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1:00 PM ET, June 17, 2006


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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.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Democrats Outline a Platform for the Fall  —  WASHINGTON, June 16 — Declaring their party "ready for this election," Democratic leaders in Congress on Friday announced the platform they hope to use to regain the majority in November.  —  Their plan, presented at a news conference …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Karl Rove Laughs Last  —  THE LEFTIES AND THE MEDIA are right about Karl Rove.  That's why they're in a dither now that Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has cleared Rove of any criminal wrongdoing in the overblown leak case involving CIA functionary Valerie Plame.
Discussion: Power Line and PrairiePundit
They really, really support the troops  —  Republican congressmen like Walter Jones and Ron Paul hoped that the House of Representatives might have a serious debate about the future of a war that has claimed 2,500 American lives.  Dennis Hastert, John Boehner and others in the Republican leadership thought …
Discussion: Big Lizards
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 …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
House Rejects Timetable for Iraq Pullout
Discussion: USS Neverdock
How the Chicks survived their scrap with Bush  —  Adam Sweeting assesses how the Dixie Chicks have weathered a political storm  —  Will it be the salmon teriyaki with organic greens, or asparagus tempura and tuna sashimi?  As the waiter hovers with pencil poised, the Dixie Chicks debate …
Discussion: QandO and Blue Crab Boulevard
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Baghdad explosions bring Iraq toll to 23  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - A series of explosions struck commercial areas in Baghdad within hours Saturday, killing at least 17 people and dealing a blow to a huge government operation to secure the capital.  —  The blasts — seven within five hours …
Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:
Captured papers show weakening insurgency
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and AMERICAblog
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Contradictions Cloud Inquiry Into 24 Iraqi Deaths  —  What really happened in Haditha on Nov. 19, 2005?  —  On that day, marines killed 24 Iraqi civilians, including 10 women and children and an elderly man in a wheelchair.  But how and why it happened and who ultimately bears responsibility are matters of profound dispute.
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: The Heretik and TalkLeft
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon details U.S. abuse of detainees
Discussion: lgf: lost and found
Washington Post:
Indictment Rejected For Rep. McKinney  —  A D.C. grand jury has decided not to indict Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) for scuffling with a U.S. Capitol Police officer this year.  —  U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein issued a statement yesterday saying the decision followed "an extensive and thorough" …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Antiwar Crucible in Connecticut  —  Back in 1962, when Joseph Lieberman was 20, he attended a raucous Democratic state convention in Hartford, Conn. Abraham Ribicoff, the former governor, had decided to leave his post in the Kennedy Cabinet to run for the Senate.
Discussion: Daily Kos and LamontBlog
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser  —  Weekly Part 4: where do we go from here?  —  Three weeks ago, we began what has now turned into a four-part series: … A week later, we elaborated on the notion that the "dominant political force of our time is the media," with a look back at more than a decade …
Associated Press:
Records: Press aide knew online chat risks  —  BARTOW, Fla. - In Internet and phone chats with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, a Department of Homeland Security press aide talked about underage sex, boasted about his job and called President Bush a "liar," according to transcripts released by prosecutors.
The Raw Story:   Alleged pedophile, former Homeland Security press aide talked sex …
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Moving Ahead, Rather Throws Sad Look Back  —  The 74-year-old man with the Mets cap pulled far down on his forehead slid into a booth at a diner on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and ordered a glass of milk without so much as turning a head — so quietly, in fact, that it was hard to believe it was Dan Rather.
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Ron Brynaert / The Raw Story:
Rove: Right use Net to 'broaden our appeal,' while left use …
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Roy / alicublog:
FIRST RULE IS/THE LAWS OF GERMANY.  My reaction to "Hadji Girl" is: fine, go ahead.
Discussion: James Wolcott
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
On the Market Again
Discussion: PoliBlog
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
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Olivier Knox / Agence France Presse:
Guns, guide, gobs of wine among Bush gifts in 2004
Discussion: Alphecca
New York Times:
New Jersey Demands Data on Phone Call Surveillance and Is Sued by U.S.
Discussion: Amygdala
Martin Peretz / The Plank: