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4:41 AM ET, June 29, 2006


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Associated Press:
Hamas leaders arrested; Israeli executed  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli forces rounded up dozens of Palestinian Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from Hamas, increasing pressure on the Islamic militants to release a captured Israeli soldier, and witnesses said tanks moved into northern Gaza …
Josef Federman / Associated Press:
Home Fly-By Sends Message to Syrian Leader  —  Israeli warplanes buzzed the summer residence of Syrian President Bashar Assad early Wednesday, military officials said, in a message aimed at pressuring the Syrian leader to win the release of a captured Israeli soldier.
More than 30 Hamas man arrested, Palestinians say  —  Israel Defense Forces troops launched early Thursday a major arrest operation against Hamas officials, detaining more than 30 of the ruling militant group's ministers and parliamentarians in the West Bank, Palestinian security officials said.
Discussion: Kesher Talk
Gaza militants say fired chemical-tipped warhead  —Text+GAZA (Reuters) - A spokesman for gunmen in the Gaza Strip said they had fired a rocket tipped with a chemical warhead at Israel early on Thursday.  —  The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the claim by the spokesman …
Associated Press:
'Mashaal is target for assassination'
Israeli army poised to step up Gaza offensive
Discussion: Israel Matzav and lgf
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Behind Bush's Fury, a Vow Made in 2001  —  WASHINGTON, June 28 — Ever since President Bush vowed days after the Sept. 11 attacks to "follow the money as a trail to the terrorists," the government has made no secret of its efforts to hunt down the bank accounts of Al Qaeda and its allies.
Discussion: Mia Culpa
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
A SWIFT Kick in the Head
Associated Press:
Insurgents offer to halt attacks in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Eleven Sunni insurgent groups have offered an immediate halt to all attacks — including those on American troops — if the United States agrees to withdraw foreign forces from Iraq in two years, insurgent and government officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Associated Press:
Insurgents Demand Withdrawal of U.S. Forces in Iraq in 2 Years  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq — Insurgents are demanding the withdrawal of all U.S. and British forces from Iraq within two years as a condition for joining reconciliation talks, a senior Iraqi government official said Wednesday.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:   Staying the wrong course in Iraq
James C. Dobson / CNN:
Commentary: Media provides cover for assault on traditional marriage  —  Editor's note: James C. Dobson is founder and chairman of Focus on the Family Action.  He has a Ph.D. in child development and is author of the best-selling book, "Bringing Up Boys."  He's currently working on a follow-up, "Bringing Up Girls."
The Movie I've Seen the Most  —  FILMS THAT SPIKE LEE, PETER FARRELLY, AND PAUL SCHRADER WATCH OBSESSIVELY.  —  What movie have you seen the most?  That's the question Slate asked a collection of filmmakers and critics, knowing that what's addictive is different than what's deemed the best.
Shaun Schafer / Associated Press:
Awkward moments abound in penis pump trial  —  BRISTOW, Okla. - Serving on the jury in an indecent-exposure trial unfolding in this conservative Oklahoma town has been a giggle-inducing experience.  —  Former Judge Donald D. Thompson, a veteran of 23 years on the bench …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Jeff Pyatt /
For Immediate Release  —  Webb Campaign Blasts Allen Campaign For "Weak-Kneed Attacks" Against Men And Women In Uniform  —  Arlington—The campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Jim Webb today called the attacks on Webb's patriotism by Allen's campaign, "weak-kneed attacks by cowards" and demanded that Allen and his campaign apologize.
Norm / normblog:
Wanton murder  —  Report of June 26: … Report of June 23: … Report of June 21: … Report of June 16: … Report of June 13: … Report of June 9: … Report of June 5: … That's just a small number of reports from June 2006.  As is now all too well known, I could easily have added to them.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
White House:
Nominations Sent to the Senate  —  John Preston Bailey, of West Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia, vice Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., retiring.  —  Mary O. Donohue, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York …
Chicago Sun Times:
Obama: On Faith and Politics.  And Alan Keyes.  —  Sen. Barack Obama this morning talks about religion and says Democrats need to better acknowledge the power of faith.  —  Here's his speech.  —  Remarks of Senator Barack Obama  —  Call to Renewal Keynote Address  —  Washington, DC
The Blotter:
New Bin Laden Audio Tape: Osama Speaks on the Death of Zarqawi  —  Rhonda Schwartz and Maddy Sauer Report:  —  A new Osama bin Laden audio is expected to be released within three days.  On the tape, bin Laden will talk about the death of Abu Musab Zarqawi.  More details to come.
Pew Research Center:
Democrats More Eager to Vote, But Unhappy with Party  —  Gay Marriage, Inheritance Tax Among the Lowest Public Priorities  —  Summary of Findings  —  With less than five months to go before Election Day, Democrats hold two distinct advantages in the midterm campaign that they have not enjoyed for some time.
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Patrick J. Buchanan / The American Conservative:
Time for an "Agonizing Reappraisal"
George Conger / Jerusalem Post:
BBC rejects call to change terminology
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Iraq War Ends Silently for One American Soldier
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Stop Telling Me What To Write
Cam Edwards /
Day two at the gun ban conference
Discussion: TBogg
Los Angeles Times:
Flag Measure Fails by 1 Vote
Russia 'to kill Iraq kidnappers'
Jack Kelly / Real Clear Politics:
Bush Should Welcome a Fight with the Media
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
On the Net Neutrality Commerce Committee Tie
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
GOP's New `values Agenda' Item Fails
William Yardley / New York Times:
A.F.L.-C.I.O. in Connecticut Gives Backing to Lieberman
Discussion: spazeboy
Eugene Volokh / Opinion Journal:
Money and Speech  —  Would the Supreme Court uphold a "spending limit" for abortion?
Discussion: Dean's World
Randy Hall / CNSNews:
Dean: 'We're About to Enter the '60s Again'