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11:30 PM ET, June 23, 2006


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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Terror Suspects Sought Ties With al-Qaida  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Seven young men arrested in an alleged plot against the Sears Tower were part of a group of "homegrown terrorists" who sought to work with al-Qaida but ended up conspiring with an informant, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday.
Discussion: Occidentality
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Daily Kos: Arresting Terrorists Is Just A Way To "Change The Focus"  —  Over at the Daily Kos, there's a recommended diary at krazypuppy, that explains that the terrorist ring down in Miami was busted — get ready for this — in order to distract people from John Kerry's attempts to cut'n'run in Iraq.
Washington Post:
7 Indicted in Sears Tower Plot  —  The seven men indicted in Miami for allegedly plotting to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago never had actual contact with the al-Qaeda terrorist network or access to weapons and explosives, U.S. law enforcement officials said today.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Indictment: Suspects wanted to 'kill all the devils we can'
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 …
Marty Kaplan / The Huffington Post:
The Real "'Daily Show' Effect"
The All Spin Zone:   WaPo slams the Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Mineta Resigns As Transportation Secretary  —  WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta is stepping down from his Cabinet position.  —  Mineta, 74, is one of President George W. Bush's longest-serving Cabinet members.  He has served in the position since Bush assumed the presidency in 2001.
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Lone Democrat in Bush Cabinet Is Departing
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
White House:
Executive Order: Protecting the Property Rights of the American People  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the rights of the American people against the taking of their private property, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Mondale: Force an option for stopping North Korea  —  Former Vice President Walter Mondale says he supports a pre-emptive U.S. strike against a North Korean missile that is raising nuclear fears around the globe.  —  Earlier this week North Korea announced it was preparing to test a missile that could reach United States mainland.
Charles L. / Washington Post:
No, Don't Blow It Up  —  A Saner Approach to a North Korean Missile Test
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
Jonathan Finer / Washington Post:
Roadblocks, Curfew Imposed in Baghdad
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Can Journalists Be Prosecuted for Publishing Classified Information?  Should They Be?  —  Can the reporters and editors at the New York Times and Los Angeles Times be prosecuted for knowingly publishing classified information in an unauthorized manner, resulting in harm to the security of the United States?
Michelle Malkin:
BACKLASH AGAINST THE BLABBERMOUTHS  —  ***update: Tony Snow video***
Martin Peretz / The New Republic:
A MESSAGE FROM TNR'S LIEBERMAN-LOVING NEOCON OWNER:  —  Forgive me.  But I never read Daily Kos until today.  Well, now that I've read it, the first thought that came to me is how illiterate Kos is, just plain illiterate.  There has been other not-with-a-pick-axe-but-with-a- bludgeon left-wing journalism …
Discussion: Hot Air
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Does The New Republic have a new Stephen Glass in Jason Zengerle?  —  Over the last few days, Jason Zengerle of The New Republic has been engaged in a bizarre crusade to depict "liberal bloggers" as a bunch of mindless, obedient zombies who take orders about what to write from Markos Moulitsas …
Bandanna banned in Springfield mall  —  Officials won't explain how headgear is offensive.  —  SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A southwest Missouri mall defended its dress code after a security guard told a 10-year-old girl her bandanna decorated with peace signs, smiley faces and flowers violated the mall's code of conduct.
Moe Lane / RedState:
So, let me get this straight, Jerome Armstrong.  —  Osama bin Laden's rise?  Not due to the aftereffects of the first phase of the Gulf War, the invasion of Afghanistan by either the Soviet or British empires, the flaws inherent in the League-era Mandates, the rise of the Wahabbi sect of Islam …
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.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Analysis: CIA program expands Bush's power  —  WASHINGTON - A secret CIA-Treasury program to track financial records of millions of Americans is the latest installment in an expansion of executive authority in the name of fighting terrorism.  The administration doesn't apologize …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and TPMCafe
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Ex-DIA analyst admits passing secrets to China  —  A former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst has pleaded guilty to illegally holding classified documents and admitted in a plea agreement to passing "top secret" information to Chinese intelligence officials.
Discussion: Hot Air and PrairiePundit
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
New intel report reignites Iraq arms fight  —  WASHINGTON - Hundreds of chemical weapons found in Iraq were produced before the 1991 Gulf War and probably are so old they couldn't be used as designed, intelligence officials said Thursday.  —  Two lawmakers — Sen. Rick Santorum (news, bio …
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