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11:50 PM ET, June 15, 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 …
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
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 …
Associated Press:
Text of al-Zarqawi Safe-House Document  —  Text of a document discovered in terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's  —  The document was provided in English by Iraqi National  —  Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie:  —  ___  —  The situation and conditions of the resistance in Iraq …
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.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Spinning Zarqawi  —  NOW THAT ABU MUSAB AL ZARQAWI IS DEAD, perhaps the American press can also lay to rest the biggest myth about the mass murderer: that he had nothing to do with Saddam's regime prior to the war.  It is not clear where this claim originated, but it is widely accepted.
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
U.S. Identifies Successor to Zarqawi
Associated Press:
U.S. Identifies al-Zarqawi's Successor
Richard Morin / Washington Post:
What's Black and White and Red All Over?  —  More ink equals more blood, claim two economists who say that newspaper coverage of terrorist incidents leads directly to more attacks.  —  It's a macabre example of win-win in what economists call a "common-interest game," say Bruno S. Frey …
Hotline On Call:
Dean V. DSCC Over Lieberman  —  Jim Dean, bro of the DNC chair and head of Democracy for America, is hopping mad at the DSCC and Chuck Schumer.  —  We reported yesterday that Schumer pointedly declined to rule out supporting Lieberman even if Lieberman's allies were to mount an independent bid on his behalf.
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.
Avery Walker / The Raw Story:
Newly released emails suggest Army Corps lied about Cheney role in Halliburton contract  —  New documents obtained by a conservative watchdog group suggest that the US Army Corp of Engineers may have publicly lied regarding the involvement of the Vice President's office in awarding …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Done With Mirrors
NY Daily News:
Principles Keith can swear by  —  Keith Olbermann's vacation isn't going so well.  —  He was forced to apologize yesterday after more of his E-mails found their way to my inbox and exposed the host of MSNBC's "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" as insulting and frequently obscene …
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 …
Michael Reagan / Human Events:
Democrats Behave Like Sunni Insurgents  —  I've been wondering why there is something familiar about the behavior of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq, and suddenly it dawned on me that we have our own similar insurgency right here at home — it is called the Democrat Party.  —  Think about it.
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