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3:55 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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Fox poll: 66% support prosecuting media for leaks that help terrorists  —  Bryan had to wait a few days, but here 'tis:  —  Seventy percent, including 58% of Democrats, say they support "the U.S. Treasury Department tracking suspected terrorist financing through a secret program that looks at money transfers."
Cori Dauber / Rantingprofs:   Secrets, Secrets  —  The editors of the New York and LA Times publish …
Washington Post:
GOP Seeks Advantage In Ruling On Trials  —  National Security Is Likely Rallying Cry, Leaders Indicate  —  Republicans yesterday looked to wrest a political victory from a legal defeat in the Supreme Court, serving notice to Democrats that they must back President Bush on how to try suspects …
Gonzales: Gitmo ruling 'hampered' war on terror  —  CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) — The Supreme Court decision that ruled against the Bush administration's plan to try suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay prison has "hampered our ability" to deal with terrorists, the U.S. attorney general said Saturday.
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
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:   Detainees May Test Reach of Guantánamo Ruling
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 …
The Australian:
Israel warns: free soldier or PM dies
Jerusalem Post:
Israel, PA trade barbs at UNSC session
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.
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 …
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?
Paul Shukovsky / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Gitmo win likely cost Navy lawyer his career  —  'Fearless' defense of detainee a stinging loss for Bush  —  Lt. Cmdr.  Charles Swift — the Navy lawyer who beat the president of the United States in a pivotal Supreme Court battle over trying alleged terrorists — figures he'll probably have to find a new job.
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
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