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11:30 AM ET, June 16, 2006

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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.
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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.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Party Urges Jefferson To Leave Committee
Discussion: A Blog For All
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:   Bipartisan Query: Will 2006 Reprise 1994?
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Democrats to run in `New Direction'
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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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 …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   House GOP to set up vote on Iraq pullout
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 …
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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.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Austin Bay Blog
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USA Today:
Iraqi leaders: Memo details al-Qaeda plans
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Gina Holland / Associated Press:
Top court upholds no-knock police search
Discussion: Democrats.com
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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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
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Digby / Hullabaloo:   V I Day At Last  —  This is just awesome.  The US found …
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Who Is to Blame for Grief on a Beach?  —  It was another one of those pictures that goes instantly around the world.  A young Palestinian, wailing in wretched sorrow, grieving over her dead father, stepmother and five siblings who had been killed by an explosion on a Gaza beach.  Then came the blame.
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 …
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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