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3:25 AM ET, June 16, 2006


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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Congress launches into new Iraq debate  —  WASHINGTON - The House erupted in impassioned election-year debate over the Iraq war on Thursday, Republicans defending the conflict as key to winning the global struggle against terrorism while Democrats excoriated President Bush and his policies.
New York Times:
Senate Rejects Call for Iraq Withdrawal  —  WASHINGTON, June 15 — The Senate overwhelmingly rejected a call this afternoon for withdrawal of most American combat troops from Iraq by the end of the year as debates in both houses of Congress mixed high emotion with calculated maneuvering.In the House …
New York Times:
Congress Erupts in Partisan Fight Over War in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON, June 15 — The House and the Senate engaged in angry, intensely partisan debate on Thursday over the war in Iraq, as Republicans sought to rally support for the Bush administration's policies and exploit Democratic divisions …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
After Iraq Visit, an Upbeat Bush Urges Patience
Discussion: Wonkette
Rep. Jefferson loses Democratic caucus vote  —  Black Caucus leader cites racial unfairness  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — With members of the Congressional Black Caucus crying double standard, House Democrats met behind closed doors Thursday and voted to strip Rep. William Jefferson of his seat on the Ways and Means Committee.
David Espo / Associated Press:
House Dems strip Jefferson of assignment  —  WASHINGTON - House Democrats, determined to make an election-year point about ethics, voted 99-58 Thursday night to strip Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record) of his committee assignment while a federal bribery investigation runs its course.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Democrats Vote to Force Jefferson Aside
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Court Backs No-Knock Search  —  A divided Supreme Court ruled today that evidence can be used against a defendant even when seized in violation of a long-standing rule requiring a knock on the door before executing a search warrant.  —  The 5-4 decision, written by Justice Antonin Scalia …
Associated Press:
Police don't have to knock, justices say  —  Alito's vote breaks 4-4 tie in police search case  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police armed with a warrant can barge into homes and seize evidence even if they don't knock, a huge government victory that was decided by President Bush's new justices.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: Exclusionary rule in trouble?  —  The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling on Thursday in the Michigan "knock-and-announce" case raises significant new questions about how sturdy the "exclusionary rule" is as a remedy for constitutional violations by police — especially, but not solely, Fourth Amendment violations.
David Stout / New York Times:   Alito Vote Loosens Limits on Evidence
Washington Post:
Maliki Aide Who Discussed Amnesty Leaves Job  —  Premier Disavows Remarks; Egyptian Seen Replacing Zarqawi  —  BAGHDAD, June 15 — Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office on Thursday accepted the resignation of an aide who had told a reporter that Maliki was considering a limited amnesty …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
American deaths in Iraq reach 2,500 mark  —  WASHINGTON - American deaths since the invasion of Iraq have reached 2,500, marking a grim milestone in the wake of recent events that President Bush hopes will reverse the war's unpopularity at home.  —  The latest death was announced as Congress …
Alexis Debat Reports / The Blotter:
Zarqawi Replacement: Trained Professional  —  Alexis Debat Reports:  —  The mystery man identified by U.S. authorities as the successor to Abu Musab al Zarqawi is an Egyptian with close ties to Osama bin Laden's No. 2 man, Jordanian intelligence officials tell ABC News.
Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
Sacrificing Our Troops on the Altar of Republican Politics  —  Leave it to the Porcine Draft Dodger—Karl Rove—to impugn the character of combat veterans.  Can't blame him for trotting out the same playbook that worked so well in 2004 against the candidacy of John Kerry.  If it worked once it should work again.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Bush Apologizes to L.A. Times Reporter  —  President Bush, who often teases members of the White House press corps, apologized Wednesday after he poked fun at a reporter for wearing sunglasses without realizing they were needed for vision loss.  —  The exchange occurred at a news conference in the Rose Garden.
New York Times:
Bush Says Clearing of Rove Was a Relief
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Hilary Sargent / Senate Majority Project:
Great Moments in Senate Fashion  —  Rick Santorum (R-PA) pulls off the tricky Great-Gatsby-meets-My-Little- Pony look.
Discussion: Wonkette
A Watershed Moment: Media Use Coulter to Suggest Blogs Are Impotent  —  Anybody who watched Ann Coulter's June 14th appearance on the Tonight Show had to realize that it was a watershed moment in the war between the establishment media and the progressive netroots, a community fresh off the successful YearlyKos convention.
Lynda Hurst / Toronto Star:
War on terror called failure  —  Another 9/11 `inevitable,' experts conclude  —  Washington's diplomatic efforts rated 1.8 out of 10  —  Washington is failing to make progress in the global war on terror and the next 9/11-style attack is not a question of if, but when.
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  MR. SNOW: All right.  First let me begin with a statement by the President on the passage of H.R. 4939, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill for the war on terror, Hurricane Katrina recovery and other purposes.  —  "I applaud those members of Congress …
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Human Events:
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Michael Reagan / Human Events:
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Avery Walker / The Raw Story:
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Charles Bremner / Times of London:
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Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
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