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10:55 PM ET, June 16, 2006


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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.
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.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
House Approves Iraq War Resolution
USA Today:
Setting deadline for troops' withdrawal will backfire
Discussion: QandO
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 …
Mark Pazniokas / Hartford Courant:
Lamont Tagged By `Bear' Spot
Grand jury declines to indict Rep. McKinney  —  Investigation of alleged assault is finished, U.S. attorney says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A grand jury has declined to indict Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Georgia, who was accused of punching a Capitol Police officer in March.
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Rep. McKinney Won't Be Charged in Scuffle  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A grand jury declined to indict Rep. Cynthia McKinney on Friday in connection with a confrontation in which she admitted hitting a police officer who tried to stop her from entering a House office building.
Discussion: Decision '08 and Sister Toldjah
Gail Shister /
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 …
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
No knock, no joke: SCOTUS and the Fourth Amendment  —  The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Thursday that the police can violate the "knock-and-announce" rule to search someone's property and use the evidence anyway.  This decision could seriously weaken Fourth Amendment rights.
Mark Moller / Cato-at-liberty:
The Fourth Amendment as Legal Fiction  —  Conservative lawyering has aspired to create rules that restrain the ad hoc policymaking power of judges.  The idea is that judges, ensconced among leatherbound books in oak-paneled chambers, don't make good legislators.
New York Post:
TERRORIST DEFEATISM  —  June 16, 2006 — IRAQ's government just released the first insider documents captured from terrorists in the raids surrounding Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death.  The contents will horrify America haters in our media but won't surprise Post readers:  —  We're winning.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Left in the West and PoliBlog
Associated Press:
House Votes to Kick Rep. Jefferson Off Committee
Discussion: BitsBlog and Macsmind
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Shiite Militias Control Prisons, Official Says  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq's prison system is overrun with Shiite Muslim militiamen who have freed fellow militia members convicted of major crimes and executed Sunni Arab inmates, the country's deputy justice minister said in an interview this week.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Power Line
New York Times:
New Jersey Demands Data on Phone Call Surveillance and Is Sued by U.S.  —  TRENTON, June 15 — The New Jersey attorney general has issued subpoenas to five telephone companies to determine whether any of them violated the state's consumer protection laws by providing records to the National Security Agency.
Discussion: Amygdala
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.
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