globe
  Brian McGrory
Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal
  Brad DeLong
Bradford Plumer
  Brad Plumer
Brendan Nyhan
  Brendan Nyhan
BrothersJudd Blog
  Orrin Judd
  Jeff Jarvis
Captain's Quarters
  Captain Ed
CBS News
  C3 @Centerfield
  Brian Keegan
  Todd Pearson
  Arthur Chrenkoff
Chris C Mooney
  Chris Mooney
Christian Science Monitor
  Warren Richey
The Claremont Institute
  Richard Reeb
Clayton Cramer's BLOG
  Clayton Cramer
The Corner
  K. J. Lopez
  Andrew Stuttaford
  Rich Lowry
  Jonah Goldberg
  Lambert @Corrente
  Tom @Corrente
Crescat Sententia
  Will Baude
Crooked Timber
  Ted @CrookedTimber
  John Quiggin
Daily Kos
  Kos @DailyKos
  Hunter @DailyKos
  Armando @DailyKos
  DavidNYC @DailyKos
  Damian Penny
Dallas Morning News
  Allen Pusey
Daly Thoughts
  Gerry @DalyThoughts
  Daniel Drezner
  Frederick Maryland
Des Moines Register
  Michael Froomkin
E! Online
  Josh Grossberg
  Bryan Caplan
  Ed Driscoll
  Ed Cone
Editor and Publisher
  David Allan Pell
the evangelical outpost
  Joe Carter
Fox News
Front Page Magazine
  David W. Moore
Gateway Pundit
  Gateway Pundit
Harry's Place
  Harry @HarrysPlace
  Gene @HarrysPlace
Hit and Run
  Kerry Howley
Houston Chronicle
  Loren Steffy
  Hugh Hewitt
INDC Journal
  Bill @INDCJournal
The Indepundit
Informed Comment
  Juan Cole
  Glenn Reynolds
Israel news and commentary from IsraPundit
  Joseph Alexander Norland
Jeff Quinton
  Jeff Quinton
  Tom Maguire
  Mickey Kaus
La Shawn Barber’s Corner
  La Shawn Barber
The Left Coaster
  Eriposte @LeftCoaster
  Steve Soto
  Duckman GR
Left in the West
  V @LeftInTheWest
  Matt Singer
The Liquid List
  Oliver @LiquidList
  Tarek @LiquidList
  Aaron @LiquidList
Little Green Footballs
  Charles Johnson
Los Angeles Times
  Elizabeth Mehren
The Mahablog
  Barbara O'Brien
  Lindsay Beyerstein
Marginal Revolution
  Alex Tabarrok
  Garrett M. Graff
  Brian Stelter
Michelle Malkin
  Michelle Malkin
The Moderate Voice
  Joe Gandelman
  Justin Delabar
  Chris Bowers
The Nation
  Max Blumenthal
  Christopher Hayes
National Review
New York Times
  John F. Kerry
  David D. Kirkpatrick
  Sabrina Tavernise
  Keith Bradsher
  Adam Liptak
  Michael Slackman
  Paul Krugman
  David Stout
  William J. Broad
No More Mister Nice Blog
  Steve M.
  Norm Geras
Obsidian Wings
  Edward _
Off the Kuff
  Charles Kuffner
One Hand Clapping
  Donald Sensing
Opinion Journal
  Brendan Miniter
Outside The Beltway
  James Joyner
  Jesse Taylor
  Pejman Yousefzadeh
  Dr. Steven Taylor
  Alexander K. McClure
  Lorie Byrd
  Jayson @PoliPundit
The Politburo Diktat
Power Line
  John @PowerLine
  Scott @PowerLine
praktike's blog
  Steve Bainbridge
The QandO Blog
  Jon Henke
  Cori Dauber
  James Chaney
  Paul J. Gough
  Khaled Farhan
  Rex Hammock
Right Wing News
  John Hawkins
Rising Hegemon
The Road To Surfdom
  Tim Dunlop
Roger Ailes
  Roger Ailes
  Jim Romenesko
Sadly, No!
  Sadly, No!
  Perry de Havilland
  Robert Clayton Dean
San Diego Union-Tribune
  Marcus Stern
Secular Blasphemy
  Jan Haugland
The Sideshow
  Avedon Carol
Signifying Nothing
  Chris Lawrence
  David Sirota
skippy the bush kangaroo
  Cookie Jill
  Christopher Hitchens
South Knox Bubba
  SK Bubba
Southern Appeal
  Justin @SouthernAppeal
t a c i t u s
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
  Taegan Goddard
The Talent Show
  Ross @TheTalentShow
  Greg @TheTalentShow
Talking Points Memo
  Josh Marshall
  Jeralyn Merritt
  Jeffrey Dubner
  Garance Franke-Ruta
  Matthew Yglesias
  Mark Steyn
  Radley Balko
Think Progress
  Think Progress
  Judd @ThinkProgress
  Nico @ThinkProgress
This Modern World
  Tom Tomorrow
  Greg Saunders
Times of London
  David Aaronovitch
  Michael Barone
Unqualified Offerings
  Jim Henley
USS Neverdock
  Marc @USSNeverdock
The Volokh Conspiracy
  Todd Zywicki
Vox Popoli
  Vox Day
Wall Street Journal
War and Piece
  Laura Rozen
The Washington Monthly
  Kevin Drum
Washington Post
  Thomas B. Edsall
  Dana Milbank
  Glenn Frankel
  E. J. Dionne Jr.
  John Lancaster
  Richard Morin
Washington Times
  Stephen Dinan
  John McCaslin
Weekly Standard
  Irwin M. Stelzer
White House
  Jay Tea

Bush: Bloodshed in Iraq Is 'Worth It'
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - President Bush on Tuesday appealed for the nation's patience for "difficult and dangerous" work ahead in Iraq, hoping a backdrop of U.S. troops and a reminder of Iraq's revived sovereignty would help him reclaim control of an issue that has eroded his popularity.
Charles Johnson: AP Transcends Space, Time — Associated Press writer Jennifer Loven files a dispatch from the future: Bush: Bloodshed in Iraq Is 'Worth It'.
Michelle Malkin: REPORTING BUSH'S SPEECH...BEFORE HE DELIVERS IT — The clairvoyants at the Associated Press have already released their...
John @PowerLine: In addition to his earlier contributions, he sends a link to this Associated Press retrospective on President Bush's...
Captain Ed: The Clairvoyant New Media — Don't mess with the AP's Jennifer Loven — she apparently is the wire service's resident fortune-teller.
V @LeftInTheWest: He did privately console the families of folks that lost their sons and daughters in this bloody war.
James Joyner: Bush: Bloodshed in Iraq Is 'Worth It' — The Associated Press continues its tradition of reporting presidential speeches that haven't happened yet in the past tense.
Also: Garance Franke-Ruta, Jeralyn Merritt, Ed Driscoll, Damian Penny, Joe @AmericaBlog, Glenn Reynolds

Transcript: Bush Speech on Iraq
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — The full text of President Bush's June 28, 2005, remarks on the war in Iraq:
Thank you and good evening. I am pleased to visit Fort Bragg — "Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces." It is an honor to speak before you tonight.
Donald Sensing: Now FoxNews has a transcript up. The speech reads betters than it hears. I think that Bush's delivery, never stellar, was below even his par tonight.
Glenn Reynolds: No time-travel involved. UPDATE: More liveblogging here: Just scroll up. ANOTHER UPDATE: Saw all but the first couple of minutes.
Daniel Drezner: Open Bush speech thread — I wasn't able to watch Bush's speech tonight, but that doesn't mean you can't comment on it here.
Lorie Byrd: (Transcript here.) It was clear and concise, and obviously heartfelt.
John @PowerLine: There was nothing in it that we and our readers didn't already know, but the message is one that many rarely hear.

The Speech the President Should Give
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
TONIGHT President Bush will discuss the situation in Iraq. It's long past time to get it right in Iraq. The Bush administration is courting disaster with its current course - a course with no realistic strategy for reducing the risks to our soldiers and increasing the odds for success.
Smash: Senator John F. Kerry, in Tuesday's New York Times: "The administration must immediately draw up a...
Cernig: There's already been some pre-speech speculation from John Kerry and several online pundits.
Edward: Give Truth a Chance — John Kerry, in a New York Times op-ed piece titled "The Speech the President Should Give," really doesn't offer anything of the kind.
Gateway Pundit: Knock it off!" At least Bush was drunk. Today, "His Drab-ness" is calling on Bush to "Just Tell the Truth".
Tom Maguire: Widely Unreported — John Kerry preens, but Gregory Djerejian rebuts the Man Sans Plan for Iraq.
Steve Soto: Kerry's Suggestions For Bush's Speech — John Kerry writes in the Times today about the speech that Bush should give.
Also: Derek Chollet, Von @ObsidianWings, Hugh Hewitt, John Cole, Edward _, Gregory Djerejian, Rich Lowry, James Martin Capozzola, Ezra Klein, Charles Johnson, Tim Graham, Pudentilla

Text of President Bush's Speech at Fort Bragg, N.C.
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Thank you. Please be seated.
I am pleased to visit Fort Bragg, home of the airborne and special operations forces. It's an honor to speak before you tonight.
My greatest responsibility as president is to protect the American people. And that's your calling as well.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: THE GREAT CONVERSATION — Let us not pretend that one speech will be sufficient in the conversation that we must have...
Hugh Hewitt: Bush makes his case. "Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate.
Mickey Kaus: But it will be a surprise if Bush's speech this evening improves those numbers significantly.
Joe Gandelman: First, some details, via the New York Times: [snipped quote] When you read the full text of Bush's speech you note that it wasn't a bad speech.
Cookie Jill: speech at fort brag the bush administration, already accused by veterans groups of seeking inadequate funds for health...
Kevin Drum: Beyond that, nothing but the usual rah rah. No wonder the networks were hesitant about televising it. Transcript here.

Don't "Son" Me
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Oh, Jesus, another barrage of emotional tripe about sons. From every quarter, one hears that the willingness to donate a male child is the only test of integrity. It's as if some primitive Spartan or Roman ritual had been reconstituted, though this time without the patriotism or the physical bravery.
Tom Tomorrow: Tom Tomorrow: One quick post in search of a headline Since Greg comments on part of what Drum says, I feel obliged to...
Greg Saunders: Greg Saunders: The President Hates Homosexuals More Than Terrorists Kevin Drum is right to point out this piece of...
Kevin Drum: GAYS IN THE MILITARY....I actually agree with the overall gist of Christopher Hitchens' latest column in Slate.
Greg @TheTalentShow: The President Hates Homosexuals More Than Terrorists — Kevin Drum is right to point out this piece of Christopher...
James Joyner: Chickenhawk Redux - Sacrificing Children — In a Slate article entitled, "Don't "Son" Me - End this silly talk about...
Andrew Sullivan: DON'T 'SON' ME: Hitch delivers a spot-on retort to those who claim or seem to claim that those of us who are not...

President Addresses Nation, Discusses Iraq, War on Terror
  White House   —   Permalink 
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please be seated. Good evening. I'm pleased to visit Fort Bragg, "Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces." It's an honor to speak before you tonight.
My greatest responsibility as President is to protect the American people.
Steve M.: Cleverly manipulated talking points? You mean like the ones we heard tonight coming out of Fort Bragg?
Steve Bainbridge: Bush on Iraq — If, like me, you missed President Bush's speech on Iraq (in my case, I had the good excuse of working...
Damian Penny: His best speech ever — Full text here.

Senators Laud Treatment of Detainees in Guantánamo
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 27 - Senators from both sides of the aisle competed on Monday to extol the humane treatment of detainees whom they said they saw on a weekend trip to the military detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. All said they opposed closing the center.
TheAnchoress: Senators Laud Treatment of Detainees at Guantamao. Page A19.
Betsy Newmark: The New York Times tries to bury the news on page A19, but guess what. Democratic senators went down to visit Gitmo and think things are just hunky dory there.
Tom Maguire: Meanwhile, Back In The Want Ads... Back on page A15 of the Times we find this: [snipped quote] Orrin Judd offers an explanation.
Oliver @LiquidList: Politics: Sightseeing — Judging by the positive reaction from the bi-partisan flock of Senators who went down to Gitmo...
Glenn Reynolds: TOM MAGUIRE FINDS THIS BURIED TREASURE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES: [snipped quote] Buried, that is, on page A15. I wonder why?

Generation Chickenhawk
  By / The Nation   —   Permalink 
As I settled in my seat for an afternoon of speeches at the College Republican National Convention, I felt something crunch. It was an empty can of Busch Light, one of many strewn across the paisley-carpeted floor of the banquet hall in northern Virginia's Crystal City Gateway Marriott.
DeDurkheim: From Max Blumenthal at the nation, we learn about the next generation of Karl Roves and right wing jihadists. And its not pretty.
John @AmericaBlog: Generation Chickenhawk — Max Blumenthal attends a the Young Republicans convention, and asks them why they're not all volunteering in Iraq.
Digby: UPDATE: Max Blumenthal in The Nation [snipped quote] I'm very impressed with their contribution, aren't you?

Funds for Health Care of Veterans $1 Billion Short
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Bush administration, already accused by veterans groups of seeking inadequate funds for health care next year, acknowledged yesterday that it is short $1 billion for covering current needs at the Department of Veterans Affairs this year.
David Sirota: Washington Post, 6/24/05 SPIN: "Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson promised lawmakers Tuesday that the budget...
Cookie Jill: wapo
Nico @ThinkProgress: The backstory: Last week, the Washington Post revealed that the budget for veterans' health care was suffering a billion...
Think Progress: [Washington Post, 6/24/05]

We Will Stay in the Fight Until the Fight Is Won.
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Thank you and good evening. I am pleased to visit Fort Bragg — "Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces." It is an honor to speak before you tonight. My greatest responsibility as President is to protect the American people, and that is your calling as well.
Smash: HOO-RAH! Complete text of Bush's address here.
K. J. Lopez: HERE'S THE TEXT of the speech

Text of President Bush's Speech
  AP   —   Permalink 
Text of President Bush's speech Tuesday night at Fort Bragg, N.C., as provided by the White House:
Thank you and good evening. I am pleased to visit Fort Bragg, home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces. It is an honor to speak before you tonight.
Dr. Steven Taylor: I have read it (Text of President Bush's Speech) and it seems fine, but these things make their impact via their...
Charles Johnson: UPDATE at 6/28/05 6:34:36 pm: Text of President Bush's Speech. UPDATE at 6/28/05 7:07:40 pm: The Political Teen has video: The President's Address At Fort Bragg.

Novelist, War Historian Shelby Foote Dies
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Novelist and Civil War historian Shelby Foote, who became a national celebrity explaining the war to America on Ken Burns' 1990 PBS documentary, has died at 88.
Foote died Monday night, said his widow, Gwyn.
Betsy Newmark: I'm sorry to hear that Shelby Foote has passed away. He has come to be recognized as one of the premier writers about the Civil War.
Alexander K. McClure: Shelby Foote — Shelby Foote, the outstanding Civil War historian, has passed away.
Steve Bainbridge: RIP — Shelby Foote has passed away. I'm deeply sorry to hear this news. I loved his Civil War trilogy.

Soros's Nats Bid Irks Republicans
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Major League Baseball hasn't narrowed the list of the eight bidders seeking to buy the Washington Nationals and some Republicans on Capitol Hill already are hinting at revoking the league's antitrust exemption if billionaire financier George Soros , an ardent critic of President Bush and supporter of liberal causes, buys the team.
Captain Ed: The Washington Post also covered it in their sports section (link via Michelle Malkin), but unfortunately the story hardly improved in the retelling.
Andrew Stuttaford: FOUL BALL (2) >More on this squalid little story via the Washington Post, notably this idiotic remark from a spokesman...
Michelle Malkin: It took George Soros for hypocritical Republican politicians to finally oppose tax-subsidized sports stadiums and antitrust exemptions for baseball.
Andrew Sullivan: BUSY-BODIES: Why is it any congressman's business who buys or does not buy a baseball team?

Survey Finds Most Support Staying in Iraq
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
As President Bush prepares to address the nation about Iraq tonight, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that most Americans do not believe the administration's claims that impressive gains are being made against the insurgency, but a clear majority is willing to keep U.S. forces there for an extended time to stabilize the country.
Stephen: The WaPo's article highlights certain results: "Survey Finds Most Support Staying in Iraq / Public Skeptical About Gains...
Justin @SouthernAppeal: This seems about right: Survey Finds Most Support Staying in Iraq — "As President Bush prepares to address the nation...
Captain Ed: Despite some skepticism about our efforts to reduce the insurgency so far, a majority of Americans already reject the...
John Cole: Offering a sensible plan for winning is not only the appropriate thing to do, but it is what the public wants: "As...

Top Shiite Cleric Hints at Wider Voting Role for Sunnis
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 27 - Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric appeared to offer a major concession to the Sunni Arab minority on Monday when he indicated that he would support changes in the voting system that would probably give Sunnis more seats in the future parliament.
Captain Ed: Sistani Blesses Major Concession To Sunnis — In another sign that the Iraqis continue to adapt quickly to democratic...
Justin Delabar: Iraq's Sistani Proposes Proportional Representation — The New York Times is reporting that Shi'ite Grand Ayatollah Ali...
Chris Lawrence: When PR doesn't work, use PR — Although I can't find the post now (not for lack of trying, mind you), in retrospect the...
Rich Lowry: SISTANI... ...wants to change the Iraqi electoral set-up so next time more Sunnis will be included.

Up to 20 on US chopper down in Afghanistan-official
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A big U.S. military Chinook helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan on Tuesday was carrying between 15 and 20 American troops, according to preliminary reports, a U.S. defense official said.
Pudentilla: ignore the mujahedeen firing rockets at u.s. helicopters — [snipped quote] shhh! awol is speaking trying, rather...
Jeralyn Merritt: 15 to 20 U.S. Troops on Downed Helicopter — The Pentagon says there were between 15 and 20 U.S. troops on the helicopter that went down in Afganistan today.

Democrats report no abuse at Gitmo
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Two Democratic senators just back from reviewing U.S. detention facilities and interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said they saw no signs of abuse and said it would actually be worse to close the facility and transfer the detainees elsewhere.
TheAnchoress: Here's more from the Washington Times, which managed to find room on page 1 for the story, since - after all - the...
Betsy Newmark: The Washington Times had front page placement. That is how bias demonstrates itself.
Baldilocks: Between the Lines — As it turns out, there was a senate junket to Gitmo. However, Senators Kennedy and Durbin weren't there, for some reason.
K. J. Lopez: WashTimes: "Two Democratic senators just back from reviewing U.S. detention facilities and interrogations at Guantanamo...

From Rental Cars to CEOs: A Review of 'Freaky' Research
  WSJ   —   Permalink 
Amid growing mainstream interest in nontraditional applications of economic theory, economist bloggers Alex Tabarrok and Bryan Caplan find gems in rental-car pricing, trade with China, the politics of war and pricing CEOs.
Bryan Caplan: The topic: Non-Levitt freakonomics. Check it out here.
Rex Hammock: From the WSJ's "econoblog": "From Rental Cars to CEOs: A Review of 'Freaky' Research" (a WSJ "freebie")

Disengagement Supporter Attacks 5-Year-Old Opponent
  Arutz Sheva   —   Permalink 
( A 5-year-old girl manning a booth against the expulsion plan was assaulted by a passerby, identifying himself as a fan of the planned Jewish transfer and disengagment.
The incident occurred in Ra'anana earlier tonight as the young girl stood near the tent shouting "Jews don't expel Jews!"
IceViking: Here's the whole thing.
Joseph Alexander Norland: The depravity of Abu Omri's henchmen — From Arutz 7: Disengagement Supporter Attacks 5-Year-Old Opponent A 5-year-old...

Bogus analysis led to terror alert in Dec. 2003
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Christmas 2003 became a season of terror after the federal government raised the terror alert level from yellow to orange, grimly citing credible intelligence of another assault on the United States.
Praktike: I must have missed this story when it first came out, but now NBC news has the denouement: WASHINGTON - Christmas 2003...
Kevin Drum: NBC News has the story: [snipped quote] Among the geographic coordinates the CIA thought were hidden in the Al-Jazeera...
Michael Froomkin: Well, it turns out that the whole thing was just a big mistake.
Cookie Jill: today's alert sponsored by the letter c (for crappy c.i.a. crawl cyphering) oopsie!

At the Pentagon, Polls Apart
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Spectators packed the Pentagon briefing room yesterday to see Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld fight the insurgents — mano a mano .
His foes were not the bloodthirsty killers in Iraq — he leaves that part to the military professionals — but domestic antagonists with names such as Gallup, Ipsos, Pew and Zogby.
Laura Rozen: Dana Milbank reports on the Pentagon's love-hate relationship with public opinion polls: "If the secretary of defense is on the defensive, it's no surprise.
Lorie Byrd: More Crazy Comparisons — Obviously Dana Milbank did not learn the Durbin lesson.
Hugh Hewitt: Betsy: "Dana Milbank equates the media and pollsters with the insurgents in Iraq. Revealing, n'est-ce pas?"
Betsy Newmark: Dana Milbank equates the media and pollsters with the insurgents in Iraq. Revealing, n'est-ce pas?

The Not-So-Long Gray Line
  NYT   —   Permalink 
JUNE is the month in which West Point celebrates the commissioning of its graduating class and prepares to accept a new group of candidates eager to embrace the arduous strictures of the world's most prestigious military academy.
Steve M.: Curiously, I couldn't find a single thread devoted to Lucian Truscott's New York Times op-ed at either Free Republic or
James Joyner: The Not-So-Long Gray Line — Lucian Truscott IV, West Point Class of 1969 and noted author, discusses the low retention...
Attaturk: However, this is the editorial you should read, from Lucian Truscott IV on the Army's pending loss of experienced junior...
Brad DeLong: (Duty, Honor, Country Edition) Lucian Trucott points out that the Bush administration has not been loyal to the army: ...
Edward _: The other guest op-ed in The New York Times today is by Lucian K. Truscott IV, a novelist and screenwriter who's spent...

Bush Looks to Reassure U.S. on Iraq Progress
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Surrounded by U.S. troops at a military installation in North Carolina, President Bush will ask Americans tonight to look beyond the daily violence in Iraq and focus on the "quiet process" of "political reconciliation" that will produce a more stable and democratic Middle East, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said this morning.
Sadly, No!: Maybe I'm forgetting something, but what about... this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and...
James Joyner: Meanwhile, the Washington Post, in a quaint nod to tradition, is still writing as if the speech that will take place at...

Speech Excerpts from President Bush's Address to the Nation
  PRNewsWire   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire/ — The following are speech excerpts from President Bush's address to the Nation:
Tonight, President Bush will address the Airborne and Special Operations Forces at Ft. Bragg to mark the one year anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqi people.
Think Progress: Consider the following excerpt: "We are fighting against men with blind hatred - and armed with lethal weapons - who are capable of any atrocity.
Hunter @DailyKos: Prereleased Speech — More about the speech: Again from the looks of the prereleased excerpts, this one is going to be more of the same, but on steroids.

Press Briefing Scott McClellan
  White House   —   Permalink 
James S. Brady Briefing Room
MR. McCLELLAN: Good afternoon, everybody. Let me begin by giving you a preview of tomorrow night's remarks.
Iraq is a top concern on the mind's of the American people. Tomorrow night, they're going to have the opportunity to hear directly from the Commander-in-Chief.
Jeffrey Dubner: So is tonight's speech a chance for the president to explain his strategy for Iraq, or just to explain that he has a "strategy for success"?
Garrett M. Graff: Briefing Room Humor — From yesterday's White House briefing: [snipped quote] Note: No answer from McClellan re: Mars.
Hunter @DailyKos: Scottie starts out giving, well, a preview of the speech.

Newsview: Troops a Favorite Bush Audience
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — From his May 2003 "Mission Accomplished" speech aboard an aircraft carrier, to a Thanksgiving dinner in Baghdad, to Tuesday night's speech surrounded by troops, President Bush has had no shortage of telegenic moments on Iraq - amid a nearly unrelenting string of bad news from the region.
Judd @ThinkProgress: According to a story that just came over the AP wire, Bush has done it five times already this year: "Already this year,...
Lambert @Corrente: Gee, I missed Inerrant Boy's Big Speech — Anyone notice if he was using the earpiece this time, too?

Jury Acquits Scrushy on All Counts in Fraud Trial
  AP   —   Permalink 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Jurors acquitted HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy on Tuesday of all charges in a surprise setback for federal prosecutors who had scored victories over a string of big-name CEOs accused of fraud.
James Joyner: HealthSouth's Richard Scrushy Acquitted on All Charges — Jury Reaches Verdict in Scrushy Trial (AP - NYT) "Jurors have...
Steve Bainbridge: Former HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard M. Scrushy Acquited — In a stunning blow to the government's crusade against...

From Memos, Insights Into Ally's Doubts On Iraq War
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
LONDON — In the spring of 2002, two weeks before British Prime Minister Tony Blair journeyed to Crawford, Tex., to meet with President Bush at his ranch about the escalating confrontation with Iraq, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw sounded a prescient warning.
Cernig: Plus, today was the day that the Washington Post finally went on the front page with the Downing Street Memos in a...
Attaturk: Well, look what we have here... Just in time for the last malaprop laden flop from Bush (sure to be referred to by...
Kevin Drum: DOWNING STREET SUMMARY....Glenn Frankel has a pretty decent summary of the Downing Street Memos on the front page of the Washington Post today.
Barbara O'Brien: DSM Study Guide — Glenn Frankel of the Washington Post Foreign Service prepared a study guide to the Downing Street...
Steve Soto: And this is happening on the same day that the Downing Street Memo finally gets a 40-paragraph Page One treatment in Tuesday's Post.
Joe @AmericaBlog: DSM hits front page of Wash. Post - finally — Today, the Washington Post has a major article on the front page about...
Also: Pudentilla

The Court Affirms Separation of Church and State ...
  NYT   —   Permalink 
The Supreme Court reached opposite results yesterday in a pair of cases involving the Ten Commandments, upholding a display of the commandments on the grounds of the Texas Capitol, while striking down displays in Kentucky courthouses.
Will Baude: Jefferson's Wall — Todd Zywicki criticizes this New York Times editorial and asks, "no one seriously believes that it...
Todd Zywicki: The Founders' Wall (?): From today's New York Times Editorial: "With the religious right clamoring for more religious...

Guest Viewpoint: The party's over for betrayed Republican
  By / Register-Guard   —   Permalink 
As of today, after 25 years, I am no longer a Republican.
I take this step with deep regret, and with a deep sense of betrayal.
I still believe in the vast power of markets to inspire ideas, motivate solutions and eliminate waste.
Avedon Carol: Another Republican leaves the fold: My problem is this: I believe in principles and ideals which my party has systematically discarded in the last 10 years.
Joe Gandelman: An Exit From A Political Party — We wonder how much more of THIS is going on (and will go on)? Via Crooks And Liars
Andrew Sullivan: A REPUBLICAN DEFECTS: I don't agree with everything in this op-ed (I still believe the Iraq war was worth fighting and...
Cernig: It's utterly indicative of why support for Bush's adventures at home and abroad is falling so sharply: Guest Viewpoint:...
John Cole: Harsh Words — The sad state of the GOP: [snipped quote] I don't agree with everything in this piece (e.g.: I like social...
Cookie Jill: now this is a letter to the editor that appeared in the register-guard...but should be reprinted in every paper.

China Economy Rising at Pace to Rival U.S.
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
GUANGZHOU, China, June 26 - A line of Chinese-made cars began rolling onto a ship here Friday, bound for Europe. The cars, made at a gleaming new Honda factory on the outskirts of this sprawling city near Hong Kong, signal the latest move by China to follow...
Brad Plumer: The Sun Still Rises — While everyone's huffing and puffing about China, the May issue of the American Prospect had a...
Daniel Drezner: Signs that the end is not upon us — As the New York Times frets about China's rise to economic pre-eminence, Americans...

Vilsack to lead Democratic council
  Des Moines Register   —   Permalink 
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack will become chairman next month of the Democratic Leadership Council, the moderate group that launched Bill Clinton toward the presidency, leading Democrats in Washington, D.C., and Iowa said Monday.
DavidNYC @DailyKos: Clinton to Take "Key Position" in DLC Leadership — The Des Moines Register reports that Tom Vilsack will be replacing Evan Bayh as chair of the DLC.
ArchPundit: I Thought to be DLC Head — You had to write a really inflammatory op-ed in the Washington Times---c'mon Tom—the New...
Taegan Goddard: Vilsack to Lead DLC — Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) "will become chairman next month of the Democratic Leadership Council,...

Three networks delay decision about Bush Iraq talk
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Three of the four broadcast networks had yet to decide late Monday whether they would carry President Bush's speech on Iraq Tuesday in front of soldiers in Fort Bragg, N.C. By then, only ABC had said it would carry the address.
Cernig: Then again, not all of the big networks have even decided to give POTUS the air time as yet.
Brian Stelter: CBS, NBC Will Decide On Bush Soon — Updating yesterday's post: "CBS, NBC and Fox all said they would decide sometime Tuesday whether to carry the speech," Paul Gough reports.
Tom @Corrente: And since when would such a pathetic thing be televised on a national network? ABC should be embarrassed.

Public Skeptical on Ultimate Success of U.S. Efforts in Iraq
  By / Gallup   —   Permalink 
PRINCETON, NJ — The latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey finds Americans about evenly divided on whether the United States can ever establish a stable government in Iraq. Among those who say it can, most expect success within five years.
Juan Cole: Reuters also reports: [snipped quote] US forces began a new campaign at Haditha. 45% of Americans in a new poll say that the US will never succeed in Iraq.
Steve Soto: June 6-8 Approve: 47% Disapprove: 49% June 16-19 Approve: 47% Disapprove: 51% June 24-26 Approve: 45% Disapprove: 53%...
Gerry @DalyThoughts: USA Today's take. And Gallup's take. The President's job approval numbers in this survey are 45% approve, 53% disapprove.

  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) became a target in the latest round of political rhetoric when Republican strategist Grover Norquist referred to him last week as "the nut-job from Arizona."
At the College Republicans convention in Arlington on Friday, Norquist also referred to Sens.
Brendan Nyhan: Here's a leading indicator — anti-McCain vitriol from top apparatchik Grover Norquist: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)...
Frederick Maryland: Grover's Opinion of McCain and the Maine "Girls" — According to today's Washington Post: [snipped quote] I liked the...
Gene @HarrysPlace: Meanwhile here's a cautionary tale on the potential pitfalls of GOWI (Going Online While Intoxicated): The wife of...

Bee Can't Verify 43 Sources in Columns
  AP   —   Permalink 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A newspaper investigation of a former columnist for The Sacramento Bee could not verify 43 sources she used in a sampling of 12 years of her work.
Diana Griego Erwin resigned May 11 as she came under scrutiny about the existence of people she quoted.
Joe Gandelman: Sacramento Bee Gets Stung By Columnist — HERE's yet ANOTHER scandal involving allegedly made-up sources — this...
Damian Penny: More mainstream media fraud — An acclaimed columnist for the Sacramento Bee may have faked 43 sources over the past twelve years.
Glenn Reynolds: 43 FAKED SOURCES BY ONE COLUMNIST at the Sacramento Bee? [snipped quote] As Neverdock observes: [snipped quote] The whole high-horse act needs to be given a rest.
Steve Bainbridge: "(Link)" How very noble of her.
Marc @USSNeverdock: Yet time and time again we find it is MSM who are faking it. And now today comes more media faking it.

Protest at Soldier's Funeral Brings a Massachusetts Town Together
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
MARBLEHEAD, Mass. — This proud old seaport, whose sons and daughters have fought in every American war, was grieving for Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Piper. The 43-year-old Green Beret died after his Humvee hit a roadside bomb June 3 in Afghanistan.
Andrew Sullivan: CONTEXT: Here's a story on the full context of those hideous Phelps protesters at a military funeral.
Cookie Jill: these "christian" a*holes won't even let a soldier rest in peace i don't think jesus would approve of their protesting at a funeral.

The New McCarthyism
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
In the 1950s the right wing attacked liberals as being communists. In 2005 Karl Rove has attacked liberals as being therapists. Thus is born a kinder and gentler form of McCarthyism.
Barbara O'Brien: David Neiwert, "The Hunting of the Liberals" E.J. Dionne, "The New McCarthyism" Stirling Newberry, "A Moral Order" Update: I didn't watch the speech.
Pudentilla: the problem with using a 50 year old playbook "is that everyone know what you're doing."
Armando @DailyKos: It is, as E.J. Dionne describes it in an important column, one to keep beside you when Bush spews falsehoods tonight...

The Defeatist Caucus
  By / Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
At a press conference with the new Iraqi prime minister last week, a reporter noted slipping public opinion of the war and asked President Bush if his administration is now stuck in the mud. Mr. Bush responded with a joke, saying the reporter might even call it a "quagmire."
Hugh Hewitt: Brendan Miniter makes a case that Vietnam Syndrome has broken out among the Democrats. That makes two of us.
Scott @PowerLine: Wishing for defeat — Brendan Miniter has written the column that says what I had wanted to see on the resurgence of the...
Glenn Reynolds: Interestingly, this coincides with a major outbreak of Vietnam nostalgia from the left. Or maybe it's not a coincidence.

On to Ohio
  By / The Nation   —   Permalink 
It's hard to think of a state outside the Deep South where the Democratic Party has been more thoroughly whupped than Ohio. For over a decade, Republicans have controlled the governor's mansion and all statewide constitutional offices and had near two-thirds majorities in both state legislative chambers.
Ted @CrookedTimber: Priceless Recently the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the (Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation) continued to allow...
Joe @AmericaBlog: The Nation does Coin-gate — Great piece in The Nation on the political implications of Ohio's GOP coin-gate scandal:...

Bloggers Fighting Government Regulations
  CBS News   —   Permalink 
(AP) Bloggers who built their Internet followings with anti-establishment prose are now lobbying the establishment to protect their livelihoods from federal regulations.
Some are even working with lawyers, public-relations consultants and a political action committee to do it.
Chris Mooney: "A Diatribe" — That's how my recent post on Joe Barton, linked to by Atrios, was described by CBS News. "...a diatribe...
Chris Bowers: Bloggers Descend Upon D.C. Outside becomes inside: [snipped quote] I will be in D.C. today as well, but for a different...
Atrios: The Press — Not to get meta, but god I get annoyed every time my name pops up: Duncan Black _ who founded the...

Jury Acquits Ex-HealthSouth CEO Scrushy
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
Jurors acquitted HealthSouth Corp. founder and fired Chief Executive Richard Scrushy on Tuesday of all charges related to a $2.7 billion earnings overstatement at the chain of rehabilitation and medical-service centers.
James Joyner: Update (1358): Jury Acquits Ex-HealthSouth CEO Scrushy "Jurors acquitted HealthSouth Corp. founder and fired Chief...
Cookie Jill: if he claimed ignorance of everything happening in his company while still signing off on financial reports, what the hell do ceo's do then?

Pakistan Reopens Gang-Rape Case
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 28 — Pakistan's Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to reopen an inquiry into the high-profile case of Mukthar Mai, an unlettered laborer's daughter from southern Punjab province who allegedly was gang-raped on the orders of a tribal council in 2002.
Lindsay Beyerstein: Mukthar Mai paradox — The Supreme Court of Pakistan has re-opened the case of Mukthar Mai, woman who brought criminal...
Frederick Maryland: A Legal Victory for Rape Victim in Pakistan — Good news from Pakistan for women and human rights: [snipped quote] And by...
Echidne: Rape as Punishment — The gang rape case in Pakistan is reopened: [snipped quote] I have written about this case many...

Firm in 'Duke' controversy may be sold
  By / San Diego Union-Tribune   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The beleaguered defense contractor ensnared in controversy over its founder's dealings with Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham has given the company's reins to a former general whose mission is to sell it, sources said last night.
Duckman GR: Rats Abandon Sinking Duke Stir-What do They Know — A new article from Marcus Stern adds another angle to the story. 2...
Josh Marshall: It started with — Duke Cunningham on the auction block. Now, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, MZM Inc. itself is on the auction block.

Occasional pot dangerous - UN   —   Permalink 
THE United Nations drug agency has warned on world anti-drugs day that even occasional use of marijuana is a link in a long and dangerous cycle of crime, degradation and terrorism.
Andrew Stuttaford: UN SHAMED, AGAIN — More dishonesty from Turtle Bay, but this time a UN bureaucrat is lying, not stealing: "The links...
Kerry Howley: Here's how China celebrated: "In China, still conditioned by the awareness that opium ravaged previous generations and...

Bloggers Fighting Government Regulations
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bloggers who built their Internet followings with anti-establishment prose are now lobbying the establishment to protect their livelihoods from federal regulations.
Some are even working with lawyers, public-relations consultants and a political action committee to do it.
Jeralyn Merritt: Bloggers Testify at FEC Hearing on Regulation — Very cool, Markos of Daily Kos and Atrios testified at the FEC hearing today on media regulation.
Kos @DailyKos: At the FEC today — I'll be testifying at the FEC today. Wish me (and Atrios) luck.
Rex Hammock: "Bloggers Fighting Government Regulations": From an AP story: "Bloggers who built their Internet followings with...

Court Declines to Rule on Case of Reporters' Refusal to Testify
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The United States Supreme Court declined yesterday to hear the cases of two reporters facing up to 18 months in jail for refusing to testify about conversations with their confidential sources.
Roger Ailes: But as the article Franke-Ruta links to makes clear, the Supreme Court isn't referring anything to the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Jim Romenesko: (Related NYT, WP, LAT, WSJ, USAT, Salon, and Baltimore Sun stories.)
John Quiggin: Freedom of the press is great if you own one* The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a case in which journalists...

Economic hype clouds judgment
  By / Houston Chronicle   —   Permalink 
IN the late 1980s, an elderly blind widow in Arlington frustrated the city's plans for a grand shopping mall.
She refused to surrender the small plot of land where she had lived for decades, choosing to live out her days in the familiar surroundings of her wood-frame house.
Charles Kuffner: I do know that what Loren Steffy says on the subject makes a lot of sense to me.
Steve @BeggingToDiffer: Nonetheless, the decision is giving people ideas: [snipped quote] Leaving aside the esoteric principles of eminent domain, we must consider, "What is the business of government?"

  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Michael Helfrich is president of Blueforce Development Corp., which develops distributed command-and-control applications for the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security and first-responders.
And when he's not busy with that, he keeps a blog on the Internet.
Hugh Hewitt: From John McCaslin's Inside the Beltway: First-class trio Michael Helfrich is president of Blueforce Development Corp.,...
Smash: First Class — MICHAEL HELFRICH witnesses the antithesis of Vietnam-era GI abuse. [snipped quote] Americans love their military.

Poll: Disapproval of Bush at high point
  CNN   —   Permalink 
(CNN) — The number of Americans disapproving of President Bush's job performance has risen to the highest level of his presidency, according to the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.
Digby: Principle Failure — Josh Marshall writes that Democrats may be folding up their tent on Social Security in the false belief that it is won.
Gerry @DalyThoughts: Dour Gallup Poll for Bush — CNN's take. USA Today's take. And Gallup's take. The President's job approval numbers in this survey are 45% approve, 53% disapprove.
Josh Marshall: A very unpopular president. New CNN/USAToday poll has disapproval at 53%, approval at 45%.
Joe Gandelman: New Poll: Bush's Disapproval Rating At Highest Point — Yes, polls can be see-saw but President George Bush's polls are...
Steve Soto: According to a Gallup poll out late Monday night for CNN and the USAT, Bush's support on Iraq has tumbled since...
John Cole: Outside The Margin of "Eros" — According to this latest CNN poll, there is little love for President Bush:...
Also: Joe @AmericaBlog, Kevin Drum, Frederick Maryland, John @AmericaBlog

No more Mr. Nice Guy
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
Edward M. Kennedy is furious.
No, it's nothing to do with the Bolton nomination or the Downing Street memos. It's not George Bush or Bill Frist. Rather, it's over his 2006 reelection campaign, which might seem a little odd, since he doesn't actually have an opponent.
Jay Tea: But no more. Kennedy stated yesterday that those days are past. He's already raised a massive warchest to defend his seat, and plans to triple it by the end of this week.
Alexander K. McClure: As the Boston Globe put it, [snipped quote] Well, I guess that means his opponent should not get in a car with Kennedy.

From 'Great Satan' to Estranged Cousin
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
TEHRAN, June 27 - Outside the mosque where Iran's president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, went to vote on Friday, a parade of cars, trucks and scooters rumbles by, day in and day out, right over a picture of an American flag painted on the blacktop.
TheAnchoress: But AI has lost its credibility, so who gives a hoot. Btw - the NY Times also reports that Iran loves America.
Betsy Newmark: The New York Times writes about ordinary Iranians love Americans. But it makes sure to say that the Iranians don't like the American government, just the people.

I Am A Hero
  NRO   —   Permalink 
The courage of Al Gore and Jonah Goldberg.
About a month ago, I helped a Muslim woman with her groceries in a supermarket parking lot. She was dealing with her kids and her shopping cart started to roll away from her car with the groceries still inside.
Ed Driscoll: We Can Be Heroes, If Just For One Column — Jonah Goldberg writes: [snipped quote] Meanwhile, the object of Gore's heroism is apparently the Times' female answer to Greg Packer.
Jonah Goldberg: So here you go. Prediction: I will get angry email from people who don't get it.

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  Washington Times   —   Permalink 
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Perry de Havilland: It seems just a tad perverse that whilst uttering rhetoric about supporting freedom and democracy, the US is sending its military to help train Communists in Vietnam.
Orrin Judd: SOMEONE'S BEEN READING POLL NUMBERS: Democrats report no abuse at Gitmo (Stephen Dinan, June 28, 2005, THE WASHINGTON...

Iraq lawmaker killed as Bush readies speech
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Insurgents assassinated a prominent member of the Iraqi parliament on Tuesday, marking with violence the first anniversary since U.S. occupiers handed sovereignty to Iraqis.
President Bush was due to give a keynote speech on Iraq amid mixed messages from Washington about the prospects for peace.
Juan Cole: Parliamentarian Assassinated — Guerrillas assassinated a member of parliament in Baghdad on Tuesday.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Sunni Lawmaker Killed in Iraq — Via Reuters: Iraq lawmaker killed as Bush readies speech [snipped quote] One wonders if...

And Strikes a Blow at a Strong Press
  NYT   —   Permalink 
The nation's news audiences as much as its journalists suffered a harmful setback when the Supreme Court refused to review the case of two reporters who have been threatened with jail for declining to reveal their sources.
Roger Ailes: Bang the Drum, Slowly — Kevin Drum and other highly principled voices have told us we must be very, very sad that the...
Jim Romenesko: NYT: Jailing of reporters seems medieval in this info age — New York Times The Times says the nation's news audiences...

Courts Grow Increasingly Skeptical of Any Special Protections for the Press
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Reporters frequently maintain that they are just representatives of the public, and that any special legal protections they claim for themselves are for the good of society generally.
Courts were for a time receptive to that argument.
John Quiggin: A noteworthy feature of the NY Times treatment of the story is the presentation of the issue in terms of whether...
Ann Althouse: Adam Liptak has this piece in the NYT about the decline of the notion that mainstream journalists are entitled to...

Ex-Detainees Allege Koran Was Abused
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
LAHORE, Pakistan, June 28 — Pakistanis freed from jail here after being held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, alleged Monday that they saw American interrogators throw, tear and stand on copies of the Koran, and one former detainee said naked women sat on prisoners' chests during questioning.
Cori Dauber: Of course, they might have had just a little more credibility if they hadn't gotten carried away and included the "naked woman sitting on it" story.
Pudentilla: wingnut trash talk alert — [snipped quote] we predict the wingnuts will make tasteless jokes suggesting that sitting a...

My virility doesn't matter - the EU's does
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
A couple of months ago, on our Letters page, Mr Tony Roberts of Cheltenham responded to my column on the Pope's death as follows: "Presumably Mr Steyn has never had casual sex, or, if he has, maybe his sensitivity to the 'splendour of truth' prevented him from deriving any pleasure from the experience."
Donald Sensing: Sewers: the decline of Europe — Mark Steyn writes more about the decline of Europe and includes this tidbit: "Every day...
Orrin Judd: LES MISERABLESER (via Robert Schwartz): My virility doesn't matter - the EU's does (Mark Steyn, 28/06/2005, Daily...
Ed Driscoll: A Warning From Nietzschean Europe — Mark Steyn writes that "there aren't many examples of successful post-religious...

The Iraq Panic
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
"It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq." —Senator Chuck Hagel (R. , Neb.) , June 27, 2005, U.S. News & World Report.
"And we are now in a seemingly intractable quagmire.
Jesse Taylor: Such is what I've learned from this bitingly incisive piece on Opinion Journal, ripped straight from the headlines like an episode of Law & Order that only reads NewsMax.
Charles Johnson: The Iraq Panic — An excellent, clearly argued editorial at the Wall Street Journal has the subheadline, "Zarqawi's bombs hit their target in Washington:" The Iraq Panic.
Chris Bowers: With this advice in mind, and with Rov'e comments now a few days old, check out the latest editorial from the WSJ: "The...
Eriposte @LeftCoaster: Chris focuses on another one of the malodorous droppings from the Wall Street Journal editorial page because the GOP...
McQ: UPDATE: The WSJ Opinion Journal hits the subject today as well: "Insurgencies that have prevailed in...

Pentagon Ends New Work On D.C. Firm's Contract
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Pentagon has ordered a halt in new work for MZM Inc., a local defense and intelligence firm, under a contract that has brought the company $163 million in revenue during the past 2 1/2 years.
Pudentilla: don't you just hate it when sweetheart deals break up?
Josh Marshall: In Tuesday's paper, The Washigton Post reports that the Pentagon has ordered [snipped quote] The article goes on to note...

Harsh words from, for GOP
  By / Dallas Morning News   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Continuing a summer of political discontent, Republican leaders had harsh words for the Democrats on Friday, and a few took swings at some of their own.
Taegan Goddard: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to Grover Norquist after being called a "nut job." Quoted by Roll Call. Link | Related News
Kos @DailyKos: Norquist vs. GOP "moderates" — The GOP's impotent moderates, useless as they are to the cause of "moderation", are...

Wal-Mart Heir John Walton Dies in Crash
  AP   —   Permalink 
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart heir John T. Walton, who threw his considerable financial support behind efforts to educate low-income children, has died while at the controls of a homemade, experimental aircraft.
The cause of the crash was not known and will be investigated, officials said.
Michelle Malkin: JOHN WALTON, R.I.P. Via AP: [snipped quote] Walton was a passionate advocate for school choice.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Wal-Mart Heir Dies in Plane Crash — Via the AP: Wal-Mart Heir John Walton Dies in Crash "Walton, 58, was piloting the...
James Joyner: Wal-Mart Heir John Walton Dies in Crash (AP) [snipped quote] Sam Walton's empire was enormous indeed if he could divide...

Become more macho or risk your extinction, men told
  Telegraph   —   Permalink 
British men are being told to be alert to a condition that could "put them on the fast track to extinction".
Symptoms of the "illness" that has been dubbed "mantropy" include a penchant for pedicures, fruit smoothies and small dogs.
Roger Ailes: Cheetosexuality — [snipped quote] Screensavers. Can you get any more butch than that?
Ace: Mantropy: The Silent Killer — Goofy but kinda true: [snipped quote] Well, if Maxim says it, it must be true!
Bill @INDCJournal: "A Silent Killer" — Beware "Mantropy:" [snipped quote] In the States this affliction is better known as "Ryan Seacrest Syndrome."
Orrin Judd: ANOTHER TREND BLITHELY IGNORED (via Rob Swadosh): Become more macho or risk your extinction, men told (Chris Hastings...

Amir Taheri: Islamist regime in total control
  The Australian   —   Permalink 
ZAMINLARZEH! The word, that means earthquake in Persian, is on every mouth in Iran as the nation tries to absorb the shock of Friday's election that catapulted a little-known figure into the position of President of the Islamic Republic.
Arthur Chrenkoff: If you want some more sober analysis of Iran, have a look at Amir Taheri's latest, as well as this backgrounder by MEMRI.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Reporters' Appeal in Leak Case
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The United States Supreme Court declined today to hear the cases of two reporters facing jail time for refusing to testify about conversations with their confidential sources.
Armando @DailyKos: Schadenfreude: Wishing Miller Ill, But What of Freedom of the Press? Judith Miller said: [snipped quote] Haha!
Kriston @BeggingToDiffer: DON'T SEND OUR GUY — The ethics surrounding the right of a reporter to spurn the justice system in order to protect a...
Garrett M. Graff: > E&P and the NYT lays out the future.
Avedon Carol: The Supremes also sent Matthew Cooper and Judith Miller's case back to the federal district court, meaning they might...
DavidNYC @DailyKos: Refuses to hear appeal from reporters Judy Miller and Matt Cooper in the Plame case.
Garance Franke-Ruta: To Armando over at DailyKos for standing up against the media-bashing hordes and decrying the Supreme Court's decision...
Also: Steve Soto, Paul Glastris, Fontana Labs

Army Recruits Quickly Abused in Training
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
FORT KNOX, Ky. — The recruits of Echo Company stumbled off the bus for basic training at Fort Knox to the screams of red-faced drill instructors. That much was expected. But it got worse from there.
Echo Company's top drill instructor seized a recruit by the back of the neck and threw him to the ground.
James Joyner: Army Recruits Quickly Abused in Training (AP) "The recruits of Echo Company stumbled off the bus for basic training at Fort Knox to the screams of red-faced drill instructors.
Captain Ed: And On The Seventh Day, We Prosecuted 'Em — The Washington Post posts an AP report this afternoon about boot-camp abuse...
John Cole: I Just Hate Stories Like Me — This just pisses me off (told you I would come back angry): [snipped quote] This happened...
McQ: Welcome to club "Dumb Ass" — There isn't now, nor has there ever been, any place for this sort of behavior in the...
Jeralyn Merritt: Army Recruits Abused at Basic Training — As if the U.S. military didn't have enough scandals going between Abu Ghraib,...
Cookie Jill: "- wapo"

The Chinese Challenge
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Fifteen years ago, when Japanese companies were busily buying up chunks of corporate America, I was one of those urging Americans not to panic. You might therefore expect me to offer similar soothing words now that the Chinese are doing the same thing.
Michael @AmericaBlog: Paul Krugman weighs in on the debate over China buying up major players in our economy like Maytag and Unocal.
Aaron @LiquidList: Krugman's piece yesterday was good in the New York Times. But there's an article in this morning's Times that's worth a read as well.
Jon Henke: Paul Krugman almost manages to make it through an entire column without a partisan swipe at the Bush administration. Almost.
Brad DeLong: But we do need Chinese help on North Korea, and we are very vulnerable to a cut-off of capital inflows The Chinese...
Alex Tabarrok: His abandonment of economics has long been plain, Krugman's abandonment of liberalism was announced in yesterday's commentary on China.
Avedon Carol: Paul Krugman thinks China's attempts to buy "chunks of corporate America" is a lot more worrying than back in the day when the buyer was Japan.
Also: Steve Antler, Matthew Yglesias, Daniel Drezner, Tyler Cowen

Poll: Optimism on Iraq Is Premature
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
A majority of Americans reject claims by the Bush administration that the insurgency in Iraq is weakening and are divided on whether victory over the insurgents will have a major impact on terrorism elsewhere in the world, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Cori Dauber: And a new poll from the Washington Post/ABC makes clear that things are very, very fragile — but there's no doubt that...
Glenn Reynolds: IT SEEMS THAT PRESIDENT BUSH'S STRATEGY ON IRAQ IS MORE POPULAR than a lot of people seem to think: [snipped quote] 52% think our presence in Iraq is good for America.
Juan Cole: About three quarters of Americans believe that the guerrilla movement in Iraq is either maintaining its strength or growing in strength.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Insurgency by the numbers — What do Americans believe?
Rich Lowry: PUBLIC OPINION ON IRAQ—COULD BE WORSE — According to the new Washington Post poll, only one in eight want an immediate...
Steve Soto: Dick "Last Throes" Cheney, whom a new Washington Post poll says has lost all credibility with the American public about Iraq, has resorted to taking shots at Chuck Hagel.
Also: James Wolcott, Garance Franke-Ruta, Gerry @DalyThoughts, Zoe Kentucky, Armando @DailyKos, Taegan Goddard

Keller Says 'N.Y. Times' Must Look Beyond Its Urban, Liberal Base
  Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK In a lengthy memo published the newspaper's Web site, Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, announced several new policies in response to a recent report by the paper's Credibility Committee.
Tom Maguire: This continues a discussion we first picked up on in early May.
Billmon: For the life of me I can't find it on the site but I did come across this description of it in Editor & Publisher
Avedon Carol: It won't work, though. New York Times committing suicide.
McQ: The NY Times Bill Keller issued a memo calling for a change in the "culture" of the NY Times to make those it employs more representative of the US as a whole.
Michelle Malkin: According to E&P, executive editor Bill Keller has announced a new "diversity" initiative: [quote] The aim, he wrote, is "to...[end quote]
Stefan Beck: The Times's Credibility Committee—surely the most overworked committee in the business, says Tim Blair—has persuaded...
Also: Echidne, Atrios, Sam Rosenfeld, Mitch Berg

Court: File-Sharing Services May Be Sued
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Internet file-sharing services will be held responsible if they intend for their customers to use software primarily to swap songs and movies illegally, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting warnings that the lawsuits will stunt growth of cool tech gadgets such as the next iPod.
Radley Balko: The Grokster decision will undoubtedly impair technological innovation.
Avedon Carol: Everybody's talkin' — The Supremes sent the file-sharing case back to the lower court, saying that if the creators of...
Jan Haugland: THE EXPECTED SUPREME COURT RULING in the Grokster file sharing case ended in an unanimous shock ruling for the media...
Barry L. Ritholtz: They just rolled out Google Video, a search tool that lets you find video on the Web; If you then download what you...
Michelle Malkin: SCOTUS WATCH: FILE-SHARING COMPANIES CAN BE SUED — The SCOTUS struck a big blow for digital copyright protections this morning.
Ed Cone: Rocked Grokster — Rocked Grokster: Supreme Court says file-sharing sevices can be sued, "rejecting warnings that the...
Also: Jacob Sullum, Tyler Cowen, Jeralyn Merritt, Atrios

Court Splits on Ten Commandments Displays
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday upheld the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments on government land, but drew the line on displays inside courthouses, saying they violated the doctrine of separation of church and state.
Captain Ed: SCOTUS: Decalogue For We But Not For Thee — The Supreme Court released its long-awaited decision on the display of the...
Avedon Carol: Meanwhile, the Court split over the Ten Commandments.
Billmon: The 11th Commandment — Thou shalt honor thy Sandra Day O'Connor: [snipped quote] Warning! Satire Alert!
Jayson @PoliPundit: Essentially, the Court ruled in favor of more litigation on the subject. Here's the media's version of events.
Ann Althouse: All eyes turn to Justice Breyer, who voted with the Chief Justice and Justices Kennedy, Scalia, and Thomas, to produce a...
Will Baude: Swings — At the moment, this AP story on the Ten Commandments cases contains the following claims: "In that 5-4 ruling...
Also: Dr. Steven Taylor, Jeralyn Merritt, Joe @AmericaBlog

What I Saw at Gitmo
  Front Page Magazine   —   Permalink 
Last week, I was privileged to be part of a Department of Defense trip to the Joint Task Force - Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I got to see the operations of this "controversial" facility up-close - something particularly important after Sen. Richard Durbin's comparison of its guard to Nazi stormtroopers and calls of leftists to shut the center down.
Charles Johnson: What I Saw at Gitmo — Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu toured the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, and here's what he saw.
Clayton Cramer: An Alternative View of Gitmo — This is by someone who visited Gitmo recently, and is terribly concerned about abuse...
McQ: Another article about Gitmo here.
Captain Ed: UPDATE: Don't miss this report from a high-ranking military officer about the abuse occurring at Gitmo ... the real abuse.
La Shawn Barber: "[Emphasis added] (Source)

Supreme Court bars Ten Commandments at courthouses
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday upheld the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments on government land, but drew the line on displays inside courthouses, saying they violated the doctrine of separation of church and state.
John Hawkins: Court Allows 10 Commandments on Seized Land — Satire By Scott Ott — In a pair of rulings on the constitutionality of...
Joe Gandelman: Supreme Court Commandments Split Portends Big Political Battle — When the Supreme Court today handed down split...
Todd Pearson: More Supreme Court action — Supreme Court bars Ten Commandments at courthouses The conservatives are on a losing streak.
Tarek @LiquidList: Politics: Thou Shalt Not Make Anyone Happy — The Supreme Court decided today that some displays of the 10 Commandments were legal and some were not.
James Joyner: Supreme Court bars Ten Commandments at courthouses (AP) [snipped quote] Off to teach a class and have not had time to read the opinions, assuming they're already available online.
Ann Althouse: The first Ten Commandments decision. CNN reports: [snipped quote] UPDATE: And the second case goes the other way.

Politics: Jeb Bush's Surprise Move
  Newsweek   —   Permalink 
What's this?
July 4 issue - Jeb Bush's request (that a state attorney investigate alleged discrepancies in Michael Schiavo's statements about how long he took to call 911 after Terri's collapse) startled even his closest confidants.
Joe Gandelman: Forget all the talk from Dad George Bush that his son won't go for it in 2008, Newsweek in effect says, Jeb Bush is...
Orrin Judd: Politics: Jeb Bush's Surprise Move (Arian Campo-Flores and Lynn Waddell, 7/04/05, Newsweek) [snipped quote] Especially...
Taegan Goddard: Florida governor Jeb Bush's (R) decision to investigate Michael Schiavo's statements surprised "even his closest...
Alexander K. McClure: 2008 Republican Presidential Nomination — It seems that Governor Jeb Bush may be thinking about seeking the GOP nomination in 2008.

Supreme Court Won't Hear CIA Leak Case
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rejected appeals Monday from two journalists who have refused to testify before a grand jury about the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity.
Radley Balko: The journalism cases will further intimidate reporters from publishing leaked information, which will make government less acountable.
Michelle Malkin: Editor and Publisher's coverage here. Washington Post here. Some liberals, who disliked Miller's WMD reportage, are gloating over the journalists' loss.
Jeralyn Merritt: Reporters Lose in Leaks Case — Via Scotus Blog: [snipped quote] News coverage here.
Jim Romenesko: Associated Press: The reporters face up to 18 months in jail for refusing to reveal sources as part of an investigation into who divulged the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame.
Jeff Quinton: CIA leak case "The Supreme Court rejected appeals Monday from two journalists who have refused to testify before a...
Atrios: Bye Bye Judy — We'll miss you.

Supreme Court splits on Ten Commandments
  By / Christian Science Monitor   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - In a major showdown over the presentation of religious symbols and sacred text on public property, the US Supreme Court has made it somewhat easier for government officials to justify displays like the Ten Commandments.
Joe Carter: No Other God: Christians, Commandments, and the Court In two important church-state rulings announced yesterday, the...
Joe Gandelman: "Meanwhile, theChristian Science Monitor sees it this way: "In a major showdown over the presentation of religious...

Commandment Displays Allowed on Some Government Property
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, June 27 - The Supreme Court ruled today that displaying the Ten Commandments on government property does not necessarily violate the constitutional principle that there must be a separation between church and state.
John Cole: The Dobson Test — The NY Times has this write-up of the Ten Commandments decision (should we refer to this as the 11th Commandment?)
David Allan Pell: The Supreme Court was split on the issue of displaying the Ten Commandments on government land: The Supreme Court ruled...
Stephen: SCOTUS splits on Ten Commandments — Justices Allow a Commandments Display, Bar Others - New York Times "Let my people go ... er, stay."
Steve Bainbridge: The 10 Commandments Case — The NY Times reports: [snipped quote] I can sort of see the logic of the distinction, but...

Rove speech exposes fundamental split
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"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9-11 in the attacks and prepared for war. Liberals saw the savagery of the 9-11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.
Barbara O'Brien: Worse, they accuse us of hating America because we refuse to enable their betrayal of the 3,000 dead.
Betsy Newmark: Michael Barone writes about the kerfuffle over Karl Rove's words and says that the problem is that the Democratic Party...
Orrin Judd: SPLITSVILLE: Rove speech exposes fundamental split (Michael Barone, June 27, 2005, Townhall) [snipped quote] The...
Brad Plumer: Pro-Therapy and Understanding — In the wake of this puerile Michael Barone column, just one more point about Karl Rove and Afghanistan.
Richard Reeb: Michael Barone, political analyst par excellence, reminds readers of that fundamental political divide, but also cites...

Opinion is cheap. Facts rule, OK?
  By / The Age   —   Permalink 
I want to use this first column to speak up in support of a simple but undervalued fact about journalists. They find things out.
Finding things out involves trying hard to talk to people you don't know and who have no reason for wanting to talk to you.
John Quiggin: On the same topic, I was going to respond to this piece by Margaret Simons about bloggers and journalists but, as often...
Tim Dunlop: If you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail — In an opinion piece about opinion pieces and other matters of media...

China and Unocal
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN Alan Greenspan teamed up with Treasury Secretary John Snow to urge calm when they went before a Senate committee last week. Once again, politicians and policy wonks are up in arms about a foreign takeover of an American company, in this case the attempted acquisition of Unocal by China's National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).
Daniel Drezner: In the Weekly Standard, Irwin Stezler offers some reasons for why China now is different from Japan back then: "Once...
Jim Henley: Speaking of which, does the fact that the same crowd is once again insisting that we have always been at war with...
Matthew Yglesias: Irwin Steltzer in The Weekly Standard and Paul Krugman in The New York Times each consider the possibility that fears of...

Cops Can't Be Sued for Restraining Orders
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police cannot be sued for how they enforce restraining orders, ending a lawsuit by a Colorado woman who claimed police did not do enough to prevent her estranged husband from killing her three young daughters.
SK Bubba: UPDATE: Ruled that police cannot be sued for how they enforce restraining orders, ending a lawsuit by a Colorado woman...
Radley Balko: And while there may have been federalism implications in the restraining order case that I'm not aware of, but it seems...
Robert Clayton Dean: Not responsible — In another of the cases dumped on an unsuspecting public today, the last day of the US Supreme...
Vox Day: UPDATE - and once again, it is demonstrated that you cannot expect the police to defend you and your family.

Cable Companies Don't Need to Share Lines
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that cable companies may keep rival Internet providers from using their lines, a decision that will limit competition and consumers' choices.
McQ: Supreme Court: Internet access — I believe the SC got this one right (although I'm not sure I agree with their reasoning).
Jeff Quinton: Broadband ruling "The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that cable companies may keep rival Internet providers from using...
Michelle Malkin: In a bit of editorializing, AP reports that the decision "will limit competition and consumers' choices."

Web Site Makes Gov't. Reports Available
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - A new Web site aims to make widely available to the public certain government reports about topics from terrorism to Social Security that congressional researchers prepare and distribute now only to lawmakers.
None of the reports is classified or otherwise restricted.
Rara: Center for Democracy and Technology has stepped up and launched a great new website to search CRS reports: AP:...
SK Bubba: Congressional Research Reports for the People — Here's an interesting new web site. And here's some background.
Matt Singer: A Washington non-profit is looking to provide searchable CRS reports on its website, since the GOP majorities in DC seem...

How did the far Left manage to slip into bed with the Jew-hating Right?
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
WHEN I WAS YOUNG, smug centrists used to tell me that the extremes of Right and Left would, extended far enough, meet somewhere round the back. And I never quite believed it. But here's a story that seems to suggest that it really can happen. Indulge me . . .
Harry @HarrysPlace: Aaronovitch on the Atzmon affair. Gene adds: It's interesting to see which websites have published Gilad Atzmon's ringing defense of the SWP.
Norm Geras: In bed with anti-Semites — Read David Aaronovitch in today's Times on Gilad Atzmon, Israel Shamir, Paul Eisen - and the SWP.

U.S. Has Plans to Again Make Own Plutonium
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The Bush administration is planning the government's first production of plutonium 238 since the cold war, stirring debate over the risks and benefits of the deadly material. The substance, valued as a power source, is so radioactive that a speck can cause cancer.
Barbara O'Brien: In other nuclear/WTF? news we read in the New York Times that the "U.S. Has Plans to Again Make Own Plutonium."
Echidne: Meanwhile, in the U.S. : "The Bush administration is planning the government's first production of plutonium 238 since...
Jeff Quinton: Wizbang linked with Supreme Court Session Closes - Hollywood Wins Big, Reporters Lose, Ten Commandments Split — The...
Jonah Goldberg: 2, 4, 6, 8...WHAT DO WE APPRECIATE? Plutonium 238!

Grokster Roundtable
  WSJ   —   Permalink 
The Supreme Court's decision in the entertainment industry's lawsuit against Grokster and other file-sharing networks has broad implications for Hollywood and the recording industry, as well as Silicon Valley.
Jeff Jarvis: Susan Crawford, who knows whereof she blogs, is awaiting the decisions to say more but offers this
Jeralyn Merritt: Grokster Loses — Via Scotus Blog: The Court rules against Grokster and StreamCast: [snipped quote] News coverage of decision here.

Pooh Mourns Tigger, Piglet
  By / E! Online   —   Permalink 
'Twas a sad weekend in Hundred Acre Wood.
Paul Winchell, the early TV pioneer best remembered for creating a string of cartoon voices, most famously Winnie the Pooh's pal Tigger, died Friday. A day later, John Fiedler, the veteran stage and screen actor who voiced Piglet, passed away.
John Cole: Massacre at Hundred Acre — Tigger- dead. Piglet- dead. Pooh- Scared to death and in mourning: [snipped quote] Sad.
Orrin Judd: OH, MY (via AWW): Pooh Mourns Tigger, Piglet (Josh Grossberg, Jun 28, 2005, CNN) [snipped quote] Supposedly, Winchell's last words were: "Piglet still survives..."

File-Sharing Networks Can Be Held Liable, Court Rules
  AP   —   Permalink 
Internet file-sharing services will be held responsible if they intend for their customers to use software primarily to swap songs and movies illegally, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting warnings that the lawsuits will stunt growth of cool tech gadgets such as the next iPod.
DavidNYC @DailyKos: Remands Grokster case. Note: This does not mean that Grokster is liable for copyright infringement, but rather that the case against the company can go to trial.
Dr. Steven Taylor: Intriguing: File Sharing Networks Can be Held Liable — More from the SC: File-Sharing Networks Can Be Held Liable,...
Kevin Drum: The ruling seems pretty unexceptional to me, though. Here's the key sentence: [snipped quote] Italics mine.

You ain't seen nothing yet
  AP   —   Permalink 
Christian America's political arm is more complex and more dynamic than it first appears. And it will be hard to stop
THIS week, for the fourth year in a row, President George Bush broke from affairs of state to address the Southern Baptist Convention.
C3 @Centerfield: America's Religious Right (and center and...) The Economist this week have a wonderful overview of the Religious Right and politics.
Orrin Judd: EARLY ON: You ain't seen nothing yet: Christian America's political arm is more complex and more dynamic than it first appears.

Obesity in U.S. carries hefty price tag
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
CHICAGO - Americans' losing battle against the bulge also bears a burgeoning price tag, with the amount of money spent treating obesity-related health problems increasing tenfold over 15 years, a study said on Monday.
Brian Keegan: The High Cost of Only Counting Some of the Costs — According to Obesity in U.S. carries hefty price tag, we can cut healthcare costs by tackling the problem of obesity.
Radley Balko: Obesity and Healthcare — I haven't had time to take a thorough look at today's alarmist study on healthcare spending...

Iraqi students say arrested for wearing jeans
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Students in the Shi'ite Muslim religious Iraqi city of Najaf said that police recently arrested and beat several of them for wearing jeans and having long hair.

"They beat us in front of the people.
Ross @TheTalentShow: COBRAAAA! "Students in the Shi'ite Muslim religious Iraqi city of Najaf said that police recently arrested and beat several of them for wearing jeans and having long hair."
Chris @AmericaBlog: Freedom and democracy in the new Iraq - girls beaten by police — Iraqi police beat up and shaved the heads of two Iraqi...