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4:45 AM ET, June 21, 2006

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Associated Press:
Iraqi: U.S. Bodies Showed Signs of Torture  —  An Iraqi military official said Tuesday that the bodies of two missing U.S. soldiers showed signs of torture, and that men appeared to have been killed "in a barbaric way."  Also, the umbrella group for Iraqi insurgents claimed responsibility for the soldiers' deaths.
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Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Bodies of G.I.'s Show Signs of Torture, Iraqi General Says  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 20 — The American military said today that it had found the remains of what appears to be the two American soldiers captured by insurgents last week in an ambush south of the capital, and a senior Iraqi military official …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
U.S. weighs shootdown of N. Korea missile  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is weighing responses to a possible North Korean missile test that include attempting to shoot it down in flight over the Pacific, defense officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
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Alan W. Dowd / TCS Daily:
Star Wars: The Sequel  —  Quietly, almost imperceptibly, outside the glare of the Beltway and beyond the daily chaos of the war on terror, the US military is continuing to piece together an international missile defense system (IMD).  Indeed, spring 2006 has brought with it new support …
David Espo / Associated Press:
GOP leaders: No immigration bill this year  —  WASHINGTON - In a defeat for President Bush, Republican congressional leaders said Tuesday that broad immigration legislation is all but doomed for the year, a victim of election-year concerns in the House and conservatives' implacable opposition …
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Nicole Gaouette / Los Angeles Times:
GOP's Call for Hearings Puts Immigration Overhaul in Limbo
Discussion: ParaPundit
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Kerry extends troop withdrawal date  —  Pushes 2007 deadline in proposal to remove US soldiers from Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John F. Kerry is pushing back by six months the deadline he wants to set for removing combat troops from Iraq, as he seeks to build support in the Senate for his plan for troop withdrawal.
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
On Iraq, Kerry Again Leaves Democrats Fuming  —  WASHINGTON, June 20 — When Senator John Kerry was their presidential nominee in 2004, Democrats fervently wished he would express himself firmly about the Iraq war.  —  Mr. Kerry has found his resolve.  But it has not made his fellow Democrats any happier.
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Nikolas K. Gvosdev / The Washington Realist:
New Details on Al Masri  —  Guest post by Alexis Debat, terrorism consultant for ABC News, a senior fellow at The Nixon Center and a contributing editor to The National Interest  —  The mystery man named again today by US authorities as a successor to Abu Musab al Zarqawi is an Egyptian …
Discussion: Thomas Joscelyn
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Examiner:
Jeralyn Merritt: Bloggers, Karl Rove and the presumption of guilt  —  WASHINGTON - As a criminal defense lawyer, I don't blame Robert Luskin for attacking liberal bloggers in a recent New York Observer interview.  —  Mr. Rove, Mr. Luskin said, had fallen victim to partisans and …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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mcall.com:
Santorum plays catch-up, tries to woo female voters  —  Latest poll shows he trails Democrat Casey among women.  —  | U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, who has some ground to catch up on when it comes to female voters, made a concerted effort Monday to pull more women into his flock of supporters.
Discussion: Dependable Renegade
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Christine Olley / Philadelphia Daily News:
In plain English, Rick backs Vento
Discussion: Attytood and From The Roots
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The NBA is rigged ?  Please..  —  Im used to getting emails from fans claiming the NBA is this or that.  The NBA wants a team to win based on market size.  The NBA doesnt want me to win because the league doesnt like me.  So and so has money on the game.  The NBA makes more money when the series goes 7 games.
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Look to Keep Minimum Wage on Table  —  Republicans Likely to Face  —  Election-Year Fight on Calls  —  To Raise the Federal Rate  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats aim to make the minimum wage a maximum political problem for Republicans this election year.
Eric Rich / Washington Post:
Merrill Apparently Shot Himself On the Bay  —  Philip Merrill, the prominent publisher and former diplomat whose body was found floating in the Chesapeake Bay on Monday, suffered from a heart condition and apparently took his own life, his family said last night.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
High Infidelity  —  What if three admitted adulterers run for president and no one cares?  —  Last month, The New York Times published a 2,000-word, front-page dissection of Bill and Hillary Clinton's marriage.  It contained no real news, few named sources, and plenty of gossip masquerading as political coverage.
James Glanz / New York Times:
Army Cancels Contract for Iraqi Prison  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 19 — The Army Corps of Engineers said Monday that it had canceled a $99.1 million contract with Parsons, one of the largest companies working in Iraq, to build a prison north of Baghdad after the firm fell more than two years behind schedule …
White House:
Vice President's Remarks at the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize Luncheon Followed by Q&A  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you all very much.  I appreciate the warm welcome.  It's good to be here this afternoon.
Discussion: David Corn and Poynter Online
 
 
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