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12:15 PM ET, June 23, 2006


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New York Times:
Bank Data Sifted in Secret by U.S. to Block Terror  —  WASHINGTON, June 22 — Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database and examined banking …
Justin Bachman / Associated Press:
Media Refuses to Hold Surveillance Story  —  The Bush administration and The New York Times are again at odds over national security, this time with new reports of a broad government effort to track global financial transfers.  —  The newspaper, which in December broke news of an effort …
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. Mining Bank Transfer Data in Anti-Terror Effort  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. government, without the knowledge of many banks and their customers, has engaged for years in a secret effort to track terrorist financing by reviewing confidential information on transfers of money between banks worldwide.
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
New York Times Publishes Classified Details of Legal and (Formerly) Effective Anti-Terrorism Program  —  The New York Times has a lengthy article revealing classified details about an anti-terrorist program that has, among other things, caught the mastermind of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing.
Washington Post:
Bank Records Secretly Tapped  —  Administration Began Using Global Database Shortly After 2001 Attacks  —  The Bush administration, relying on a presidential declaration of emergency, has secretly been tapping into a vast global database of confidential financial transactions for nearly five years …
Discussion: Bull Moose
Associated Press:   U.S. Gets Access to Worldwide Banking Data
FBI arrests 7 in domestic terrorism probe  —  Raids being conducted in Miami area  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — FBI agents were raiding sites in Miami, Florida, on Thursday in connection with a domestic terrorism investigation, law enforcement sources said.  —  Officials said no weapons …
BBC:   Seven arrests over 'Chicago plot'
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Senate Report Lists Lobbyist's Payments to Ex-Leader of Christian Coalition  —  WASHINGTON, June 22 — A bipartisan Senate report released on Thursday documented more than $5.3 million in payments to Ralph Reed, the former director of the Christian Coalition and a leading Republican Party strategist …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Susan Schmidt / Washington Post:
Senate's Abramoff Report Disputes Rep. Ney
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Report wraps up over Reed, tribes
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
General Reports Spike in Iranian Activity in Iraq  —  Iranian support for extremists inside Iraq has shown a "noticeable increase" this year, with Tehran's special forces providing weapons and bomb training to anti-U.S. groups, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said yesterday.
Times of London:
Peace deal offers Iraq insurgents an amnesty  —  From Ned Parker in Baghdad and Tom Baldwin  —  THE Iraqi Government will announce a sweeping peace plan as early as Sunday in a last-ditch effort to end the Sunni insurgency that has taken the country to the brink of civil war.
Lee Siegel / The New Republic:
BLOG THIS:  —  In response to Jason Zengerle's most recent post on The Plank—"Hope you're not tired of this Kos stuff"—no, I for one am definitely not tired of Zengerle's artful and honest exposure of someone who, more and more, seems to represent the purest, most classical strain of hypocrisy.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Besieged Kentucky Governor Draws Fire From a New Quarter  —  As if there were not already enough problems for Gov. Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky, who has been indicted in a political patronage case, he now has political bloggers and First Amendment lawyers after him too.
David Boaz / Cato-at-liberty:
Hillary and the Candlemakers: Not a Parody  —  One of the most famous documents in the history of free-trade literature is Bastiat's famous "Candlemakers' Petition."  In that parody, the French economist and parliamentarian imagined the makers of candles and street lamps petitioning …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
For Diehards, Search for Iraq's W.M.D. Isn't Over  —  WASHINGTON, June 22 — The United States government abandoned the search for unconventional weapons in Iraq long ago.  But Dave Gaubatz has never given up.  —  Mr. Gaubatz, an earnest, Arabic-speaking investigator who spent the first months …
Discussion: and PrairiePundit
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Iraq, Vietnam, the MSM & Dan Rather
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and PrairiePundit
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Ex-DIA analyst admits passing secrets to China
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Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Push to leave Iraq hurts Democrats?
Dan / Riehl World View:
Why The Netroots Movement Will Fail
Discussion: RedState and Baseball Crank
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Poll shows Muslims in Britain are the most anti-western in Europe
Don Wycliff / Chicago Tribune:
The impenetrable fog of Bill O'Reilly
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Lieberman Goes It Alone
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Amir Taheri / Jerusalem Post:
Eye of the Storm: Kuwait makes history
Discussion: Baseball Crank
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
At least 25 people found executed in Mosul
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New Fuel Source Grows on the Prairie
Stephen Brook / Guardian:
Huffington Post blogger blocked
Discussion: Dr. Peter Rost and BuzzMachine