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2:20 PM ET, June 23, 2006


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Indictment: Suspects wanted to 'kill all the devils we can'  —  Terror plot targeted Chicago's Sears Tower  —  MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — A federal indictment against seven men revealed Friday details of what the government said was a plan intended to "kill all the devils we can."
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 …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:   U.S. Gets Access to Worldwide Banking Data
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.
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
State of emergency declared in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Iraqi government declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Friday after insurgents set up roadblocks in central Baghdad and fired on U.S. and Iraqi troops outside the heavily fortified Green Zone.
Discussion: The Left Coaster and Media Needle
CNN:   Bombing at Iraq mosque kills 9
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: Washington Post and AMERICAblog
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Report wraps up over Reed, tribes
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Poll shows Muslims in Britain are the most anti-western in Europe  —  Public opinion in Britain is mostly favourable towards Muslims, but the feeling is not requited by British Muslims, who are among the most embittered in the western world, according to a global poll published yesterday.
John O'Neil / New York Times:
Seven Are Charged With Plot to Blow Up Sears Tower  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation's deputy director said today that a plot to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago by seven Miami men now facing federal conspiracy charges was "more aspirational than operational," but illustrated …
Discussion: The Heretik and ABCNEWS
Richard Morin / Washington Post:
Jon Stewart, Enemy of Democracy?  —  This is not funny: Jon Stewart and his hit Comedy Central cable show may be poisoning democracy.  —  Two political scientists found that young people who watch Stewart's faux news program, "The Daily Show," develop cynical views about politics and politicians …
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.
Hotline On Call:
From Wake Up Call: St. Pete Times's Rove/Satan Story  — According to this St. Petersburg Times story, saved here for posterity, "Karl Rove said that he would be plotting the Republican Party's fall election strategy with his longtime comrade-in-arms, Satan."
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.
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 …
Discussion: The RCP Blog
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Why I Love Australia  —  WASHINGTON — In the Australian House of Representatives last month, opposition member Julia Gillard interrupted a speech by the minister of health thusly: "I move that that sniveling grub over there be not further heard.''  —  For that, the good woman was ordered removed from the House, if only for a day.
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