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11:00 AM ET, June 13, 2006


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David Johnston / New York Times:
Rove Won't Be Charged in C.I.A. Leak Case  —  WASHINGTON, June 13 — The prosecutor in the C.I.A. leak case on Monday advised Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, that he would not be charged with any wrongdoing, effectively ending the nearly three-year criminal investigation that had at times focused intensely on Mr. Rove.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Dodging CIPA Graymail Bullets...And Other Legal Notes  —  I've been a bit busy the last few days (and still am, as well as being exhausted and missing my peanut...again), but after taking some time to do a brief roundabout on the legal news of the last coupla days, I am compelled to jot a few notes on the doings in a few courtrooms.
Discussion: Classical Values
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
No Charges Against Rove  —  David Johnston of the Times tells us that Fitzmas will be indefinitely postponed: … Let me gulp down some crow - last May 8, I pegged the probability of a Rove indictment at 70%; a few days ago, I marked that down to 50% - well, at least I had the trend right.
John Solomon / Associated Press:
Rove won't be charged in CIA leak case  —  WASHINGTON - Top White House aide Karl Rove has been told by prosecutors he won't be charged with any crimes in the investigation into the leak of a CIA officer's identity, his lawyer said Tuesday, lifting a heavy burden from one of President Bush's most trusted advisers.
Washington Post:
Karl Rove Won't Be Charged in CIA Leak Case  —  Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has told White House aide Karl Rove that he does not expect to seek charges against him in connnection with the CIA leak case, Rove's lawyer said today.  —  In a statement this morning, Robert Luskin …
Los Angeles Times:
EPA Rule Loosened After Oil Chief's Letter to Rove  —  The White House says the executive's appeal had no role in changing a measure to protect groundwater.  Critics call it a political payoff.  —  WASHINGTON — A rule designed by the Environmental Protection Agency to keep groundwater …
Discussion: Air America Radio
Fox News:
Lawyer: Karl Rove Won't Be Charged in CIA Leak Case
Commissar / The Politburo Diktat:   Merry Fitzmas  —  Rove Won't Be Charged in C.I.A. Leak Case
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Bush Meets With Iraqi PM in Surprise Trip  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — President Bush, seeking to bolster support for Iraq's burgeoning goverment and U.S. war policy at home, made a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday to meet newly named Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and discuss the next steps in the troubled 3-year-old war.
New York Times:
White House Hones a Strategy for Post-Zarqawi Era  —  President Bush, flanked by Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other advisers, discussed Iraq at Camp David on Monday.  At the end of the day, Mr. Bush began …
Bush makes surprise visit to Baghdad
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Wonkette
Jerusalem Post:
Report: IDF didn't shell Gaza beach  —  The IDF probe investigating the deaths of seven Palestinian civilians, caused by an explosion on a beach in Gaza on Friday evening, concluded that chances were slim that the accident was caused by IDF shelling.  —  According to the findings …
CBS News:
Poll: Zarqawi Death Has Little Impact  —  Most Americans Still Say War's Going Badly; Bush's Ratings Remain Low  —  (CBS) The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has done little to improve views of how things are going for the U.S. in Iraq or boost President Bush's approval ratings, a CBS News poll finds.
Toronto Star:
Terror suspects 'tortured,' lawyers say  —  Tiny solitary cells under constant illumination, a mere 20 minutes of fresh air daily, and beatings at the hands of guards are indicative of the "torture" endured by some of the 17 people accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Canada, lawyers for the group said Monday.
Publication Ban Issued As Terror Suspects Back In Court  —  The terror case took several bizarre twists in a Brampton courthouse Monday.  —  Lawyers for some of those accused emerged from the halls of justice in the morning claiming their clients are being tortured behind bars.
Discussion: Cold Fury, lgf and Jihad Watch
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Allison Romano / Broadcasting & Cable:
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