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4:35 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.
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 …
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Democrats to run in `New Direction'
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Bipartisan Query: Will 2006 Reprise 1994?
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
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 …
Associated Press:
House Votes to Kick Rep. Jefferson Off Committee  —  WASHINGTON — The House stripped embattled Democratic Rep. William Jefferson of his committee seat on Friday, one day after Democrats recommended taking action against the Louisiana lawmaker ensnared in a bribery scandal.
Discussion: BitsBlog and Macsmind
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Gina Holland / Associated Press:
Top court upholds no-knock police search  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court made it easier Thursday for police to barge into homes and seize evidence without knocking or waiting, a sign of the court's new conservatism with Samuel Alito on board.  —  The court, on a 5-4 vote …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Democrats.com
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Top Sunni asked Bush for pullout timeline  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's vice president has asked President Bush for a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq, the Iraqi president's office said.  —  Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, a Sunni, made the request during his meeting …
Eriposte / The Left Coaster:
Uranium from Africa: Who forged the bogus Iraq-Niger uranium sale "accord" and why?  —  I am pleased to report on an important development in the Nigergate story, based in part on collaborative sleuthing with investigative reporter Solomon Hughes from the British publication Private Eye.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Greg Palast / gregpalast.com:
Massacre of the Buffalo Soldiers  —  African-American Voters Scrubbed by Secret GOP Hit List  —  As reported for Democracy Now!  —  Palast, who first reported this story for BBC Television Newsnight (UK) and Democracy Now!  (USA), is author of the New York Times bestseller, Armed Madhouse.
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
 
 
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