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9:25 AM ET, June 16, 2006

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CNN:
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.
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Democrats Vote to Force Jefferson Aside  —  WASHINGTON, June 15 — House Democrats voted on Thursday night to strip a Louisiana congressman of a key committee position as they tried to avoid any taint of scandal in a year when they want to ride accusations of Republican corruption to election victories.
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Democrats to run in `New Direction'
David Espo / Associated Press:
House Dems strip Jefferson of assignment
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Sameer N. Yacoub / Associated Press:
10 killed, 20 hurt in Iraq mosque bombing  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide bomber struck a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers in Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding 20, police said, as violence persisted in the capital despite a massive security operation aimed at restoring order.
Discussion: Blogs for Bush and AMERICAblog
USA Today:
Iraqi leaders: Memo details al-Qaeda plans
Discussion: Informed Comment and The Agonist
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 …
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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 …
Washington Post:
Parties Face Off Over Iraq War in 11-Hour Debate  —  Congress plunged into a wide-ranging debate over the origins and conduct of the war in Iraq yesterday, with each party excoriating the other for alleged weakness and complacency about the stakes involved.  —  As the Pentagon announced …
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Bill Gates, Version 2.0: Full-Time Philanthropist  —  Three decades after starting the most influential American technology company, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said yesterday that he plans to step down from day-to-day work at the software giant to focus his energy full …
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Court Limits Protection Against Improper Entry  —  WASHINGTON, June 15 — Evidence found by police officers who enter a home to execute a search warrant without first following the requirement to "knock and announce" can be used at trial despite that constitutional violation, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.
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Jerusalem Post:
Iran would 'use nuclear defense'  —  TEHERAN, Iran  —  Iran's defense minister on Thursday vowed that his country would "use nuclear defense as a potential" if "threatened by any power."  —  Speaking following a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Hassan Ali Turkmani in Teheran on Thursday …
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
'06 Race Focuses on the Suburbs, Inner and Outer  —  BELLEVUE, Wash., June 15 — In searching for any advantage in this year's Congressional elections, the two parties are focusing with increased intensity on those cul de sac jungles of tenuous political loyalties, the suburbs and exurbs.
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Associated Press:
Specter Threatens to Subpoena Information on Warrantless Surveilance Program  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter cranked up his dispute with the Bush administration over executive power on Thursday, threatening to subpoena documents on the White House's warrantless surveillance program.
Discussion: Think Progress
Lisa Girion / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. 'Stagflation' Worries Mount  —  Inflation data and a possible Fed rate hike stir fears of prices rising amid a languishing economy.  —  With inflation heating up amid the prospect of another interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve, some economists said Wednesday they were beginning …
David Ibison / Financial Times:
'Real Swedish jobless rate 15%'  —  Sweden's unemployment rate is 15 per cent, three times the figure being used by the government, according to new research from McKinsey Global Institute, the think tank.  —  The consultancy's calculations indicate unemployment is set to rise further …
 
 
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