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7:30 AM ET, June 22, 2006


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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Santorum: 500 Chemical-Weapons Shells Found In Iraq (Updated And Bumped)  —  Negroponte letter can be viewed in PDF format here.  —  According to numerous sources but not yet on the wires, Senator Rick Santorum announced a few minutes ago that the US has found 500 chemical-weapons shells in Iraq.
Allahpundit /
Santorum: Military has found 500 chemical munitions shells in Iraq  —  He's reading from a document about it right now with Pete Hoekstra by his side.  The shells allegedly contained degraded mustard or sarin gas.  He says they believe there are other shells inside the country that haven't been found yet.
UPDATED: TV report: Artillery shells with chemical munitions found in Iraq  —  I heard a report on Fox News about twenty minutes ago (5 PM Central) that Senator Rick Santorum claims coalition investigators in Iraq found chemical weapons — artillery shells filled with a chemical agent (perhaps sarin nerve agent).
Discussion: Dean's World
"This is critically important information that the world community needs to know" - Senator Santorum  —  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, joined Congressman Peter Hoekstra, (R-MI-2), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee …
Glenn Reynolds /
SPEAKERS: U.S. SENATOR RICK SANTORUM (R-PA)  —  U.S. REPRESENTATIVE PETER HOEKSTRA (R-NY)  —  SANTORUM: Good afternoon.  Senator Rick Santorum.  With me, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Pete Hoekstra.  Today we are here to make public a document, an unclassified version …
Michael Roston / The Raw Story:
Republican Congress members claim that evidence of Saddam's WMD have been identified  —  Republican Congress members claimed late today that evidence of weapons of mass destruction hidden by Saddam Hussein had at last been identified in Iraq.  —  Speaking at a late afternoon press conference …
Melanie Hunter / CNSNews:
Document Details WMD Recovered In Iraq, Santorum Says  —  ( - Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) announced Wednesday the finding of over 500 munitions or weapons of mass destruction, specifically "sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles," in Iraq.
Dafna Linzer / Washington Post:
Lawmakers Cite Weapons Found in Iraq  —  Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), chairman of the House intelligence committee, and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) told reporters yesterday that weapons of mass destruction had in fact been found in Iraq, despite acknowledgments by the White House and the insistence …
Discussion: Iowa Voice and War and Piece
Michelle Malkin:
Discussion: Riehl World View
SeeDubya / JunkYardBlog:
500 Chemical Rounds in Iraq since 2003 (UPDATE)
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
SeeDubya / JunkYardBlog:
Pentagon-"Not the WMDs We Went to War Over"
Curt / Flopping Aces:
Didn't The Democrats Say There Was No WMD?
Discussion: Squiggler
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
THE BLOGOSPHERE'S SMOKE-FILLED BACKROOM:  —  Are Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas (of the famous Daily Kos) engaged in a pay-for-play scheme in which politicians who hire Armstrong as a consultant get the support of Kos?  That's the question that's been bouncing around the blogosphere ever since …
If Necessary, Strike and Destroy  —  North Korea Cannot Be Allowed to Test This Missile  —  North Korean technicians are reportedly in the final stages of fueling a long-range ballistic missile that some experts estimate can deliver a deadly payload to the United States.
Washington Post:   Former Defense Officials Urge U.S. Strike on North Korean Missile Site
New York Times:
Rallied by Bush, Skittish G.O.P. Now Embraces War as Issue  —  WASHINGTON, June 21 — Just a few weeks ago, some Republicans were openly fretting about the war in Iraq and its effect on their re-election prospects, with particularly vulnerable lawmakers worried that its growing unpopularity was becoming a drag on their campaigns.
Washington Times:
The real Jack Murtha  —  Rep. John Murtha is thinking big thoughts.  Since coming out for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq last year, he has accused Marines of murder "in cold blood" before a preliminary investigation is even complete; accused the military of a cover up over the same incident …
Carolyn Marshall / New York Times:
Military Charges 8 With Murder of Iraqi  —  CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., June 21 — Seven marines and a Navy corpsman were charged today with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in connection with the shooting death of an Iraqi civilian in April.  —  The men, all members of the Third Battalion …
Washington Post:
8 Troops Charged In Death Of Iraqi
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt and TalkLeft
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Lawmakers' Profits Are Scrutinized  —  House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) made a $2 million profit last year on the sale of land 5 1/2 miles from a highway project that he helped to finance with targeted federal funds.  —  A Republican House member from California, meanwhile …
Discussion: Porkbusters
David Espo / Associated Press:
Senate rejects bid to raise minimum wage  —  WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled Senate smothered a proposed election-year increase in the minimum wage Wednesday, rejecting Democratic claims that it was past time to boost the $5.15 hourly pay floor that has been in effect for nearly a decade.
Thomas F. Schaller / American Prospect:
Cat Scratch Fever  —  My run-in with Dave "Mudcat" Saunders, the Democrats' Dixie huckster.  —  It was moments before my panel with political consultant Dave "Mudcat" Saunders on the significance of the South to the Democratic Party at the Yearly Kos convention last week in Las Vegas.
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