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10:35 AM 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 …
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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.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
NYTIMES BLABBERMOUTHS STRIKE AGAIN  —  ***update: The Los Angeles Times piles on and flaps its mouth, too...The story is the blabbermouth media's refusal to act responsibly and learn when to shut up...***  —  Dammit.  These people don't know when to stop.
Washington Post:
Bank Records Secretly Tapped
Discussion: Bull Moose
Associated Press:
U.S. Gets Access to Worldwide Banking Data
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
NYT Reveals Secret Banking Anti-Terrorist Program
Discussion: Instapundit.com
CNN:
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."
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CNN:
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 …
Kelli Kennedy / Associated Press:
Official: 7 arrested in Sears Tower plot  —  MIAMI - Seven people were arrested Thursday in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack Chicago's Sears Tower and other buildings in the U.S., including the FBI office here, a federal law enforcement official said.
Evan Benn / Miami Herald:
Anti-terror arrests made in Miami raid  —  FBI agents backed by state and local law enforcement cordoned off an area of Liberty City and made several arrests on Thursday as part of what U.S. officials called a significant terror-related investigation.  —  There was no immediate threat to Miami, officials said.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: FBI stages terror raid in Miami (Update: ABC says plan was to bomb Sears Tower) (Update: "Jihad")  —  Just across on CNN.  Early reports say the area's flooded with agents.  Six to eight suspects are thought to have been arrested, and they're not believed to be Muslim.
BBC:   Seven arrests over 'Chicago plot'
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.
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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
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Susan Schmidt / Washington Post:
Senate's Abramoff Report Disputes Rep. Ney
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Report wraps up over Reed, tribes
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Polls, Pundits and Pols  —  (June 22, 2006) — The new efforts by Republicans in Congress, and in the media, to use Iraq to their advantage by branding Democrats as favoring a "cut-and-run'" policy, has received wide coverage in the past week.  Often pundits, and even reporters …
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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.
Justin Gillis / Washington Post:
New Fuel Source Grows on the Prairie  —  With Oil Prices Up, Biomass Looks More Feasible  —  IMPERIAL, Neb. — Just outside this town in the middle of the great American prairie, 37 miles from the nearest traffic light, stands a huge pile of cornstalks and leaves.
Amir Taheri / Jerusalem Post:
Eye of the Storm: Kuwait makes history  —  Next week, Kuwaitis will go to the polls to elect a new National Assembly which will, in turn, approve a new prime minister and cabinet.  —  The Kuwaitis will be making history for a number of reasons.  This is the first election in which women …
 
 
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