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4:00 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?
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and Hot Air
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 …
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.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Dems Remove Jefferson from Committee Seat on 99-to-58 Vote; Pelosi Rejected Jefferson Deal  —  99 to 58.  That was the final tally among House Democrats to remove Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) from his seat on the Ways and Means Committee.  So a number of Democrats outside the 43 member Congressional Black Caucus voted no.
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Party Urges Jefferson To Leave Committee
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.
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 …
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
Michelle Malkin:
"WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD"  —  The obscene, abusive, unhinged jerk Keith Olbermann earns his own prize.  —  His book, "Worst Person in the World," is due out in September.  —  The "worst person" designation, he told a reporter last December, is "for somebody who's wrong and egregiously stupid and abusing their own position."
Sen. John Kerry / Philadelphia Inquirer:
Bring U.S. troops home by end of '06  —  Half of those whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial were lost after America's leaders knew our strategy would not succeed.  It was immoral then, and it is immoral now, to be quiet or equivocal in the face of such delusion.
 
 
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