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6:05 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.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
CT Senate: Lieberman, Iraq and the Price of Principle  —  It's not been a good week for Sen. Joe Lieberman.  —  On Monday the Connecticut Democrat told reporters that "under no circumstances" would he run as anything other than a Democrat in the state's Aug. 8 primary.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Senators Begin Debate on Iraq, Visions in Sharp Contrast  —  WASHINGTON, June 21 — More than three years after it cast the votes setting the nation on the course to the war in Iraq, the Senate on Wednesday began the first extended debate on whether the time had come to end that war.
Washington Post:
Iraq Debate Previews Presidential Bids
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Senate Rejects Troop Pullout
Discussion: Democratic Veteran
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Kerry Doubles His Support!
Discussion: A Blog For All
MSNBC:
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 …
Newsweek:
America's Bad Rep  —  Bush's Austria trip has underscored just how much Europeans dislike the U.S. president.  —  June 21, 2006 - Good news can fade fast.  Last week George W. Bush enjoyed a slight bump in the polls-and, perhaps more importantly, a morale boost-with news of the death …
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Noahmax / Defense Tech:
Perry: Strike Korea Now, Get Intel Later (Updated)  —  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.
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Josh Marshall / TPMmuckraker:
John King Interviews VP Cheney
Discussion: Firedoglake
John Heilprin / Associated Press:
Study Says Earth's Temp at 400-Year High  —  The Earth is the hottest it has been in at least 400 years, probably even longer.  The National Academy of Sciences, reaching that conclusion in a broad review of scientific work requested by Congress, reported Thursday that the …
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
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 …
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Setting the Record Straight: On Trolls, Moles, and Dis-Invited Bloggers  —  Dear HuffPost Readers, Commenters, and Bloggers,  —  Here's the bottom line on the issues raised by Peter Rost: We disabled his password for one reason and one reason only — his refusal to act as part of our online community.
Discussion: Gawker, BuzzMachine and Dr. Peter Rost
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Post Picks Up Hastert's Real-Estate Deal  —  The Washington Post picks up on the profit taken by Dennis Hastert and his partners in the Little Rock Trust that came from $207 million in federal highway funding, a traffic corridor championed by Hastert himself and funded through pork-barrel earmarks.
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 …
pmw.org.il:
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Congressman Apologizes For Helen Thomas Virgin Remark
Discussion: Iowa Voice and Hot Air
The Sandmonkey / Rantings of a Sandmonkey:
Oh hell  —  *Scroll down for Updates!  Alaa is getting beaten …
E.D. Hill / Fox News:
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Off Base  —  Washington Democrats think their core voters are barking mad.
Neil Modie / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Cantwell's lead over McGavick nearly gone
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
GOP Rebellion Stops Voting Rights Act
Independent:
Kurdistan: Birth of a Nation?
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Mike Luckovich / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Pot to kettle
Discussion: Hugh Hewitt and Sister Toldjah
Associated Press:
Top court rules against illegal immigrant
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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CNN:
Afghan president calls for arrest of al Qaeda No. 2