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5:35 AM ET, June 17, 2006


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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.
Washington Post:
Indictment Rejected For Rep. McKinney
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and TalkLeft
Nathan Burchfiel / CNSNews:
Black Republican Will Challenge Cynthia McKinney
Discussion: The American Mind
Washington Post:
Fall Elections Are Rove's Next Test  —  Reputation as Architect of Victory at Stake  —  White House political strategist Karl Rove emerges from the CIA leak case with his reputation scuffed, his power slightly diminished, and Republicans counting on him, once again, to help rescue their House and Senate majorities.
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
Rove's Trap  —  The president's strategist is politicizing the Iraq war for partisan political gain.  Will the Dems figure out how to fight back?  —  June 16, 2006 - Our towel-snapping president is feeling better.  He joked and jostled with the press for almost an hour, high on adrenalin after his secret trip to Baghdad.
Discussion: RuminateThis and News Hounds
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.
Robin Toner / New York Times:
House Rejects Timetable for Withdrawal From Iraq  —  WASHINGTON, June 16 — The House approved a resolution on Friday that promises "completion of the mission" in Iraq and rejects any "arbitrary" deadline for an American troop withdrawal.  —  But the vote, which followed a day of intense …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Pentagon Study Describes Abuse by Units in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON, June 16 — United States Special Operations troops employed a set of harsh, unauthorized interrogation techniques against detainees in Iraq during a four-month period in early 2004, long after approval for their use was rescinded …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon details U.S. abuse of detainees
Discussion: the talking dog
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: neo-neocon and
Larry Ribstein / Ideoblog:
Lucian Bebchuk, shareholder activist  —  Lucian Bebchuk is the Townsend Professor of Law, Economics and Finance at the Harvard Law School, and Director of Harvard's Program on Corporate Governance.  Much more importantly for present purposes, he's also the owner of 140 shares of CA, Inc. stock.
Gordon Smith / Conglomerate Blog:   Bebchuk v. CA, Inc.
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 …
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: NO QUARTER 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
George / SEIXON:
Sex, Drugs, and Partisan Hate  —  I guess I shouldn't have emboldened blowhard Larry Johnson the other day by defending him from the troop-hating depths at TPMCafe.  With the shocking news (shocking to Larry that is) that Rove is not going to be indicted in the Plame investigation, it seems he has become a little Mr. Cranky Bear.
U.S. Newswire:
Karl Rove Gives Exclusive Interview to New Hampshire Activist Network  —  MANCHESTER, N.H., June 16 /U.S. Newswire/ — Leading up to his appearance at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee's annual dinner, Karl Rove granted an exclusive interview to …
Olivier Knox / Agence France Presse:
Guns, guide, gobs of wine among Bush gifts in 2004  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - World leaders showered US President George W. Bush in 2004 with gifts including guns, cases of wine and one "Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook," the US State Department reported.  —  Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah gave Bush …
Discussion: Alphecca
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Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:
Captured papers show weakening insurgency
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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Dean / Dean's World:
My Favorite Punk Rock Song: Death Or Glory
Discussion: Wizbang and f.t.t.w.
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Initial report on Haditha killings complete
Militants hack off noses, tongues
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Setting deadline for troops' withdrawal will backfire
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A Shift Among the Evangelicals
Discussion: Preemptive Karma
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
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John Byrne / The Raw Story:
New Bush policy adviser said he'd support jail for doctors who performed abortions
Ray Robison / Fox News:
Documents Support Saddam-Taliban Connection
Liz Marlantes / ABCNEWS:
Amid Iraq Debate, a Document Mystery
Hillary Profita / Public Eye:
Outside Voices: Dan Bobkoff Suggests The Network Newscasts Shake Up The Status Quo