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11:45 AM ET, June 24, 2006


 Top Items: 
New York Times:
Cheney Assails Press on Report on Bank Data  —  WASHINGTON, June 23 — Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday vigorously defended a secret program that examines banking records of Americans and others in a vast international database, and harshly criticized the news media for disclosing …
Heather Mac Donald / Weekly Standard:
National Security Be Damned  —  BY NOW IT'S UNDENIABLE: The New York Times is a national security threat.  So drunk is it on its own power and so antagonistic to the Bush administration that it will expose every classified antiterror program it finds out about, no matter how legal the program …
New York Times:
Following the Money, and the Rules  —  After the attacks on 9/11, when the terrorist threat seemed equally dangerous and amorphous, one of the few clear strategies for counterattack was to follow the money.  Almost everyone, including this page, urged the Bush administration to be aggressive …
New York Times:
White House Says Tracking Bank Data Deters Terror  —  WASHINGTON, June 23 — The White House vigorously defended today a secret program of combing through a vast international data base containing banking transactions involving thousands of Americans.  Vice President Dick Cheney and other officials …
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: Feministe and TPMCafe
White House becoming more secretive after leaks
Discussion: The Agonist
Gabriel Schoenfeld / Weekly Standard:
Leaks and the Law
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Here's To The Next Program To Die
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
New York Times:
F.B.I. Killed Plot in Talking Stage, a Top Aide Says  —  WASHINGTON, June 23 — A plot to topple the Sears Tower in Chicago and attack the F.B.I. headquarters in Miami was "more aspirational than operational," a top bureau official said Friday, a day after seven Florida men were arrested on terrorism charges.
Discussion: The All Spin Zone and The Heretik
Indictment of suspected terrorists contains little evidence of plot  —  WASHINGTON - Even as Justice Department officials trumpeted the arrests of seven Florida men accused of planning to wage a "full ground war against the United States," they acknowledged the group did not have the means to carry out the plan.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Tony Karon / Time:
The Miami Seven: How Serious Was the Threat?  —  The group indicted for terror plans appears to have had more in common with homegrown cults than al-Qaeda terrorists.  Which doesn't mean they weren't dangerous  —  The Federal government has indicted seven men arrested in Miami on charges …
Washington Post:
7 Indicted in Sears Tower Plot
Discussion: Rantingprofs and The Next Hurrah
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 …
Media Asked Not to Call Miami Terror Suspects 'Muslims'  —  In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful  —  MEDIA ASKED NOT TO CALL MIAMI TERROR SUSPECTS 'MUSLIMS'  —  Sect trains 'through the bible,' worships in 'temple,' not mosque  —  (WASHINGTON, DC, 6/23/06) …
Discussion: Ankle Biting Pundits
Juan / Informed Comment:
CAIR: Miami Cult not Muslims
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Clinton Says GOP Blindly Follows Bush  —  She Calls an Open Debate on the Iraq War More Important Than Party Unity  —  One day after suffering a pair of defeats on the Senate floor, Democratic leaders argued yesterday that their internal divisions over Iraq will help push the country toward …
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Lone Democrat in Bush Cabinet Is Departing  —  Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, who oversaw the tightening of airport security after the 2001 terrorist attacks and is the lone Democrat in President Bush's Cabinet, will step down early next month, the White House announced yesterday.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Mineta to Quit As Transportation Secretary
Discussion: The Florida Masochist
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Young People Should Respect their Elder Liars  —  I didn't want to just let this article from Richard Morin titled 'Jon Stewart, Enemy of Democracy' (or 'Comedy Poisoning Democracy') go unanswered (via Alternet).  Here's Morin's argument. … Ugh, there are so many bad leaps of logic here.
Associated Press:
Television producer Aaron Spelling dies  —  LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Aaron Spelling, a onetime movie bit player who created a massive number of hit series, from the vintage "Charlie's Angels" and "Dynasty" to "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Melrose Place," died Friday, his publicist said.  He was 83.
Discussion: Ed
Rose French / Associated Press:
Gore 'not planning' 2008 White House run  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former Vice President Al Gore got the same question at a hometown book signing Friday that he gets all over the world when pitching his documentary and book on global warming: Will he run for president in 2008?
Punkass Marc /
ATHEISM FOR DECEPTIVE A**HOLE FUNDIES  —  Stop me if you're shocked: as far as the Christies are concerned, the Raving Atheist has decided to shut his yammering trap: … Instead, he will limit his raving to attacks on women's rights.  —  As you might recall, Amanda wrote …
Discussion: Pharyngula and Pandagon
Why Iraq WMD Finds Were Kept Secret  —  June 23, 2006: The revelation that Coalition forces have discovered about 500 shells containing chemical weapons (mostly sarin nerve gas and mustard gas) since 2003, most of which are pre-1991 Gulf War vintage, leads to the question as to why the U.S. waited so long to reveal this.
Michelle Malkin:
MESSAGES FOR THE BLABBERMOUTHS  —  ***scroll for photoshop entries***  —  These WWII posters are in need of some 21st century photoshop updates.  —  Anyone inspired?  —  Send a letter to the Attorney General:  —  Reader J. Scott already did: … Must-read: Andy McCarthy
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Roger L. Simon:
Sarin under her sink
Karin Strohecker / Reuters:
World Cup fans fail to lift local sex industry
Alec Oveis / TAPPED:
BAUER, MEET CHERTOFF.  Thanks to the redoubtable, and ludicrously …
Discussion: Eschaton and TBogg
Michelle Malkin:
Sean-Paul Kelley / The Agonist:
They're Gonna Swiftboat Murtha
Discussion: Murtha Must Go!!
Joel Martinsen / Media in China, Chinese media …:
Thoughts on leaving college
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Antimedia / Media Lies:
A deliberate deception?....  ....A local man, who was involved …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House approves watered-down line-item veto
 Earlier Items: 
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
In Event of Big Web Disruption, U.S. Is Ill-Prepared, Study Says
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: Bring it On! and Iowa Voice
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Divided on Whether Federal Government Should Promote Moral Values
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Ex-DIA analyst admits passing secrets to China
Discussion: Hot Air
Media Matters for America:
Coulter: If Murtha "did get fragged, he'd finally deserve …
Meg Bortin / New York Times:
Muslims 'Still in Denial' About 9/11, Pew Survey Finds
Mondale: Force an option for stopping North Korea

From Mediagazer:

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Tucker Carlson launches the Tucker Carlson Network, or TCN, a $9-per-month streaming video service with access to “5 brand-new shows, speeches, films, and more”

Max Tani / Semafor:
Tel Aviv-based, one of the most visited global financial news websites, uses AI to rewrite stories published just hours earlier by competitors

Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Altice USA is in talks to sell Cheddar News to private equity firm Regent; Altice paid $200M for Cheddar in 2019 and may be compensated via an earn-out

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