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6:15 PM ET, June 16, 2006

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Associated Press:
Divided House rejects Iraq pullout date  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday rejected a timetable for pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq, culminating a fiercely partisan debate between Republicans and Democrats feeling the public's apprehension about war and the onrushing midterm campaign season.
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
House GOP to set up vote on Iraq pullout  —  WASHINGTON - House Republicans engineered an election-year debate on Iraq to show support for U.S. troops and force lawmakers, particularly Democrats, to take a position on withdrawing American forces from a conflict that is in its fourth year.
New York Times:
House Rejects Timetable for Iraq Pullout  —  WASHINGTON, June 16 — The House of Representatives voted, 256 to 153, today in favor of a resolution promising to "complete the mission" in Iraq, prevail in the global fight against terrorism and oppose any "arbitrary date for withdrawal" of American troops.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
House Approves Iraq War Resolution  —  Lawmakers Reject Deadline for Troop Withdrawal  —  The House of Representatives, culminating its first extended debate on the war in Iraq, today approved a Republican-sponsored resolution that effectively endorses President Bush's war policy …
rasmussenreports.com:
Connecticut Democratic Primary: Lamont Gaining Traction  —  Leiberman 46% Lamont 40%  —  Senator Joe Lieberman (D) might be better off skipping the Democratic Primary and running as an Independent this November.  The latest Rasmussen Reports survey of the Primary Election shows Lieberman …
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Paul Bass / New Haven Independent:
The Bear Is Back  —  For his latest Karl Rove-ian personal attack ad, Joe Lieberman has retrieved an 18 year-old cartoon bear.  This bear is no Yogi.  —  Lieberman's new ad attacking his challenger in an Aug. 8 Democratic primary for his U.S. Senate seat, Ned Lamont, has shown up on his campaign web site.
Mark Pazniokas / Hartford Courant:
Lamont Tagged By `Bear' Spot
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
U.S. Portrayal Helps Flesh Out Zarqawi's Heir  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 15 — American military officers on Thursday put a face on the new chief of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, releasing a photograph and details of the man they say succeeded Abu Musab al-Zarqawi after he was killed in an airstrike last week.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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StrategyPage:
Al Qaeda in Iraq Died For Our Sins  —  June 16, 2006: Al Qaeda in Iraq has been virtually wiped out by the loss of an address book.  The death of al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi was not as important as the capture of his address book and other planning documents in the wake of the June 7th bombing.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Stay the Course?  What Course?  —  Fresh from his triumphal visit …
Discussion: WTF Is It Now??
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Gail Shister / Philly.com:
Rather out at CBS, sources say  —  It's over.  —  After 44 years, Dan Rather will leave CBS by the end of the month, at the latest, industry sources said Friday.  His departure could come as early as next week.  —  Rather, 74, whose contract runs until late November …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Ray Robison / Fox News:
Documents Support Saddam-Taliban Connection  —  Prologue:  —  Did Saddam Hussein's inner circle and the Taliban rulers in Afghanistan actively court each other in hopes of forging an anti-American alliance in the region?  —  Ray Robison, a former member of the CIA-directed Iraq Survey Group …
Michael Barone / Opinion Journal:
Vietnam, Watergate and Rove  —  Left-wing nostalgia dies hard, but can it survive the events of this week?  —  It has been a tough 10 days for those who see current events through the prisms of Vietnam and Watergate.  First, the Democrats failed to win a breakthrough victory …
Hillary Profita / Public Eye:
Outside Voices: Dan Bobkoff Suggests The Network Newscasts Shake Up The Status Quo  —  Each week we invite someone from outside PE to weigh in with their thoughts about CBS News and the media at large.  This week, we turned to Dan Bobkoff, a Public Eye reader and a reporter covering Massachusetts news for WAMC/Northeast Public Radio.
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
New Bush policy adviser said he'd support jail for doctors who performed abortions  —  On a PBS program aired this weekend and taped in April, new Bush domestic policy adviser Karl Zinsmeister told the host that he would personally support doctors being jailed for performing abortions, RAW STORY has discovered.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Only on The Colbert Report:  —  Only on The Colbert Report:  —  Westmoreland co-sponsors bill on the Ten Commandments and can't even name them  —  Colbert was priceless last night.  His guest was Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland and I guess he never heard of The Colbert Report before.
 
 
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