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4:40 PM ET, June 22, 2006


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Associated Press:
Senate rejects Iraq redeployment motions  —  Both Democratic proposals easily defeated  —  Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., trying to convince his colleagues to approve his Iraq troop redeployment resolution, failed by a vote of 86-13.  The resolution of fellow Democrat, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., faired better, but still lost, 60-39.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Senate voting on Dem withdrawal resolutions (Update: Both fail) (Rolls added)  —  Fox is carrying it live.  Both will fail, but it'll be interesting to see how the Democratic vote shakes out.  The Levin-Reed proposal ("cut and jog") calls for troop withdrawal to begin by the end of the year …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Kerry Doubles His Support!
Discussion: A Blog For All
William Branigin / Washington Post:   Senate Rejects Troop Pullout
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Prints Not One Word of Yesterday's Reports That Chemical Weapons Were Found in Iraq  —  Do you know there's not one word in today's Los Angeles Times about the 500 shells with degraded sarin and mustard gas found in Iraq?  —  Not one word.  —  Just to confirm what I learned …
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 …
Thirdparty / LamontBlog:
Lamont Statement on Levin-Reed Amendment  —  Sen. Lieberman will be speaking shortly on the senate floor on the two Democratic amendments pending before the senate trying to change course on Iraq.  —  In fact, Sen. Warner (R-VA) actually agreed to let Sen. Lieberman open up the debate …
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
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 …
Robert D. Novak / CNSNews:
Murtha's Second Act
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
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.
If Necessary, Strike and Destroy
Austan Goolsbee / New York Times:
Legislate Learning English?  If Only It Were So Easy  —  PRESIDENT BUSH'S plan to give longstanding illegal immigrants a path to citizenship would require them to learn English as a sign that they accept American culture.  The conservative base of the Republican Party considers any policy …
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Army takes older recruits  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, aiming to make its recruiting goals amid the Iraq war, raised its maximum enlistment age by another two years on Wednesday, while the Army Reserve predicted it will miss its recruiting target for a second straight year.
Discussion: Think Progress
Neil Modie / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Cantwell's lead over McGavick nearly gone  —  Latest poll shows senator losing ground to challenger  —  Dwindling voter support for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's re-election bid has put her in a statistical toss-up with her Republican opponent, according to a new poll announced Wednesday.
Senator Maria Cantwell /
Washington Senate: Cantwell (D) Slide Continues
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
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 …
Tim Tagaris / Ned Lamont for Senate:
An Evening With David Sirota [2]  —  An Evening With David Sirota  —  Wasn't quite sure what to expect at David Sirota's book signing featuring Ned in New Haven earlier this evening.  Actually, looking back, I should have known what to expect: a packed house with less seats than behinds to put in them.
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 …
The Daily Muck  —  Convicted Former White House Official Steps Up Fundraising Efforts  —  Days after a jury found him guilty on four felony counts, David Safavian sent a mass email to friends and supporters.  He described himself as "numb — sort of an emotional paralysis," according to Roll Call, which obtained a copy of the note.
Hamas: Islam will conquer US and Britain  —  Hamas Video  —  A Hamas video just released on their web site focuses on the broader Palestinian Islamic ideology, promising the eventual conquering and subjugation of Christian countries under Islam.  The way Israel "ran" from Gaza after terror …
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 …
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The Sandmonkey / Rantings of a Sandmonkey:
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E.D. Hill / Fox News:
U.S. Soldiers Tortured: Where Is the Outrage?
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Off Base  —  Washington Democrats think their core voters are barking mad.
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Mike Luckovich / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Court eases retaliation proof requirement
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Associated Press:
Top court rules against illegal immigrant
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Afghan president calls for arrest of al Qaeda No. 2
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San Francisco Chronicle:
AT&T rewrites rules: Your data isn't yours
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Report: Boutique fuels do not raise gas prices
Discussion: MyDD and David Sirota
White House:
President Bush Participates in Press Availabilty at 2006 U.S.-EU Summit