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1:55 PM ET, July 1, 2006


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New York Times:
When Do We Publish a Secret?  —  SINCE Sept. 11, 2001, newspaper editors have faced excruciating choices in covering the government's efforts to protect the country from terrorist agents.  Each of us has, on a number of occasions, withheld information because we were convinced that publishing it could put lives at risk.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Trust us.  We really did think deeply about it.  —  The editors of The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times explain how they decide when to publish a secret: … The two editors — Dean Baquet and Bill Keller — rely heavily on the idea that government officials shouldn't have the final …
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Paul Waldman  —  A declaration of war  —  This week, the conservatives declared war.  —  Not on The New York Times.  Not even on the media in general.  No, this week the entire conservative movement — from the White House to Republicans in Congress to Fox News …
Cori Dauber / Rantingprofs:   Secrets, Secrets  —  The editors of the New York and LA Times publish …
The Australian:
Israel warns: free soldier or PM dies  —  Middle East correspondent Martin Chulov  —  ISRAEL last night threatened to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh if Hamas militants did not release a captured Israeli soldier unharmed.  —  The unprecedented warning was delivered …
Israel: Either free Shalit or we will act to free him  —  Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said mediation efforts by Egypt and other countries to resolve the crisis over abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit had yet to bear fruit mainly because it was unclear who in Hamas …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Israel: Release Shalit — or we'll kill Haniyeh
Jerusalem Post:
Israel, PA trade barbs at UNSC session
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:   Israel Threatens To Kill Haniyeh
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Israel Threatens to Murder Palestinian Prime Minister
Emperor Darth Misha I / Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler:
Two Can Play That Game
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Warner Is Uncertain on Legislation for Tribunals  —  WASHINGTON, June 30 — A leading Senate Republican said Friday that he was not sure that Congress should pass legislation to create new military tribunals for terror suspects, a stance that raised doubts about prospects for a White House plan …
Discussion: Is That Legal?
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Experts: Ruling weakens Bush spying plan
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Is Bush A War Criminal?
Discussion: protein wisdom
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen / Time:
Poll: Good News Fails to Boost Bush's Job Approval  —  In a new TIME survey, Americans say the President is performing poorly and that the country is increasingly on the wrong track  —  A spate of good news at home and abroad has so far failed to boost how Americans feel about President Bush's job performance.
Discussion: Political Arithmetik and MyDD
Edward Wong / New York Times:
G.I.'s Investigated in Slayings of 4 and Rape in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 30 — The American military is investigating accusations that soldiers raped an Iraqi woman in her home and killed her and three family members, including a child, American officials said Friday.
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Munitions Found in Iraq Renew Debate  —  Panel Is Divided Over Whether Troops Uncovered Weapons of Mass Destruction  —  Do the 20-year-old Iraqi chemical munitions found by U.S. and coalition forces support the prewar contention that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and justify the invasion of Iraq?
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Frist: Europe missile-defense site needed  —  WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist urged President Bush on Friday to intensify efforts to put interceptor missiles at a site in Europe to protect against potential attacks from Iran.  —  "The threat from Iran is only going to grow in the years ahead.
Peter T. Kilborn / New York Times:
Weekends With the President's Men  —  There is a lens in the birdhouse at the driveway of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's home at St. Michaels, Md.  —  JUST an hour and a half from Washington, across the 4.3-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge, or less than 30 minutes in a government-issue Chinook helicopter …
Jonathan Finer / Washington Post:
Troops Facing Murder Probe  —  Atrocities Against Iraqi Family Alleged  —  BAGHDAD, June 30 — The U.S. Army is investigating allegations that American soldiers raped and killed a woman and killed three of her family members in a town south of Baghdad, then reported the incident as an insurgent attack, a military official said Friday.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Israel defeated at UN Human Rights Council  —  With 29 countries in favor, 12 opposed, Arab countries pass decision according to which Council's inspectors will prepare special report on human rights violations committed by Israel in territories, issue will be discussed in all Council meetings
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