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1:30 PM ET, June 22, 2006


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Fox News:
Report: Hundreds of WMDs Found in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has found 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003, and more weapons of mass destruction are likely to be uncovered, two Republican lawmakers said Wednesday.  —  "We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq …
Agence France Presse:
Hundreds of chemical weapons found in Iraq: US intelligence  —  US-led coalition forces in Iraq have found some 500 chemical weapons since the March 2003 invasion, Republican lawmakers said, citing an intelligence report.  —  "Since 2003, Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions …
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 …
Jack Kelly / Real Clear Politics:
Rep. Murtha: Pennsylvania's Embarrassment  —  Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa), imagines himself to be the scourge of the hawks in the Bush administration.  Many journalists do, too, because they keep inviting him to appear on talk shows.  —  So why were the targets of Mr. Murtha's wrath doubled …
Discussion: Murtha Must Go!! and Power Line
Robert D. Novak / CNSNews:   Murtha's Second Act
Ex-Bush aide convicted in D.C. corruption case  —  Safavian found guilty on 4 counts of obstruction, making false statements  —  WASHINGTON - A jury Tuesday convicted a former Bush administration official of four counts of lying and obstructing justice in the first trial to be held in connection …
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.
Noahmax / Defense Tech:
PERRY: STRIKE KOREA NOW, GET INTEL LATER  —  Clinton defense secretary William Perry is ready to attack North Korea, now. … But there's a teeny-tiny fact Perry seems to have overlooked: We have no idea, really, whether North Korea is preparing a missile.  Or what that missile is capable of doing.
Washington Post:
Iraq Debate Previews Presidential Bids  —  Votes on Senate Proposals for Withdrawal Set for Today  —  Yesterday's lengthy Senate debate over Iraq offered early hints of the 2008 presidential contest, with some potential candidates calling for a rapid drawdown of U.S. troops …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Opinion Journal:
The Savages  —  A barbaric enemy disqualified from the Geneva Conventions.  —  The Pentagon yesterday announced the names of seven Marines and a Navy corpsman charged with the April 26 kidnapping and murder of a 52-year-old Iraqi man in the town of Hamdania.
Washington Post:
8 Troops Charged In Death Of Iraqi
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Thinking Outside The Blog  —  Judging from the amount of publicity they gleaned, the liberal bloggers who gathered in Las Vegas recently for the first annual YearlyKos convention represent the cutting edge of thinking in the Democratic Party.  —  But the blogs I have scanned are heavier …
Washington Post:
Close Guantanamo?  —  THE MILITARY detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has become the focus of global protests against U.S. human rights violations during the war on terrorism.  Images of the hooded, jumpsuited prisoners who were brought there in 2002 still pervade the world's media …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Rebellion Stalls Extension of Voting Rights Act  —  WASHINGTON, June 21 — House Republican leaders abruptly canceled a planned vote to renew the Voting Rights Act on Wednesday after a rebellion by lawmakers who said the civil rights measure unfairly singled out Southern states …
Discussion: Iowa Voice
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
GOP Rebellion Stops Voting Rights Act
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.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Net Neutrality: Crunch Time  —  It's time to hit the phones, everyone.  I am told that the Senate Commerce Committee will be doing bill mark-up today, and that the net neutrality vote will be pushed off until probably Tuesday.  —  And that we are one vote short at the moment for killing the Stevens bill in the Committee.
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
Joe Biesk / Associated Press:
State adds weblogs to off-limits sites for state employees  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. - State employees will no longer be able to access a political weblog that has criticized Gov. Ernie Fletcher and other Kentucky politicians.  —  But Mark Nickolas, operator of the bluegrassreport site …
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Report: Boutique fuels do not raise gas prices  —  A draft Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report contradicts President Bush's suggestion that boutique fuels, designed to cut pollution from cars and trucks, have contributed to higher gasoline prices.  —  While they could complicate …
Discussion: MyDD
Kos / Daily Kos:
TNR's defection to the Right is now complete  —  People talk about the need for the left to work together and have a unified message in the face of a unified conservative noise machine.  So a google group was created called "Townhouse", and it included many bloggers and other representatives …
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